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Chevrolet Traverse

Year: Starting at $30,510 MPG 16-23 The Chevrolet Traverse is not your everyday seven- to eight-passenger SUV. Its attractively curvaceous body style and well-appointed interior set it apart from the basic family vehicle, and it’s priced starting at $31,000, so for a vehicle of its size and type, it’s attractive financially, too. For 2013, the Traverse gets a mild makeover inside and out. Part of the newness includes chrome accents and an updated center stack, as well as eight-way passenger seats and adjustable headrests. There’s also—first on the market—a front center air bag to protect people in the front seat in the event of a side collision. The third row of seats is split folding and is best left to the kids. In the second row, you can elect to have a bench seat to increase total seating capacity to eight. SUV-style options include a rear-view camera, Bose sound, a power liftgate, and a navigation system. Do any of those really sound like things you could live without? In this kind of vehicle, maybe not! …
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Chevrolet Suburban

Year: Starting at $43,295 MPG 15-21 The Chevrolet Suburban is sui generis: not a minivan or a work truck, not an SUV, not a station wagon. Call it the Shaquille O’Neal of vehicles: it’s a behemoth, yes, but one that overflows with personality and charm despite its eighteen-plus-foot length. Who doesn’t like the Suburban? It has not been the butt of hostility the way the Hummer, for example, has been. And even though there has been a Suburban on the market for nearly eight decades, no committee has turned it into a Suburbanette or taken it off the job it is on earth to do: haul people and stuff capably. If you’re shopping for one, know that you can choose from three V-8 engines, and in half-ton or three-quarter-ton versions. Active Fuel Management is on hand to bust that eight down to four cylinders when cruising, to save on gasoline, and E85 can be used. But you don’t care about that as much as two other numbers: how much cargo, and how many people? The answers are: 138 cubic feet, and nine people. There are also comfort features on board, including a second- and third-row DVD system, touchscreen navigation, a backup camera, and heated seats in the front two rows. So what are you waiting for? Saddle up, remember to fuel up-- and off you go. …
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Chevrolet Tahoe

Year: Starting at $39,830 MPG 15-21 The Chevrolet Tahoe is two feet shorter than the Suburban, and it also comes in a hybrid version. But there are many ways in which the two are similar: starting with the 5.3-liter engines they share, continuing with the number of people they seat (up to nine), and how it looks inside. It’s still a full-size SUV, even if it’s not the fullest-size you can get from the bowtie brand. It can tow up to 8,500 pounds, carry cargo up to 108.9 cubic feet, and still get 21 mpg on the highway. That latter figure is courtesy of Active Fuel Management on the 5.3-liter V-8 and a standard six-speed transmission. Then there’s the two-mode hybrid, which delivers 20 mpg in town and 23 mpg on the highway in either rear- or four-wheel-drive versions, which GM says is tops for the full-size utility segment. Considering its size (it seats up to eight) and its 332 horsepower, that is not bad—even if it’s not quite the configuration you might picture when you think “hybrid.” A Bose nine-speaker sound system (also available on the standard Tahoe LT) and a rear-vision camera are the icing on the hybrid’s cake. …
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Chevrolet Silverado

Year: Starting at $23,590 MPG 15-20 The Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, like the workers who will buy it, is nothing if not versatile. It can be configured in an amazing number of variations, including five trim levels, a choice of three bed lengths up to eight feet, three cab sizes up to crew cab, rear- or four-wheel drive, and five V-6 or V-8 engines—plus there’s even a hybrid. Fuel economy may not be what a full-size pickup is about, but the Silverado 1500 Hybrid can tow 6,100 pounds while getting 23 mpg on the highway—the eco equivalent of bringing home the bacon and frying it up in a pan, we guess. There’s also a conventionally V-8-powered Silverado, the XFE, that offers 22 highway mpg thanks to “aerodynamic enhancements.” New for 2013 is powertrain grade braking for models with the six-speed automatic transmission, which downshifts the transmission to cool down the brakes on those long downhill stretches. Also, there are two new metallic exterior colors, Deep Ruby and Blue Topaz. But decorative touches are a minor point. GM leaves no doubt about what kind of buyer it’s aiming this truck at, using terms like “broad shouldered” and “chiseled”—to describe the truck, not the customer, but chances are, the descriptors fit both. …
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Chevrolet Express

Year: Starting at $25,320 MPG 13-17 If what you’re after is a hard-working van that has no pretensions of passenger comfort, Chevrolet’s Express could be exactly what you’re looking for. The Express can tow 6,200 pounds even in its most modest configuration, and it is available in so many versions that there’s sure to be one for any work application—with special packages for ambulance and hotel shuttle uses. Rear- or four-wheel-drive models are available, and in standard and extended lengths, light-duty or heavy-duty versions, and passenger or cargo versions. In its most extended form, the Express can seat fifteen people; in its most muscle-bound form, it can tow 10,000 pounds. Its fully boxed frame gives it strength, if not beauty. The cargo version of the Express can be equipped with a compressed natural gas package, and the Express lineup also includes a choice five gas/flex-fuel engines and a turbo-diesel. Some modern touches, including a backup camera, a navigation-capable radio, and ultrasonic rear parking assist, have been added for 2013; all are optional. The chrome appearance package and optional Sirius XM satellite radio make the workday go more pleasantly, but this is no consumer-market minivan, nor does it try to be. …
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Chevrolet Avalanche

Year: Starting at $35,980 MPG 15-21 The Chevrolet Avalanche, which transforms from a five- or six-passenger SUV to a pickup and back again, has entered its final model year after a run that has lasted since the 2002 model year. GM is marking all 2013 models with special Black Diamond badging as a tribute. Every 2013 Avalanche also has a standard rear-view camera, ultrasonic parking assist, a remote starter, power-adjustable pedals, and body-color bed surrounds. The most distinctive feature of the Avalanche is the transformation wrought with the Midgate. Once you fold the rear seats down, you can tip the rear cabin wall into the cab, giving you a three-foot gain in bed length, to eight feet, two inches, for cargo. With the tailgate shut, you can fit a four-by-eight foot sheet of plywood or 45.5 cubic feet of whatever else you’ve got. The top-level LTZ has a heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front leather-appointed seats. The Avalanche’s swan song is topped off with a $2,500 cut to base pricing, down to $35,980 plus $995 destination for the base rear-wheel-drive LS model. …
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