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.