The Trailblazer is a new model in the growing subcompact SUV category, positioned below the larger Chevrolet Equinox. It’s roomy despite its small footprint, gets good fuel economy, and packs an impressive level of standard advanced safety features. However, the loud cabin and limited rear three-quarter visibility should give buyers pause.
With its upright stance, tall roof, and big, squared-off door openings, the Trailblazer is easy to get in and out—front or rear. Unlike in most sub-compact SUVs, it requires very little ducking or twisting to hop into the Trailblazer’s cabin. This upright styling also contributes to the SUVs roomy rear seat and cargo area.
We were impressed by the responsive 155-hp, 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. This combination provides a healthy midrange shove, which is well-suited for both suburban and urban driving. We got a commendable 27 mpg overall, which is on par with its competitors.