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$20,995 - $29,206
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2023 LS Front-Wheel Drive
most popular
Price:   -  From $22,100
2023 LS All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,100
2023 LT Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $24,300
2023 ACTIV Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,200
2023 RS Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,200
2023 LT All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $26,300
2023 ACTIV All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,700
2023 RS All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $27,700
Expert Rating
2.9 (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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Overview

What's New

The 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer sees a few new color options but there are no significant updates from its 2021 launch year. Pricing also remains the same.

Choosing Your Chevrolet Trailblazer

The Trailblazer is offered in four trims, the LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS. Base prices range from $22,995 to $27,095.

Engine Choices

A 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is standard on the LS and LT trims. It puts out 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque and sends power through a continuously-variable transmission to the front wheels. A 1.3-liter turbo three-cylinder with a nine-speed automatic is optional on the LT trim (for $395) and generates 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The uprated engine is standard on the ACTIV and RS trims and any trim equipped with all-wheel drive, a $2,000 option on the LS and LT, or $1,500 on the Activ and RS.

The models with the smaller engine earn an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon combined while the all-wheel-drive models return 28 mpg.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Trailblazer stretches to 173.7 inches long and sits 71.2 inches wide. Its boxy shape contributes to a roomy rear seat with 39 inches of legroom and a spacious cargo area with 25 cubic feet behind the seat back and 54 cubic feet with the seat backs folded. The front passenger seat also folds forward to accommodate items up to 8.5 feet in length.

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Safety Features

All Trailblazers are equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, following distance indicator, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and OnStar. The Driver Confidence and Cruise Package is $495 ($395 on the upper trims) and adds blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors. With the Driver Confidence Package selected in the LT trim, adaptive cruise control is available for $770. The ACTIV and RS trims offer adaptive cruise control within the $1,620 Technology Package.

Connectivity

The base Trailblazer features a seven-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, USB and Aux inputs, and six speakers. The LT trim offers the Convenience trim for $520 which includes an eight-inch touchscreen, two more USB ports, and an AC outlet. The Technology Package is available on the top two trims and further adds a Bose sound system and wireless charging.

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2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS – MSRP From $22,995

The base trim includes 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, cloth seats with six-way adjustability, a 3.5-inch driver information display, and power mirrors and windows. A $650 Blackout Package includes a black grille and exterior badging.

2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer LT – MSRP From $25,195

The LT trim receives significant upgrades such as 17-inch black wheels with machined faces, LED fog lights, tinted windows, silver roof rails, body-color heated mirrors, proximity entry, remote start, heated seats with 10-way power adjustment for the driver, and cruise control. The Convenience package adds the aforementioned larger touchscreen and more power ports as well as automatic climate control and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Premium Seating Package is $995 and adds leatherette seating surfaces and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Lastly, the Sun and Liftgate Package is $1,770 and includes a panoramic sunroof and hands-free power tailgate with logo projection/ kick target.

2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV – MSRP From $27,095

The ACTIV is the dirt-road version of the Trailblazer with off-road suspension tuning, “sport-terrain” tires, a functional skid plate, unique front and rear lower fascia, dual trapezoidal exhaust outlets, a white-painted roof panel and mirror housings, and LED taillights.

The interior is packed with similar items to the LT trim equipped with the Premium Seating Package and additionally features a few bronze-colored interior trim pieces. The ACTIV offers the Technology Package with its 4.2-inch driver information display, LED headlights, and HD rear vision camera.

2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS – MSRP From $27,095

The sporty-minded RS trim receives 18-inch wheels, a painted lower front bumper, a larger grille, curves on the lower door cladding, revised rear bumper styling, two round exhaust outlets, and a black contrast roof (with most colors). The interior gains red contrast stitching, red interior trim, red sport gauges, a unique flat-bottom steering wheel, and cloth and leatherette seats. Otherwise, the RS matches the ACTIV’s list of features while the Technology Package remains optional.

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CarsDirect Tip

The LT trim with the available safety and convenience packages brings a modern level of safety and technology without becoming overpriced.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Sharp lines
  • Roomy cabin
  • Packed with tech
Cons
  • Painstakingly slow
  • Subpar standard CVT
  • Can get pricey
  • Jarring ride quality
Expert Rating
2.9 (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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Fashion-Forward Design. Most automakers don’t focus on styling with their subcompact SUVs. The vehicles are seen as affordable, versatile machines for consumers that want something easy to drive. Styling usually takes a backseat. With the 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer, Chevy has taken a different route. In the subcompact class, the Trailblazer is one of the few options that stand out for having a stylish design.

