There’s some cerebral acumen that, aback seeing a movie, if you apprehend a 4, but get a 6, your apperception turns it into a 7 or 8. And, appropriately true, aback you apprehend a 9 and get a 5, you acquaint your accompany it was a 4 or 3. Opinions of cars go abundant the aforementioned way. I was abundantly afraid at how abundant I admired the afresh alien Chevy Blazer. I’m additionally abundantly afraid with its abate cousin, the Trailblazer.
The new Trailblazer slots in amid the Chevy Trax and Equinox, which seems like a baby gap to exploit, but aback you attending at the competitors, it starts to accomplish sense. The Trailblazer sits alongside the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Toyota CH-R at the big-ticket end of the auto segment. The lower-priced end of the articulation includes the Trax, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Kicks. There’s affluence of allowance for crossovers about $20K, and Chevy knows it.
The Trailblazer comes in three capital personalities. The abject LS and LT, the off-road adjoining Activ, and the sportier RS. That RS apparently looks the best, but alone if you blueprint a blush that matches, or at atomic complements the roof.
The Trailblazer offers two turbocharged three-cylinder engines. A 1.2-liter that makes 137 hp and a 1.3-liter that ups achievement to 155 ponies. The abate agent is consistently commutual to a CVT with front-wheel drive. The bigger agent can be optioned with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic, as my tester does here.
All the columnist shots of the new Trailblazer showed a two-tone car, mostly with a white roof. But my accurate agent was atramentous on black, with the 1.3, all-wheel drive and the nine-speed automatic. Adaptive cruise and the accessibility bales were added, forth with a few added $.25 for a admirable absolute of $28,185. Here, the Trailblazer has gone from bargain to aloof kinda cheap. But you do get a lot of amplitude for your money.
Settling into the cabin, the seats are cloth-covered but the actual feels hearty. The seats are additionally narrow. Coming from a narrow-framed guy like me, that agency they’re actual narrow. However, that does advance to the activity of a lot of amplitude in the cabin, as does the monster bulk of headroom. There’s additionally a ton of rear legroom for the kids and the advanced commuter bench folds collapsed to leave 8.5 anxiety of amplitude to accelerate in continued cargo.
The radio/infotainment was baby at 7-inches and simple with absolute buttons and knobs for affability and volume. The touchscreen is canted aback to accumulate best of the sunlight out. Big aberration knobs ascendancy the altitude and the Trailblazer comes with USB-a, USB-c and abetting ports for your music and podcasts. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accepted on RS and Activ trims, and will be accepted on all of them by the time you apprehend this.
The blow of the autogenous is a lot of adamantine plastics, but the tradeoff there is that it all seems actual durable, which is what you appetite in an bargain circadian driver. Oh, and the visors extend to awning the advanced ancillary windows, as every agent congenital today should.
I was abundantly afraid with the exoteric look, and with the powertrain, which on paper, looked to be a bore. But it wasn’t. It, obviously, wasn’t fast and I’m not activity to pretend that it was. But it wasn’t annoyingly slow, either. And the little turbo three makes some decent, growly noises. The nine-speed was fine. At the aforementioned time, absolutely analysis that box (and you’ll charge all-wheel drive to get it) because I bet you’d acquisition the CVT annoying. The brakes were acute and with a abbreviate achievement and about hilariously good. It feels like you could do a adenoids wheelie in this thing.
The council was accomplished in both weight and ratio, and I anticipate it handled bigger than expected. Again, we’re not abstraction corners here, but I was able to blooper through baby spaces in traffic, aback I got a nice run. The 17-inch auto provided abundant annoy sidewall to blot potholes and over asperous pavement analytic well. And the 7 inches of arena approval accustomed for dispatch over aflutter roads, and a log or two, after breaking a sweat.
Like I said, abundantly surprised, all around. I’d say try to get one cheaper than $28K, but attractive over the options, you apparently appetite all of them on this LT trim. The auto crossover is a (figuratively) big segment, with scattering of acceptable vehicles. I anticipate the Subaru Crosstrek is still my best in the class. You can still get a chiral in the cheaper ones. The Honda HR-V is solid but boring; I apprehend the Mazda CX-30 is good, but I haven’t apprenticed one yet.
I’d alpha with those four. For any taste, as atomic one will abruptness you.
2021 Chevy Trailblazer Specs
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $26,595 (LT AWD)
Powertrain: 1.3-liter turbocharged I3, nine-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Output: 155 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 174 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
Wheelbase: 103.9 inches
Length/Width/Height: 173.7/71.2/65.7 inches
EPA Fuel Mileage (city/highway/combined): 26/30/28 mpg
Pros: Added amplitude than expected, not arid to drive
Cons: Loud autogenous cabin, adamantine plastics, two-tone roof (for me)
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