2022 Chevy Trailblazer review: Small and spunky – Roadshow

Given the bow-tie model’s abandonment of conventional vehicles, the Trailblazer competes for entry-level consumers alongside the also-subcompact Chevy Trax. These two fashions are related in measurement, however the Trailblazer is barely bigger, swankier wanting and a lot extra fashionable. Should you’re attempting to determine between the 2, you need to select the Trailblazer — no query.

Up to date for 2022, this spunky little SUV advantages from a couple of minor modifications. Activ and RS fashions acquire an ordinary heated steering wheel, although this function can be supplied as an choice on the LT trim. Roof rack cross rails and a trailering package deal that features a hitch, harness and bezel at the moment are accessible as dealer-installed extras. That final merchandise permits the Trailblazer to tow as much as 1,000 kilos, which is not a lot, however sufficient for light-duty duties — very light-duty duties.

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The Trailblazer appears to be like suitably rugged, particularly when topped with a cargo basket. 

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The Activ mannequin is one step under the range-topping RS trim. Differentiating it from the pack are an ordinary entrance skid plate, off-road suspension tuning that is supposed to enhance the journey on rougher terrain and 17-inch wheels wrapped in vaguely rugged Hankook tires. Different goodies which might be included at no additional price however aren’t unique to the Activ trim are issues like keyless entry with push-button begin and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s chair that is extraordinarily supportive and cozy, plus a folding entrance passenger seat backrest, which lets you carry 8.5-foot-long objects on this small utility car.

The Trailblazer provides 25.3 cubic ft of cargo area in its maintain and 54.4 cubes with the rear backrest folded. These figures put the Chevy proper behind the Honda HR-V, although solely by a skosh. Bettering its cargo-hauling functionality, my tester additionally contains a towering, aftermarket Thule Canyon XT cargo basket on the roof. This add-on appears to be like nice and is undoubtedly helpful, but it surely creates a great deal of wind noise whereas driving, even at around-town speeds.

Rear-seat passengers needs to be fairly completely happy on this Chevy. Regardless of the car’s dimensions, its again bench provides greater than sufficient room for many who are lengthy of leg or torso. The seat is agency and properly elevated, although the underside cushion is angled downward towards the entrance, which prevents it from supporting your thighs.

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This SUV’s inside is surprisingly nice. 

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One unexpectedly nice facet of this pocket-size SUV is the inside. Sure, there’s a whole lot of laborious plastic, however the armrests are plush and there is a swath of sentimental materials on the dashboard that is embellished by a pleasant diamond sample and even some stitching. Copper-colored trim on the entrance door panels and round among the air vents livens up what would in any other case be an inky-dark inside.

Nothing is ritzy, however practically every little thing contained in the Trailblazer feels good. This instance’s steering wheel is leather-wrapped, the 8-inch touchscreen appears to be like respectable and the infotainment system that lives in there’s instantly responsive and wirelessly helps each Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. About the one disappointing elements of this cabin are the standard-issue GM management stalks, which really feel as rubbery as string cheese.

Chevy Security Help is normal throughout the Trailblazer lineup. Amongst different objects, this suite of driver aids consists of responsive automated excessive beams, lane-keeping help and lane departure warning, a following distance indicator and automated emergency braking. A 7-inch coloration touchscreen can be normal, although the bigger 8-incher is bundled within the $1,620 tech package deal, which additionally features a high-definition backup digital camera, a mediocre seven-speaker Bose sound system, a wi-fi charging pad and LED headlamps. Adaptive cruise management and an HD Rear Imaginative and prescient Digicam are included on this choices group as nicely.

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Three cylinders of fury!

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Two tiny, turbocharged, three-cylinder engines are supplied within the Trailblazer. The bottom unit displaces simply 1.2 liters, however the “big-block” providing is a a lot burlier 1.3-liter. That non-obligatory engine delivers 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque, figures which might be fairly unimpressive. In follow, nonetheless, there’s nothing to be afraid of, because the Trailblazer out-muscles the Honda HR-V and Nissan Kicks. About the one competitor that has a giant benefit over this Chevy is the turbocharged (and a lot pricier) Mazda CX-30, with its overachieving 250 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque.-

In real-world driving, the Trailblazer has loads of scoot because of plentiful low-end grunt. It pulls like a way more potent car till round 4,000 rpm, the place issues noticeably taper off. This off-kilter engine in all fairness clean as soon as it is spinning, although the idle is a bit uneven and it usually sounds strained.

The Trailblazer’s base engine is simply supplied with front-wheel drive, however the 1.3-liter powerplant is obtainable with all-wheel drive. Entrance-drive examples come completely with a constantly variable transmission, although fashions with 4 pushed wheels function a conventional stepped-ratio automated with 9 speeds. This gearbox is clean and responsive, shifting with out drama and serving to this small Chevy return an EPA-estimated 26 mpg metropolis and 30 mpg freeway. Mixed, it is rated at 28 mpg, an correct determine, as I have been averaging round 27.7 mpg in combined driving.

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It most likely will not blow you away, however the Trailblazer is an efficient little SUV.

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In the case of journey and dealing with, the Trailblazer is merely OK. The steering ratio is fast and nimble, however the car feels extra top-heavy than it ought to whereas navigating corners. As for the journey, it is on the agency facet and barely uneven, seemingly due to the comparatively quick 103.9-inch wheelbase.

The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer begins at round $23,000 for the bottom LS mannequin, which is similar to a base Kia Seltos or Honda HR-V, although the Nissan Kicks remains to be a pair grand cheaper. Test each choice field and you will be spending round $34,000, making the Trailblazer fairly a cut price, a minimum of by in the present day’s requirements. Because it sits, this Activ-trim mannequin stickers for $31,505 together with $1,195 in vacation spot charges. Choices embrace the $1,620 tech package deal, $520 for the comfort package deal, $350 so as to add particular ground mats, $345 for a couple of driver aids and $275 to cowl the dealer-installed roof rack cross rails. Lastly, that Thule roof basket goes for round $370.

It is not attractive, lavish or superb to drive, however the Trailblazer remains to be a decent subcompact SUV, one with extra character than an HR-V, Kicks or Chevy’s personal Trax. The Seltos and CX-30 are most likely nonetheless higher choices, however this Chevy is under no circumstances a foul alternative. Briefly, you would do a hell of loads worse than the Trailblazer.

2022 Chevy Trailblazer has spunky styling and efficiency to match

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