Subcompact SUVs are becoming increasingly popular with buyers at dealerships like the Tuba City Chevrolet dealer. For 2021, Chevrolet adds a new competitor to this growing vehicle class. The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a familiar marque, resurrected from the midsize SUV last seen in 2009, although that model’s name was spelled “TrailBlazer.”
We’ll look at the Trailblazer trim levels to see how they differ, so you can determine which model is best for your needs.
According to the Tuba City Chevrolet dealership, buyers can choose between five trim levels: L, LS, LT, Activ and RS. The base engine is a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder unit that generates 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard.
Those looking for more muscle can choose the available 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that makes 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, matched with the CVT on front-wheel-drive models or with a nine-speed automatic transmission on models with all-wheel drive.
The base Trailblazer L trim rides on 16-inch steel wheels. Standard features include a 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a four-speaker stereo system and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The L also comes with Chevy Safety Assist, a collection of advanced safety features that comes with forward collision mitigation, automatic high beams and lane keeping assist.
The Trailblazer LS trim gets 17-inch alloy wheels and several features not available in the L trim, such as vanity mirrors, a compass, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a six-speaker audio system and floor mats.
The Trailblazer LT trim adds on even more standard features, including keyless entry and ignition, remote ignition, fog lights, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, heated mirrors, tinted rear windows, roof rails and cruise control. Two option packages are available for the LT and higher trims: The Convenience package and the Driver Confidence package.
The Trailblazer Activ trim is perfect for off-roaders looking to take the Trailblazer onto muddy backroad trails. The Activ is equipped with an exclusive front fascia with more ground clearance, and it gets the 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine standard. Other standard features include Hankook Dynapro AT2 Sport Terrain tires, 17-inch wheels, specially tuned dampers, upgraded shocks, exclusive exterior styling cues, a dual exhaust system with trapezoidal tips, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, faux leather seats and a two-tone roof. The Activ and RS have an available Technology package.
Choose the top-of-the-line RS Trailblazer RS trim, and you’ll get most of the features that come standard with the Activ trim, plus 18-inch alloy wheels and red interior trim.
Whichever trim level you choose, you’ll get outstanding fuel economy. With the base 1.2-liter engine, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city/31 mpg highway.* The 1.3-liter block returns 29 mpg city/33 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 26 mpg city/30 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.
* 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.