Here's another reason why you should buy a 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer instead of a Trax.
For the first time in over ten years, Chevrolet has revived the Trailblazer name. But unlike its full-size SUV predecessor, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a subcompact crossover that slots in between the Chevrolet Trax and Chevrolet Equinox. Surprisingly, fuel economy figures have recently confirmed the new Trailblazer is more efficient than the Trax when equipped with AWD. It turns out this isn't the only advantage the 2021 Trailblazer has over the Trax, either.
Chevrolet never officially announced the 2021 Trailblazer's curb weight, but GM Authority has confirmed that the lightest version of Chevrolet's new crossover weighs just 2,996 pounds, making it even lighter than the Trax.
For reference, the lightest Chevrolet Trailblazer is the base L trim with FWD and a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder delivering 137 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque, paired with a continuously variable transmission.
In contrast, the entry-level 2021 Chevrolet Trax is 128 pounds heavier with a curb weight of 3,124 pounds, despite being smaller than the 2021 Trailblazer. In the base LS trim, the 2021 Chevrolet Trax packs a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder with 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Not only is the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer lighter and more efficient than the Trax, but it's also cheaper. The entry-level 2021 Trailblazer starts at a very affordable $19,995, undercutting the Trax by around $1,300. A fully loaded model will cost around $33,000.
As for the fuel economy figures, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is rated at 26/30/28 mpg city/highway/combined when equipped with the 1.3-liter three-cylinder turbo and AWD, beating the Trax AWD's combined cycle by two mpg. We'll have to wait for the EPA to test the FWD version of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, but it should be even more efficient. At this point, we're struggling to find a reason why anyone should buy a Trax instead of a Trailblazer.