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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.

 


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I assume that safety list stuff is standard? 
 

I’m in a perilous time period where sooner rather than later, all that crap is going to be on everything. Truck shopping next year!

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4 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I assume that safety list stuff is standard? 
 

I’m in a perilous time period where sooner rather than later, all that crap is going to be on everything. Truck shopping next year!

The first list is standard. The second list is optional once you climb into higher trims.  And yes, the trucks already come with a bunch of it. 

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Actually not a bad looking ride despite the name heresy but that three cylinder engine would be a hard no from me. Still, looks far better than the Trax. 

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20 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

That's probably the best looking sub-compact SUV. 

*for the brand.

I think the Seltos looks better. 

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Baby Blazer look helps, but just not a sub compact fan.

I like the Rapid Blue Motortrend 2020 COTY sitting in front of it better! 👍🏻

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I have to say that a $20K Trailblazer is a good idea.  Here is what would improve that: a $14K Trax to go along with the new Trailblazer.  Gotta get more Chevy buyers to ditch the used car market for NEW affordable options.

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I am SO tired of SUVs...

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Wow, the Seltos looks dumpy compared to the Trailblazer, and even though it's down on horsepower with the top level engine, the Trailblazer's 3 has very good torque numbers.  Modern looks, safety, and a knockout starting MSRP work together to make a compelling compact CUV.  Chevy says the Trailblazer Activ 4WD will be about $26k... that is what I paid for my Compass Latitude 4 model years ago.  I am digging the Zeus Bronze... a great tie-in to the mighty C8!

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Looks a lot better than the Traxx, and better than a lot of these tiny SUVs.  Tiny engine though, good price, I think they'll sell a decent number of them, but it will probably kill off the Trax, unless they get a new model in there.

I feel like the Trailblazer should be more up level than the Blazer though, Tracker would have been a better name I think for this vehicle, and they could have used the Trailblazer name on another vehicle like a Wrangler competitor or something.

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I like it....very scrappy look to it...if I didn't already have my equinox- I think I would seriously consider one.

Love this much more than the new Escape......

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Hate the Exterior looks, like the Brown interior dash.

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possibly will be Chevy's hottest seller soon.  Really to bad this isn't a 1.5 or 1.6 4 cylinder though

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I am striving to overcome my skepticism of the turbo 3.  I know they have a distinctive growl.  Hopefully it won't be too silent.  The torque number is admirable.  If it has good giddy-up and fuel mileage... plus good reliability, it will be fine.  When will it be lined up at a Christmas tree?

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5 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

I am striving to overcome my skepticism of the turbo 3.  I know they have a distinctive growl.  Hopefully it won't be too silent.  The torque number is admirable.  If it has good giddy-up and fuel mileage... plus good reliability, it will be fine.  When will it be lined up at a Christmas tree?

Thinking the same thing!!

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56 minutes ago, regfootball said:

possibly will be Chevy's hottest seller soon.  Really to bad this isn't a 1.5 or 1.6 4 cylinder though

They were smarter on price- want folks to buy and lease these....

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15 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

*for the brand.

I think the Seltos looks better. 

I think that looks really good but I like the looks of this more. 

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16 minutes ago, balthazar said:

I can easily put the looks of the Trailblazer and the Seltos in the same tiny basket.

Yeah, those two really are head and shoulders above the field. 

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I like the relatively upright, flat windshield.  This feature should lend a feeling of good visibility and interior space, as it does on the Jeep Renegade.  The LT trim looks good over at Chevy's site, but the Activ fits me to a T.  The Trailblazer manages to look better in all trims than its massively expensive, larger bro, the Blazer.  The Blazer looks pitifully boring in any guise except for the RS.  I can agree with SMK on the name, Tracker may have been a more logical name for it, based on history, but it is what it is.  I am noticing a whole lot less vitriol over this being called Trailblazer than the whole Blazer ruckus that was raised... maybe it is because the Trailblazer, as a product, is more compelling than the Blazer.  I would rather drive a Ford Edge than a Blazer if I were looking in that size/price class.

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So everyone is groaning and moaning about Nissan, Honda and Subaru using CVT but nobody mentioned it here?  I guess the badge justifies different treatment.

1.2L turbo with CVT - ohh I am sure this will be lightning fast.

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On 11/21/2019 at 7:03 PM, ocnblu said:

I am digging the Zeus Bronze... a great tie-in to the mighty C8!

The C8 is missing quite a few things though....

The C8 does not offer AWD and continuous and limitless gear ratios... The C8 is ONLY RWD and is limited to 8 speeds...BLAH!  

And let us not talk about the price...holy Jeebus!  I could buy 2 Trailblazers for the price of 1 Corvette.  

So...what is so mighty about the C8, then?    

 

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