Chevy Reviving the Trailblazer nameplate with a brand-new compact crossover that has attractive looks, but does not have the off-road capabilities of the larger SUV that was previously branded with the same name. Its 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer slots between the smaller Chevy Trax and the mid-size Chevy Blazer The latter is the inspiration for the new model’s slick bodywork. The Trailblazer has numerous components with the new and similar-sized Buick Encore GX which includes the drivetrain and engines available. Three turbocharged engines is available, with the standard 1.2-liter standard engine and the 1.3-liter engine that is available as an upgrade. The engines aren’t fast The Trailblazer’s roomy interior and snazzy styling could make buyers ignore its shortcomings in the powertrain.
What’s New for 2021?
The Chevy Trailblazer is a brand new model for 2021. It will return to it as a compact crossover, following Chevy stopped production of an SUV called the Trailblazer in 2009.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The 2021 Trailblazer is priced at just $20,000, which is less than the Trax however, that cost doesn’t mean it’s an SUV that is highly sought-after. This model’s basic version comes a bit lacking in terms of equipment, it uses hubcaps instead of alloy wheels and is offered in white. Although the more costly Activ as well as RS models sport distinct sporty and rugged styling as well, we believe the LT trim model is the most value. We recommend that you choose the bigger 1.3-liter engine that comes with all-wheel drive with an additional $2000.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Like as with the Encore GX, the Trailblazer has two turbocharged three-cylinder engines: the 1.2-liter and a 1.2-liter and one that is 1.3-liter. The former generates an impressive 137 horsepower, while the second produces 150 horses. The 1.2-liter engine is only available with front-wheel drive and comes by a constantly variable transmission (CVT) as well as the 1.3-liter comes with an all-wheel drive option. The all-wheel drive option also substitutes the CVT standard with a smooth-shifting, nine-speed automated. The performance of the 1.3-liter all-wheel drive Trailblazer was not enough to please us on our test track. It clocked an enthralling 9.4-second 60-mph-to-zero time. In town, at lower speeds the Trailblazer is more lively than the test results suggest, but merging into the highway or undertaking high-speed pass maneuvers requires cautious preparation. Although the Trailblazer does not have an especially sporty chassis, it can handle curves well enough, but its ride can be rough when it comes to rough roads.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
It is the most fuel-efficient Trailblazer as per the EPA it comes with front wheel drive, with the bigger 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine. It earned scores of 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway as well as 31 combined mpg. The upgrade to all-wheel drive lowers these numbers to 26 mpg for city driving 30 mpg highway along with 28 miles per gallon combined. We tried an All-Wheel Drive model, and it was able to deliver 31 mpg over 200 miles on the highway. We haven’t tested the Trailblazer equipped with the less powerful 1.2-liter engine or front-wheel drive, on the highway testing loop however, the EPA estimates of fuel economy for this model is 28 mpg city and 31 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg in combination.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The cabin’s interior design isn’t quite as funky as the exterior’s, however it’s roomy, practical and equipped with lots of amenities in the higher trims. The driver’s seat is a tall level, similar to an SUV and there’s ample space for two people to feel comfortably on the back seat. The interior is constructed of black plastic, the interior has an appealing texture to prevent it from appearing cheap. The higher-end models include accent pieces of chrome and colored trims ornaments that give it a more elegant look. The back seat is a spacious cargo area and the Chevy features not just the rear seats that fold flat but also a fold-down seat in the front seat to make room for larger objects. It’s an innovative design however the Trailblazer isn’t quite as impressive as the innovative cargo carrying capabilities of Honda HR-V. Honda HR-V.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Trailblazer is equipped with the most recent infotainment technology from Chevy that allows users to pair two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. The 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment unit is the standard, however an 8.0-inch device is available. It’ll come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, as well as Sirius XM satellite radio and selecting the Technology package will allow wireless connectivity to both interfaces for smartphones. The stereo comes with four speakers in the entry-level L however moving up to higher-end trims will bring the option of a six-speaker set-up or an upgraded Bose stereo that features seven speakers.