The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer enters its second model year.  Because the nameplate was just reintroduced.  Having been absent from the carmaker’s line-up for a bit more than a decade.

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And to be clear Trailblazer is now a subcompact crossover SUV.  Previously it was midsize.  But again that goes way back to 2009.

So it’s now much smaller.  But also much sportier.  In fact, its styling cues are easily connected to Camaro.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer Top-3:

  1. Styling
  2. Interior
  3. Fuel-economy

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2022 Chevy Trailblazer driver rear angle up

Sportiest subcompact?

New For 2022 Chevy Trailblazer

Even though Trailblazer is in only its second model year there are some new aspects for 2022.

And those include; available roof rack cross rails and a trailering package.  Plus a heated steering wheel on upper trims.

Additionally some cool new exterior color options.  Including crimson metallic, the color of the vehicle I drove pictured throughout this review.

Other new colors include blue glow metallic, vivid orange, and mahogany red metallic.

Trims And MSRPs

So you have four trim options to go with for 2022.  And thanks to the design and shape of the vehicle all the trim configurations are handsome.

But of course, the higher trims include quite a bit more features and creature comforts.

Trims & Starting Prices:

  • LS $21,600
  • LT $23,800
  • ACTIV $25,700
  • RS $25,700

Also, my test driver pictured throughout this post was the top-of-the-line RS trim.

And thanks to my friends at Martin Chevrolet for hooking that up.

Engine, Transmission, And MPG

Now the engine is where Trailblazer raises some eyebrows.  And that’s because it features two different 3-cylinder engines.

You read that correctly 1-2-3 cylinders.  Both of them are turbocharged.  And both are spirited, if not quick while delivering great fuel economy.

1.2L Turbo I-3

The smaller of the two powerplants is the 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder.  It puts out 137 horsepower with 162 pound-feet of torque.

1.3L Turbo I-3

Then there’s the 1.3-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder.  And it delivers 155 horsepower with 174 pound-feet of torque.


So, there’s a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that can be paired with either motor.

And while some CVTs are criticized I have to admit that my test driver had one.  To be clear it was matched with the bigger engine.  But it left me with two takeaways.

First, I wouldn’t have guessed it was a CVT while I was driving it. And second, it was truly fun to drive.

Additionally, there’s a 9-speed automatic transmission.  And it comes only with the bigger engine and when opting for the available all-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy

No matter what engine and transmission you go with.  The Trailblazer has you in great shape with MPG.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer MPG:

  • 1.2L FWD 29/31
  • 1.3L
    • FWD 29/33
    • AWD 26/30


Also, with the newly available trailering package, Trailblazer can tow up to 1,000-pounds.

What Does The ’22 Chevrolet Trailblazer Look Like?

When it comes to looks, Chevy did Trailblazer right.  And regardless of the trim configuration, you’re getting a sleek, sophisticated and, sporty vehicle.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer driver profile

155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque

With its athletic lines and good looks, Trailblazer can easily pass for a vehicle in a larger class.  Because it doesn’t appear to be a subcompact SUV.

Exterior Dimensions:

  • Wheelbase 103.9
  • Length 173.5
  • Width 71.2
  • Height 64.8 to 65.7
  • Track
    • front 61.2
    • rear 61.3

*All inches

However, regardless of whether or not Trailblazer looks like a subcompact.  It drives and handles well.  In fact, it’s nimble around long bends and a breeze to maneuver.

Inside The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer

So I’m clearly a fan of the exterior Trailblazer design.  However, that goes for the interior too.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer front seats and dash

RS trim interior – jet black w/ red accents

Upon sliding into the driver’s seat, my first impression is how sporty the Trailblazer’s interior is designed.  I love the flat-bottom steering wheel.

Interior Dimensions:

  • Headroom
    • front 38.3 to 40
    • rear 36.8 to 38.4
  • Legroom
    • front 40.9
    • rear 39.4
  • Shoulder room
    • front 55.4
    • rear 53.8
  • Hip room
    • front 52.3
    • rear 50.39

*All inches

And the dashboard, as well as the seats, had textures that gave the interior an upscale look and feel.  One that you’d expect in a vehicle that costs bout $10K more than Trailblazer.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer cargo area with backseat down

Front passenger seat folds down for 8.5-feet storage

And another really cool feature of Trailblazers interior is the ability to fold the front passenger seat down.

Because when you do, you can have up to 8’6″ of storage inside.  Perfect for surfboards, snowboards, or whatever your needs may be.

Plus, you have 25.3 cubic feet of cargo volume with the backseats up.  Fold them down for a total of 54.4 cu-ft.

Technology And Safety

One of my favorite things about Chevrolet vehicles is the infotainment touchscreen.  Because it’s laid out logically and offers a very easy and intuitive user interface.

Trailblazer has both a 7 and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system available.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer cockpit from passenger side

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay available

In addition to available wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay you can also get 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot.  Plus Amazon Alexa capability is also available.

Safety technology features that Trailblazer comes with include; forward collision alert and emergency braking.  Front pedestrian braking.  Lane keep assist with departure warning and more is available.

Finally, Chevy includes two standard technology features that all parents can appreciate.  And those are teen driver tech – giving parents a behind-the-wheel report card of their teen’s performance.  Also, rear-seat reminder.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer Top-3

And that brings me back to the top of this article and my Top-3 favorite aspects about the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer.

  1. Styling: I’m a big fan of Trailblazers design.  It looks great in literally every trim from the outside.
  2. Interior: Speaking of styling, inside Trailblazer is notable for that too.  But also the use of space, comfort, and quality.
  3. Fuel economy: I should say MPG within a vehicle that’s still fun to drive and goes when you want it to.

Southern California Chevy Dealer

My thanks to Martin Chevrolet for providing the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer for this review.  And that’s definitely the place to go for all your Chevy needs throughout Southern California.  Chevrolet, find new roads!