Chevrolet Avalanche

Base Price: $37,000-$50,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Chevy's dual-purpose SUT gets rear park assist, a rearview camera, power-adjustable pedals, foglights, and remote start. A commemorative Black Diamond edition marks the Avalanche's final production year with special badges and body-color bed surrounds. Fairway Metallic will be available as a new exterior color, and prices are reduced. Dealer-installed heated seat kits are also an option.

Look For: The end of the half-SUV/half-truck hybrid era.

Sum Up: Great start couldn't keep it from fading into automotive history.

Star Rating: *1/2


Chevrolet Avalanche
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/335-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.4-8.8 sec
Tow/Payload 7900-8100/1300-1350 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15/21 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: S; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Chevrolet Colorado (2014)

Base Price: $19,000-$25,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Chevrolet is hard at work readying its Wentzville, Missouri, plant for production of the new Colorado, a version of which is already on sale overseas. Details on U.S.-spec models haven't been released, but engine choices could include GM's 2.5L I-4, 2.0L turbo I-4, with a 2.8L Duramax turbodiesel I-4 as a long shot. Configuration options should include three cab choices and two bed lengths.

Cool Fact: The Colorado's gauge cluster is influenced by the Camaro.

Sum Up: Hopes to take the fight to -- and market share from -- Toyota Tacoma.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Chevrolet Colorado (2014)
Base Engine 2.5L/202-hp/191-lb-ft I-4*
Opt Engine 2.8L/180-hp/346-lb-ft t'diesel I-4*
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 5M/6M/6A*
0-60 MPH N/A
Tow/Payload N/A
EPA Econ City/Hwy N/A
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A*
* Estimated


Chevrolet Equinox

Base Price: $24,500-$32,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: A more powerful 3.6L V-6 replaces the existing 3.0L as the optional engine. New infotainment options include Chevrolet MyLink with navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system. An eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat is new, as is a safety package with forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and rear park assist.

Cool Fact: New 3.6L matches the old 3.0L's fuel economy while adding more power and torque.

Sum Up: Competent SUV finally gets a real V-6.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Equinox
Base Engine 2.4L/182-hp/172-lb-ft I-4
Opt Engine 3.6L/301-hp/272-lb-ft V-6
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.8-9.2 sec*
Tow/Payload 1500-3500/1200 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-22/23-32 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A
* Estimated


Chevrolet Express

Base Price: $26,315-$35,995*
Body Type: Full-size Van

What's New: Rear-vision camera, rear park assist, and navigation radio are available on LS and LT trim levels in both the passenger and cargo van configurations.

Cool Fact: The first Chevrolet van, known as the G-Series, was introduced in early calendar year 1964. It was based on the Corvair and replaced the smaller Greenbriar, which was inspired by the VW Transporter.

Sum Up: With the Ford E-Series quickly approaching Shady Acres and the Ram Van long discontinued, the Express and Savana are your only real choice for a traditional American full-size van.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Express
Base Engine 4.3L/195-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engines 4.8L/280-hp/295-lb-ft V-8, 5.3L/310-hp/334-lb-ft V-8, 6.0L/324-hp/373-lb-ft V-8, 6.6L/260-hp/525-lb-ft turbodiesel V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD, 4A/6A
0-60 MPH 9.0-11.0 sec (est)
Tow/Payload 6500-10000/2287-4187 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 13-16/17-20 mpg 
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags 4; rear cam: O, BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Silverado

Base Price: $23,500-$49,500*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: After getting minor styling revisions and content updates in 2012, the Silverado 1500 will continue for 2013 with few changes. A new powertrain grade-braking feature for the 6A holds speed by downshifting to a lower gear when traveling downhill to prevent the brakes from overheating. Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic are new exterior colors.

Look For: Huge 2013 Silverado rebates as Chevrolet prepares for the new 2014 model.

