Car review: 2021 Chevy Trailblazer RS

By Larry Lark, contributor

Chevrolet’s 2021 Trailblazer is an entry-level compact SUV aimed at younger buyers with an entry point starting at around $ 20,000.

Pioneer locations between the Trax and Equinox, in General Motors’ vehicle pantheon, featuring a bold front fascia, sports car-inspired rear design and seating for five. The expressive exterior also includes a two-port grille, taut body lines, a sleek roofline and a bold hood shape.

“The Trailblazer doesn’t just allow customers to express their personal style. It encourages it with uniquely styled trims that allow buyers to choose a vehicle that reflects their lifestyle, ”said Stuart Norris, Design Director of Global Chevrolet Compact SUVs. “Its design is bold, confident and full of personality. ”

Trailblazer comes in five trim sets: ACTIV, L, LS, LT, and RS (my tester).

The top-of-the-line RS model was powered by a small but efficient 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder ECOTEC engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The combination generates 155 horsepower, 174 pound-feet of torque and is rated at 30 miles per gallon on the highway according to the EPA.

Mine came with all-wheel drive, making it a functional and versatile ride anytime of the year. The driving experience surprised me. In town, the Trailblazer engine and steering were just as responsive and produced a well-cushioned ride. On open roads, the engine will tip quickly and will keep you in the right two lanes.

Inside, the Trailblazer features a driver-focused dual cockpit interior design with an integrated center console. High quality finishes and stitching are customized to allow different appearances with each level of finish. The center console offers several storage options with up to 3.5 liters of open storage and 4.4 liters of storage under the armrest, as well as two cup holders.

The RS is equipped with Chevrolet’s latest infotainment system, offering the ability to use two Bluetooth phones simultaneously, allowing vehicle passengers to use their mobile phones hands-free or the driver to use multiple phones hands-free.

The sound system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless connectivity and optional SiriusXM with 360L, offering exclusive content including ad-free music, interviews, shows and performances. The Trailblazer features 40/60 split folding second row seats, allowing the vehicle to accommodate items up to 8.5 feet long. Overall storage capacity is rated at 54.4 cubic feet with the second row folded flat.

My tester included an optional technology package ($ 1,620) and a convenience package ($ 520). Upgrades included a rear-view camera, adaptive cruise control, premium Bose audio system with seven speakers, wireless charging, air conditioning, USB and 120-volt charging ports, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. .

All Trailblazer versions come with a full list of active safety and standard driver

Assist features including: Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, IntelliBeam Headlights, Lane Keeping Assist, Teen Driver and Rear Seat Occupant Reminder.

All things considered, Trailblazer qualifies as a commuter, a city driver. But I wouldn’t stray too far from the road.

Base price: $ 28,395

Price as determined: $ 32,150

Destination charges are included in the base price. The vehicles are supplied by the manufacturer. Price displayed may vary at local dealerships.

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