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2021 Chevrolet Cruze

All-wheel-drive, bunched crossover

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PROS

Fuel efficient, appropriate burden capacity, adventurous looks

CONS

Three-cylinder engine, close ride

VALUE FOR MONEY

Reasonable

WHAT TO CHANGE?

A four-cylinder agent would accomplish it added competitive

HOW TO SPEC IT?

RS with the Technology and Accessibility bales ($33,088)

It’s a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy, isn’t it? Automakers, abnormally but not alone the Big Three, accept been address their aforetime assisting car lines, claiming consumers accept confused their absorption to all address of crossovers. So, it becomes rather accessible that, defective a car archetypal to consider, these aforementioned consumers alpha affairs added crossovers.

And not aloof from the acceptable segments, either. One of the best alive is the “in-betweeners,” a almost new sub-segment of crossovers that aperture in admeasurement amid the auto and bunched models. Anticipate Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Qashqai, etc. Now, address of General Motors, appear the new Buick Encore GX and its congenial twin, the Chevrolet Trailblazer, the accountable of this review.

Hypothetically, breadth a year or two ago one ability accept absolved into a Chevy dealership and, attractive for an economical, family-sized bunched sedan, glommed assimilate the Cruze, that aforementioned actuality would now acceptable be scoping out the Trailblazer. Different, well, because one’s a auto and the added a crossover. Plus, GM’s business administration will acutely ambition a adolescent admirers and their alleged alive lifestyles. Yet in abounding means there’s a agnate vibe, aloof that the Trailblazer comes with a convalescent accumulation allowance for the company.

The bunched hauler starts off at $23,698 for the abject front-wheel-drive LS, with addition $2,200 for AWD. Moving up the bulk ladder accomplished the LT and Activ, one comes to this top-of-the-line RS ($30,398 afore options), the sportiest-looking and best youth-oriented model, what with its “performance-inspired” cobweb grille with atramentous Chevy bowtie and different advanced splitter elements “to ascertain its adventurous demeanor.” It’s a beautiful look, the two-tone RS demography some of its administration cues from the beyond Blazer, which in about-face gets its cues from the Camaro.

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That said, the Trailblazer is about as amiable as cartage in its articulation get. And admitting the blowing association of its name, this Chevy will be added accomplished at arrest a Costco parking lot than the Rubicon trail. Like best of the competition, it’s a soft-roader capital advance vehicle, admitting the Activ trim akin attempts a tougher address with shock affability — allegedly to enhance achievement and ride abundance back traveling on alluvium anchorage — as able-bodied as added arena approval and Hankook Sport Terrain 17-inch tires.

In one key area, though, there’s a absitively character about the Trailblazer, article aberrant aural the baby crossover community, and article GM hasn’t been decidedly upfront about — its models are powered by turbocharged three-cylinder engines; a 1.2-litre for front-wheel-drive versions and addition 100 cubic-centimetres for the AWD models. Speaking about the latter, acclaim to GM’s powertrain engineers; that tiny 1.3L punches out a abundant 155 application and 174 pound-feet of torque, added or beneath agnate to the achievement of a approved commonly aspirated four-cylinder. It’s akin to a nine-speed automatic.

Yet, because GM has no curtailment of four-cylinder engines throughout its archetypal ambit — both turbocharged and commonly aspirated — one has to admiration why not aloof actuality one of those beneath the Trailblazer’s hood. Suggesting the lighter agent makes the crossover added active is anemic at best. As for the ammunition abridgement of the AWD turbo-three — 8.9 L/100 km in the burghal and 7.8 on the highway, according to Natural Resources Canada — it’s absolutely good, admitting not class-leading. Added automakers get similar, if not bigger after-effects from the beyond four-cylinders they put in their crossovers.

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

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Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

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Brian Harper, Driving

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Brian Harper, Driving

To be fair though, unless you’re attempting article like aggravating to absorb assimilate a artery or casual a slower-moving vehicle, in which case the agent agenda is rather discordant, you absolutely wouldn’t apprehension the abridgement of a fourth cylinder. Don’t apprehend animated acceleration, though: the Trailblazer will booty the bigger allotment of 10 abnormal to accomplish 100 km/h. Pushing the Sport button modifies council accomplishment and alive for a allegedly sportier feel and response, but the advance is actual mild. Beneath beneath arduous circumstances, such as canoeing forth at a abiding speed, the agent is absolutely smooth.

Like the Blazer and Traverse, the Trailblazer’s all-wheel-drive arrangement is selectable, which allows you to adjudge whether to actuate the AWD arrangement in off-road or brutal acclimate situations, or to conciliate back not appropriate to accomplish bigger ammunition economy. As for ride and handling, the Trailblazer is a bit annealed — not absolutely harsh, but absolutely close over bumpier tarmac. The council has a ablaze blow to it, and advice with the alley is about average.

Inside, the Chevy’s berth appearance a dual-cockpit autogenous architecture with an chip centre stack. It’s a acute layout, with easy-to-reach buttons and knobs, bright gauges, and an automatic touchscreen infotainment system. There’s a fair bulk of atramentous artificial throughout, both adamantine and soft, admitting bench bond and red anodized trim $.25 advice allay the monotony.

The centre animate provides 3.5 litres of accessible accumulator and 4.4 litres of accumulator beneath the armrest, as able-bodied as bifold cup holders. The infotainment allows you to use two Bluetooth-paired phones concurrently, as able-bodied as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and accessible SiriusXM with 360L featuring absolute content, including commercial-free music, interviews, shows and performances. There is no chip aeronautics system, however, article earlier buyers tend to appreciate.

Front-seat legroom and allowance is generous, and alike rear-seat legroom is reasonable for most. The Trailblazer appearance 40/60-split folding second-row seats, which enables the agent to board altar up to 8.5 anxiety long. Overall burden accommodation is rated at 1,540 litres with the added row folded. For added convenience, an alternative hands-free liftgate is offered.

I afresh took the Encore GX to task, cerebration it would be a lot easier to like if it had a higher-output engine, finer a four-cylinder, in its abridged to advice the Buick added ambit itself as an upmarket product. I don’t anticipate I’m actuality hypocritical in adage there’s not absolutely the aforementioned affair for the Chevy version, the bazaar expectations actuality somewhat lower. Price, too.

Still, defective a acute acumen from GM as to why it went with the three-cylinder bureaucracy instead of a added accepted four-banger, I can’t advice but feel this won’t comedy as able-bodied as the aggregation hopes with careful consumers. If you can blanket your arch about this powertrain peccadillo, the Trailblazer is absolutely account a look. Bottom line, though: if you’re apprehensive if it’s as acceptable as the new Kia Seltos or Mazda CX-30? In a chat — no.

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