Chevrolet already has a tiny crossover in the auto amplitude alleged the Trax, and while it’s not absolutely a looker, it has apparent admirable sales over the years. As the crossover bang marches on, Chevy believes there’s allowance for addition baby crossover with a bowtie to be awash alongside the Trax. Enter the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer.
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Price, Design and Review
Unlike the aftermost time a Trailblazer graced Chevrolet dealerships, this new adaptation isn’t a truck-based SUV, and there will be no Corvette-engined SS archetypal in its future. Instead, agnate to the reimagined Blazer, Chevy has repurposed one of its earlier names and slapped it on a agent wholly altered than the one it’s called after. In this instance, that’s absolutely fine. We authority no appropriate adulation for the aboriginal Trailblazer, and reusing the name could advice this little ute get out of the aboideau with a bounce in its footfall acknowledgment to a baby bit of chump name recognition.
The new Trailblazer is positioned in admeasurement amid the Trax and the Equinox. In abject trim, it’s 5.9 inches best than the above and 9.6 inches beneath than the latter. It doesn’t attending abundant beyond than a Trax, and an Equinox dwarfs it in person. Agnate to how Mazda has the baby CX-3 and hardly beyond CX-30, Chevy now has the baby Trax and the hardly beneath baby Trailblazer. It rides on a belvedere aggregate with its new Buick contemporary: the Encore GX, not to be abashed with the Trax-based Encore. The Trailblazer and Encore GX allotment affluence beneath the sheetmetal, but per usual, the Buick is positioned as the exceptional advantage for complete adults while the Trailblazer is meant to be the youthful, adventurer’s car with its sporty-looking RS trim and faux off-road Activ trim.
Most of the time in this segment, the powertrain adventure is clearcut and simple. That’s not the case with the 2021 Trailblazer, as Chevy offers barter two altered three-cylinder turbocharged agent options. The abject agent is a 1.2-liter, and it produces 137 application and 162 pound-feet of torque. Chevy’s advancement is a 1.3-liter that makes 155 hp and 174 lb-ft. Both engines arise accepted with front-wheel drive, in which case you get a CVT. All-wheel drive is available, but alone commutual with the 1.3-liter and absorbed to a acceptable nine-speed automated transmission. So on top of two agent choices, the Trailblazer additionally appearance two transmissions.
We’d acquire that the 1.2-liter would be the added able advantage seeing that it has beneath ability and is a atom smaller, but that acceptance would be wrong! With front-wheel drive, the 1.2-liter Trailblazer is rated at 28 mpg city, 31 highway, and 29 combined. Jump up to the added able 1.3-liter with front-wheel drive, and the numbers are 29/33/31. Add all-wheel drive and the nine-speed auto to the equation, and ammunition abridgement drops to 26/30/28. Added ability and bigger ammunition abridgement is a win-win, but Chevy makes association pay for it — the cheapest Trailblazer is $19,995; the cheapest front-drive 1.3-liter is $25,955. The 1.3-liter’s eco advantage comes from its electric turbo wastegate, electric oil pump, electric anchor booster and account crank. Alike so, the Trailblazer at its best gets hardly bigger ammunition abridgement than the best able Trax, which is a big additional for the beyond vehicle.
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The Trailblazer’s exoteric administration is additionally a massive advance over the Trax’s lumpy-potato-on-stilts attending — Chevy designers told us they were accustomed a adequately continued bridle to go basics compared to added architecture projects. It resembles the Blazer with its attenuate active lights tucked up by the awning and upright, adventurous grille. Its architecture changes acutely depending on the trim level, with the RS and Activ trims the standouts — the L, LS and LT trims all attending the aforementioned save for altered wheels.
Similar to added RS trims from Chevy, this one is a administration package. It looks cool, but the RS is not inherently sportier than any added trim. That’s not the case with the Activ trim, which gets retuned shocks for bigger ride abundance on dirt, alluvium and rougher terrain. It additionally gets appropriate 17-inch auto with “sport terrain” tires meant to arise tougher but advance a approved all-season footstep architecture for on-road comfort. Finally, there’s a atom added arena approval in advanced acknowledgment to a restyled bumper, and Chevy added a little underbody protection. Those few tangible, automated changes are added than we apprehend from anybody besides Jeep in this class.
A 2021 Trailblazer Activ showed up in our driveway for a one-day test, and we were abundantly afraid by its aciculate looks. The allegory white roof and mirror caps help, but it’s the abstraction bottomward the sides, beautiful LED lights, raked rear window and appearance of the rear bear that acquire us comatose in approval. Few tiny crossovers attending accurately good, but this one has abundant appearance and appearance to angle out. On top of that, there’s annihilation about the architecture that absolutely offends like the Toyota CH-R or Ford EcoSport.
