EPA estimates for the all-new Chevy Trailblazer are in, and it's a fuel-sipper.
The first fuel economy estimates for the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer have started coming in from the US Environmental Protection Agency, and they paint a promising picture for GM's newest subcompact utility vehicle.
According to EPA testing, the 2021 Trailblazer AWD is capable of an estimated 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, for a combined fuel economy rating of 28 mpg, when equipped with the turbocharged 1.3L three-cylinder. That's the only powertrain configuration that's been tested so far, and it also happens the be the least efficient - at least in theory. It's reasonable to expect the Trailblazer FWD to fare better than the AWD, and the new crossover's other available powerplant ought to prove less fuel-thirsty, as well.
That other powerplant is a turbocharged 1.2L three-cylinder tuned to produce up to 137 horsepower and 166 lb-ft, next to the 1.3L's 155 horsepower and 175 lb-ft. Being a smaller, less potent mill, it'll likely outperform its big brother in terms of efficiency.
The Trailblazer can be optioned with either a continuously variable transmission or a Hydramatic nine-speed automatic. The EPA's testing was conducted with the latter unit.
Even without knowing how the Trailblazer will perform with FWD or the smaller 1.2L engine, its figures so far are impressive, outperforming the 2020 Chevrolet Trax AWD by 2 mpg on the combined cycle, and matching the FWD Trax.
In the US market, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will go head-to-head with other subcompact crossovers like the Ford EcoSport, Jeep Renegade, and Hyundai Kona. The Chevrolet outperforms all three in terms of AWD fuel economy, according to the EPA.
It's a sign of the times we live in that the Chevrolet Trailblazer, once a mid-size body-on-frame SUV, is now a pint-sized unibody crossover. The crossover craze is in full swing, and every automaker is on the lookout for ways to raise their fleet-wide average fuel economy numbers. For diehard GM fans, the shift is almost certainly an unwelcome one, but we imagine they might change their tunes every time they have to fill up.