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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review: A Little Bit of Everything

by Aiden Eksteen

Aaah, the ever-popular crossover SUV - subserviently catering to the endless and everlasting needs and wants of the average American, at least when it comes to everyday driving that is. It's this ambition and lifestyle that the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer aims to subject itself to. It offers contemporary design, balanced performance, desirable creature comforts, conveniences, and safety features, and everyday practicality, all at a reasonably affordable price.It gets two turbocharged engine options: a 137 horsepower, 1.2-liter 3-cylinder unit and a 155 hp, 1.3-liter inline-3 unit. And with its cool, standout aesthetic, extensive feature-set, and pragmatic 5-door subcompact layout, the 2021 Trailblazer serves us well. It's a dog-eat-dog world as a CUV, however, with American favorites such as the fun and quirky Kia Soul, the versatile Honda HR-V, and the poised and engaging Mazda CX-30 dominating the arena. The question is, are the Chevrolet Trailblazer's well-rounded strengths enough to get it to the top of the pack?

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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer?

As an all-new model for this year, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer slots in between the Chevy Trax and the Blazer, but with a lower price than either. The nameplate has been revived from the archives, this time in the form of a smaller crossover, after the automaker gave the old Trailblazer SUV the axe in the USA back in 2009. Everything about this Chevy is brand new, although it shares its platform with the 2020 Buick Encore GX.

Pros and Cons

  • Contemporary yet rugged design
  • Modern and well-appointed cabin
  • Impressively fuel-efficient engines
  • Good safety and reliability ratings
  • Available all-wheel drivetrain
  • Both engines are underpowered
  • Subpar on-road ride quality
  • Entry-spec model is too spartan

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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L
1.2L Inline-3 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
$19,000
LS
1.2L Inline-3 Gas
1.3L Inline-3 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$21,600
LT
1.2L Inline-3 Gas
1.3L Inline-3 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$23,700
ACTIV
1.3L Inline-3 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,500
RS
1.3L Inline-3 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$25,500
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2021 Trailblazer Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 173.5 in
  • Wheelbase 103.9 in
  • Height 64.8 in
  • Max Width 71.2 in
  • Front Width 61.2 in
  • Rear Width 61.3 in

2021 Trailblazer Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.2L Inline-3 Gas, 1.3L Inline-3 Gas, 1.3L Turbo
  • Transmissions
    9-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

2021 Trailblazer Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 40.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.4 in

2021 Trailblazer Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Trailblazer Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer a good SUV?

With a low starting price of $19,000, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer crossover is a genuinely attractive offering within the crossover segment. It's an exceptional all-rounder, making it a great vehicle for families, and one that packs a whole lot of value, too. Though neither of its engines are particularly energetic, they both perform pleasantly in urban settings and are impressively thrifty. The Trailblazer has a contemporary design that many will like, and a modern, high-quality look and feel that's carried through to its interior fashionably well. Along with these choice perks, the Trailblazers modern technologies, array of features, solid safety rating, and tidy reliability expectations make it a very high-value proposition. It doesn't stand out in any one particular area, however, and some may find there's a lot more to enjoy from some of the alternatives in the market. Nevertheless, the current-generation Trailblazer is the first of its kind, the larger and much older version of the nameplate having been axed more than a decade ago. This iteration is most certainly a better car and a worthy contender in the ferocious CUV segment.

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