Chevrolet Trax vs. Chevrolet Trailblazer

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, Automotive Editor - May 15, 2020

Chevrolet, like many other automakers, is trying to add new crossover SUVs to its lineup. For the 2021 model year, Chevy brought back a nameplate from the past in a new subcompact crossover: the Trailblazer. Becoming the smallest utility vehicle in Chevrolet’s lineup, the new Trailblazer shares design elements from the all-new midsize Blazer, comes with a host of active safety features, and a versatile cargo area to make the most of its tiny stature.

The Trailblazer isn’t the only subcompact crossover that Chevy sells to consumers. The brand also has the Trax – an option that’s been around since 2015. While some may think that both subcompact options share a lot in common, there are quite a few things that separate the two.

With the differences between the Trailblazer and the Trax, the question is: which one should you pick? That’s what we’ll aim to answer below.

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What the Trailblazer Gets Right

The Chevy Trailblazer is the newer, more youthful crossover of the two. Therefore, it comes with a more modern design. Beyond its look, the Trailblazer is more affordable. Pricing, including destination, starts at $19,995, while the older Trax is priced from $22,295. Being able to save $2,300 on an all-new model gives the Trailblazer an immediate advantage.

Not only will you save money in the initial purchase by going with the Trailblazer, but you’ll also save money when it comes to fuel economy. The Trailblazer is equipped with a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine that’s rated at up to 29 miles per gallon combined, according to the EPA. Opt for the available 1.3-liter turbo three-cylinder, which comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and you’ll be able to get 31 mpg combined. The best the Trax can get is up to 28 mpg combined.

As the newer vehicle, the Trailblazer comes with more standard safety features than the Trax. Despite its lower price tag, the more affordable Trailblazer is equipped with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. The only standard safety feature the Trax comes with a rearview camera.

The Trailblazer also has more interior space than the Trax, offering 54.4 cubic feet of total cargo space compared to the Trax’s 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space. When it comes to passenger space, the Trailblazer also has more space in the majority of its available seats than the Trax.

What the Trax Gets Right

If you do a lot of city driving, the Chevy Trax is the better choice. It’s physically smaller than the Trailblazer, measuring in at 5.9 inches smaller in length, 1.3 inches smaller in width, and 0.3 inches in height. The Trax’s smaller size makes it easier to drive, which will be handy in tight urban areas.

In addition to its smaller size, the Trax has a more upright design compared to the Trailblazer. While it may not look as modern, the driver gets clearer sight lines out of the Trax.

The Winner Is Clear

This isn’t a fair comparison. In nearly every measurable way, the Trailblazer handily beats the Trax. While the Trax is showing its age and could use a major update, the Trailblazer is new, bringing a fresh subcompact option to the automaker’s lineup. The fact that the Trailblazer is more affordable makes it the clear choice.

Our Verdict: Chevrolet Trailblazer

With the introduction of the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, there’s no reason to purchase the Chevy Trax. That may sound harsh, but it’s the truth. In every way possible, the Trailblazer is a better choice – even when it comes to pricing.

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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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