If you are thinking about buying a new compact SUV soon, then you might be interested in the upcoming 2021 Chevy Trailblazer. Ideal for people who need space and love to travel, this petite crossover is the latest addition to the Chevrolet lineup. Falling under the same category as its older brother, the Chevy Trax, the Trailblazer is a robust, family-friendly model that is perfect for folks who lead active lifestyles. Starting at $19,000, it’s affordable as well. Buyers can choose between five trim levels, and there is also an advanced suite of safety features that come standard on all Trailblazers.
While this small SUV is quite petite, it still has enough room for five people to sit comfortably. This is great for families, people with a lot of friends, or those who simply want to travel with their dogs. This vehicle also has a maximum cargo area measured at 54.4 cubic feet. To access this expansive space, all you have to do is fold down the 60/40 split-folding back row. There is an easy-to-use lever that will release the rear seats when it’s pulled. The seats lay down flat so that you can transport cargo more efficiently.
Want to learn more about the new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer’s performance, trim levels, tech options, and safety features? Keep reading!
SUVs sometimes have a tendency to get a little tricky when it comes to what’s under the hood. Some models have no engine options, leaving you stuck with only one powertrain. Other models may have up to five or six engine options, leaving you confused about which one is best suited for your driving needs. Taking these factors into consideration, the engineers at Chevy decided to give Trailblazer fans two powertrain choices. This allows you to decide which engine is best for your lifestyle.
The first is the standard turbocharged 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine mated with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. This engine can produce up to 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. You can also opt for the slightly larger 1.3-liter 4-cylinder engine. The 1.3-liter engine can produce up to 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. It can also be partnered with a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive. This is, perhaps, a better option for folks who like to head off on weekend adventures.
As we mentioned before, the upcoming 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is available in five trim levels.
First, the base model is known as the L. This economical version of the Trailblazer is very affordable at an MSRP of $19,000, and it includes a slew of standard safety creatures that we will cover later. On the outside, you will notice LED daytime running lights. These are meant to enhance visibility, allowing you to see better whenever you’re behind the wheel. As for interior features, drivers will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic emergency braking, and even lane keep assist.
The second trim level is called the LS. This model rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels, and it also features a fold-flat front passenger seat. This nifty addition allows you to store extra cargo inside the cabin. For example, if you need to transport a ladder, you can fold down the back row plus the front passenger seat to accommodate the length of that ladder. You don’t have to fiddle with roof rails or tie downs.
The mid-level LT model is where things start to heat up, literally. The front seats have a heating element added for comfort during the winter months. Taking comfort and convenience a step further, this model also includes remote start technology. You can get the Trailblazer heating up before you step foot outside. This way, it will be nice and cozy by the time you slip behind the wheel. On the outside, roof rails have been added for extra storage space, and foglamps have also been installed.
If you are looking for something a bit more sporty, you can opt for the Activ trim. This adventure model has been enhanced for better off-roading with sport-terrain tires and dual exhaust. It also comes with a larger grille and a two-tone roof for a sleek exterior appearance. Inside the cabin, you will notice a major change with the upscale leatherette upholstery. At this level, you will be entering the luxury category.
For full-on luxury, you should take a peek inside the top-of-the-line RS model. This vehicle rolls on 1-inch machined-aluminum wheels with stylish black inserts. The cabin fuses luxury and sport perfectly with cloth/leatherette upholstery and contrasting red accents. Offering an even more unique style to the interior, a flat-bottom steering wheel has also been added.
All of the Trailblazer trims come standard with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System. The differences come into play with what is added to this system based on the trim level. Each trim comes with this innovative system that is displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen. This monitor serves a dual purpose as it also displays the video feed from the vehicle’s standard rearview camera. From the advanced infotainment interface, you can make calls and send text messages via the Bluetooth connection.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, and these functions allow you to seamlessly integrate your smartphone functions into your vehicle’s infotainment interface. That means you can listen to your personalized playlist and use your favorite apps with ease. It’s also worth noting that the Trailblazer can sync up to two mobile devices at a time using Bluetooth.
Higher trim levels add navigation to the works so that you never have to worry about being lost again. The top-tier models also include a wireless charging pad that helps to eliminate clutter from the cabin. You don’t have to fumble with tangled cords anymore.
Perhaps what makes the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer so exciting is the number of advanced safety features that are included on every trim level.
First, we have automatic braking, the following distance indicator, and front pedestrian braking. While using a front-facing sensor, the automatic braking system will detect if a collision is about to occur. The system will alert the driver of the danger. If no action is taken, the vehicle will come to a complete stop. However, this function only works at speed under 50 mph.
The following distance indicator is to ensure that you are not following too closely behind the vehicle in front of you. If you get too close, an audible chime will sound, indicating that you need to slow down a little or give the driver in front of you some space. Front pedestrian braking can has been added to detect when a pedestrian walks in front of your vehicle. This system will apply hard braking to bring the Trailblazer to a halt before a collision happens. It’s important to note that these functions are limited at night, and even in the day time, drivers will still need to practice safe driving habits.
Next, there is the lane keep assist with lane-departure warning. This innovative system will alert you if you begin to drift outside your designated lane. It will also let you know if you have crossed the lane markers.
Then, we have the rearview camera, which we mentioned briefly before. Displayed on the touchscreen inside the cabin, you can get a view of what’s directly behind your vehicle before you begin backing up. Ideal for navigating tight parking lots and parallel street parking, this system is great for preventing fender benders.
A newer safety system that Chevy has made standard across the board is the rear seat reminder. Activated when the second-row door is opened and closed before taking off, this system will remind you to look in the back seat before exiting the vehicle. This is done in a series of audible chimes.
Finally, another newer safety feature is the Teen Driver technology. This system is great for parents. It disables the stereo if the seatbelt is not fastened, allows you to set volume and speed limits, and it also provides you with a report on how well your teenager is driving.