The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV gains a few options for its second year on the market, including a heated steering wheel and a trailering package. The entry-level L model departs from the lineup, resulting in more standard features and a higher base price.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Trailblazer
The Trailblazer is now available in four trim levels: LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS. Pricing starts at $22,795 including destination and reaches $26,895 for the ACTIV and RS.
The LS carries a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, while the others trims get a 1.3-liter three-cylinder turbo.
Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard on all trims. All-wheel drive is available on the LT, ACTIV, and RS for $1,500. Adding AWD to the LS costs $2,000 because it requires upgrading to the 1.3-liter engine. AWD models have a nine-speed automatic transmission.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|1.2L Turbo 3-Cylinder||137 hp||162 lb-ft||29 mpg|
|1.3L Turbo 3-Cylinder||155 hp||174 lb-ft||31 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Trailblazer is a subcompact, two-row crossover SUV with room for five. Rear legroom is particularly generous for a vehicle this size.
The Trailblazer offers 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and 54.4 cubic feet with it folded. In terms of overall utility, the Trailblazer ranks between Chevrolet's Trax and the Equinox crossover.
The Trailblazer makes a strong showing with standard lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, a following distance indicator, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
The Driver Confidence and Cruise Package adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and manual cruise control. The bundle costs $435 on the LS and $345 on the others because cruise control is already standard.
Adaptive cruise control is available on the LT in the Adaptive Cruise Control Package ($770) and on the ACTIV and RS in the $1,620 Technology Package, which also includes an upgraded HD rearview camera. As is often the case with the smallest crossovers, surround-view cameras are not available.
The Trailblazer starts out with a seven-inch touchscreen, six speakers, two front USB ports, satellite radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The Convenience Package ($620) for the LT and above includes an eight-inch touchscreen, two rear USB ports, and a household-style power outlet.
ACTIV and RS models equipped with the Convenience Package are eligible for the aforementioned Technology Package, which tacks on wireless device charging, a seven-speaker Bose sound system, an SD card reader, and HD radio. Navigation isn't offered on any Trailblazer trim.
The LS provides the basics, like air conditioning. cloth seats, a 3.5-inch driver info display, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and power windows, locks, and side mirrors. The new Trailering Package, available on all AWD models for $650, includes a hitch with trim bezel and a wiring harness. For a different look outside, the $650 Blackout Package provides a black grille and black badging.
The LT gains a plethora of popular equipment, including a 10-way power driver seat, heated front seats, remote start, proximity key access, cruise control, and rear privacy glass. The exterior receives LED fog lights, silver roof rails and body trim, and 17-inch gloss black wheels. In addition to its connectivity upgrades, the Convenience Package tacks on automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and front-lighted vanity mirrors.
The Premium Seating Package ($995) outfits the LT with leatherette upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. There's also a Sun and Liftgate Package with a panoramic sunroof and a hands-free power liftgate for $1,770. The Blackout Package remains available.
Designed for recreation, the ACTIV features 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 Premium Seating Package is standard. Models equipped with the Technology Package have LED headlights and a 4.2-inch color driver info display.
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.
The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT offers as many features as you can reasonably expect for the price, and we certainly recommend it over the LS. If you're interested in going off-road now and then, the Trailblazer ACTIV is one of the cheapest ways to do it.