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2021 L Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $19,000
2021 LS Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $21,600
2021 LS All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,600
2021 LT Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $23,700
2021 ACTIV Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,500
2021 RS Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,500
2021 LT All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $25,700
2021 ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,000
2021 RS All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,000
Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is an all-new crossover positioned between the brand's entry-level Trax and senior compact Equinox. The Trailblazer makes a play for younger buyers who value efficiency, technology, and unconventional styling. It delivers all three at a price that actually undercuts the smaller Trax, which just might be the newest Chevy's strongest selling point.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Trailblazer

The Trailblazer is available in five trims: L, LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS. Pricing starts at $19,995 including destination for the base L model and goes up to $26,395 for either the ACTIV or RS.

Engine Choices

There are two engines available with the Chevy Trailblazer. The L, LS, and LT get a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder motor, while a 1.3-liter turbo three-cylinder comes with the ACTIV and RS. The larger engine is available on the LT for $1,360.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
1.2L Turbo 3-Cylinder137 hp162 lb-ft29 mpg
1.3L Turbo 3-Cylinder155 hp174 lb-ft31 mpg

Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available on all but the L model. Selecting AWD brings the 1.3-liter engine, and it only costs $2,000 total to do so on the LS and LT, or $1,500 on the ACTIV and RS.

FWD models use a continuously variable transmission, while AWD versions get a conventional nine-speed automatic.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Trailblazer seats five across two rows. There's 40.9 inches of leg room up front and a healthy 39.4 inches of second-row leg room.

There's 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, or a total 54.4 with it folded. For comparison, the Chevy Trax holds up to 48.4 cubic feet, and the Chevy Equinox tops out a 63.9 cubic feet.

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Safety Features

Every Trailblazer comes standard with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, front pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. More features can be added to the LS and above in a series of option packages.

On the LS, the Driver Confidence and Cruise Package ($495) bundles blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, rear parking sensors, and cruise control. The price drops to $345 on the LT, ACTIV, and RS because cruise control is already standard.

On the LT, the Adaptive Cruise Control Package ($620) adds adaptive cruise control, as well as a 4.2-inch driver information display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a rear center armrest.

On the ACTIV and RS, equipping adaptive cruise control requires the $1,720 Technology Package, which also includes LED headlights, an HD rearview camera, and much more.

Connectivity

The Trailblazer's standard infotainment system features a 7-inch touchscreen, wi-fi capability, six audio speakers (four on the base L), Bluetooth, two front USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

The Convenience Package ($620) for LT, ACTIV, and RS trims adds an 8-inch touchscreen, two rear USB ports, satellite radio, a 120-volt power outlet, and more.

In addition to aforementioned safety features, the Technology Package for the ACTIV and RS furnishes the 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD radio, wireless charging, an SD card reader, and a 7-speaker Bose audio system.

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L - From $19,995

The L comes with basics like power side mirrors, power windows and locks, air conditioning, halogen headlights and taillights, a manual liftgate, and 16-inch steel wheels with painted covers. There's also cloth seats, a six-way manual driver seat, a four-way manual passenger seat, and a 3.5-inch driver information display. White is the only exterior color offered.

LS - From $22,495

The LS gains a digital compass display, carpeted floormats, 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, and a full palate of exterior colors to choose from.

LT - From $24,595

The LT comes standard with a 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, remote start, keyless entry and start, cruise control, and deep tinted glass. Outside are LED fog lights, silver body trim and roof rails, and 17-inch black alloy wheels.

In addition to the connectivity upgrades, the $620 Convenience Package adds automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and illuminated visor vanity mirrors. Models equipped with the 1.3-liter engine are eligible for a Sun and Liftgate Package ($1,170) with a panoramic sunroof and a hands-free power liftgate.

ACTIV - From $26,395

In addition to the 1.3-liter engine, the ACTIV receives off-road suspension tuning, all-terrain tires, a front skid plate, and a unique front fascia that increases ground clearance. Roofs are painted in contrasting white or bronze, and the rear features LED taillights and dual trapezoidal exhaust outlets. The interior benefits from leatherette seat trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a rear center armrest.

The Technology Package ($1,720) bundles the 8-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, Bose audio system, HD radio, SD card reader, HD rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, a 4.2-inch driver information display, and LED headlights.

RS - From $26,395

The sporty RS shares its equipment and options with the ACTIV, minus the off-road hardware. Exclusive design features include a black or red contrasting roof, 18-inch wheels, black badging, polished round exhaust tips, cloth and leatherette seat trim, and a flat-bottom steering wheel.