While lower trims are a little plain, higher trims are available with a contrasting roof, more impressive wheel designs, and touches that result in a more aggressive design. The Activ brings a more rugged touch with 17-inch wheels, sport terrain tires, and a skid plate. The RS is the sportiest-looking trim in the lineup with 18-inch black wheels, red accents, and dual exhaust outlets. The Trailblazer may not have a sporty bolt in its body, but there’s no denying how sharp the RS trim looks.

The interior design of the Trailblazer isn’t nearly as exciting as the exterior, but it’s a clean design that should age well. Angular air vents, a center console that juts out of the dashboard, large controls, and a recessed infotainment screen highlight the SUV’s straightforward look.

Surprisingly Roomy. With its subdued interior and low-quality materials, the Trailblazer’s interior fails to excite. What the Trailblazer’s cabin does incredibly well is provide passengers with a roomy interior.

The Trailblazer has 98.2 cubic feet of passenger space, which is a competitive amount for the subcompact class. The SUV impresses with 40.9 inches of front legroom and 39.4 inches of rear legroom. The rear seats are especially roomy for the segment, with two adults having enough space to sit comfortably in the back. A tall roofline and large windows add to the Trailblazer’s spacious feel.

There aren’t a lot of subcompact SUVs that offer the same amount of cargo space as the Trailblazer. The SUV has 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 54.4 cubic feet of cargo space in total. The front passenger seat also folds down to store larger cargo.

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Lethargic Three-Cylinder Performance. Chevrolet offers the Trailblazer with two different three-cylinder engines. Neither offers performance that we would call impressive. The base engine is woefully underpowered, while the optional motor fails to feel like a large upgrade.

The standard turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine delivers 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The horsepower figure isn’t terrible for the segment, but the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) saps all of the power from the engine. This engine feels slow around town and downright scary on the highway, as passing takes minutes, not seconds.

A turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine is available starting with the LT trim for an extra $400. With 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, one would assume that the engine has far better performance, but that isn’t the case. Even the available engine feels slow off the line, but it’s far more usable around town. At least the larger 1.3-liter engine comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission that’s far better than the base CVT at delivering shifts.

Despite having a tiny three-cylinder engine and low power figures, the Trailblazer doesn’t lead the class for fuel economy. The 1.3-liter engine can get up to 31 mpg combined while adding AWD to the engine brings fuel economy down to 28 mpg combined. These figures trail behind the Nissan Kicks, Toyota Corolla Cross, and Hyundai Kona.

Stick With A Lower Trim. With a starting price tag of $22,995 (with destination), the Trailblazer is a decent value option. It comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and keyless entry. The subcompact SUV also comes with a lengthy list of safety features that include automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist.

We think the LT is the sweet spot in the lineup, as it’s the first one to be available with the must-have 1.3-liter engine. For an extra $2,200, you’re not getting a lot more features, as the LT adds cruise control, remote start, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, push-button start, and heated front seats. The LT is available with multiple packages, though they’re hardly well-priced.

The higher up the Trailblazer lineup you go, the worse the value gets. The Activ and RS trims start at $27,095, which is high for a vehicle with this kind of performance, an 8-inch touchscreen, an available Bose audio system, and an optional wireless charging pad. Your money will go much further with other subcompact SUVs.

Final Thoughts. The 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer is one of the better-looking subcompact SUVs and one of the roomier ones, but these qualities aren’t enough to look past the SUV’s lifeless performance, poor value, lack of high-tech features, and harsh ride. There are so many other subcompact SUVs in the segment that outshine the Trailblazer that it’s hard to recommend.

For consumers that want to do some real off-roading, there’s the Subaru Crosstrek. It comes standard with AWD, offers up to 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space, has a roomy interior, and is available with a 182-hp engine.

The Mazda CX-30 is one of the few subcompact SUVs that could fool people into believing it’s a luxury vehicle. It has a high-end interior, first-class materials, upscale features, and an available 250-hp turbocharged engine.

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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
29 / 31 / 30 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
29 / 31 / 30 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
17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored / Front 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
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
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
With Steering Wheel Controls
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 Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Assist Rear
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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