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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review: It May Be Small But It’s Not Short

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

 

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.

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What It’s Like To Drive The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

 

Slowly but surely, the popularity of sedans and coupes have seen a steep decline in North American sales, particularly in favor of small crossover SUVs. These days automakers are putting a heavy emphasis on all-inclusive features like advanced infotainment and safety features, ample space for both passengers and cargo, and overall good mileage. According to Forbes, some compacts prove to be “as dull as dishwater”, so with the resurgence of Chevrolet’s 2021 Trailblazer, one can only wonder if it can stand out in the automotive market. The brand is already known for its heavy emphasis on SUVs and trucks, such as with its favored Colorado and Traverse. Luckily, it already wins some cool points for its incredibly low starting price of just roughly $20,000, (plus destination fee).

The latest Trailblazer is available in five trims levels: The budget-friendly L, the more indulgent-friendly LS and LT, the slightly posh RS, and somewhat off-road adept ACTIV. When driving you’ll find the subcompact to be quite comfortable in all versions. 

It looks quite comparable to that of the larger Blazer, especially with Chevy’s familiar dual-port grille squeezing between the front headlights, as well as its sleek and trim roofline, and a couple of creases along the sides that add to its intense appearance. The liftgate in the back includes taillights that slightly wrap around and hands-free functionality. 

The interior provides the spaciousness and comfort that is expected of a modern SUV. There’s also plenty of legroom roomy for your long-legged friends. The dashboard has a clean and simple layout, as well as parts of the cabin, though the RS trims are a bit more upscale with its black and faux detailing. The gauges are large and well within reach.

The amount of storage areas across the cabin is nothing short of plentiful, such as with the glovebox, two cubbies by the center console, a bin underneath the armrest. Cargo space in the backseat is a roomy 25.3 cubic-feet and stretches to an impressive 54.3 cubic feet when the 60/40 split rear seatbacks are folded flat. Similarly, the front passenger can fold to house 8.5 feet worth of extra items.

The 2021 Trailblazer is powered by a standard with a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine in the L, LS, and LT trim, it’s also allied with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This turbocharged engine possesses a bit of spunk even though it only has 137 horsepower (137 lb-ft torque). 

On the RS and ACTIV trims (optional on the LT) is the 1.3-liter turbo engine. It pushes out 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. Of course, this engine shows itself to be much livelier. The 9-speed automatic transmission on the AWD models also puts even more pep in this Chevy truck’s step. 

The Trailblazer handles tough road patches like a pro, especially when on curved highway ramps. The ride is delightfully smooth no matter what type of terrain one might encounter. Of course, the ACTIV trim will fair much better with its higher ground clearance, accompanied underbody protection, and special tires and suspension made for improving performance and overall ride quality. 

Interestingly enough, as opposed to most SUVs, the Trailblazer’s available all-wheel-drive system necessitates the driver to operate it through a center-console button. The company claims that this method aids the car in maintaining better fuel economy, however, some car bloggers have noted that an automatic system can respond much more effectively to quickly varying road conditions.

Furthermore, the new Trailblazer offers a great deal of technological amenities such as SiriusXM 360L streaming capability, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, the connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Bluetooth. Optional features include a Bose audio system and a wireless charging pad. On the more external side, optional features include a panoramic sunroof and LED headlights.

Chevy hasn’t forgotten about your safety tech, as it comes with standard driver-assist features like forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, auto high beams, and lane departure warning with lane-keep assist. Optional features are adaptive cruise control, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic alert systems are optional.

No matter what version of the 2021 Trailblazer that you decide on will certainly provide excellent performance and overall experience. For those who are looking are a bit budget-conscious, the base L would be ideal ($19,995). For those who are looking for a more off-road experience will enjoy the ACTIV ($26,395). 

Miami Lakes Chevrolet is currently selling the latest Trailblazer in nearly all different versions for just around $25,000, (plus destination fee). Those who are interested in this vehicle or any of our other Chevrolet can simply view our online new car inventory and chat with a representative virtually for further assistance. 

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The Chevrolet Trailblazer Is Making A Comeback in 2021 With A 28 MPG Combined EPA Rating

Friday, April 3rd, 2020

The Trailblazer’s Impressive MPG Rating

Shoppers who are interested in purchasing a small SUV want the space without sacrificing the fuel economy. The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer was revealed almost a year ago as a compact car offered in its lineup, squeezing between the entry-level Trax and the highly favored Equinox. At long last, an official EPA rating for the Trailbrazer’s fuel mileage has finally been released…kind of…

The newest Trailblazer certainly lives up to its name as it is offered with 1.2-liter as well as a 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with either front or all four wheels. According to Fuel Economy, there an option for the 1.3-liter AWD model to have a little collaboration with a nine-speed automatic transmission, the highest-spec powertrain option.