Sum Up: Update is right around the corner.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Silverado
Base Engine 4.3L/195-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 4.8L/302-hp/305-lb-ft V-8; 5.3L/315-hp/335-lb-ft V-8; 6.0L V-8 + elec, 332 hp; 6.2L/403-hp/417-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 6.8-8.5 sec
Tow/Payload 5900-10,700/1500-2000 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 12-20/18-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Silverado HD

Base Price: $30,000-$47,000*
Body Type: Pickup

What's New: Chevrolet updates its heavy-duty pickup for 2013 with an available bi-fuel natural gas system on 2500HD extended cab models powered by the gasoline engine. The Duramax turbodiesel engine is now offered in 3500HD Chassis Cabs and Silverado models with the pickup box-delete option. New exterior colors include Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic.

Cool Fact: Gasoline engine became E85-capable for 2012.

Sum Up: Capable package hidden beneath a dated exterior and interior.

Star Rating: ***1/2


Chevrolet Silverado HD
Base Engine 6.0L/360-hp/380-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.6L/397-hp/765-lb-ft t-diesel V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.0-8.3 sec
Tow/Payload 9100-21,700/4050-6650 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy Not Rated
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6: rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Suburban

Base Price: $43,000-$59,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Modest updates include the above mentioned powertrain grade-braking feature for the 6A. Champagne Silver Metallic, Concord Metallic, and Blue Ray Metallic have been added as exterior paint choices. For the 2012 model year, a hard-drive-based touch-screen navigation system became available.

Look For: An all-new Suburban model will be on the market within a couple of years.

Sum Up: Aging SUV still looks good for a nearly 80-year-old nameplate.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Suburban
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/355-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.0L/352-hp/382-lb-ft V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.8-8.8 sec
Tow/Payload 8000-9600/1500-2400 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 10-15/15-21 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Tahoe

Base Price: $40,000-$57,500*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: Chevrolet has endowed the 2013 Tahoe with a few minor updates, including three new exterior paint colors: Champagne Silver Metallic, Concord Metallic, and Blue Ray Metallic. The 6A gains the new powertrain grade-braking feature that holds speed by downshifting to a lower gear when traveling downhill to prevent the brakes from overheating.

Avoid: The hybrid. It could take decades to recoup the price difference through fuel savings.

Sum Up: Easier to park than a Suburban, but nearly as expensive.

Star Rating: ***


Chevrolet Tahoe
Base Engine 5.3L/320-hp/335-lb-ft V-8
Opt Engine 6.0L V-8 + elec, 332 hp
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/4WD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.0-9.0 sec
Tow/Payload 5900-8500/1400-1800 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 15-20/21-23 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chevrolet Traverse

Base Price: $31,000-$42,000*
Body Type: SUV

What's New: The 2013 Traverse features refreshed exterior styling, highlighted by a front end reminiscent of the all-new 2014 Impala. Inside, the Traverse gains more refinement with softer materials and tighter panel gaps. Chevy's MyLink infotainment system is now available. Chevrolet claims it has improved the Traverse's handling to give it a more car-like ride.

Cool Fact: The Traverse is one of the first GM vehicles fitted with a front center airbag.

Sum Up: Chevy's answer to the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna, and the Chrysler seen below.

Star Rating: (not rated)


Chevrolet Traverse
Base Engine 3.6L/281-288-hp/266-270-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD/AWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 7.7-8.2 sec
Tow/Payload 5200/1550-1750 lb
EPA Econ City/Hwy 16-17/23-24 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: N/A


Chrysler Town & Country

Base Price: $31,000-$40,000*
Body Type: Minivan

What's New: All 2013 Chrysler Town & Country models get leather seating and an industry-first Blu-Ray player with a high-resolution screen as an available option. All trims can be had with navigation and the brand's Uconnect Web mobile hotspot system. A moonroof is available on Touring L and Limited models. Trailer sway damping and power-folding mirrors are standard on Limited and optional for Touring L.

Cool Fact: The Town & Country can also be had with a third-row screen.

Sum Up: Chrysler remains a strong player in the segment it created.

Star Rating: ****


Chrysler Town & Country
Base Engine 3.6L/283-hp/260-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine None
Drivetrain Front engine, FWD, 6A
0-60 MPH 8.1 sec
Seats/Foldaway 7/2nd, 3rd row
EPA Econ City/Hwy 17/25 mpg
Basic Warranty 3 yrs/36,000 miles
Safety Airbags: 6; rear cam: O; BMS: O