2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer gets great engine, middling interior

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Let’s hit the road

I’m pleasantly surprised by this tiny engine

Electronic adjustment of the driver’s seat and steering wheel adjustment for reach and tilt are available. As does lumbar support. It will be easy to sit comfortably. Once again I praise the steering wheel! It’s true that until you try different ones, you won’t understand. I’ll even immediately praise him for his driving.

Before I talk about my impressions of the dynamics, I will say that recently I have had the opportunity to drive several crossovers with a power of about 150 horses. And everyone had different “horses”. This contrast makes you realize that numbers are only part of the whole picture. The next question is how all this is configured. And here I must pay tribute to the engineers of GM Korea, the small turbo engine pulls great and even makes a pleasant sound. It also doesn’t create the feeling that it’s about to stall, as was the case with the Opel Crossland.

Yes, the turbine requires getting used to working with the pedal. You need to adapt to when it unwinds and picks up. But with the Trailblazer you really feel confident in city traffic and on the highway. I may disappoint you, but in the RS version the sport is more feigned, and in Russia the engine is the same for all trim levels. True, the older ones have a nine-speed automatic transmission, the shifts of which are completely imperceptible, and this is a very pleasant and comfortable box. In general, I definitely like it for the dynamics and steering.

I will complain about the emergency light button, which is too far from the driver. You also sometimes turn the gearshift lever into mode L, not D. Yes, in a car in 2022 you want a larger multimedia screen, certainly in the older version.

What are the Trailblazer’s performance and fuel economy numbers?

Chevy offers customers two different three-cylinder turbocharged engine options. The base engine is a 1.2-liter, and it produces 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired only with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission. EPA-rated fuel economy is 28 mpg city, 31 highway, and 29 combined.

Chevy’s upgrade is a 1.3-liter that makes 155 hp and 174 lb-ft. Front-wheel drive and the CVT are standard, but the optional all-wheel-drive system brings with it a nine-speed traditional automatic. The fuel economy numbers for the 1.3-liter jump to 29/33/31 with FWD and 26/30/28 with AWD.

What features are available and what’s the Trailblazer’s price?

The Trailblazer’s price starts at $19,995 for the base L trim, including the $995 destination charge.

This entry-level car gets you 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights/taillights, a manual liftgate, manual cloth seats, 7-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a four-speaker audio system.

The cheapest all-wheel-drive Trailblazer starts at $24,595, in the LS trim. This adds the better 1.3-liter engine, nine-speed automatic, 17-inch aluminum wheels, carpeted floor matssix-speaker audio system and the flat-folding passenger seat we mentioned above.

Both the Activ and RS trims are attractive for their appearance and equipment extras, but they’re also the most expensive. The Activ with all-wheel drive costs $27,995 and adds an off-road appearance package (including a skid plate), leather-wrapped interior bits and a ton of interior extras like heated power seats and the upgraded eight-inch infotainment system. The RS with all-wheel drive has the same $27,995 price tag, but skips the off-road bits for the sporty parts we’re accustomed to seeing on RS-badged Chevys.

You can find more in-depth information about pricing, features and local pricing here on Autoblog.

FWD models:

  • L: $19,995
  • LS: $22,595
  • LT: $24,695
  • Active: $26,495
  • RS: $26,495

AWD models:

  • LS: $24,595
  • LT: $26,695
  • Active: $27,995
  • RS: $27,995