2013 Chevy Avalanche: The End is Here

Avalanche front II

The final announcement has been given — this will be the last year of the Chevy Avalanche, according to a recent press release issued by General Motors. The 2013 model year will be the end of the line for one of the first comfort-prioritized pickup truck derivatives. 

When introduced for the 2002 model year, nothing looked or acted like the Avalanche with its unique styling and segment-first midgate that broke through what was traditionally a solid wall between the bed and cab. Perhaps more important, its overall design changed the way truck buyers understood what kind of tradeoffs they had to accept. No longer did they have to view their pickup as a ride and comfort compromise. 

This new concept of a well-equipped light-duty four-door pickup that could tow, haul and carry the family attracted enough interest to produce as many as 93,482 sales in 2003, its third full year of production. Recognizing the appeal, other truckmakers began developing light-duty crew cab pickups as well. Now, nearly 65 percent of all light-duty pickup sales are trucks with four full-size doors, and the unique look, clever bed storage and removable hardtop just added to its tremendous flexibility. 

Through it all, the Avalanche retained a core of passionate fans who still appreciate its style, comfort and versatility. Two big highlights for the Avalanche include being named the 2002 Motor Trend Truck of the Year when first introduced and also the 2007 Truck of the Year by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (the same year it released the new second-generation Avalanche).

The vehicle was originally offered in both half-ton and 3/4-ton configurations, but when the second-generation model was designed, GM could no longer afford to allow the low-volume option. Today, it is available in LS, LT and LTZ models, with 2WD and 4WD, and has always used the Suburban platform as its underpinnings.

Storage compartments alongside the bed area provide a good amount of usable and lockable storage with drains that can weep moisture in case the box is filled with ice and used as a drink cooler.

Avalanche NF front II

As noted, the Avalanche is based on GM’s full-size Suburban/Yukon XL SUV platform, offering a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds (3,674 kg). It is powered by the Vortec 5.3L V-8 with cylinder-deactivating Active Fuel Management technology and a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic.

In honor of this bitter/sweet celebration, GM is offering the 2013 Black Diamond special edition. The package will offer body-colored bed surrounds, unique badging, extra features on LS and LT models, and a lower overall price across the lineup.

“More than 580,000 Avalanches have been sold since its introduction in late 2001, and Avalanche has won major awards and recognitions throughout its run,” said Mark Clawson, Avalanche marketing manager.  “So it is only fitting that Avalanche retires on a high note.”

For 2013, a backup camera, rear park assist, power-adjustable pedals, fog lamps and remote start will be added as standard equipment on LS models, while LT models have added a standard backup camera. Base prices are reduced $2,500 (after equipment adjustments) with the 2WD Avalanche LS, which now starts at $35,980 (excluding $995 for shipping).

“Although Avalanche sales have tapered off in recent years, as crew cabs have grown to dominate Silverado sales, we know there are many Avalanche enthusiasts among Chevy customers,” said Clawson “The Black Diamond Avalanche is our way of saying ‘Thank you’ and making it just a little more attractive to own one more Avalanche.”

Of course, just like the Avalanche is supported by the Suburban, which is soon to be redesigned with the new Silverado platform, so too is the Cadillac EXT on its way out. Steadily declining sales has made the Cadillac pickup truck the obvious candidate for removal from the lineup. Don't expect to see the EXT last beyond the 2013 model year either. 

Will there be something, somewhere in the GM truck linuep to take its place? We think it's much more likely GM will invest in more car-based fence-sitting models with smaller, more fuel-efficient engines that will still be able to carry a heavy load. With Mark Reuss at the helm (remember, he understands the Australian market quite well), we're guessing Chevy may try out some creative solutions — like the Avalanche was a creative solution 10 years ago — in the next several years. 

Avalanche 2001 intro II

The Avalanche was introduced at the 2000 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as a concept and was described as a no-compromise Chevy truck with a unique combination of configurable passenger and cargo space. Does anyone recognize the gentleman standing behind the passenger door? The production Avalanche was positioned as an Ultimate Utility Vehicle (UUV) when it went on sale in 2001 as a 2002 models. 

