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The Chevy Trailblazer is all-new for the 2021 model year. The Trailblazer returns in the form of a crossover SUV and slots between the subcompact and compact segments. This means if you are looking for an affordable option with similar functionality of a compact crossover, the Trailblazer is the perfect combination of utility and affordability. With Camaro-inspired stylings and a sporty ride, you are sure to enjoy driving the all-new Trailblazer too. For those looking for an SUV loaded with value, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer comes with excellent tech and safety features as standard, two engine, and two transmission choices, and is competitively priced. Actually, it is extremely competitively priced, starting at under $20,000.
The revived Trailblazer slots between the Trax and midsize Blazer in Chevy’s lineup of SUVs, and while it is larger than the Trax, it costs less. With the Chevy Trailblazer, you will find a spacious cabin and lots of standard and available tech and convenience features. You will also appreciate the excellent fuel efficiency and sporty engine options.
The combination of flashy exterior styling (a two-tone roof is standard), a spacious cabin, and fuel-efficient powertrains make the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer one of the best near-compact SUVs on the road. With the many standard features for even entry-level trim, you will not find a better option anywhere on the market. This is an SUV with value and personality, which is hard to find in the compact SUV market, and exactly what you would expect from the return of the iconic Trailblazer nameplate. So let’s take a more in-depth look at the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer and how it is redefining the market.
When looking for a compact SUV, you want to make sure the powertrains offered are both powerful and efficient. Often compact SUVs will only offer one engine option and one powertrain, and it is generally underpowered or not efficient enough to bring the value you want from a powertrain. However, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer does everything right, offering two engine options and two different powertrains, so that you can choose an engine that makes sense for your lifestyle and budget.
The engine that comes as standard in the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is a highly efficient engine, perfect for getting around town. A 1.2-liter turbocharged inline-3 that produces 137 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque powers the base model. This engine returns 28/31 MPG for excellent fuel efficiency. It is paired with a continuously variable transmission for a smooth ride. This engine also features a turbocharger, so you know it has some power. With this setup, expect both a fun and engaging ride. While it might initially seem like this engine does not have a lot of power, the turbocharger and torque will prove otherwise. For a base engine, this is a great option.
The optional engine for the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-3 that yields 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. This engine adds horsepower and low-end power while also improving on fuel efficiency with a rating of 29/33 MPG. You can pair this engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission on all-wheel drive models or the CVT on front-wheel drive models. The available all-wheel drive is a great option if you live where there is snow or ice.
This is a great engine for many reasons. For one, the excellent fuel efficiency adds tremendous value to the Trailblazer. And the additional power will surely be useful when you are merging onto the highway. The available all-wheel drive is another great option to have, as well as the 9-speed automatic transmission. With the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, there is an option for everyone.
The Trailblazer even has three drive modes to get you through just about any situation. These drive modes include Normal, Sport, and Snow. The Sport mode modifies shifting and steering for quicker response, while the Snow mode provides extra rear-wheel torque for better traction in inclement weather.
What sets the Trailblazer apart from its rivals is its many standard features, which include lots of impressive and useful tech. Included in this list are Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system and a 7-inch touchscreen. Keep in mind that we’re still talking about an SUV that starts under $20,000 and an SUV that includes the same engine as a Buick Encore GX.
Also standard with the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is Bluetooth audio streaming for two devices, which is a feature of Chevy’s newest infotainment platform. This means the Trailblazer is equipped with the latest technology from Chevy. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are also included, as well as two USB ports. This is still the base trim, so you can see just how much value is packed into this SUV. Without having to move up in trims, you are already looking at a nicely appointed SUV that has just about everything you could need. Whether you are carpooling or using it as a daily driver, the base trim offers the modern conveniences you would find in the upper-trim levels of competitors.
Since the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is easy on the budget, let’s take a look at some of the optional tech available. An 8-inch touchscreen is available. Keyless open and remote start is another option. LED taillights, leather seats, leather shift knob and steering wheel, a Bose audio system, a wireless hotspot, and wireless phone charging—these are all options that can be added, depending on your needs and budget.
In terms of interior space, you will be impressed by the amount of room in this not-quite compact SUV. If you are looking for a small SUV, but the subcompact segment is just too small, the Trailblazer proves exceedingly functional. With a total cargo capacity of 54.4 cubic feet, you will have room for friends and family and space for all of your toys for a day at the beach. The 60/40-split second-row seats fold to allow for larger objects, such as surfboards or kayaks—up to 8.5 feet long. You will also be impressed with its best-in-class rear legroom.
What’s exceptional about the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is the number of safety features included for all trim levels. Even with the entry-level trim, you will find an impressive suite of features. These features include 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 a great collection of safety features and one that you and your family will certainly appreciate.
There are not too many safety features listed as optional equipment. You’ll find most of them included as standard. Options such as a teen driver system offer peace of mind that is hard to find in this price range, which makes this a great SUV for a younger driver. Not only will they appreciate the stylish two-tone colors, but you will appreciate the ability to control their driving habits. With this feature, you can ensure they are driving the speed limit, not playing the stereo too loud, and wearing their seat belt, among other things.
Optional features include adaptive cruise control, which uses a camera to watch the vehicle in front of you and automatically adjust your speed and braking to the flow of traffic. You’ll also find lane-change alerts and a rear parking assist system, which will sound an alarm if you come too close to objects behind you when backing up. With this collection of safety features, you and your family will be sure to stay safe on the road, and with so much included as standard, you will have little to worry about as you head out for an afternoon at the lake.