Chevy continues its tradition of bringing back iconic vehicles from its past. 2019 saw the return of the Blazer and for 2021, after a 12-year hiatus, Chevy’s iconic Trailblazer is back on the roads with an all new model.
While it’s missing some key elements from the Trailblazer you may remember from a decade ago – like half its former measurements — this Trailblazer is set to meet the requirements of buyers today.
Complete with appropriate tech equipment, a little bit of cargo room and a sleek exterior, the 2021 Trailblazer is set to merge into traffic alongside other subcompact crossovers like the Buick Encore, the Hyundai Kona and the Mazda CX-30.
The Trailblazer fits in Chevy’s current lineup between the small Trax crossover and the midsize Blazer crossover/SUV.
The old TrailBlazer was a truck-based midsize SUV. The new Trailblazer is distinctly related to the car side of the family and is much more suited to carpool lines and in-town-on-the-pavement errands and commutes.
The Trailblazer’s exterior design was more aggressive than I expected and might even offer buyers in this segment an edgy choice among a sea of blend-ins and non-stand-outs. The interior of the Trailblazer isn’t as exciting as the exterior, but the cabin is spacious and well-designed. The front seats seem to be exceptionally high, perched up close to SUV standards. There was plenty of room for adults in the back seats and the cargo area was generous. For those that need flexibility for hauling stuff, not only do the rear seats fold flat, but the front passenger seat folds forward as well.
Under the hood you can choose from two different turbocharged 3 cylinder engines: A 1.2-liter that pumps out 137 horsepower or a 1.3-liter that powers out 155 hp. The smaller engine only comes with front-wheel drive while the 1.3-liter offers optional AWD. If you opt for the AWD engine, the standard CVT is replaced with a nine-speed automatic transmission. My test model had the 1.3-liter engine and while not particularly athletic, I found it adequately powered for in-town driving. Merging into highway traffic got slightly loud, but the Trailblazer persisted and eventually eased into highway speeds.
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a subcompact SUV that’s available in five trim levels: L, LS, LT, Activ and RS.
The basic Trailblazer L starts off at a reasonable $20,000 and offers nice things like in-vehicle WiFi hotspot, 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration and a pretty impressive suite of driver safety features like lane keeping assist, forward collision mitigation and automatic high beams.
I got to drive a Trailblazer Activ that comes standard with the 1.3-liter engine, a two-tone roof and roof rails, simulated leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition start, power-adjusted driver seat and heated front seats.
The base price for my test vehicle was $26,900 and with a few tech packages added on, the final price tag amounted to $31,200.