2024 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review, Pricing, and Specs

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Overview

Some crossovers are fun to drive and some are fun to look at. The Chevrolet Trailblazer is one of those things. Built as a shrunken alternative to the compact Chevy Blazer, the Trailblazer, despite its moniker, is far better suited to concrete jungles than conquering the Rubicon Trail. Tucked neatly under its hood is either a 137hp turbocharged three-cylinder or a 155hp turbo triple. These power lines don’t make it impossible to get a speeding ticket in a Trailblazer, but it’s going to take a lot of effort and space. Front-wheel-drive models get a continuously variable automatic transmission, while all-wheel-drive Trailblazers use a smoother, traditional nine-speed automatic transmission. Other subcompact crossovers, like the Kia Soul and Nissan Kicks, beat the Trailblazer in terms of fuel economy and price, but the Chevy does have the largest infotainment screen of the three. Despite its size, the Diet Blazer maximizes interior space by folding its front passenger seat flat, allowing long objects to be carried. The Trailblazer is a good choice for boarders, but it’s clear that many of its competitors have already graduated.

What’s new for 2024?

The Chevy Trailblazer has been refreshed for 2024 with new equipment inside and out. A new front fascia and revised headlights give the Trailblazer the same schnoz as the larger Blazer SUV; Chevy also added new wheel designs and two new colors called Cacti Green and Copper Harbor. Inside, there’s a new 11.0-inch infotainment touchscreen anchored to a high-tech 8.0-inch digital gauge cluster as standard equipment. It replaces the small unit from last year. The 2024 model will go on sale in the fall of 2023.

Prices and which one to buy

LS

$24,395

$25,595

ACTIVE

$28,395

Rs

$28,395

With a starting price of around $25,000, we think the Trailblazer LT is the one to get. It comes standard with the less powerful three-cylinder. But for a little extra, we’ll upgrade from the weaker 1.2-liter to the less weak 1.3-liter and add all-wheel drive, which also brings the nine-speed automatic transmission.

Engine, transmission and performance

As with the Still GX, the Trailblazer offers two different turbocharged three-cylinder engines, a 1.2-liter and a 1.3-liter. The former produces 137 horsepower and the latter produces 155 horses. The 1.2-liter engine comes only with front-wheel drive and is equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while the 1.3-liter offers optional all-wheel drive. Choosing the all-wheel drive system also replaces the standard CVT with a well-coordinated nine-speed automatic. The acceleration of a 1.3-liter all-wheel drive Trailblazer failed to impress during testing, where it rocketed to 60 miles per hour in a leisurely 9.4 seconds. Around town at slower speeds, the Trailblazer feels pepperier than its test results suggest, but merging onto the freeway or performing high-speed passing maneuvers requires planning. While the Trailblazer doesn’t offer a particularly athletic chassis, it handles curves competently enough – but its ride is often harsh over road imperfections.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA hasn’t released an estimate for the facelifted Trailblazer, but the revisions shouldn’t drastically change last year’s estimates. The 2023 front-wheel-drive model with the larger 1.3-liter three-cylinder earned an official rating of 29 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The four-wheel drive Trailblazer reduces these numbers to 26 and 30 respectively. Us tested a four-wheel drive model and it returned 31 mpg on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test. We haven’t driven a Trailblazer with the smaller 1.2-liter engine and front-wheel drive our highway test loop, but the EPA fuel economy estimates for that model are 29 mpg city and 31 highway. For more information on the Trailblazer’s fuel consumption, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, comfort and cargo

The cabin’s design is not as bold as the exterior’s, but it is spacious, functional and equipped with many comfort items in the upper trims. The driving position is a high, SUV-like seat and there is enough space for two adults to be comfortable in the back seat. Although most of the interior is done in black plastic, everything wears an attractive texture to avoid appearing cheap. Upper-level models add colored trim pieces and chrome trims that provide a more upscale look. Behind the rear seat is a generous cargo area, and the Chevy not only offers fold-flat rear seats, but also a fold-down front passenger seat to create room for extra-long items.

Infotainment and connectivity

The Trailblazer comes standard with an 11.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as Sirius XM satellite radio. Wireless phone charging is available on LT, ACTIV and RS trims, plus passengers can connect to the Trailblazer’s available Wi-Fi hotspot for all their streaming needs.

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Chevrolet equips every Trailblazer with a set of basics driver assistance technology and make more advanced technology, such as adaptive cruise control, optional. For more information on the Trailblazer’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

  • Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane departure warning and lane keeping assist
  • Adaptive cruise control available

Warranty and Maintenance Cover

Chevrolet’s standard warranty coverage is dead average compared to many of the Trailblazer’s competitors. Looking for something with a longer warranty? The Hyundai Konathe Kia Seltosand the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport all offer up to 10 years or 100,000 miles of power line coverage. The Trailblazer’s first scheduled service visit is complimentary, which is unusual among competitors, but the Hyundai outdoes the Chevy here with a free three-year maintenance plan.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit

Specifications

Specifications

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS ​​AWD

VEHICLE TYPE
front engine, four wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE AS TESTED
$30,580 (base price: $27,895)

ENGINE TYPE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 12-valve inline-3, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection

Displacement
82 inches31338 cm3

Force
155 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque
174 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/torsion beam
Brakes (F/R): 11.8-in ventilated disc/10.4-in disc
Tires: Hankook Kinergy GT, 225/55R-18 98H M+S TPC SPEC 3139 MS

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 103.9 inches
Length: 173.7 inches
Width: 71.2 inches
Height: 65.7 inches
Passenger volume: 98 feet3
Cargo volume: 25 feet3
Core weight: 3323 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 9.4 sec
100 mph: 31.9 sec
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 10.2 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 7.0 sec
1/4 mile: 17.1 sec @ 80 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 174 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot dia skid road*: 0.83 g
*stability-control-inhibited

Stand-start access times allow 1-foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 31 mpg
Freeway range: 400 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 28/26/30 mpg

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