Chevrolet TrailBlazer


Current Model
Chevrolet resurrected the Trailblazer name for its subcompact SUV, which, sizewise, is positioned between the Trax and the Equinox. It shares a platform and powertrains with the Buick Encore GX.
Base models get a 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo engine. All-wheel drive, along with a more powerful 155-hp, 1.3-liter engine and nine-speed automatic, is also offered. The 1.3-liter is responsive and fuel-efficient. For its small footprint, the Trailblazer provides ample room, but thick roof pillars and the lack of a third side window compromise rear and side visibility. The ride is decent, but handling is rather clumsy. Road noise is pronounced. Standard active safety features include FCW and AEB with pedestrian detection, while BSW and rear cross traffic warning are optional.
Road Test
Predicted Reliability
Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2002-2009
2002 Redesign Year
The TrailBlazer feels underpowered with its inline six-cylinder engine, but it offers a compliant--if somewhat jiggly--ride. Handling is ungainly, with excessive body lean and slow steering.
We also found the brakes unimpressive in our tests. Wind noise is pronounced and the seat-mounted seat belts are awkward to use. Electronic stability-control became standard starting in 2006, which made emergency handling more secure. The EXT version, which offered seating for seven, was discontinued after 2006, and the entire model line was dropped after 2009.
$6,375 - $14,100
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$5,325 - $12,500
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$4,700 - $10,875
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$4,125 - $9,675
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$3,475 - $4,250
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$3,400 - $4,025
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$3,275 - $3,925
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$3,200 - $3,700
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