Avalanche Torch Relay II
A special Avalanche was equipped to protect and transport the Olympic Flame during the Torch Relay prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City; the relay covered more than 13,500 miles and passed through 46 states on its way to the Olympic Stadium for the Opening Ceremony on Feb. 8, 2002.

Avalanche 07 II
In 2006, Chevrolet introduced an all-new Avalanche with a fully boxed frame and redesigned suspension to deliver more refined ride and handling; a new Z71 off-road package was introduced and front featured special off-road tires, unique grille and fascia, an integrated front bumper winch and oversize tow hooks.

Avalanche Tibet II
Chevrolet teamed with outdoor outfitter North Face and offered a special edition Avalanche in 2002 that was used to transport a team of kayakers through the rugged terrain of the Himalayas to the Tsangpo Gorge in Tibet, where they successfully accomplished first descent of the most-feared whitewater on the planet.


Bought one of the first Avalances' in July of 2001. Could not stop anywhere without people wanting to look and check out. Bought another in 05 and still have. Price is beyond what I care to spend for the 13. Please offer the ardent Ave. owners a thank you discount.

I have a black 2009 LTZ with aftermarket chrome, extra tranny cooler (<$100) and trailer braking unit. It pulls a 27.5' trailer, a 12' fishing boat and two passengers with two big dogs without a problem. I fold the midgate down but leave the rear glass in and even with gear in the bed the dogs have a great place to crawl into and lay down. The avalanche is hands down the best truck I've ever owned, my first chevy (had fords and dodges before) and I am very sad to see such a great truck go. its truly unque and I wont be parting with mine anytime soon. I would have bought another in a few years GM, brand new like this one was.

The only people that hate these trucks are the ones that have never been in one.I have owned 3 avalanches and 1 cadillac ext.I have had 18 foot beams in the bed of these trucks,Try to do that with any other truck ,And yes I have owned all the other trucks also.The only draw back is that you cannot put an ATV in the bed because of a bad design with the tonneau cover rails that stick inside.Other than that this trucks does way way more than any other truck on the market period.If i could change one thing on this truck it would be to put a power sliding window in the back, And yes fix the rail issue so an ATV would fit. I just bought a 2012 but should have waited for the 2013.

I just have to say to all the naysayers commenting on the Avalanche "Don't gripe if you don't own one". I absolutely LOVE my '02 Avalanche. Bought it new in August of 2002, fell in love. We have 303,146 miles on this puppy and all she needs is a little valve work. It clatters as though it's going to throw a rod and yet have driven back and forth from Oklahoma to Wash. DC four times with this valve noise and have not had an inch of a problem. Gonna have to put a new Jasper in her soon. I have hauled stuff in the bed of this truck that would make dealers cringe and make GMC Corporate shake their heads. Love it, love it, love it. Best GMC I have ever owned. If I had the money I would buy the new Black Diamond Edition and drive it for another 300,000 or so miles. I,ve bought over 55 GMC trucks from one dealer in Oklahoma since 1979 and by far this is my best truck, ever. THANK YOU GMC

I'm on my 3rd Avalanche. First one red, 2nd one blue and my 2008 White. All American!!!
I loved the look instantly and have never seen anything I would rather have. I like different, edgy, and the comfort most of all.
For all the Avalanche lovers...Our heads never turn to look at "just another truck" going by. We tip our hats to another Avy driver :)

I'm sure the truck ran smoothly and everything, but I simply hated the way it looked. Hate to say it, but I'm glad it's time has come to an end.

What a shame.... Owned three of these up and including my 2011 LTZ.. Pulls the boat , atvs and work trailers golf clubs under lock and key while travelling. Would of kept up with buying new for many years to come. Sorry to see them go. Oh Ya did I mention great in the snow

I haven't seen the main reason I love my Avalanche mentioned. (And yes, it's a truck!) It is the easily removable and versatile truck bed cover. In three segments, it is easily handled and you only need to remove as much as you want, or uncover the entire bed. Design of the bed provides handles making it easy to climb in. Most solid truck bed covers are huge and you can't just pop them off at the drop of a hat and stick them in the bed. I'm on my second (upgraded to leather and heated seats), and only wish it had more seating (for the ton of kids I always seem to be carrying). But hearing it is going, I may get nostalgic and get a 2013 with the front bench seat. Can't imagine not having my Avalanche!

