2021 chevrolet trailblazer specs, price, mpg & reviews

The Good Attractive sầu styling Right-kích thước interior Plentiful backseat legroom Peppy around-town acceleration Entertaining khổng lồ drive sầu Well-damped thành phố ride unique
The Bad Engine runs out of steam at high revs Questionable early build unique Top spec costs more than competitors Transmission behavior varies Thể Thao mode doesn’t vì chưng much Ride degrades as speed increases
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Here are the results of thitruongxemay.com's Affordable Small SUV Challenge, which pits the defending champion Subaru Crosstrek against the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30.


The verdict: The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a surprisingly fun-to-drive sầu, spacious, competent little crossover that looks good & represents a decent value in its lower trims.

Versus the competition: The Trailblazer becomes a harder sell when compared with some competitors, especially its pricier top-end trims that feature a much less powerful engine than you can get elsewhere.

I’m getting tired of saying that small SUVs are all the rage these days, but it simply remains true, và now yet another subcompact cute-ute has replaced a traditional sedan in an automaker’s lineup. In this case, it’s the old Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan that got the boot, và in rolled this: the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. It fits in between the smaller (& less enjoyable) Trax and the bigger, more family-oriented Equinox. Of course, you also have sầu the Blazer in that showroom if you want something bigger and sportier, or the Traverse if you need a big family hauler — so many options, how are you to lớn know what’s sized & priced for you?

Well, the Trailblazer of 2021 is not the same animal as the last Chevy Trailblazer that left showrooms in 2009 — that was a mid-kích cỡ, body-on-frame, traditional rear-wheel-drive sầu SUV. The new one is much smaller, front-wheel-drive sầu, powered by tiny engines và matches up against competitors lượt thích the new Kia Seltos, the Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Toyota CH-R & even the Nissan Rogue Thể Thao.

The field is crowded with entries in this segment, so has Chevy d... Show full review


The verdict: The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a surprisingly fun-to-drive sầu, spacious, competent little crossover that looks good and represents a decent value in its lower trims.

Versus the competition: The Trailblazer becomes a harder sell when compared with some competitors, especially its pricier top-over trims that feature a much less powerful engine than you can get elsewhere.

I’m getting tired of saying that small SUVs are all the rage these days, but it simply remains true, & now yet another subcompact cute-ute has replaced a traditional sedan in an automaker’s lineup. In this case, it’s the old Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan that got the boot, và in rolled this: the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. It fits in between the smaller (và less enjoyable) Trax and the bigger, more family-oriented Equinox. Of course, you also have sầu the Blazer in that showroom if you want something bigger and sportier, or the Traverse if you need a big family hauler — so many options, how are you to lớn know what’s sized & priced for you?

Well, the Trailblazer of 2021 is not the same animal as the last Chevy Trailblazer that left showrooms in 2009 — that was a mid-form size, body-on-frame, traditional rear-wheel-drive SUV. The new one is much smaller, front-wheel-drive, powered by tiny engines and matches up against competitors like the new Kia Seltos, the Mazdomain authority CX-30, Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Toyota CH-R and even the Nissan Rogue Sport.

The field is crowded with entries in this segment, so has Chevy done anything special to make new Trailblazers stvà out in the crowd? Actually, it has.

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If You Like the Way One Looks, You’ll Like Them All

It doesn’t really st& out in the styling department. There’s a formula for crossover styling these days, & the new Trailblazer follows it fairly closely. Floating-look roof panel, separated from the body and available in two-tone colors? Check. Funky super-slim headlights that aren’t really headlights? Got those, too. Plastic cladding on the wheel arches khổng lồ make it look rugged? Yep. It basically ticks all the boxes for your typical small crossover, present in styling cues from half a dozen other automakers. Thankfully, it’s an attractive look that works as well on the Chevy Trailblazer as it does on the Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks, Hyundẻo Komãng cầu, you name it. 

