PINEHURST, NC – January 12, 2022 – In the past, I have talked about the K5 Blazer (the big one) Chevy made many years ago. They brought the Blazer back and we drove and wrote rave reviews on the new Blazer. We’ve also had a Trailblazer before. As you can guess, the Trailblazer is the junior version of the revamped full-size Blazer and as such is considered a small SUV / Crossover.
Here are some great things about this AWD SUV: 1. It starts at (are you sitting?) $ 27,200. $ 27,000 for a good, as you will discover, an SUV? I hope you are joking? Does the word “market” come to mind? It should. 2. Loaded, and I mean loaded, our Trailblazer came in at $ 30,000. That’s a lot of vehicle for the money, and really a lot of “working” vehicle for the money, too. 3. How many SUVs do you know that get 29 and 33 mpg for an average of 31 mpg? None that I know of off the top of my head. With room for four adults and plenty of standard tech and equipment that makes it a great smaller SUV, the Trailblazer should have a large market among SUV buyers. And 4. With 8-inch ground clearance and nearly 55 cubic feet of space behind the two front seats, the Trailblazer can take an adventurous couple just about anywhere on and off the road.
The ‘standard’ equipment on the Trailblazer was also impressive, with the priority start / stop system (so you can keep the engine from turning off – thanks), keyless entry (and smartly the doors lock. when you step away from the vehicle about 10 ‘. Never seen this before and really liked it.), Sirius XM radio, heated steering wheel (needed lately), split rear seats and front bucket seats (comfortable and spacious in both places), 10- electric seat adjustment for the driver, power windows, leatherette seat trim, roof rack with side rails, dual exhaust, LED headlights, taillights and fog lights; all-terrain tires and an ACTIV – Standard skid plate. In addition, Chevy Safety Assist with lane keeping assist and lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian front braking, forward collision warning, tracking distance indicator, Intellibeam automatic high beams, Tire Pressure Monitoring and Teen Driver Technology – Standard. Standard – at $ 27.2,000.
What about the options? The $ 1,620 tech group added an HD rear-view camera, a 4.2-inch diagonal multi-color driver information center, Bose supreme sound, wireless charging, an 8-inch color touchscreen, adaptive cruise control and more. The Iridescent Pearl Tricoat was $ 645. Added $ 520 Convenience Package: Single-zone AC, auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirror visors, 120V power outlet, and rear AC and USB charging points. Okay, okay, the floor mats were $ 350, but at least there are all-weather floor mats and floor coverings (good for an off-road SUV). Then we had the $ 345 Driver Confidence Package with: rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change alert with side obstacle alert. Ours also had a $ 125 loading mat. (Think wet dogs, snorkel gear, or beach toys, and that makes perfect sense.) Yet add it all up and you’re $ 30,000. That’s a lot of vehicle for the money.
Ours also had a full-size roof rack, which to be fair created some wind noise as we drove. Also, the roof rack had a Thule multi-purpose kayak and I think a bike rack as well.
The ride was ideal for a small SUV; the 9-speed transmission was impeccable; and, surprisingly, the sports terrain tires added little to no road noise.
The Trailblazer 2022 was powered by a 1.3-liter turbo and a 1.2-liter turbo is available for some of the other models. I firmly believe that not all small vehicles should be powered by a 4 cylinder engine, even one with a turbo, and that’s what I think of the Trailblazer. Think of the name – Trailblazer – and consider, does a 1.3L engine sound like a “trailblazer” to you? SUV – off-road, remote locations, mud, sand, rocks, camping, fishing, hiking areas, right? Will a 1.3L get you there and back? If there is any hesitation in your answer, you have the same thinking as me. A little six in this vehicle can cut mileage, but I want my SUV to go in and out of side roads to where the big fish hide along large bubbling streams, or up the mountain to areas where the best views and bigger dollars are to be found.
To learn all about the 2022 Trailblazer, go to https://www.chevrolet.com/suvs/trailblazer and do your own exploration. And please, if you are thinking of a smaller SUV, drive the Trailblazer yourself and let Hezi know what you think about the vehicle. We would love your thoughts.
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Chevrolet dealership in Pinehurst, North Carolina
Clark Chevrolet Cadillac, 35 Dundee Road, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374
Telephone: +1 910 364 9979
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Chevrolet dealership in Yonkers, NY
Beck Chevrolet Co, Inc., 561 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704
Telephone: +1 914 595 1463