Most-Expensive Chevy TrailBlazer Costs $32,350

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - December 12, 2019

Chevy is set to turn heads with the introduction of the 2021 TrailBlazer early next year. With a starting price of $19,995 with destination, the SUV will undercut the Trax by up to $2,300. However, with every available option, our analysis finds the TrailBlazer will cost as much as $32,350, far more than the priciest Trax.

According to a recent order guide, the TrailBlazer RS will start at $27,895, offering extra design touches like a black lower grille insert, two-tone roof, and dual exhaust tips. Automatic emergency braking comes standard, as well as a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine rated at 155 hp with 174 lb-ft of torque.

That said, shoppers may be surprised to learn that even after spending nearly $28,000, Chevy's newest SUV won't come with desirable features like a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert. To get those, you'll have to be sure to add the optional Driver Confidence Package, a $345 option.

Even then, advanced features like adaptive cruise control require the $1,720 Technology Package. That's also the only way to get Chevy's new infotainment system and Bose audio in the RS. Inconveniently, dual lighted vanity mirrors and automatic climate control require a $620 Convenience Package.

Looking to let the light in? You'll have to pony up $1,770 for the Sun & Liftgate Package to get a panoramic moonroof and power liftgate in the RS. At that point, shoppers will be looking at an MSRP of $32,350, $4,455 more than the base RS and $12,355 more than the cheapest L-trim TrailBlazer.

Interestingly, while the TrailBlazer undercuts the Trax at the low end of the spectrum, prices at the top end are considerably more expensive. For reference, a 2020 Trax in Premier trim with all-wheel-drive costs $30,095, over $2,200 less than a fully-optioned TrailBlazer RS.

At that point, the RS will be $445 less than a mid-spec, all-wheel-drive Equinox 2LT and easily within range of a Blazer. Meanwhile, the priciest Nissan Kicks SR Premium barely breaks $23,000 while the Honda HR-V Touring lands just short of $30,000 with all-wheel-drive. Even a Hyundai Kona Ultimate barely crests $30,000.

Will the TrailBlazer pass muster with shoppers? With looks inspired by the Blazer and many of the latest tech features, the model will arguably be the brand's most compelling subcompact to date. That said, recent entries like the Hyundai Venue and upcoming Kia Seltos certainly give shoppers some compelling alternatives.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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