March 3rd, 2020 by

For those who read this title and got a sense of deja vu—yes, you probably have heard of the Trailblazer before. It was a mid-sized SUV sold in the North America between 2001 and 2009. After being discontinued in this region, it was still sold in other markets like Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and Asia.

Now, the Trailblazer is back with a fresh new design as well as a number of features you’ll love.

It’s Chevrolet’s new, entry-level, subcompact SUV offering, taking the slot below the Trax. It’s also a direct competitor to the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Kona, and Mazda CX-30.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of modern, hip, subcompact SUVs, and it’s in this space that the Trailblazer is blazing the way for Chevrolet.

The Trax is available in 5 trims, and it’s these trims we’ll use to organize the Traiblazer’s most important features.

Trailblazer features at a glance

Before we get into the individual trims, let’s take a look at the make or break aspects of the Trailblazer:

  • FWD and AWD options for all trims
  • Normal, Snow, and Sport drive modes for FWD trims
  • Standard front safety and driver-assist features
  • CVT (continuously variable transmission)
  • Infotainment system with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto8, and SiriusXM sound
  • 5-passenger seating
  • 40/60 split-folding rear seats

The L – Simplicity and safety

With an MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) of below $20,000, the L is only slightly more expensive than the entry-level trims of its competitors. Like most modern Chevrolets, the Trailblazer comes standard with a number of safety and driver assistance features. While you’ll need to do without some of the luxuries, you’ll still get the following features:

  • Automatic emergency rear braking
  • Forward collision alert
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Following distance indicator
  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
  • Rear vision camera
  • LED signature daytime running lamps

The L also comes with two rather unique features—teen driver technology and rear seat reminder. The former provides added assistive technologies and even generates a report based on driver performance. The latter reminds you to check the rear seat if the rear door is opened before or during a ride.

The L, LS, and LT trims come with a 1.2L turbo engine with 137 horsepower.

The LS – Much of the same

The LS doesn’t shake up the standard L-trim formula too much. In fact, there are only two marked differences between the two. The LS comes with all L features, plus:

Fold-flat passenger seats for more flexible storage
17-inch painted aluminum wheels for a touch of flair

The LT – A touch of luxury

Once again, there aren’t any major upgrades introduced with the LT. However, you do unlock one or two “special” features on top of what the L and LS have to offer:

  • Heated seats
  • Remote start
  • Roof rails

With the sporty roof rails, the LT forms something of a mid-range bridge between the preceding and following trims. However, it’s still among the entry-level range of trims.

The Activ – For the adventurer

The Activ is a trim that’s specially tuned to improve the Traiblazer’s offroad driving experience. For example, its dampers are tuned for better performance and comfort on loose dirt roads. It’s also from this trim onwards that you unlock the Trailblazer’s stylish and two-tone color combination.

Other added features include:

  • Raised front facia for more ground clearance
  • Unique, rugged Hankook 17-inch sport terrain tires with an all-season tread pattern
  • Leatherette seating
  • Roof rails for transporting sporting equipment
  • Trapezoid-shaped dual exhausts

Not only is the Activ for the adventurous at heart, but its styling makes that clear to everyone you pass by.

Both the Activ and the RS comes with a more powerful 1.3L turbo engine that outputs 155 horsepower.

The RS – Unlocking the Trailblazer’s full potential

Instead of directly building on the Activ, the RS forms its own branch with its own unique features. With the RS, you unlock the pinnacle of luxury and style that the Trailblazer has to offer. Starting with all of the LT features, you can also expect the following:

  • 18-inch machine-aluminized wheels with black inserts
  • Cloth or leatherette seats with red accents
  • Flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Two-tone color

So, with the RS you get beefed up performance and beefed up looks.

The brand new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer – Keep an eye on this space

Chevrolet has only just announced the release of the 2021 Trailblazer. It’s expected to start appearing at car shows and expos from 2020. Naturally, some details might change. However, the core of what the Chevy Trailblazer has to offer should stay the same.

We hope that this intro has put you in gear to get excited over the Trailblazer. It looks like an exciting new addition to the subcompact SUV lineup.

For now, you might want to check out the Chevy Equinox. It’s only a notch or two above the Trailblazer in terms of size and price with a number of the same features already available.

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