Additionally, the 2021 Chevy model earns a 26 mpg rating in city conditions with 30 mpg as the official rating for the highway. In general, this rating a little better than the miniature Trax with its high-spec 1.4-liter turbo three-cylinder and AWD, however, this comparison is very like-for-like. On the other hand, the Trailblazer defeats the larger Equinox despite its arrangement. Those who decide upon the 1.5-liter turbo engine with AWD in the Equinox should know that it would be pretty similar at 27 mpg combined.

It might not seem like it, but the new Trailblazer is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to rising up against the AWD competition. It’s 28 combined mpg rating is perfectly equal to the Honda HR-V, though ranks lower only slightly for the highway and accelerates past the Mazda CX-30 at a rating of 27 mpg combined. The domestic competition also has trouble keeping up with the Trailblazer as the Jeep Renegade matches up at 26 mpg and Ford’s EcoSport model comes in a little behind at 25 combined mpg, even though its closer to the Chevy Trax in size.

The Trailblazer is David in the market of Goliath with its smaller 1.2-liter engine and 4WD still dominating in terms of having better fuel economy, but as a note, the exact figures are not available right now. However, assessing from the estimates from FWD competitors, it is expected that Trailblazer will come in close to 30 mpg combined.

Features To Expect and Release Date

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will come out swinging with its spacious interior, the company states that the total cargo capacity is 54 cubic feet with 60/40 split second-row seats folded.

The new Chevy model wouldn’t be so new if it didn’t have updated driver-assist features like forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and automated emergency braking, all of which are standard. Optional features include adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring as well as infotainment features like Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto.

The Trailblazer is set to be released in the Spring this year (2020), and will have a base price close to $20,000, (plus destination fee).

Miami Lakes Chevrolet

If you simply can’t wait for the new Chevy model, Miami Lakes Auto Mall has a variety of different vehicles from Chevrolet that are up-to-date, family-friendly, and has plenty of advanced infotainment and safety features, we even have the Trax in our possession. Those who are interested can look through our online new car inventory and chat with an online representative for further assistance.

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Chevrolet Announces the Return of the Trailblazer

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The Chevy Blazer may have just been rebooted for the 2019 model year, but Chevrolet is already thinking ahead and has announced the return of the Trailblazer to its lineup for the 2021 model year. Just like the Blazer, the TrailBlazer will make its return as a crossover as Chevrolet is keen to cater to the current automotive market’s demands. Chevrolet stated that the small CUV will occupy the lineup space between the Trax and the Equinox once it hits showrooms in early 2020. Experts expect the Trailblazer to be similar in size to the Nissan Rogue Sport, while the new Blazer will remain a five-passenger CUV slotted above the Equinox.

Back in the day, the Trailblazer used to be a body-on-frame 4×4 SUV and was originally just a trim level of the Blazer until it spun off as its own model. Although the Trailblazer was discontinued more than a decade ago, Chevrolet still offers a Colorado platform-based SUV with the same namesake in foreign markets. Chevy hasn’t provided any technical specifications as of yet, including the kind of drivetrain the Trailblazer is destined to have.

Here’s what we do know so far: the Trailblazer will come standard with advanced safety features such as lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. There will also be a sporty RS trim available that’ll include unique styling and a two-tone paint job. Chevrolet did not disclose if the RS trim will also feature any performance upgrades, but it’s unlikely that it’ll only sport the RS badge without some performance perks.

Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing, said “The Trailblazer’s great design enables more personalization. Trailblazer is a continuation of the design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.”

Since the Trailblazer is expected to slot between the Equinox and the Trax, experts believe that it’ll likely offer buyers a choice between Chevy’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine or the 2.0-liter turbo-four. Both engines are likely candidates for the new Trailblazer that’s sure to be offered with both a front-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive option. Others believe that at the very least the base trim of the upcoming Trailblazer could be powered by the same engine that’s under the hood of the Trax – a 1.4-liter turbo four-pot. The company’s nine-speed automatic transmission is expected to be used as well.

Chevrolet will announce pricing and full information closer to the Trailblazer’s on-sale date. Expect the Trailblazer to arrive in dealers early 2020 for the 2021 model year. Follow Miami Lakes Chevy on social media to stay up to date on the latest Chevy news.

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