|155||Max Horsepower (HP)||138|
|174||Max Torque (lb-ft)||148|
|28/31 MPG||Fuel Economy (city/highway)||26/31 MPG|
The Chevy Trailblazer is all-new for the 2021 model year after a ten-year absence and comes back as a crossover SUV that slots between the subcompact and compact SUV segments. This means that it will sit right next to the Trax in Chevy’s SUV lineup. What does this mean for the Chevy Trax? While the Trax certainly has a lot going for it, the Chevy Trailblazer hits the mark just as well. If you are looking in the subcompact SUV segment, you will find the Trailblazer a welcome addition as it undercuts the Trax’s starting price and offers more engine choices and cargo space. But that's not to say that the Trax does not have its upsides as well. These two vehicles are neck-and-neck, so let's take a closer look at what sets these two SUVs apart in a comparison: 2021 Chevy Trailblazer vs 2020 Chevy Trax.
Despite the difference in size, there are some notable comparisons between the Chevy Trailblazer and Chevy Trax. For one, the Chevy Trailblazer is lighter than the Trax, with a curb weight of 2,996 pounds. This contributes to the Trailblazer’s excellent fuel efficiency, which is also better than the Trax. However, with the Trax being 128 pounds heavier than the Trailblazer, despite being the smaller option, some argue this makes it the sturdier vehicle.
So if you are looking for an SUV with more power and better efficiency, the Trailblazer is the better option. The Trax does have its charms, however, with lots of standard technology and available all-wheel drive at an affordable price. The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer does adopt these features on higher trims, though, and builds on them, offering more standard tech and convenience gear, available all-wheel drive, a suite of standard safety features, and Camaro-inspired stylings. So it all comes down to what you are looking for and the budget you have.
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer offers exceptional power and efficiency in both engine options. And the best part is that you have many options to choose from in terms of powertrains and performance. If you do want a traditional automatic transmission, a 9-speed transmission is available for a sportier ride. If you need all-wheel drive because you often find yourself driving in the snow, all-wheel drive is available, along with a snow setting that delivers more torque to the rear tires for better traction in inclement weather. And in the Trailblazer tradition, there is an Activ trim that adds a more rugged look and personality, with a more open grille, body cladding, 17-inch wheels, and simulated skid-plates for when you are tempted to veer off the pavement.
The base engine for the Chevy Trailblazer is a 1.2-liter turbocharged inline-3 that displaces 137 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. This engine returns an impressive 28 city/31 highway MPG. With such incredible fuel efficiency and power, most people will not need to look to the optional engine—this is a great base engine, especially since it can be had for under $20,000. With plenty of passing and merging power and excellent road-trip efficiency, this is a tough base model to resist.
The next option is a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-3 with 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, power increases, and fuel efficiency actually gets even better at 29 city/33 highway MPG. Even the all-wheel drive models return excellent fuel efficiency at 26 city/30 highway MPG, which is better than many SUVs on the market.
The 2020 Chevy Trax does not offer any engine choices, but the engine it does offer provides decent power. Plus, it does offer all-wheel drive as an option. The standard engine is a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. This is a good amount of power for this subcompact SUV, and gas mileage is good too. You can expect to get 26 city/31 highway MPG for the front-wheel drive models and 24 city/29 highway MPG for all-wheel drive. The fuel economy of both setups is definitely useful, and the engine supplies sufficient power.
Available all-wheel drive further increases the Trax’s utility as it can handle dusty roads and a little snow. But its ground clearance does not allow it to venture far off-road. With that, if you want an off-roader, the Trailblazer will be the better option. But for daily driving, the Trax will undoubtedly suffice.
Though this might not be a fair comparison, with the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer being the larger SUV, it’s worth taking a look at the many features offered by both vehicles. The Trailblazer, for instance, offers rear seats that split 60/40 for more cargo space, and it can accommodate large objects up to 8.5 feet long. This means you can easily fit a surfboard into the Trailblazer, among lots of other outdoor gear. Total cargo space with the second row folded is 54.4 cubic feet, so there’s lots of room.
There are also lots of standard tech and convenience features. Standard equipment includes Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming for two devices, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two USB ports. Optional features include an active noise-canceling system, an 8-inch touchscreen, keyless open and remote start, leather seats, a Bose premium audio system, and wireless phone charging.
The 2020 Chevy Trax also boasts a great deal of standard tech. Standard features include a pair of USB ports, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen. This is a lot of standard technology and would be especially useful for the first-time buyer who is often the most tech-savvy in the family.
Optional equipment includes a power-adjustable driver’s seat, keyless entry and ignition, simulated leather upholstery, heated seats, rear parking sensors, and a Bose audio system. As far as cargo space, the Trax does better than most competitors in the segment, with a maximum cargo space of 48.4 cu.ft., but falls short of the Trailblazer by 6 cu.ft.
Both SUVs excel when it comes to tech and standard features and offer all the modern convenience you could ask for, making both excellent choices. Though the choice here could come down to what size vehicle you are looking for. Smaller? The Trax is right for you. Larger? The Trailblazer will fit your needs.
One of the best aspects of the all-new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is the abundance of standard safety features. All trim levels receive forward-collision alerts, automatic braking, front pedestrian braking, lane-keeping assist with lane-departure warnings, a teen-driver system, and a rear-seat reminder. This is one of the most comprehensive suites of safety and driver-assists around, and as standard equipment makes the Trailblazer one of the best values on the market.
It is clear that Chevy has taken a stance on safety with the Trailblazer and decided to prioritize your safety regardless of the cost. Also available are dynamic safety features such as lane-change alerts with blind-spot warnings and rear cross-traffic alerts. A rear parking assist, which alerts you when you get too close to objects behind you, is also available.
The 2020 Chevy Trax comes standard with a class-leading ten airbags, which include rear-seat-mounted thorax, side-curtain, and front-occupant knee airbags. While this is an impressive amount of airbags, unfortunately, there is no other standard safety equipment offered. Optional safety features include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, and lane-departure warning. These features become standard as you climb trim levels.
Overall, both of these Chevy vehicles provide great safety features, however, the Trailblazer does offer more on lower trims. So if you are aiming for a low trim with lots of safety features, the Trailblazer will be the better option.