Chevrolet is giving U.S. consumers another crossover choice at the small end of the market with the 2021 Trailblazer. Larger than the Trax, which is too small for some buyers, the Trailblazer gives Chevy a roomier option with more conventional styling. And unlike the Trax, it was designed from the ground up with U.S. consumers top of mind. It is equipped with either a 1.2-liter or 1.3-liter turbo engine, delivering up to 155 hp. Both engines are mated to a continuously variable transmission with stop-start, though a nine-speed automatic is available on models equipped with the 1.3-liter engine and all-wheel drive. We've rounded up a few reviews from select media.
"Chevy's 1.3-liter I3 is surprisingly perky. Sure, it only makes 155 horsepower, but it's the 174 pound-feet of torque that really helps with acceleration. It comes on early at 1,600 rpm and stays flat until 4,000 rpm, making highway merging almost effortless. The nine-speed automatic transmission is tuned more for fuel economy than anything else, upshifting early to maximize efficiency. During my time with the car, I averaged 29.1 miles per gallon, which is on the better side of the EPA's ratings of 26 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined for this engine.
"That's not to say the Trailblazer is fun to drive, though. Get it on backroads and the soft suspension and generous body roll will make you think twice about making any quick directional changes, and it's easy to upset the overall smoothness on uneven stretches of pavement. Then again, nothing in this small SUV class is all that rewarding to drive, save for the Mazda CX-3. I think most folks will find that the Trailblazer does an adequate job day to day, with lots of usable low-end power and easy-to-drive dynamics."
— Emme Hall, Road Show by CNET