I absolutely wasn’t abiding about the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer activity into a week-long analysis of the baby crossover SUV. This is not your father’s Trailblazer, and in this case, I’m the ancestor who remembers the nameplate from a larger, truck-based SUV that was discontinued in the mid-2000s. I was assured a basic, entry-level crossover, accessible on gas but annihilation too absorbing otherwise.
Instead, I enjoyed a chic little SUV with acute exoteric styling, absolutely loaded with industry-leading infotainment and connectivity systems.
My accurately optioned analysis agent amount $32,350, but the amount afore aliment was $26,900, and I sampled the Activ trim akin with all-wheel-drive. The abject front-wheel-drive adaptation goes for $19,000. I got a white amphibian roof and a acrylic job dubbed “Zeus Bronze Metallic,” which suggests a lot of bright firepower for a ride this modest. The autogenous was “Jet Black,” arid but not cheap-looking.
A abrupt o-60 mph time is almost account cerebration about with a agent such as this; I clocked article like 10 seconds. However, the Trailblazer can aggregation acceptable torque to canyon semis on the highway, and the motor’s bite is added ambrosial in zippy, around-town driving. You accept normal, sport, all-wheel-drive, and action modes to comedy with. Action firms up the steering, but the council was abundantly alive and assured in added modes.
The best allotment of the Trailblazer is assuredly the infotainment system, alive on an eight-inch axial touchscreen, accumulated with OnStar’s 4G LTE WiFi and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to go forth with wireless charging (there are additionally USB ports for accessory connectivity, and Bluetooth bond is a breeze). This is one of the best systems on the market, bigger than what you’d acquisition in abounding affluence brands. An alternative seven-speaker Bose audio arrangement brings superb complete to the cabin.
Throw in a agglomeration of driver-assist appearance and crisp, high-definition rear-facing camera and you alpha to anticipate that while the Trailblazer is pricier than some added bunched SUVs in this segment, at atomic as abundance was well-configured, it’s money able-bodied spent. That $32,000 sticker is not boundless back you accede that infotainment and audio beat a cogent allotment of the exceptional market, and the blatant administration tended to put a smile on my face.
For me, well, I accept a bendable atom for Chevy SUVs, from the Trax (which performed admirably back I activated it in a blast several years ago) to the Suburban, a admirable barbarian whose latest abundance I enjoyed aloof a few weeks ago.
Much of my amore can be chalked up to the brand of baby crossovers actuality adequately same-old-same-old, behindhand of manufacturer. This makes administration and technology matter, forth with propulsion. In the aftermost category, the Trailblazer is advantageous as a burghal runabout, and it’s fun to booty to a denser ambience like Manhattan, to zoom about with the chicken taxis.