Chevrolet TrailBlazer vs. Kia Seltos

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, Automotive Editor - May 14, 2020

The subcompact crossover SUV segment is heating up, as automakers continue to introduce all-new models in the class. With the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer, the American automaker has looked to bring the historic nameplate back in a sharp, value-packed subcompact option. With fuel-efficient powertrains, a spacious interior, and loads of standard safety features, the Trailblazer is a breath of fresh air in Chevy’s lineup.

Kia also recently introduced an all-new subcompact crossover with the Seltos. With a sharp look, peppy engines, and loads of standard features, the Seltos brings excellent value to the segment.

While the Trailblazer and the Seltos are both subcompact crossovers, they have quite a few differences that may have you leaning toward one option over the other. Let’s take a look at what separates the two.

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What the Trailblazer Gets Right

Right away, the Chevy Trailblazer has an immediate edge over the Seltos because of its lower starting price. The Trailblazer carries a starting price of $19,995, while the Seltos starts at $23,110. That $3,115 difference is a large amount of money, especially as both crossovers are all-new options.

Despite having a more affordable price tag, the Trailblazer comes with more standard active safety features than the Seltos. Automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning are standard on the Trailblazer. The Seltos only comes with a rearview camera and rear-seat reminder as standard.

What the Seltos Gets Right

While the Kia Seltos and the Trailblazer are both classified as subcompact crossovers, Kia’s option is more spacious on the inside. It has more front leg room, front hip room, rear hip room, and rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.

The Seltos can hold 26.6 cubic feet of cargo behind the rear seats and a total of 62.8 cubic feet of cargo in total. The Trailblazer isn’t as spacious, having 25.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 54.4 cubic feet of total cargo space.

For the extra $3,000, the Seltos comes with more standard features over the Trailblazer. An 8-inch touchscreen, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, and remote keyless entry are standard. More importantly, the Seltos also comes with all-wheel drive as standard, while the Trailblazer comes with front-wheel drive. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the Trailblazer is the more expensive option of the two, carrying a price tag of $24,495.

Performance is also one of the Seltos’ strengths. The Seltos’ standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 146 horsepower. A more powerfu 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is available that generates 175 hp. Both engines are more powerful than the Trailblazer’s, which comes with a 137-hp engine as standard, while a 155-hp engine is available. If you’re looking for a zippy subcompact crossover, the Seltos is the much better option and doesn’t lose in fuel economy, either.

Need to Save Money?

If you’re shopping on a budget, the Chevy Trailblazer is a better option than the Kia Seltos. For its affordable price, you get a lot of advanced safety features, a good amount of technology, and a versatile cabin.

Our Verdict: Kia Seltos

With more powerful engines, more standard features, and a spacious interior, the Kia Seltos is the winner in this comparison. Kia also backs the Seltos with one of the longest warranties on the market, an upscale design, and, on higher trims, high-tech features that lead the segment. For the majority of consumers, it’s the better option, especially as it comes with standard AWD.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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