You may remember the Trailblazer name, which was last seen in 2009. At that time, the Trailblazer was a midsize truck-based SUV. Chevrolet reboots the Trailblazer marque for 2021, this time as a car-based subcompact crossover that slots between the smaller Trax and the larger Equinox. Customers at dealerships like the Chinle Chevrolet dealer are excited by the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, thanks to its athletic styling borrowed from the Camaro and its wide array of tech features. Buyers looking for an outstanding subcompact SUV should take a close look at the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer.
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer seats five passengers and is available in five trim levels, listed as L, LS, LT, Activ and RS. Buyers can get the Trailblazer powered by one of two three-cylinder engines. A 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine produces 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The other powerplant is a 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that develops 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. Trailblazers with this engine and all-wheel drive get a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Cars.com gave the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer high marks, writing: “The 2021 Trailblazer straddles the subcompact and compact SUV classes. It’s big enough for a small family but not so big that it can’t handle the constraints of city life. ... I found plentiful cargo room and a backseat that was large enough to comfortably fit my 6-foot frame — with a few inches of space between my knees and the seatback. Backseat headroom was also ample, and the Trailblazer on display featured the available panoramic moonroof, which opens up the cabin even more.”
The Trailblazer gets excellent fuel economy. The 1.2-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated rating of 28 mpg city/31 mpg highway.* The 1.3-liter powerplant checks in with 29 mpg city/33 mpg highway with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel-drive models return 26 mpg city/30 mpg highway.
Off-roaders will appreciate the Trailblazer Activ trim level, which comes with unique 17-inch Hankook Sport Terrain all-season tires. The Activ also gets a restyled front fascia that provides more ground clearance, trapezoidal exhaust tips, a dual exhaust system, upgraded shocks, a two-tone roof, and roof rails.
Inside, the driver and passengers will be impressed with the attractive cabin that features a user-friendly infotainment system. Available features include a power liftgate, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. There’s plenty of cargo space, with 54 cubic feet with the 60/40-split second-row seats folded. Everyone will appreciate the Trailblazer’s storage space for small items. There’s 3.5 liters of open storage space in the center console, and a total of 4.4-liters beneath the armrest.
Safety is an important consideration for buyers who are choosing a new SUV, so it’s good to know the Trailblazer has numerous standard safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, front-pedestrian braking, forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, a rear-seat passenger reminder and automatic high beams. Available safety equipment includes a high-definition rear vision camera, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.