Change is a constant in the automotive industry, fueling automakers to progress their lineups to meet the evolving needs of drivers. We see this firsthand in the progression from the minivan and station wagon to modern-day SUVs like the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer. This evolution is responsible for the ongoing expansion of the industry. However, subcompact crossovers like the Trailblazer are responsible for the flourishing success of one of America’s beloved automotive brands and its keen ability to give drivers more of what they want and need in an SUV.
The 2023 Trailblazer has everything a subcompact crossover should––it’s spacious, rich in innovative technology, capable, and efficient. Car and Driver even goes so far as to say the Trailblazer is like the “Labrador Retrievers of the car world: ubiquitous, affable members of the family.” The Trailblazer is undeniably that, but it’s also so much more.
Smaller than the Blazer, the 2023 Trailblazer expertly uses its size to its advantage and makes for an agile road warrior. Its interior is larger than you might expect, offering 54.4 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seat folded. With the seat in use, the cabin is still plenty spacious and ensures the comfort of your passengers and ample space for cargo. In short, the Trailblazer delivers the best of both worlds and can meet all your people- and gear-hauling needs.
So, what else can you expect from one of Chevrolet’s top sellers? Chevrolet promises the 2023 Trailblazer is up for anything, so it’s time to find out how it lives up to this promise. Here’s a closer look at everything the Trailblazer offers, starting with a multi-trim lineup and progressing toward two capable and efficient powertrains that give you the confidence to say “yes” to more adventures.
Chevrolet gives you four ways to say “yes” to the 2023 Trailblazer. The multi-trim lineup starts with the entry-level LS at $21,800.[a] The base model is well-equipped with 17-inch aluminum wheels, a six-speaker audio system, a driver information center with a digital compass, and a flat-folding front passenger seat that maximizes the SUV’s interior cargo capacity. Moving up the lineup, the LT distinguishes itself from the exterior with its silver-painted roof rails, body-color mirror caps, and LED fog lamps. In addition, the LT adds a remote vehicle starter system for convenience and heated power-adjustable exterior mirrors that optimize your visibility in inclement weather.
While the LS and LT check the boxes of a traditional subcompact crossover, Chevrolet takes the Trailblazer to the next level with two unique trims––the RS and ACTIV. These top-tier trims allow you to get behind the wheel of the ultimate Trailblazer designed to your driving and style needs. For example, both models exchange the Trailblazer’s standard powerplant for a turbocharged 1.3L EcoTec engine with stop/start technology. This powerplant boosts the Trailblazer’s capability, delivering more power and an engaging driving experience. So, how do the trims differ?
The RS boasts a sportier, blacked-out design, giving the Trailblazer a stealthy and sport-like aesthetic. You’ll see this in the 18-inch high-gloss black machined aluminum wheels and the dual-outlet exhaust with its round polished tips. It also comes standard with LED taillamps, a feature it shares with the ACTIV. The ACTIV exchanges the high-gloss wheels on the RS for sport-terrain tires and adds a specifically tuned off-road suspension and a front skid plate that reflects its adventurous spirit. You’ll also find its exhaust features polished trapezoidal tips.
Chevrolet is renowned for its engine design, a legacy started by racecar driver Louis Chevrolet in the early 1900s. Today, the 2023 Trailblazer is a prime example of Chevrolet’s ability to deliver plenty of power across its lineup. What do we mean?
The 2023 Trailblazer comes standard with a turbocharged 1.2L engine and continuously variable transmission. This combination gives the Trailblazer a strong baseline of power, churning out 137 horsepower, 162 lb-ft of torque, and an average fuel economy of 29 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. However, Chevrolet doesn’t stop there and offers the Trailblazer with all-wheel drive, a turbocharged 1.3L engine, and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The Trailblazer RS and ACTIV come standard with Chevrolet’s 1.3L turbocharged powerplant that delivers 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. When you opt for all-wheel drive, the engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission for a wider gear range and seamless shifting. This translates to incredible capability and maximum traction but doesn’t sacrifice efficiency, with the 1.3L averaging 26 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. For those who prioritize efficiency, stick with the front-wheel drive Trailblazer with the 1.3L to reap the benefits of an EPA-estimated average of 29 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
Chevrolet allows you to further harness this power and efficiency with three available drive modes. First, you’ll find Normal mode balances the Trailblazer’s performance and minimizes fuel consumption, making it ideal for your daily commute. Next, AWD mode (Snow mode on FWD models) enhances the Trailblazer’s performance in slippery conditions and optimizes traction. Lastly, Sport mode gives the Trailblazer a distinct feel, tightening the steering wheel for sport-like performance that gives you the confidence to push the SUV to its limits.
One of the greatest selling points of the Chevrolet lineup is knowing the automaker prioritizes your safety. You can confidently get behind the wheel of an SUV like the 2023 Trailblazer because you know you have all the tools you need to navigate the road ahead. These tools are part of Chevy Safety Assist, a suite that comes standard across the Trailblazer lineup and adds incredible value to the already affordable SUV.
The 2023 Trailblazer is a carryover model from 2022, which means Chevy only made a few minor changes to the SUV. So what does this have to do with the Trailblazer’s safety? The 2022 Trailblazer earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, so the 2023 Trailblazer will likely follow suit since it shares the same active and passive safety features.
At the heart of these features is the Chevy Safety Assist suite, which is standard across the lineup. The suite equips the Trailblazer with Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and a Following Distance Indicator. These tools constantly monitor the front of the SUV, alerting you to potential collisions. If a collision is imminent, the Trailblazer’s Automatic Emergency Braking system can safely bring the SUV to a stop. Additional tools in the suite include IntelliBeam Auto High Beam Assist, a rearview camera, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.
Chevrolet further distinguishes SUVs like the Trailblazer with exclusive features like Teen Driver Technology, making the crossover the perfect vehicle for young drivers. The feature allows parents to set parameters for their teen drivers via the center touchscreen display. Then, by linking these parameters to the key fob, the technology constantly monitors the Trailblazer’s performance and provides an in-vehicle report card once your teen returns home. This data gives you teachable moments that can help your teen driver adopt safer driving habits and give you greater peace of mind.
Smartphones are an integral part of our lives, but they can also be incredibly distracting when we’re on the road. Chevrolet acknowledges as much and outfits the Trailblazer with connectivity features that keep you connected without stealing your focus from the road. This technology is centralized in the 7-inch or 8-inch digital color touchscreen display, where you’ll find the Chevrolet infotainment system.
Through the center display, Chevrolet gives you wireless access to your smartphone via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. You’ll find your favorite apps are always within reach, and with wireless phone charging on trims like the RS and ACTIV, you can keep the cabin clutter-free by leaving your charging cable at home. Beyond this, Chevrolet takes your connectivity to the next level with a built-in WiFi hotspot that guarantees you and your passengers stay connected wherever the road leads.
The 2023 Trailblazer also ushers the Chevy lineup into a new era of technology via Amazon Alexa Built-In. With smartphones and smart home devices vital tools in our lives, the Trailblazer’s infotainment system is designed to work with us and for us. With Alexa Built-In, you can use voice commands to connect with your smart home devices, stream your favorite music, add items to your Amazon shopping list, send messages, and more.
When you’re not using Alexa Built-In, you can enjoy the ride with premium entertainment via SiriusXM. Centralized in Chevy’s infotainment system, the 2023 Trailblazer comes with a limited trial to SiriusXM. The satellite radio delivers commercial-free music, weather, news, talk, comedy, and thousands more channels, ensuring you stay up-to-date with current events, entertainment news, and sports scores even when you’re behind the wheel.