I bought mine in late 2001. 1/2 ton, 4x4. It has been a great truck. Hauls my 25' travel trailer, will easily handle 4 x 8 sheets of plywood or sheet rock out of the weather, room for 6 passengers, and actually fits in my garage. Does fine on four wheel trails in Moab, as long as I avoid the difficult ratings, and great in the snow. I really want to drive mine for another 5 years. I'm torn at this point. A crew cab with a decent bed is just too long.

I am seriously looking at the last 2013 Avalanche Black Diamond. It would be my 3rd Avalanche and I loved the 2003 I had and love my 2005. I've been waiting for a 3/4 ton to come back and am saddened that it is not going to happen. But, having the last one is better than none. What I love about these trucks is their versatility. It has the luxurious and comfortable ride of a car but when I need to haul something, it can be extended thru the mid-gate to accommodate what I have to haul. Not something I would use a Yukon type vehicle to do nor do I need to a/c that whole interior space. I broke both of my avalanches in by 2,000+ mile road trips and I have always gotten more than the 13/17 mpg they were rated for - averaging more like 15/22.

i think my avalanche is the best truck i ever owned Z71 black 2007 i will keep for ever

I purchased my avalanche before they were even available at dealerships and took delivery of it that June. It is still going strong with over 200k miles. It has worked out well both as a truck and as a family vehicle. Sad to see production end but would agree that it's time.

The Avalanche is a amazing truck which has a great place in the market, We can only hope it will come back as a side kick to a redesign Sub. For the weekend getaway or the back yard handyman the truck rocks, Can pull 8200 lbs, haul your sheetrock in the rain and keep your hunting gear dry. The 8' mid gate is the best thing since sliced bread. Once you own a Avalanche and truly use its features you dont have a word worth listening too. To all that own them ya know what I mean.

I bought a 2002 Avalanche Z66 in August 2001. Best vehicle I have ever had. 212,000 + miles and still going strong. Just regular maintenance, same transmission, same water pump and thermostat, no AC work. I did put new breaks on after the first 100,000. I have even gotten 21 MPG on the road when I really nurse it. I pull a 2008 Tahoe 215 I/O boat even with 212,000 miles. Hate to see it go. I will probably buy a 2013 but my 2002 is still going strong.

I owned a first year 02. This vehicle was indeed my most favorite vehicle. Being a weekend DIYer, I made tremendous use of the bed. It also took me through four moves in the 9 years I owned it.

I put on over 150k miles and put almost nothing into it. The only issues I had, was the failure of a power window motor, for which I purchased a replacement at RockAuto for $30 and installed myself, and the rear third brake lamp went, which I also replaced with an aftermarket equivalent for roughly $150.

I sold it 18 months ago, but the new owner is obviously in my area because I see it riding around from time to time with kayaks on top.

I bet that baby will reach 250k miles and still be humming along. It was a great truck, and I still miss it. Die hard conventional pickup drivers will say its not a pickup, but I didn't care what you call it. Yes, the styling was different, but I actually liked not looking like 95% of anyone else out there.

I will admit, in the later years, I was mostly commuting with this vehicle and it just didn't make economical sense...especially after buying a house that didn't need as much improvement. So I sold it for something smaller, but I still sometimes wonder if I made the right decision.

Here's to GM for making an excellent variant on their GMT platform, and to the end of an era.

I have a 2006 un-cladded Z71. I enjoy this truck, I like the comfort and appointments it has. Rides well.
RIP Avalanche.

For slightly more price, you can get a Suburban (3 row seating) which can do everything Avalance can, but not the vice versa.
--- Next time you're down at your local nursery, have them use their bobcat to throw a scoop of gravel in the back of your suburban. Let me know how that goes for you.

