Not certain if you have heard the information, however the new-for-’21 Trailblazer was a complete hit up to now, flying off car loads faster than any other brand new car or truck. How quickly? Selling inside a mere 19 times at Chevy automobile across the Spring and Summer because it was released, the mighty small SUV defeats a 97-afternoon business average by a very long shot. And after forcing one for a week, I could see why; It’s a major bang for your buck, and what it lacks in luxury, it makes up for in fun and useability.
Let’s beginning with all the specs for our top notch RS trim version, which began in $26,900. It comes with an EcoTec 1.3 liter turbo engine making 155 horsepower, backed with a 9-speed automated transmission and aerodynamic drive. No, that the drivetrain will not win any drag races, but it was surprisingly peppy, together with all the turbo’s electricity coming on low in the rpm range. The Trailblazer is tuned for optimum fuel efficiency when providing an extremely enjoyable powerband that attempts to conceal its low hp numbers. The EPA rated our RS at a really thrifty 26 town and 30 street, using a joint 28 mpg, and it was not difficult to greatest these numbers when driving a little restraint.
Driving across the town, the ride is compliant and smooth due to its soft suspension. However, under tougher cornering, you will discover it starts to roll a little, and on rough roads, the chassis tuning reveals its limitations to consume larger lumps. That said, the Trailblazer is the smallest SUV at Chevy’s range out the Trax, therefore that I was not expecting it to ride cushy as a long-wheelbase Suburban.
The glowing Oasis Blue paint has been the ideal selection for our automobile, and kudos to Chevrolet for supplying this type of cheerful hue that is only on the Sonic, Bolt, and Trailblazer. It’s a handsome vehicle in this specific colour, there were sudden thumbs up and instant glances from other drivers. Our RS came conventional unique 18″ black wheels and a Mosaic Black roof which really offset the bright blue body color fairly nicely. It was additionally heavily-optioned, included that the Technology Package ($1720) that provides nice digital features such as wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay/ Android Auto via a bigger centre display, and Adaptive Cruise Control. Our automobile also had the oddly-coupled ‘Sun and Liftgate’ bundle ($1770) using all the panoramic sunroof and power liftgate, and if you forget that this is an entry-level SUV, you have got to signal the Convenience Package ($620) that packs the fundamentals like Air Conditioning, back charging interfaces and illuminated vanity mirrors.
All Trailblazers come standard with all the Chevy Safety Assist Package which contains Automatic Emergency and Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator. Our car also has the optional Drivers Assistance Package ($340) with Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Alert, plus also a Lane Change Alert system also.
The inside’s design is not quite as trendy as the exterior, with a number of tough plastic surfaces, however the RS trimming it felt a little more upscale and quite livable. The Trailblazer also provided plenty of space for 4 full-sized adults together with their equipment in the trunk, and also a fold-down front passenger seat, carrying a surfboard interior wasn’t from the question. Overall, that the Trailblazer is a good proposition for the money, and there is a fantastic reason they’re selling so well.
Jay Ward is a Bay Area established gearhead and also the Creative Director for its ‘Cars’ franchise in Pixar Animation Studios. He also functions in an abysmal Judge in Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Audrain’s, also Hilton Head Island Concours, in addition to a regular contributor in the Jalopy Journal. You will locate his children ‘Dad’s Daily Driver’ on Instagram and Facebook.