2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review

It’s a tweener.  Trailblazer is smaller than Equinox.  But it’s bigger than the Trax.  And it’s sportier.  Adding styling cues from Camaro.

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is all-new and seats five.  But it’s actually returning to the Chevrolet lineup.  Because it’s first run was 2002 through 2009.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Top-3:

  1. Styling
  2. Safety tech
  3. Maneuverability

My friends at Martin Chevrolet gave me an RS trimmed Trailblazer for this review.

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2021 Chevy Trailblazer driver profile black w/ red top

Slots between Trax & Equinox

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Compact/Subcompact SUV

So the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is bigger than the subcompact Trax.  But it’s smaller than the compact Equinox.

And, with the all-new Trailblazer, here’s Chevy’s entire lineup of crossover SUVs.

2020 Chevrolet Crossover SUV Lineup:

Both Chevy and it’s American counterpart Ford have been adding crossover SUVs.  And this while they remove sedans from their lineups.

Trim Options And Prices

Adding to Trailblazer’s sportiness is its top-two trim levels.  Because both include a two-tone roof.

So, Chevy is targeting more youthful buyers with Trailblazer.  But offers trim configuration options for all.

2020 Chevy Trailblazer Trims & Prices:

  • starting MSRP $19,000
  • LS $21,500
  • LT $23,600
  • ACTIV $25,400
  • RS $25,400

Notice the ACTIV and the RS have the same starting MSRP.  That’s because they have similar options.

But the ACTIV is ready for light off-roading.  Whereas the RS plans to stay on-road.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer front

Sporty RS Trailblazer

And the best place to determine which trim to go with is Martin Chevrolet.  Because my friend Lewis Cook is the General Manager.  Who’s always happy to help iDriveSoCal readers. :0)

Engines, Transmissions & MPG

Interestingly, Trailblazer offers two different engine options.  And both are eyebrow-raising 3-cylinders.  That’s right, 1-2-3.

3-Cylinder Engines

Both have turbochargers.  And, for the vehicle’s size and weight they are well matched.

So, you have the option of a 1.2-liter or a 1.3L.  And Chevrolet reports up-to 155-horsepower and up to 174 pound-feet of torque.

3-cylinder turbocharged engine

3-cylinder turbo

CVT Standard

The 2021 Trailblazer comes standard with a continuously variable transmission.  But go with the 1.3L and all-wheel drive and you can bump up to a 9-speed automatic trans.

Front Or All-Wheel Drive

And yes, you also have the option of two or all-wheel driver.  So, when you go with a two-wheel drive, it’s in the front.

Drive Modes

Differing drive modes with 2WD or AWD.  But only a little.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Drive Modes:

  • 2WD/FWD – Normal/Snow/Sport
  • AWD – Normal/AWD/Sport

Fuel Economy

Of course, with all the configurations, fuel economy varies a bit.  But the EPA targes a low of 26 miles-per-gallon for the city.  And, up top 33 MPG on the highway.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Is Very Good Looking

So, Trailblazer is a good looking crossover SUV from every angle.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer driver rear

Youthful yet sharp styling.

And I’d love to see it’s styling cues implemented more.  Just like for the Traverse and Tahoe.  (Come on Chevy – run with this!)

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Exterior Dimensions:

  • Wheelbase: 103.9
  • Overall:
    • Length: ~173.5
    • Height: ~65.0
  • Width: 71.2 (w/out mirrors)
  • Track:
    • Front: ~60.9
    • Rear: 61.3
  • Ground clearance: ~7.0 to 8.0

*All inches

Chevy created the all-new 2021 Trailblazer for younger drivers.  But my bet is that it attracts even more buyers.  Because it is youthful and sporty.  But without being overdone.

And while it’s attention to design detail is great on the outside.  Plus, you’ll find it elsewhere too.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Interior

Because the interior of the all-new crossover sport-ute keeps the styling coming.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer front seats and dash

Sporty interior accents

For example, the flat-bottom steering wheel.  And the red accent stitching.  Plus, it’s spacious inside.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Surprisingly comfy backseat

Since I’m 5’10” I like a bit of legroom.  And even with the driver seat adjusted for me.  But, I had no problem crawling into the backseat.  And getting comfortable for a ride.

cargo area w. backseat partial down

Up to 54.4 cu-ft cargo space

Plus you have plenty of cargo space.  Because with the backseats up there are 25.3 cubic feet are room for stuff.

And folding the backseats down (nearly flat) gives you 54.4 cu-ft of stuff-space. :0)

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Interior Dimensions:

  • Headroom: 40.0/38.4
  • Legroom: 40.9/39.4
  • Shoulder room: 55.4/53.8
  • Hip room: 52.3/45.7

*All inches – front/2nd-row

Infotainment Technology

Naturally, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available with Trailblazer.  Also, to my surprise, wireless phone charging.

Touchscreen infotainment options

Available 7 or 8″ touchscreens

Plus 4G LTE hotspot capability.  And either  7 or 8″ touchscreens keeping everything super-easy to use.

Driver Assist Safety Tech

Additionally, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer includes a slew of standard safety technology.  And what’s not standard is available.

 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Driver Assist/Safety:


  • Lane keep assist w/ lane departure warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Following distance indicator
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Teen driver technology
  • Forward collision alert
  • Automatic high beam
  • Rear seat reminder
  • Rear vision camera


  • Lane change alert w/ blind spot alert
  • Onstar safety security coverage
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • HD rear vision camera
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist

So the list of safety help is long.  And what I really like is that the ‘standard’ list is much longer.

Plus, the Teen Driver feature is a biggie.  Because it allows parents to track behavior behind the wheel.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer rear

Courtesy of Martin Chevrolet – Torrance, CA

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Top-3:

  1. Styling – It’s a very good looking ride.  Outside for sure.  But even the interior accents on the RS I test drove were sharp.
  2. Safety tech – By list measurement alone the safety tech is impressive. But it’s also serious technology.  And safety.
  3. Maneuverability – Trailblazer is a nimble driver.  Great for urban environs and tight parking situations.

Martin Chevrolet – Your South Bay Southern California Chevy Dealer

And to find the perfect Trailblazer for you – go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet.  Right on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance, California, and at MartinChevrolet.com.

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