I own a 2004 4x4 Z71 Avalanche, and have enjoyed the versatility of this TRUCK. I have put the rear seat down and put pillows in the back to watch a drive in movie with my daughters, and loaded the bed with 1,500 pounds of gravel, or 3 motorcycles, skis, kayaks, SOAR inflatable boats, camping gear, and real estate signs. I have hauled trailers and U-Hauls, and this TRUCK has driven back and forth from Texas to Colorado many times, and now that I live full time in Crested Butte and this vehicle has 125,000 miles of highway, high mountain snow, and back-country driving - I am trading it in for... ANOTHER Avalanche! Maybe I should buy two and put one in storage so that in 8 more years, I will have another new TRUCK! :)

My first was the cladded 2003. I drove it for 260K! Three batteries, one set of breaks, one water pump, four sets of tires, one thermostat, one set of shocks, one set of radiator hoses, and six DDL. I bought a 2011, not because anything was wrong with the 2003, I just wanted a new Avalanche. If I had known that the 2013 was going to be the last model, I would have driven the 2003 two more years. For you nay sayers, you have obviously have never driven one of these finer vehicles.

I have owned 2 GM trucks, 2 GM full size SUV's and have just bought my second Avalanche. To which I plan to have it beyond future vehicle purchases. As an owner, I can say that my Avalanche has been by far my favorite vehicle for everything it is and isn't. I purchased my most recent one (2013) for the sole reason that there won't be any more when I will actually need one. Kudos to GM marketing for that. I personally know more than a dozen Avalanche owners and all have owned more than one. 100% thought enough of the product to want and buy another one when at some point at the cross road of "what will I drive next". It's obvious to me that the haters have always been haters and one thing is for sure they have probably never driven an Avalanche and most defiantly have never owned one.
R.I.P. Avalanche from a satisfied owner and advocate of the product.

I have owned Chevys all of my life. I have owned pickups, Blazers, Tahoes, and my Avalanche. My Avalanche is BY FAR the best overall vehicle that I have ever owned. Chevy would sell more Avalanches except that once someone buys one, they don't want to give it up so they don't have any reason to buy another one. I liked all of my pickups. I liked my Blazers and I really like my Tahoe but my Avalanche is number one! I know several people who own an Avalanche. None of them plan on ever getting another vehicle. What does that tell you? That tells me that the Avalanche is the ultimate vehicle. Those of you who don't own an Avalanche simply don't know what you're talking about. (no offense) I will repair and replace any and all parts that I need to to keep my Avalanche on the road. If the time comes when it's too far gone, I will find a replacement. The Avalanche is the HOLY GRAIL of SUVs. If you think they are expensive now, wait a few years. As the number of Avalanches declines, the value is going to go through the roof. If you've ever considered buying an Avalanche do it now of forever hold your sorrow!

I have owned 3 Avalanch I loved all of them. Anyone who talks bad about them has never drove or owned one. I plan to get my 4th 2013

This weekend I will be buying my 9th Avalanche. It has been the perfect truck for me. I tow a 27' Formula boat and 14' dump trailer with little trouble. Gas mileage was better when Chevy offered 3:73 gears.
As a salesman on the road, the fully covered lockable box is as good as a trunk.
I use the midgate every week and believe this is a feature that has been under utilized.
Chevy killed this great truck when they started limiting colors, options, and power frame!
I for one will miss this vehicle!

Unlike most of these people posting negatively about the Avalanche, I have owned 2 of them. 2002 model that I bought new and gave to my brother who still has it and a 2005 after I gave him the first one. This is an Awesome truck, and I will be buying a new one this year.

I have an 05 with over 200k miles on it. I LOVE my Avalanche. It's never let me down. Everytime I turn the key, she roars. I'm about to get another....and still keep the one I have. Very versatile, great off road, and dependable. Overall the best truck I've had, hands down.

How many of you commenters actually have owned an Avalanche? Love mine. Hauls great rain or shine. No major repairs at 10 years and 188 thousand miles. To each his own on what their preference for vehicle or anything else for that matter is Viva la difference!!

