The cabin of the Trailblazer on higher trims is a pleasant surprise. It's delightfully simple and well laid out, and the evidence of discounted materials is not enough to make it a bad place to spend your time. It has the upper hand against the HR-V and manages to utilize plastics creatively enough to negate the feeling that you're sitting in your kid's lunchbox. It falls behind the Kia Seltos in this regard, but most options in this segment do, so that's not a downside that's unique to the Chevy. The combination of function and space displayed through cheeky design makes the interior a winner in our books.
The inside of the Trailblazer is spacious enough for a small family to get by comfortably. It falls just behind the HR-V by a few measurements, but it offers an abundance of space both in the front and the rear. The Seltos provides slightly more room in the front, but not by a large enough margin to influence purchasing decisions. A six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat is standard on the LS trim, while ten-way power-adjustable seats are standard from the LT upwards. Heated front seats are also stock from this trim. Seating in the front and the rear offers enough comfort and support for longer journeys, and those in the rear will appreciate the 39.4 inches of legroom.
|Chevrolet Trailblazer Trims||LS||LT||ACTIV||RS|
|Headroom Front Seat||40 in.||40 in.||40 in.||40 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.4 in.||38.4 in.||38.4 in.||38.4 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||55.4 in.||55.4 in.||55.4 in.||55.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||53.8 in.||53.8 in.||53.8 in.||53.8 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||52.3 in.||52.3 in.||52.3 in.||52.3 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||45.7 in.||45.7 in.||45.7 in.||45.7 in.|
Cheap plastics are liberally used for the inside of the Trailblazer, though inventive design means it doesn't look inexpensive. For the LS and LT, only Jet Black cloth upholstery is available. On the LT, leatherette upholstery options in the same colors are additionally available. The ACTIV makes gets Jet Black leatherette with Arizona accents. The RS is available exclusively with Jet Black leatherette-and-cloth upholstery with red accents.
Trunk space is a measure by which the Trailblazer falls behind its main rivals, offering slightly more space than the HR-V behind the second row but offering way less than the Honda and the Kia Seltos in measurements with the seats folded down. The Trailblazer packs in 25.3 cubic feet behind its second row, slightly more than the HR-V's 24.3 cubes. With all seats folded, 54.4 cubes become available for larger cargo items. Unfortunately, this is less than the HR-V's 58.8 cubic feet and vastly behind the Kia's 62.8 cubes. But the passenger seat does fold flat to accommodate longer items in a pinch. As for in-cabin storage, slim door pockets will hold the expected amount of small items needed daily, while a large glove compartment, storage bins head and behind the shifter, and a cubby in front of the passenger seat can handle a bit more. Two cupholders are also standard in the front.
The Trailblazer is not a vehicle stacked to the rafters with standard comfort features at the base level, but things improve as you move up the trim ladder. The Trailblazer's biggest advantage is that standard safety features are impressive on all models, thanks to the standard inclusion of Chevy Safety Assist. The suite comprises automatic emergency braking, forward-collision alert, a following-distance indicator, and lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning.
In terms of convenience features, the LS starts things off with a multifunctional steering wheel, a driver's seat that adjusts six ways manually, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Air-conditioning and a rearview camera are also standard. Moving up to the LT adds quite a few features, including remote start, keyless entry and start, power adjustment on the driver's seat, heated front seats, and cruise control. ACTIV and RS models are equipped with a leather-clad and heated steering wheel, a leather shift knob, and a rear-seat center armrest.
The Trailblazer's standard infotainment is on par with rivals, with clear graphics, although optional extras improve it quite a bit. At the LS level, a seven-inch touchscreen enables wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with Bluetooth streaming, AM/FM radio, and two USB ports. All models get a six-speaker sound system. LT, ACTIV, and RS models get the option of an eight-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM and HD Radio functionality, but requires additional packages, for a total outlay of $665 to $865. Opting for the Technology Package on the ACTIV and RS models equips a seven-speaker Bose sound system and an SD card reader for good measure. This package also adds wireless charging, which is a rare feature even amongst brand-new cars. Wireless Android Auto and CarPlay are standard on all Trailblazers.