Chevrolet has always been about blazing new trails in the automotive industry since Louis Chevrolet and Willy Durant founded the company over 100 years ago. Chevy has always made sure to be an industry leader coming with new models that set a standard, not a follower trying to cash in on someone else’s ideas or innovations. This is why Chevy reimagined its popular Trailblazer as a sporty crossover built for adventure when it brought the vehicle name back for the 2020 model year after an almost decade’s long hiatus. The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer builds on the success of that first new model, adding new features to continue to push this small SUV forward into the future.
The 2022 Trailblazer has the same exterior looks as the models from the previous two years, with a cute and sporty design that is both aerodynamic and adorable. Some models feature a really cool two-tone paint job to accentuate the Trailblazer’s lines. In that regard, Chevy has added some new exterior colors: blue glow metallic and vivid orange metallic. What’s more, you can now get available roof rack cross rails installed on your Trailblazer, improving this vehicle’s looks while also adding the functionality of extra cargo space on the Trailblazer’s roof. However, there is so much more to the Trailblazer that will show you that great things truly come in small packages.
The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer comes in four great trims, with the Trailblazer LS starting at a very affordable MSRP of $21,600.* The LS rides on 17-inch aluminum wheels and features the Chevy Infotainment 3 system on a 7-inch color touchscreen with a 6-speaker audio system. The Chevy Infotainment 3 system helps you and your passengers stay connected with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android compatibility and Bluetooth streaming for up to 2 devices.
You are sure to appreciate the fold-flat front passenger seat that will allow you to use that for additional trunk space if you need to move extra long things. The next trim level up, the Trailblazer LT, sports LED fog lamps, a remote vehicle starter system, and heated power-adjustable, manual-folding mirrors that make it easier to defog them on cold or damp days.
Chevy offers a choice of top trim levels on the 2022 Trailblazer. The Trailblazer ACTIV rides on sport terrain tires and has a dual-outlet exhaust with trapezoidal polished tips. The Trailblazer RS has a dual-outlet exhaust with round polished tips and rides on 18-inch high-gloss black machined aluminum wheels. Both come with an available two-tone paint job and feature a heated steering wheel and LED taillamps.
The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer offers you a choice of two turbocharged 3-cylinder gas engines, depending on which trim level you choose. The LS and LT models feature a 1.2-liter EcoTec Turbocharged I-3 gas engine that can produce up to 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The ACTIV and RS are equipped with a 1.3-liter EcoTec Turbocharged I-3 gas engine able to produce 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. By emphasizing torque over horsepower, these engines will give you better acceleration off the stop since the greater torque helps you get up to speed faster at lower gears. It also allows for greater carrying capacity in a vehicle.
Each engine has a double overhead camshaft configuration for improved efficiency, as well as direct fuel injection for exceptional performance. In addition, the engines feature Chevy’s auto stop/start technology to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
Chevy pairs the engine on the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This replaces standard gear speeds with a transmission that constantly adjusts the engine speed to varying road and driving conditions. As a result, a CVT will improve overall engine efficiency. Nevertheless, Chevy also offers the Trailblazer ACTIV and RS models with an available 9-speed automatic transmission for those who prefer a more traditional powertrain and desire greater control over engine performance.
The Trailblazer has a very tight 103.9-inch wheelbase that makes cornering really easy on this small SUV. In fact, this model has a very tight turning circle of just 36.8 feet. This will make it easier for you to maneuver through traffic or get your Trailblazer into or out of the tightest parking spots.
The Trailblazer LS and LT models are front-wheel drive only, while Chevy offers available all-wheel drive on the ACTIV and RS models. Choosing all-wheel drive will cause a slight reduction in the vehicle’s fuel economy but should be more than made up for with improved traction. This is especially important if you live in an area with severe or inclement weather.
The 2022 Trailblazer is one of the most fuel-efficient models in its vehicle class. The LS and LT models will give you 29 miles per gallon in the city and 31 miles per gallon on the highway, while the ACTIV and RS models with front-wheel drive deliver 29 miles per gallon in city driving and 33 miles per gallon in highway driving. If you opt for all-wheel drive on the Trailblazer ACTIV or RS, you should expect fuel economy numbers of 26 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.
Just like most other small SUVs, the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer has room for up to 5 passengers. However, unlike most other small SUVs, it can actually fit all five passengers comfortably without three of them complaining about the lack of legroom in the back seat. That is because the Trailblazer has 39.4 inches of legroom in the rear row of seats, most of any other small SUV on the market. In total, the Trailblazer offers over 98 cubic feet of space for passengers in its roomy interior.
If you need to move things, then the Chevy Trailblazer is the small SUV for you. The trunk alone has 25.3 cubic feet of space for whatever you need to carry. You can expand the cargo space to 54.4 cubic feet by simply folding down the rear seat, which is configured with a 60/40 split, giving you flexibility with respect to passenger seating and carrying stuff. The front passenger seat even folds flat, so you can carry objects as long as 8.5-feet. There is even an available hands-free liftgate to make loading things into your Trailblazer easier than ever.
Chevrolet has always been committed to vehicle safety, and that is shown by the fact that the Chevy Safety Assist package of advanced safety and driver assistance features comes standard on every model of the 2022 Trailblazer. These are six different active systems that utilize the latest technology for you.
Standard Chevy Safety Assist
Some of the Chevy Safety Assist features will help you avoid collisions with vehicles or pedestrians in front of your Trailblazer. Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking will detect a vehicle in your path and alert you if there is an imminent crash. It will simultaneously engage the Trailblazer’s emergency brakes to either avoid the collision or reduce its impact. Similarly, Front Pedestrian Braking will engage the emergency brakes if the system detects a pedestrian in the path of your Trailblazer. The following distance indicator will keep track of the vehicles in the direct path of your Trailblazer and alert you if you do not have enough stopping distance in front of you.
Chevy Safety Assist will also help keep you on the straight and narrow. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning will let you know if your Trailblazer crosses a lane marker without you signaling for a lane change. This will help you avoid drifting into other lanes while getting you to refocus on your driving if this is the result of being distracted. IntelliBeam Auto High Beam Assist automatically turns on your vehicle’s high beams when you enter an area with low light. These will automatically turn off when the road’s lighting improves or if the system detects another vehicle, so you can avoid distracting another motorist.
Every 2022 Chevy Trailblazer also features a standard rear vision camera to make backing up safer and easier. Chevy’s Teen Driver system is also standard on the Trailblazer. This is an ideal system to have if you have a young driver in your household. Teen Driver allows you to place limits on the volume of the Chevy Infotainment 3 system while not allowing the young driver to disconnect any of the Chevy Safety Assist systems. In addition, your Teen Driver system will act as a chaperone, giving you a post-trip report on your young driver’s performance. Teen Driver is like having a driver’s education instructor with your child every time they take your Trailblazer out for a ride. Safety is standard on the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer, giving you peace of mind in your small SUV.