Chevrolet Trailblazer 2023
Built on a new platform, the Trailblazer is a bit longer than its Trax showroom mate. Two three-cylinder turbocharged engines are offered. Standard is a 1.2L triple with 137 horsepower that can be twinned with a CVT that sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive models are powered by a 155 horsepower 1.3L triple that sends power to the wheels via a conventional, hydraulic, nine-speed automatic transmission. The small engines speak to the fact that these cars will be big players where cars are taxed on engine capacity or CO2 output; and customers in North America are not the main focus for GM. Despite the tiny engines, the official NRCan fuel economy numbers are unimpressive.
The Trailblazer is, if a bit overstyled, immediately identifiable as a Chevrolet. The cabin of the Trailblazer, with big gauges, an expansive infotainment screen and logical controls for audio and climate, reflects current Chevrolet cabin themes.
The incremental size of the Trailblazer over the Trax makes for a genuinely roomy cabin and sufficicient cargo space for most buyers.
The LS front-wheel drive variant is powered by a 137 horsepower 1.2L three-cylinder turbo that is mated to a CVT. All-wheel drive is packaged with a 1.3L turbo triple that sends power to the wheels is via a conventional nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard on the Active and RS trims and a $2000 option on the LS and LT. With a forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, a lane departure warning, a lane-keep assist system, the base LS is nicely equipped. The LT, which adds keyless starging, deep tint glass, a power driver’s seat, fog lights, cruise control and a number of minor items, is good value. The Active projects a specifically off-road look, but is overpriced, as is the RS trim. Blind spot, rear cross traffic and lane change alert monitors and active cruise control are optional. Active cruise control is optional but is only available as part of option packages that range from $1510 and $2990. Chevrolet is not really taking safety seriously as many expected active safety features are optional.
Not rated due to insufficient data, but there have been few complaints about these vehicles.
Last update: June 27, 2023
Engine1.2L-3 T (137 HP), 1.3L-3 T (155 HP)*
TransmissionsCVT, 9A *
Fuel consumptionCity: 8.9L/100 km Road: 7.8L/100 km
Drive LayoutFront-wheel drive
Body StyleMicro SUVs & Crossovers
Country of OriginSouth Korea
What’s new this year?
Detail and equipment changes for 2023.
What dealers pay: $ 22 222
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