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2 hours ago, ykX said:

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.

At least there's the 9-speed available. 

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2 hours ago, ykX said:

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.

Oh I've complained about it elsewhere how a 1.2 + CVT sounds like the worst possible scenario on the market. 

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1 hour ago, oldshurst442 said:

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?    

 

I assume you are being facetious...    anyway, I didn't realize GM was currently doing CVTs in anything.

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14 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

I assume you are being facetious...    anyway, I didn't realize GM was currently doing CVTs in anything.

I think they're in a couple of things now, maybe Malibu and Cruze with their 1.5T's. 

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CVTs BLOW Hard, take a 9sp any day over a CVT.

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2 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

I assume you are being facetious...    anyway, I didn't realize GM was currently doing CVTs in anything.

Yes.Joking around.

The CVT comment was because, if I read correctly, that the engine choice of the Traiulblazer would be a turbo 1.2 or 1.3 liter 3 cylinder and either engine would be paired up with a CVT.  

And, If Im not mistaken, isnt the 1.5 liter turbo 4 Malibu a CVT too? 

Maybe Im wrong about the Malibu, but not on the 2021 Trailblazer.  

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I think just FWD versions are CVT.  If that is the case, most want their CUV to have AWD in which case you can upgrade to AWD plus 9 speed and its a non issue.  

Car and Driver gave decent praise to the CVT in the malibu, although it is still a CVT...it replaced a 6 speed.  

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11 hours ago, ykX said:

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.

I have a choice... choice being, order the yuge displacement 1.THREE litre engine and AWD, which comes with a 9-speed auto.

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Strange times when engines that small are becoming commonplace...  

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9 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

Yes.Joking around.

The CVT comment was because, if I read correctly, that the engine choice of the Traiulblazer would be a turbo 1.2 or 1.3 liter 3 cylinder and either engine would be paired up with a CVT.  

And, If Im not mistaken, isnt the 1.5 liter turbo 4 Malibu a CVT too? 

Maybe Im wrong about the Malibu, but not on the 2021 Trailblazer.  

Yep, 1.5T Malibu is a CVT. Drove a 2020 not long ago with National. The CVT although I dont trust them wasn't bad, could hardly tell it wasn't actually shifting, they do a nice job with the shift algorithms to make "shift" smoothly but you can still feel it seemingly shift. Drove a Jeep Patriot rental with a CVT and 4 banger years ago that was Horrible slipping and slamming as you went. 

Still would go with 2.0T and 9 speed in Mali. if I was in the market. 1.3T 9 spd AWD in this TB. 

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CVT in my 2012 Trail Rated Patriot was abhorrent.  It ruined an otherwise pleasant ownership experience, as the Patriot was a perfect size for maneuverability + versatility.  The poor little 2.4 would drone on and on, with revs hanging high before it would finally settle down at cruising speed.  Mom has had two Nissan CVT vehicles, a Cube and a Versa Note.  She loved both of them because she didn't ask much from either of them, but on the occasion I got behind the wheel, I was reminded how odd they are.

 

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4 hours ago, ocnblu said:

CVT in my 2012 Trail Rated Patriot was abhorrent.  It ruined an otherwise pleasant ownership experience, as the Patriot was a perfect size for maneuverability + versatility.  The poor little 2.4 would drone on and on, with revs hanging high before it would finally settle down at cruising speed.  Mom has had two Nissan CVT vehicles, a Cube and a Versa Note.  She loved both of them because she didn't ask much from either of them, but on the occasion I got behind the wheel, I was reminded how odd they are.

 

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Yep, Jeep I drove was the same way.

Malibu actually felt like it was "shifting" like a long spread 9 spd. or something. Know it was 1.5L because I lifted the hood at the hotel, had to know. Lol

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Yeah, a lot of ppl do not like the rubberband feel of a trad CVT, so makers are introducing artificial "shifts" into the programming to make them feel a little better.

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It looks pretty good for the subcompact class.... have to see them at the dealers when they come out, my sister might like one...she's talked about maybe trading her Trax on a 'Nox... 

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On 11/28/2019 at 7:31 PM, Robert Hall said:

It looks pretty good for the subcompact class.... have to see them at the dealers when they come out, my sister might like one...she's talked about maybe trading her Trax on a 'Nox... 

Not much bigger than her Trax

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12 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Not much bigger than her Trax

Yeah, i think she'd be more inclined to get a 'Nox..she's been renting them in Boston the last few months while on a gig up there.  Her Trax is a '15 w/ 15k, FWD..she hates driving it in heavy freeway traffic esp. in winter, too light and underpowered...that's why bought her hooptie STS..  all depends where the next gig is, sick of flying for work every week. 

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Tidbits over at the order guide:  AWD models have 8" ground clearance!  65.7" tall with roof rack.  39.4" minimum rear legroom.  And GREAT news, stop/start has an override button.  1.2t has 137 hp @ 5000 RPM and 162 ft/lbs torque at 2500 RPM.  1.3t has 155 hp @ 5600 RPM and 174 ft/lbs torque at only 1500 RPM.

The FWD model can be ordered with a Performance Package which includes the 1.3t engine and drive modes with the CVT.

4 wheel antilock disc brakes on all models.  25.3 cu ft of space with the backseat in place.

This thing has a LOT of stuff on it!

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16 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Tidbits over at the order guide:  AWD models have 8" ground clearance!  65.7" tall with roof rack.  39.4" minimum rear legroom.  And GREAT news, stop/start has an override button.  1.2t has 137 hp @ 5000 RPM and 162 ft/lbs torque at 2500 RPM.  1.3t has 155 hp @ 5600 RPM and 174 ft/lbs torque at only 1500 RPM.

The FWD model can be ordered with a Performance Package which includes the 1.3t engine and drive modes with the CVT.

4 wheel antilock disc brakes on all models.  25.3 cu ft of space with the backseat in place.

This thing has a LOT of stuff on it!

Such sad stats for this version of a Trailblazer compared to the last version. This is NOT your SS of yore that is for sure. :( 

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7 hours ago, dfelt said:

Such sad stats for this version of a Trailblazer compared to the last version. This is NOT your SS of your that is for sure. :( 

Well it's not meant to be a continuation of that Trailblazer of your.  Or yore.  It's a small CUV this time around, and for what it is, it looks, so far, like the Chevrolet style and value that made the brand so beloved in the past.  It's spunky and useful.  Should be economical.

2022 Trailblazer SS will be a 1.3 twin turbo, nitrous injected, supercharged 3 cylinder with 206 hp.  Drag tested to an 11.6 second quarter mile, with a terminal speed of 118 mph.  HowboutDAT?  Meet me outside!

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Trailblazer of yore:  rear leg room 37.1 inches.  74.5 inches in height.  8.0 inches ground clearance.

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11 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

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Better have more than three cylinders with that “package” lol. 

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'performance package' and 1.3L seems like an oxymoron...

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