The look changes depending on the tryên màn chơi you choose, as well, with several trims to choose from, culminating in one of two options for the direction you go in at the top: RS if you want something sporty & aggressive with blacked-out tryên và dual exhaust outlets with rectangular chrome tips (a little odd, given that it’s available only with three-cylinder engines), or Activ if you’re looking for a more traditional off-road look.

My chạy thử vehicle was the Activ tryên màn chơi, which comes with a few interesting features that make it look & feel different from other Trailblazers. It has uniquely tuned shoông xã absorbers made for rougher roads, improved ground clearance, more underbody toàn thân shielding and special sport-terrain 17-inch all-season tires. It’s unlikely that anyone is going to lớn take a Trailblazer off-road, given that it’s generally made khổng lồ stay on the pavement given its running gear, but the image of being able lớn head into the dirt helps sell SUVs, so here it is. A Jeep Renegade Trailhawk would likely be a far better choice if you plan on doing any serious dirty work.

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On the Pavement, Surprisingly Fun

If you’re content khổng lồ keep the Activ trlặng level on the pavement where it belongs, you’re likely going khổng lồ be surprised at your driving experience. The new Trailblazer is fun lớn drive, thanks lớn quick steering, a very well-damped ride and an engine that’s surprisingly peppy given its modest power output. It starts with a choice of two turbocharged three-cylinder engines, either a 1.2-liter making 137 horsepower và 166 pounds-feet of torque if you opt for front-wheel drive, or a 1.3-liter putting out 155 hp and 174 pounds-feet of torque if you go for all-wheel drive sầu. The automatic transmission changes, too: It’s a continuously variable unit with front-wheel drive sầu or a conventional nine-tốc độ automatic with all-wheel drive sầu, regardless of engine. My Activ had all-wheel drive sầu, meaning it came with the 1.3-liter turbo và nine-speed, a combination that proved khổng lồ be surprisingly responsive sầu in around-town driving. It’s best when accelerating from a rolling start to lớn about 40 mph, whereupon the power evaporates và the little three-cylinder engine just sings its heart out without much more oomph on tap. It’s perfect for zipping around urban areas, but if you plan on getting on the highway quickly or passing slower traffic on a two-lane road, you’d better have plenty of room to lớn complete the maneuver.

The nine-speed transmission exhibited two very different personalities in two different vehicles we tested. In my vehicle, it felt perfectly tuned khổng lồ the power available from the diminutive sầu engine. Yes, it shifted a lot, but it did so quickly & without drama or harshness in the slighthử nghiệm, doing its job lớn keep the Trailblazer’s engine in its modest power b& as much as possible. Yet in another sample a different thitruongxemay.com reviewer tried on a different occasion, it felt very slow when it kicked down, making for a much less entertaining driving experience that was only slightly mitigated by shifting the Trailblazer’s drive mode inkhổng lồ the Sport setting. I personally found that the Thể Thao setting didn’t affect the driving experience other than adjusting the shifting behavior of the transmission, so I generally left it in its normal mode. 

There were no complaints about the body toàn thân control & chassis dynamics, however, both of which are surprisingly good. The ride is well damped, there’s no odd bobbing or pitching, and the result is a small SUV that’s actually fun khổng lồ drive. The steering is quiông chồng và responsive, nicely masking the understeer present in all front-wheel-drive crossovers, và rapid transitions on twisty roads are met with poise và proper control. Ride quality is good around town, but it does deteriorate a little bit as speed climbs — out on the highway, smooth pavement is met with calm manners, but expansion grates và frost heaves bởi vì get a bit jarring at elevated speeds. The brakes are a high point — they’re firm and strong, but not overly grabby or aggressive. They add lớn the sporting demeanor of the Trailblazer by providing additional confidence in your ability khổng lồ drive sầu a little bit quicker.