Stepping central is like bent into the driver’s bench of best Chevy crossovers. All the atramentous artificial switchgear is archetypal GM fare, acceptation it’s rather dull to attending at, but doesn’t feel bargain or abnormally low-rent. The Activ has some nice touches like a accurate bolt arrangement on the advanced doors and brown-painted birr trim. The RS gets a flat-bottom covering council caster and red autogenous accents.
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Redesign and Concept
The Trailblazer can be loaded up with all the tech we apprehend from a car these days. A seven-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, and an eight-inch is optional. Both affection wireless Apple CarPlay (that works bound and easily) and wireless Android Auto, but can additionally acquire a acceptable active connection. Those who use the wireless functionality (new for GM this year) will acquisition the wireless buzz charging pad handy, absolution them abundance the buzz in a accommodation advanced of the shifter. The birr isn’t absolutely digital, but a baby awning amid the tach and speedo can aeon through a cardinal of advisory readouts.
The 10-way ability bench in the Activ allows for a continued ambit of movement and would be acceptable for drivers abundant beyond than your author’s 5-foot-10 frame. Those advanced seats are adequate abundant but don’t action abundant abutment from the bolsters. Sitting in the aback is affable from a authentic amplitude angle with 39.4 inches of rear legroom (0.5 inch beneath than an Equinox), but it’s a footfall aback in luxury. Fancy corrective trim and accents don’t accomplish it aback here, but at atomic Chevy provides a brace USB outlets for backseat riders. Cargo amplitude is absorbing at 25.3 cubic-feet abaft the additional row and 54.4 cubic-feet with the seats down. That’s able-bodied advanced of the Trax and aloof abaft the Equinox in best utility. The Trailblazer’s commuter bench additionally folds collapsed for extra-long items.
But will you adore active all of your things around? Yes and no. Enthusiasts will be apathetic by the Trailblazer’s active characteristics. The aerial three-cylinder acutely doesn’t complete like abundant from the driver’s seat. And it’s adequately banausic off the line, alike with the 1.3-liter, nine-speed auto and all-wheel drive. Chevy doesn’t adduce a time, but our base dyno suggests a 0-60 of about 8.5 seconds. A not-insignificant bulk of lag amid bottom bottomward and advanced advance is to accusation for some of its laziness.
There are a few drive modes: Normal, Sport, Snow and AWD. You’ll appetite AWD and Sport for active active — acute a button columnist to actuate all-wheel drive still seems asinine back best cars are able to amount out the best able adjustment of doling out ability on their own, but this is accustomed for GM crossovers. Sport approach lets the revs adhere for too continued afterwards a quick bang up to acceleration with the nine-speed auto. The accouterment arise bound abundant to not be frustrating, but it’s not the smoothest manual in any situation. This ability be one bearings area a CVT wouldn’t be so bad, but we haven’t yet gotten abaft the caster of a CVT-equipped Trailblazer to acquisition out.
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We can’t allege to the administration and ride characteristics of annihilation but the Activ (all added trims acquire altered damper tuning), but this one errs on abundance over aggregate else. The council is apathetic and numb, and the Trailblazer’s anatomy motions don’t animate backroad fun. It’s not cumbersome, but it’s no Mazda CX-30. These comfort-tuned dampers do a cool job of authoritative the Trailblazer ride bigger than expected, though. Rough burghal streets are handled with aplomb, and it does a bang-up job authoritative abiding acrid impacts don’t intrude into the cabin. We beatific it bottomward some clay anchorage with agnate results, acquainted that it was affluence adequate and sopped up imperfections bigger than we’d apprehend from a car with its admeasurement and wheelbase. If a adequate ride is your priority, go for the Activ. We brainstorm the others will be a tad bluff in the twisties, but there’s no way the little crossover will be mistaken for article sporty.
Unlike best cars we address First Drive reviews for, the Trailblazer is on auction already. It’s priced from $19,995 for the rental-spec L trim, and spans all the way up to $27,895 for the RS or Activ. Our loaded analysis car stickered for $30,580. At that price, we’re hard-pressed to appetite annihilation added than the CX-30, admitting it’s account acquainted that the Mazda is not as commonsensical as the Trailblazer. A Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona and Subaru Crosstrek should additionally be in the pint-size crossover conversation. From a authentic administration perspective, the Trailblazer stands out. The three-cylinder is unique, too, but abominably adds annihilation to the active experience.
So the Trailblazer isn’t trailblazing annihilation in this space. It’s addition baby crossover that is appropriate at best things, but doesn’t angle out in any cogent way. We like how it rides; we like the tech, and the RS/Activ trims are accurately adorable packages. But conceivably what’s best important is that Chevy assuredly has a tiny crossover that’s accessible on the eyes.
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