I love my avalanche hate to see em go I will buy another hopefully a 2013 it did everything I asked of it and more some of yall are so lame in these comments but anyway thanks fo a real good truck

I just ordered a 2013 EXT. I got the last build ever!!! I have owned 2 Avy's and this is my 2nd EXT. It has been the best vehicle I have ever owned and do not know what I will do next!!! Very versatile, attractive, and a joy to drive and drive it like a truck or a luxury vehicle. Wish GM marketed the vehicle better!!! Blows everything away that is on the road. Best truck ever designed. It will be sorely missed.

I've owned two and am really going to miss it. It's been the perfect "female truck" for me.
I can carry my photography equipment in the back and it's locked away and secure. Head out on a trip and load the side ice chests full of drinks, and use the three bed cover panels to creatively haul items, while partially covering as needed.
What's my next option? An Escalade?

couldnt be happier with my '07, and have never had so many comments on how nice of a looking truck it was...and ive owned other trucks...rides nice, excellant in the snow...very happy..

I just picked up my 3rd Avalanche, I had a 2003, 2007, and now a Black Diamond 2013. I traded in my 2011 Silverado to get the Avy. I liked the Silverado, but once you own an Avalanche and go to something else, you will miss the Avalanche. My wife always enjoyed driving my first two, and since this is the last year for them we both were chomping at the bit to drive one for the last time. Well I came home today with one. It rides a lot smoother than the Silverado and I agree you can open the midgate and have a full size under cover bed to carry any assortment of things hidden from everyone and from the elements. Sorry to see GM quit making them.

I love my bright red Avalanche< I am 70+ senior citizen and have never enjoyed driving a vehicle as much as this one. I don't understand why you would quit making it, to own it is to love it.


Best universal vehicle out there! Bar NONE!!! Keep everything including drywall, plywood and lumber safe and dry (something you CANNOT do with the 6 foot box and a grampa cap!. Absolutely love mine. I tow a 5000lbs ski boat and trailer, 8000lbs of dump trailer materials, I could go on. To those that don't think this is a truck, your fools! Great gas milage for a vehicle with all of these abilities and a classy attitude. Own a truck? then your probably a red neck, especially the individuals that own a diesel and put their 6 inch stacks through the bed, yeah thats useful!

they should still make this truck its a nice ride its good on the highway nice and smooth lots of power i sure do like this ride a lot there's no other ride like this one :)

The Avalanche is a great truck, so many options, so versatile, I really hate to see it go. Had an 05 Z71 and now an 09 LTZ and love them both.

The contractor above has it right, along with many of the others. Some of you though are just idiots who probably haven't even sat in one, let alone driven it around the block.

The fully enclosed, locking truck bed is great. The 3 part removable top is genius (no flimsy roll top, or no access Tonneau cover here) and of course the locking storage compartments for everything that's currently bouncing around in the back of your Ford F150 are genius also.

And lets get the story straight, the Honda Ridgeline is a laughable attempt to copy the Avalanche. It has none of the capabilities, or looks and is just plain useless. Well, except for maybe bringing a flat of petunias back to your apartment balcony.

Bottom Line---The Avalanche is an awesome vehicle to own. When they are gone, there is nothing out there that will replace everything it does and look as good while doing it.

Long live the AVALANCHE!

All of the haters have obviously never had the need or chance to use the versatile stylings of the Avalanche. I've loved this vehicle since the first model... and I'm now on the third variation. My 2008 LTZ is so spectacular that I'm sure I will keep it forever... and regardless what comes out in the future, my current LTZ will be my baby forever.

The perfect truck, after my divorces I got one, Avalanche is the perfect woman! Hate to see her go.

Guys (and gals) - I own a 2008 Avalanche that I just love! Previously, I had a 2005 Cadillac EXT - quieter and a bit more luxurious (especially the seats) but AWD instead of real 4-wheel drive. The Avalanche has towed my wife's Jeep out of the snow 3 times (so far) and has never let me down. I am the "go to" vehicle for moving folks into new residences and when I tag on my big dumping trailer, I get to haul dirt, mulch, rocks, furniture, etc. to no end. The EXT front diff began to "howl" at 3 years and less than 100K km's so we bid it goodbye. Would love a new Avalanche some day so its demise poses a problem. Maybe I will stop hauling stuff but I doubt that. My two cents.