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CarsDirect Tip

The low-price L exists mainly for advertising purposes and very few are being produced, leaving the LS as the real base 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer. But even that is rather austere compared to key competitors. We recommend starting your build with the mid-level LT, which can be equipped to satisfy a range of tastes and budgets.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Stylish
  • Affordable
  • Roomy and comfortable
Cons
  • Slow
  • Pricey top trims
  • No four-cylinder engine
Expert Rating
2.8 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Old name on a new face. The "in" thing among automakers these days is slapping old names on new products. So what if it doesn't jive with hardcore gearheads? Automakers are corporations, not fanboys, and sacrilege is nothing new.

Case in point is the new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The name used to denote big, hulking, truck-based SUVs with true four-wheel drive. For 2021, the Trailblazer is reborn as a compact crossover with a three-cylinder engine than can be optionally fitted with all-wheel drive.

That's quite a departure from its history, but the new Trailblazer is nonetheless a smart entry in a burgeoning segment. Small crossovers with a bit of stylistic flair have become all the rage among buyers. For proof, see the popularity of the Kia Soul, Hyundai Venue, Nissan Kicks, and the like. This segment is where it's at, and Chevy wants a piece of the pie.

Style points. Though compact crossovers have been around some time, the latest entries in the segment have been fashionistas. The Chevy Trailblazer joins that stylish crowd but doesn't feel like a copycat; rather, it might have the best aesthetics in the class.

A lot of credit for its attractive look is due to its squared-off, blocky shape. There's also the wide stance and the truck-ish front end to drive home the look. Ultimately, the Trailblazer succeeds in taking what people like about bona fide SUVs and distilling that into a smaller package.

The Activ trim hones in on this; it gets meatier tires, unique wheels, and a contrasting-color roof with matching mirror caps. The look is mini off-roader, even if it has no business on real 4WD trails.

The RS goes the opposite direction with 18-inch wheels, street-spec rubber with narrower sidewalls, and sportier trim. Urban chic, in other words. The rest of the trim levels don't try quite so hard but still look good in our book.


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Slow going. The Trailblazer might look sharp, but performance is anything but. That's due to two rather underwhelming engine choices: a 1.2-liter or a 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder.

The 1.2-liter turbo three-cylinder is the base engine, found in the bottom three trims. It makes 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. That's more power than either the Kicks or the Venue, but what's lacking is refinement.

The standard continuously variable transmission doesn't help – it makes the engine feel even more bogged down, resulting in a slow crawl up to 60 mph. This powertrain is thankfully limited to front-wheel-drive models; the extra weight of the all-wheel-drive setup wouldn't make things any better.

Were it our money, we'd upgrade to the 1.3-liter turbo three-cylinder. It churns out 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, which is a strong showing for a turbo-three. That doesn't equate to fast, however, and the 0-60 mph requires a bit less than 10 seconds.

While the base engine uses a CVT, the 1.3-liter gets a nine-speed automatic. This is our favorite bit among all the hardware here – it shifts smoothly, almost invisibly. It pairs well with the AWD.

Overall refinement for the 1.3-liter is decent, considering the segment and price point. It makes a fine competitor to the Japanese offerings in this class, though the lack of a four-cylinder engine will remain a bit of a psychological hurdle.

Voluminous interior. Space efficiency matters in this segment, and Chevy thankfully got the memo. The well-designed cabin uses its tiny footprint effectively and is one of the roomiest compact crossovers on the market: 54.4 cubic feet of total cargo space, or 25.3 cubic feet behind the rear seat.

Seating four adults isn't an issue either, with nearly 40 inches of rear leg room – a massive amount for something this size. Seating five is doable, but the compact dimensions impede on width, making three abreast a bit of a tight squeeze. There's room to stretch the legs out all day, though.

Up front, the driver will enjoy a well-designed dash that incorporates either a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen, depending on if you buy the base model or any other trim, respectively. Chevy's latest infotainment is easy to use and gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment.

Material quality is on par with the competition. Considering base models start at less than $20,000, Chevy did a decent job screwing together the cabin.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is yet another small and affordable crossover, but its good looks set it apart. It's also distinguished by its underwhelming three-cylinder engines, which work well enough but ultimately leave us wanting for a better driving experience.

That leaves us torn. On the one hand, for the shoppers for whom the driving experience still matters, we'd certainly cross-shop the competition before making any decisions. But if style and roominess are the main priorities – and for more and more buyers, this seems to be the case – this macho little Chevy checks all the right boxes. Shop accordingly.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.2L I-3 / 137 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Transmission
2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
28 / 31 / 29 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.2L I-3 / 137 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
28 / 31 / 29 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
54.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
173.5 "
Exterior Width
71.2 "
Exterior Height
65.2 "
Front Headroom
40.0 "
Rear Headroom
38.4 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
39.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.8 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
Wheel Base
104 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-60 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
4
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Automatic Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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