2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review: It May Be Small But It’s Not Short – Miami Lakes Automall Chevrolet
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is the latest entry for the brand currently known for making compact SUVs and trucks as a specialty. In previous model years, the car was promoted as a midsize SUV, but recently, it seems to have been making a transition to a compact of sorts. This intention is further emphasized with more design elements and distinct curved lines.
Other cool highlighting features include its generous amount of room for the rear and cargo area, the distinct Activ and RS trim levels, and exciting technologies.
Interior and Technology
The newest Trailblazer’s interior styling is comparable to other crossovers from the brand, with one familiar feature being its black plastic switchgear. The Activ trim also adds some charming touches such as a near cloth design on the front doors and dash trim with a brown coating, meanwhile, the RS model receives a leather steering wheel with a flat-bottom and red interior accents. An 8-way power driver seat is available, it makes it possible for a more movement, long-range, which taller drivers will appreciate.
The cabin has a wide range of nifty technological features like a standard 7-inch infotainment touchscreen and an available 8-inch version. Both touchscreens have wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With wireless capability, users will enjoy the phone charging pad, as it allows them to store their phones in a cubby near the shifter. The company also offers its rearview camera mirror as an option.
Engine and Performance
Trailblazing shoppers are offered two different engine options involving three-cylinder turbochargers. The base model has a 1.2-liter engine and provides 137 horsepower with 162 lb-ft of torque. It also includes front-wheel-drive and a continuously variable transmission.
The upgraded engine pushes out 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Again, front-wheel-drive and the continuously variable transmission is standard but there is an available all-wheel-drive system that teams up with a 9-speed automatic.
The overall drive is stable and the comfort-tuned dampers help in enhancing the overall ride. It fairs pretty well on both the main road and dirt roads, and if that ability serves as a priority for a buyer, then it’s recommended that they opt for the Activ trim.
Cargo space has a lavish 25.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 54.4 cubic feet when the seats in the second-row are down. The passenger seats also fold flat for items that are extra long. Overall, the 2021 Trailblazer’s cargo room is significantly better than its competitors.
Safety Equipment and Crash Ratings
In a lot of ways, the Trailblazer is more of a family car than it is an off-road vehicle, especially with its impressive list of driver assistance features such as the highlighting Chevy Safety Assist, which includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, a distance indicator, automatic high beams, and a rear-seat reminder. More features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, and rear parking sensors can be added on.
The reliability of the Chevy’s new almost compact was proven by its ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Trailblazer received a four-star crash test rating and five stars for side crash tests. The truck also received four stars in front of front crash and rollover tests.
Trim Prices and Features
The base L trim has a starting price of $19,995, (plus destination fee) and comes with 16-inch steel wheels, halogen headlights/taillights, a manual liftgate, manual cloth seats, a 7-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a four-speaker audio system.
The most affordable all-wheel-drive model comes in at $24,595, (plus destination fee), tacking on the more advanced 1.3-liter engine, nine-speed automatic, 17-inch aluminum wheels, carpeted floor mats, six-speaker audio system and the flat-folding passenger seat.
The Activ all-wheel-drive model is priced at $25,995 and includes an off-road appearance package (including a skid plate), leather-wrapped interior bits and a bunch of interior prizes like heated power seats and the upgraded eight-inch infotainment system. At the same time, the RS all-wheel-drive is priced the same but does away with the off-road features.
Where To Buy The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer?
At Miami Lakes Automall of course! We carry a great selection of Chevrolet models, including the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Those who are interested in the latest Trailblazer or any other models from the brand can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.