2021 New Chevy Trailblazer| What We Know So Far!
2021 Chevy Trailblazer Overview
Chevy has resurrected the Trailblazer label with a brand-new subcompact crossover with athletic aesthetics but lacks the off-road performance of the previous Trailblazer SUV.
Many components of the Trailblazer, including the drivetrain and possible engines, are shared with the all-new and similarly sized Buick Encore GX.
A 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is standard.
A 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine is available as an option.
Although neither vehicle has rapid acceleration, the Trailblazer’s large cabin and bold design may be enough to persuade consumers to forgive its powertrain flaws.
The Chevy Trailblazer is a brand-new subcompact crossover for 2021, following the discontinuation of a larger SUV of the same name in 2009.
The Trailblazer 2021 starts at less than $20,000, making it less expensive than the Trax, but it’s not a particularly appealing SUV.
The base model is sparsely equipped, with hubcaps instead of alloy wheels and only one color option: White.
Even though the more expensive Activ and RS versions feature more rugged and athletic looks, we believe the LT trim level offers the best value.
We’d also advocate spending the extra $2000 for the larger 1.3-liter engine with all-wheel drive.
Like the Encore GX, this SUV comes with two turbocharged three-cylinder engines: a 1.2-liter and a 1.3-liter.
The former develops 137 horsepower, while the latter produces 155. The 1.2-liter engine has only front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic gearbox (CVT).
Still, the 1.3-liter has an all-wheel-drive as an option. The standard CVT is replaced with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic when you choose all-wheel drive.
The performance of a 1.3-liter all-wheel-drive Trailblazer was unimpressive, rating in around 9.4 seconds from zero to 60 mph.
The Trailblazer seems peppier in town than its test results suggest, but merging onto the highway or performing high-speed passing maneuvers necessitates careful planning.
While the Trailblazer’s chassis isn’t particularly athletic, it does an excellent job of handling curves, but its ride is typically rough over road irregularities.
Mileage & Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the most fuel-efficient Trailblazer is the front-wheel-drive model with the bigger 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine, which gets 29 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 31 mpg combined.
Those figures drop to 26 mpg in the city with all-wheel drive, 30 mpg on the interstate, and 28 mpg overall.
We drove an all-wheel-drive model for 200 miles on the interstate and got 31 miles per gallon.
The cabin isn’t as flashy as the outside. Still, it’s roomy, practical, and comes with plenty of convenience features in the higher versions.
The driving position is elevated, almost SUV-like, and there’s enough room in the back seat for two adults to feel comfortable.
Even though most of the inside is made of black plastic, everything has a pleasing feeling to prevent appearing cheap.
Colored trim pieces and chrome decorations are added to higher-level models to give them a more premium appearance.
The Chevy includes fold-flat rear seats and a fold-flat front passenger seat to create space for large goods behind the back seat.
Interiors Tech & Features
It will come with Chevrolet’s newest infotainment system, which will allow you to connect two Bluetooth devices at once.
A 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, although an 8.0-inch model is available as an option. Apple CarPlay & Android Auto are also equipped.
Sirius XM satellite radio and the Technology package will enable wireless connections to the two smartphone interfaces.
The base L comes with a four-speaker stereo. At the same time, higher trims add either a six-speaker configuration or a premium Bose system with seven speakers.
It has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Still, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has.
Unfortunately, it received just four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since it failed the agency’s front passenger-side crash test.
Every Trailblazer comes standard with a suite of basic driver-assistance systems, with more advanced options like adaptive cruise control available as an option.
The following are important safety factors:
- Pedestrian detection and auto-emergency brakes are standard.
- Lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning are standard.
- Adaptive cruise control is an option.
Coverage for Warranty and Maintenance
When compared to several of Trailblazer’s competitors, Chevrolet’s standard warranty coverage is below average.
The Trailblazer’s first planned maintenance visit is free, which is unique among competitors.
Still, the Hyundai outperforms the Chevy with a three-year maintenance plan that is entirely free.
- The limited warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles.
- A 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty is included.
- The initial visit is covered by complimentary maintenance.