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    The Chevy Trailblazer Thinks You Don't Want a Cruze

      ...Cruze who?...

    2021-Chevrolet-Trailblazer-ACTIV-024.jpgLos Angeles - Chevrolet thinks that you don't want a Cruze anymore and instead you'll buy an SUV.  Enter Chevy's answer for that, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer starts under $20,000 and for those taking notes, that's less than the current Chevrolet Trax even though the Trailblazer is the larger vehicle, fitting between the Trax and Equinox in size.

    Themed after the larger Blazer, the Trailblazer looks wider in person than its specs suggest.  Powertrains match the Buick Encore GX on which this shares a platform.  Powered by either a 1.2L turbo or 1.3L turbo 3-cylinder engine, the Trailblazer will deliver up to 155 horsepower. Both engines are mated with a standard Continuously Variable Transmission with selectable stop/start capability. A nine-speed automatic transmission is also available on Trailblazers equipped with the 1.3L engine and all-wheel drive. The AWD is selectable so that drivers can choose between traction or fuel economy as conditions dictate. 

    The Trailblazer features 40/60 split folding second row seats, which enables the vehicle to accommodate objects up to 8.5 feet long. Overall storage capacity is rated up to 54.4cubic feet10 with the second row folded.

    Trailblazer is equipped with a comprehensive list of safety technology:

    • Forward Collision Alert
    • Automatic Emergency Braking
    • Front Pedestrian Braking
    • IntelliBeam Headlamps (Auto High Beam Assist)
    • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Teen Driver
    • Rear Seat Reminder3
    • OnStar4

    Additional optional active safety and driver assistance features include:

    • Adaptive Cruise Control - Camera
    • Rear Park Assist
    • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    • HD Rear Vision Camera

    2021-Chevrolet-Trailblazer-ACTIV-014.jpgTrailblazer ACTIV is equipped with unique tires and shock tuning. The ACTIV dampers are tuned to enhance vehicle performance and ride comfort when traveling on gravel roads.  The Hankook Sport Terrain 17-inch tires feature an aggressive shoulder design and an all-season tread pattern.

    The front fascia on Trailblazer ACTIV has been revised with the lower section designed for improved ground clearance. Additional exterior differentiation includes two-tone roof, standard roof rails and trapezoid-shaped exhaust tips.

    Trailblazer joins the Trax and Equinox in showrooms in Spring of 2020.

     

    Source: Chevrolet

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    Seems it is about six inches longer than the Trax.  I'm fine with it not being performance oriented, I don't think any vehicles in this class are, the Cruze wasn't.

     

     

     

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    3 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    DRIVE MODES! 

    Do the Drive Modes come with extra cylinders lol? Now that’s a feature I’d love to see!

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    1 hour ago, surreal1272 said:

    Do the Drive Modes come with extra cylinders lol? Now that’s a feature I’d love to see!

    Not that I know of... but they probably have cylinder deactivation so you can run on 2 cylinders, too! 

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    You guys make me laff.  What's weird is, the Encore GX has like 7.4 inches ground clearance, it is about an inch lower than the Trailblazer in height, it has less claimed rear legroom, and a smaller cargo hold.  Yet it starts around $4k higher then the Chivvy.  If that is badge engineering, then Buick got the short end of the stick.

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    1 minute ago, ocnblu said:

    You guys make me laff.  What's weird is, the Encore GX has like 7.4 inches ground clearance, it is about an inch lower than the Trailblazer in height, it has less claimed rear legroom, and a smaller cargo hold.  Yet it starts around $4k higher then the Chivvy.  If that is badge engineering, then Buick got the short end of the stick.

    Well, think of the Chevy as the practical CUV and the Buick as the personal luxury CUV, less practical..  and it should be more expensive, since Buick is the middle brand..

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    1 minute ago, Robert Hall said:

    Well, think of the Chevy as the practical CUV and the Buick as the personal luxury CUV, less practical..  and it should be more expensive, since Buick is the middle brand..

    Ground clearance and overall height differences are fine with me, but less rear legroom and a smaller "trunk" are less savory in a premium CUV when its younger brother gives me more.

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    3 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    Ground clearance and overall height differences are fine with me, but less rear legroom and a smaller "trunk" are less savory in a premium CUV when its younger brother gives me more.

    Well, in the subcompact class, they aren't exactly for hauling around 4 adults..

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    1 minute ago, Robert Hall said:

    Well, in the subcompact class, they aren't exactly for hauling around 4 adults..

    I think 39.4 inches rear legroom is great for the class, and plenty roomy for adults back there if the sunroof isn't ordered.  Victims of pituitary issues might not have enough headroom, but hey... don't care.  No one plays basketball in my famiry.

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    1 minute ago, ocnblu said:

    I think 39.4 inches rear legroom is great for the class, and plenty roomy for adults back there if the sunroof isn't ordered.  Victims of pituitary issues might not have enough headroom, but hey... don't care.  No one plays basketball in my famiry.

    I don't know how the TB and Enky GX compare to the Trax on front seat space, and I haven't ridden in the back of the Trax, but I have plenty of room up front even at 6' 0" and with a sunroof the times I've driven and ridden in it...

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    Just now, Robert Hall said:

    I don't know how the TB and Enky GX compare to the Trax on front seat space, and I haven't ridden in the back of the Trax, but I have plenty of room up front even at 6' 0" and with a sunroof the times I've driven and ridden in it...

    Rear seat passengers suffer more because the glass slides into a pocket that lowers the headliner in the rear.

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