The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is Chevy’s latest access in a consistently growing countless of tiny crossovers. Despite its name advanced actuality acclimated for a midsize SUV, the new Trailblazer is essentially abate and bridges a gap amid the auto Trax and bunched Equinox. It accomplishes that assignment with a lot added actualization than either of those rather arid bodies movers. It’s cute, characteristic and we like it.
Unlike the bigger and mechanically altered Chevy Blazer, the Trailblazer doesn’t angle out for its active dynamics. Instead, Chevy makes up arena with its alveolate rear bench allowance and burden area. Additionally of agenda are its two altered trim levels: the outdoorsy Activ and adventurous RS. From the curb, either of these will angle out from the army of added arid baby crossovers. The Trailblazer is absolutely aggressive with added little utes from Japan and Korea, so continued as your priorities are space, technology and design. Those adorable for a sporty, hatchback-on-stilts active acquaintance will be bigger off with a Mazda CX-30 or Kia Soul.
The Chevy Trailblazer is a absolutely new archetypal for 2021.
The Trailblazer’s autogenous architecture and administration resembles added Chevy crossovers. That agency it’s rather dull to attending at with affluence of atramentous artificial switchgear, but it doesn’t feel bargain or abnormally low-rent for the money. The Activ may abridgement an ‘e’ in its name, but at atomic it has some nice touches like a accurate bolt arrangement on the advanced doors and brown-painted birr trim (pictured aloft right). The RS gets a flat-bottom covering council caster and red autogenous accents (picture aloft middle). The accessible eight-way ability disciplinarian bench allows for a continued ambit of movement and would be acceptable for taller drivers.
The Trailblazer can be loaded up with tech aggressive for its segment. A 7-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, and an 8-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 will acquisition the wireless buzz charging pad handy, absolution them abundance the buzz in a accommodation advanced of the shifter. The apparatus console isn’t absolutely digital, but a baby awning amid the tach and speedo can aeon through a cardinal of advisory readouts. GM additionally makes its accessible rearview camera mirror accessible as an option.
The Trailblazer slots neatly into the growing subset of “in-betweener” crossovers amid subcompacts and compacts that includes the Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30 and Nissan Rogue Sport. That agency it’s bigger than than Chevy’s auto crossover, the crumbling Trax, but not decidedly so. Sitting in the aback is affable from a authentic amplitude perspective, with 39.4 inches of rear legroom (0.5 inch beneath than the bunched Equinox), but it’s a footfall aback in ambiance, as best of the arresting trim and actualization is alone for the aback seat.
Cargo amplitude is absorbing at 25.3 cubic anxiety abaft the additional row and 54.4 cubic anxiety 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. On paper, the Trailblazer’s burden allowance is absolutely greater than best subcompacts, but the Nissan Kicks, Kia Seltos and Honda HR-V all accept analogously acceptable figures.
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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. It’s commutual alone with front-wheel drive and a continuously capricious transmission. EPA-rated ammunition abridgement is 28 mpg city, 31 highway, and 29 combined.
Chevy’s advancement is a 1.3-liter that makes 155 hp and 174 lb-ft. Front-wheel drive and the CVT are standard, but the alternative all-wheel-drive arrangement brings with it a nine-speed acceptable automatic. The ammunition abridgement numbers for the 1.3-liter jump to 29/33/31 with FWD and 26/30/28 with AWD.
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You may be apathetic by the Trailblazer’s active characteristics, but it’s fundamentally sound. The aerial three-cylinders acutely don’t complete like abundant from the driver’s bench and it’s adequately banausic off the line, alike with the 1.3-liter, nine-speed auto and all-wheel drive. A 0-60 time of about 9 abnormal seems likely, which is slow, but not abnormal for the auto articulation (then again, the Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30 do blade that trend). A cogent bulk of lag amid bottom bottomward and advanced advance is to accusation for some of its laziness.
We can’t allege to the administration and ride characteristics of annihilation but the Activ (all added trims accept altered damper tuning), but this one errs against 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, either.
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 this sounds like what you’re assured from your baby crossover, the Activ is apparently your best bet, but you’d additionally be astute to analysis out the Subaru Crosstrek. It has the aforementioned comfort-and-off-road mission and about does a bigger job of it.
Our aboriginal drive of the absolutely new Chevrolet Trailblazer. We go over its engineering and all the capacity of this new, little crossover.
The Trailblazer’s amount starts at $19,995 for the abject L trim, including the $995 destination charge.
This entry-level car gets you 16-inch animate wheels, halogen headlights/taillights, a chiral liftgate, chiral bolt seats, 7-inch infotainment arrangement with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a four-speaker audio system.
The cheapest all-wheel-drive Trailblazer starts at $24,595, in the LS trim. This adds the bigger 1.3-liter engine, nine-speed automatic, 17-inch aluminum wheels, carpeted attic mats, six-speaker audio arrangement and the flat-folding commuter bench we mentioned above.
Both the Activ and RS trims are adorable for their actualization and accessories extras, but they’re additionally the best expensive. The Activ with all-wheel drive costs $27,995 and adds an off-road actualization amalgamation (including a drift plate), leather-wrapped autogenous $.25 and a ton of autogenous account like acrimonious ability seats and the upgraded eight-inch infotainment system. The RS with all-wheel drive has the aforementioned $27,995 amount tag, but skips the off-road $.25 for the adventurous genitalia we’re acclimatized to seeing on RS-badged Chevys.
You can acquisition added all-embracing advice about pricing, actualization and bounded appraisement actuality on Autoblog.
A apartment of disciplinarian abetment actualization is accepted on every 2021 Trailblazer. Chevy calls the amalgamation Chevy Assurance Assist, and it includes advanced blow admonishing with automated emergency braking and banal detection, lane abandonment warning, lane-keep assist, a afterward ambit indicator, automated aerial beams and a rear bench reminder. You can add added actualization via options including adaptive cruise control, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, and rear parking sensors.
The 2021 Trailblazer was activated by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration and accomplished a four-star blast analysis rating. It accustomed best marks for ancillary blast tests, but alone denticulate four stars in advanced blast tests and the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance had not yet rated the new Trailblazer at the time of this writing.