Going absurd over the cardinal of crossovers on the bazaar these days? Well, here’s one more: the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer.
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In Chevy’s all-inclusive SUV lineup, the Trailblazer slots amid the abate Trax and the family-size Equinox. It competes with a host of added baby SUVs, including the new Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Kona. It looks like ’em, too, from the “floating” roof bottomward to the artificial cladding framing the caster wells. The attending may not absolutely be afire new trails, but the Trailblazer still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
For all the ins and outs, bang the accompanying articulation aloft for the absolute analysis by Cars.com’s Aaron Bragman. Or, analyze this quick-hits account beneath of pros and cons for a hotter booty on the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer:
The affable active acquaintance comes bottomward to the active engine. Despite its bashful achievement — 137 application and 166 pounds-feet of torque out of the accepted turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder agent — the Trailblazer is abundant for zipping about the city. The car itself feels controlled, council is acknowledging and the brakes are able after actuality too aggressive.
The 1.2-liter turbo gets an EPA-rated 28/31/29 mpg city/highway/combined. If you opt for the turbo 1.3-liter agent with the continuously capricious automated transmission, breadth acme out at 31 mpg combined. These numbers are on par with added SUVs in this segment, such as the Kia Seltos and the Honda HR-V.
Just because we anticipate it looks like aloof about every added baby SUV on the bazaar doesn’t beggarly to advance that it’s ugly. The squared-off shape, squinting headlights and rugged-look cladding are allotment of a architecture blueprint that is accepted these days, and there’s a acumen for that: It makes for a appealing adorable SUV.
The Trailblazer may not be big, but it utilizes the amplitude it has appealing well. Legroom is plentiful, abnormally for the cartage in the back. Up front, the seats are baby and somewhat firm, but still comfortable.
The Chevy Safety Abetment arrangement comes standard, and it includes several appearance that were ahead alternative or alone accessible in added big-ticket models. The accepted arrangement includes advanced automated emergency braking with advanced banal detection, lane accumulate abetment with lane abandonment warning, and a advanced blow active system.
The accepted multimedia arrangement comes with a 7-inch touchscreen. On high trims, you can advancement to an 8-inch awning and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The abject Trailblazer L starts at $19,995 (including the destination fee), a sum agnate to best of its competitors. For beneath than $20K, you get the 1.2-liter engine, a CVT and front-wheel drive.
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There is a lot of adamantine artificial in the cabin, but that’s not abnormal for an SUV at this amount point. Where Chevy did attack to add some architecture flourishes, however, the absorbed is bigger than the execution: The birr and doors get molded “stitching” that’s declared to attending like sewn-in leather, but the affected stitches attending a little uneven. (It should be acclaimed that this aberration was present in an aboriginal archetypal we collection and may be formed out as assembly advances.)
When you hit artery speeds, ride affection starts to bead off commensurately. Hitting annihilation but bland pavement can be jarring.
The behavior of the alternative nine-speed automated manual varies berserk depending on what Trailblazer you’re in. In one analysis vehicle, it seemed like it was acquainted able-bodied to the baby engine, and alike its common alive wasn’t that aggravating … but in addition analysis vehicle, the aforementioned manual acquainted apathetic to bang down, absolutely acid into the active experience.
While the Trailblazer has an adorable starting price, as you alpha to ascend up the ladder of trims, the amount starts to dissipate. A lot of competitors are cheaper in the high trims, and the alternative engines you get in those models are added able than what the Trailblazer offers.
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