Good truck but transmission went out,electric ( computer system) went out. And this was a 2007.its good its ending.

I've wanted an Avalanche for a while now. I was driving a Tahoe and had several years left in it. Hearing about the end of the line got me to the dealership and I bought a 2013 Avalanche LTZ, and have had it a year now. I am so glad that I did. This truck does so much, so well. After the SUV, I'm glad to have a real bed, especially a covered one. I remodeled my house and hauled sheetrock, concrete, lumber, etc. It worked great. My friends have commented on how good it rides for a truck, and it does - Just like a Surburban. It's totally loaded with a ton of options too. Awesome truck! I don't put a bunch of miles on it so I will probably drive it for 10 years, and maybe more. I LOVE THIS TRUCK and like others have said about the people bad-mouthing it... Either they haven't driven one or are just stubbornly bragging about their pickups and trying to be loyal to that. Heck, the Avalanche is the reason that there are so many luxury crewcabs out there now! It invented the segment! It was copied and ultimately was why the Avalanche's numbers dropped. Sad to see it go but I'm glad that I got one from the last year!

This is terrible one of the best suv pickups ever this is the truck we need the Silverado is useless compared to this thing the back folds down fo you get a full size pick up and you can fit a full sheet of drywall or plywood silverados cant do that unless you buy an hd or something and it had covered box already built in bad move for chevy avalanche is the best and only truck I want to drive!

bring it back bring it back bring it back bring it back bring it back bring it back DONT BE STUPID CHEVROLET THIS IS THE TRUCK ALL OF US NEED TO DRIVE!!!!!!!!! OR OR OR MAKE THE BACK FOLD DOWN IN THE SIVERADOS AND SIERRAS PLEASEE!!!!! JUST LIKE THE AVALANCHE DOES!!!!!!

Please either bring back the avalanche best move ever
or make the Silverado and sierra have a folding back like the avalanche does and a flat cap built in to just like the avalanche you will never find a truck this amazing
why chevy why??????????????? =(

This piece of junk now has been discontinued; it took them that long to know that they named it right. A name that describes a disaster and that is why it is a gonner. Junk will be junk and we tax payers supported and are supporting the rest of the trash of obama motors co.

Does anyone remember the Ford attempt to copy the Avalanche in their Explorer line? It worked about as well as thier attempt to snatch Suburban buyers with the Excursion. Both Fords left production much earlier than the Avalanche. Give GM the praise it deserves for being the innovator of the time. Very few vehicle models live forever.

Still have my 02 and love it... was going to buy another in a few years but when I heard of its demise I bought a car to keep miles off the AV so it's there when I need it. You guys are being too nice to the nay sayers that never owned one or have no life and don't need a truck anyway... To them I say - Get a life, go buy a Smart car and shut TF up.

I'll miss the Avalanche greatly, and no, there's still nothing else like it. Silverado doesn't have the cargo security of the Avalanche. Avalanche can handle cargo and yet it rides like an old school Cadillac Fleetwood.

I bought an '07 new, black LTZ 4WD loaded with all options. I still have it, only 53,000 miles. I'm really annoyed that it's not offered with the new Suburban models; I'd like the updates with the new model. It doesn't make sense that it's not being offered, considering that the heavy engineering and tooling investment has already been done with the Suburban. They're 90% there already. The locking rear fender side saddle storage is great, yet it's not even offered on the Silverado.

The Avalanche saved our lives on Thanksgiving Day! We were in a horrific high speed accident, hit by an alleged drunk driver. We were tossed around the highway like a pinball and never rolled. All airbags deployed. The truck has damage on all 4 sides and is nothing but scrap metal. However, I am happy to say we were able to walk away from this horrific accident thanks to the Avalanche! My husband needs a new truck now and there is nothing out there that is as versatile as the Avalanche. It's a great vehicle and I'm going to miss it. Wish you didn't stop making them.

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