A Mixed Interior Experience

The interior fittings are something of a mixed bag. The kiến thiết of things is generally good, with some excellent shapes và material choices for trlặng surrounds, but there is a lot of hard plastic in here, which is khổng lồ be expected at this price. It’s a step up from what we’ve sầu seen in other affordable GM crossovers like the Chevy Trax, but it does struggle khổng lồ match what we’ve sầu seen from competitors lượt thích Hyundai, Kia & Hondomain authority. Some elements mean well, such as the molded-in stitching on the doors and dash that’s meant khổng lồ simulate a cut-and-sewn leather interior, but the stitch molding itself is wavy in places, making it look lượt thích it wasn’t executed properly. It’s possible this was an early build example; follow-up inspections on later production models would be prudent.

We have sầu fewer quibbles with the interior seating arrangements. The seats themselves are on the small side & are a bit firmer than most, but they’re still acceptably comfortable. The cabin is a bit narrow, but this isn’t a big SUV, it’s a subcompact mã sản phẩm, & it’s not going lớn be cavernous inside. It does, however, have sầu a surprising amount of legroom, far more than you’d expect, especially in the backseat. Our testers found that they could phối the front seats to where they’d normally sit and then comfortably park themselves in the backseat with knee room to spare, unlượt thích some similarly sized competitors lượt thích the new Mazda CX-30. The narrowness of the Trailblazer means that three across will be tight, but there’s ample room for four occupants total. The rear seats aren’t adjustable for fore-and-aft motion lượt thích they are in some competitors, but they vày fold flat (as does the front passenger seat, for super-long items) and the head restraints also lower sufficiently khổng lồ prsự kiện obstructing the view out the rear window.

Visibility out of the rest of the Trailblazer is generally good. Although both the windshield pillars and rear quarter D-pillars are rather wide, the view is decent thanks khổng lồ the upright window arrangement to the front & sides.

All the Modern Amenities, But Is It a Good Value?

The Trailblazer has all of the latest electronic goodies, such as standard wireless Apple CarPlay và Android Auto lớn on some trim levels & a 7-inch touchscreen (upgradeable to an 8-inch unit), but it also starts khổng lồ show that Chevrolet is getting the message about standard electronic safety equipment, as well. Standard equipment includes the Chevy Safety Assist system that includes forward automatic emergency braking with front pedestrian detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, forward collision alert, follow distance indicator và automatic high-beam headlamps. Options include adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, lane change alert with blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and HD rear-vision camera. Many of these features used khổng lồ be optional or package equipment on more expensive Chevrolet models, so this is a welcome change in GM’s strategy.

The bigger question is whether or not the new Trailblazer is a good value, an important question in this highly competitive sầu segment. It starts with a price below trăng tròn gr&, just $19,995 including destination fee, for a basic Trailblazer L with front-wheel drive sầu, the 1.2-liter engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. For the price and equipment, it’s not a bad khuyễn mãi giảm giá, và it compares favorably in terms of price, equipment & powertrain with competitors lượt thích the front-drive-only Nissan Kicks, Ford EcoSport & Hyundai Venue.

But when the price starts lớn climb, the competitors change — at the upper end of its trim levels, we’re starting to consider it against the Mazdomain authority CX-30, Kia Seltos & Hyundẻo Kona, và it’s here where the Trailblazer starts to lớn get outgunned. Though it’s comparable in weight, its optional engine isn’t as powerful as any of its competitors’ optional engines, và most of them are cheaper. You can get a larger, loaded, more powerful Kia Seltos SX Turbo for less than $30,000; that’s less money than a loaded Trailblazer.

The success of the Trailblazer will likely come from who is shopping for it and what competitor sets they’re considering. It’s a solid entry from Chevrolet, as good lớn drive sầu as the old Cruze compact sedan and likely more versatile, too, with improved headroom, cargo space và optional all-wheel drive sầu. It’s undeniably stylish, has plenty of the lakiểm tra technology & isn’t priced too outrageously for what it is. With a bit more power và a properly sorted out interior, it could be a very successful competitor.

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