The all-new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is living up to its classic name, blazing a trail in the cluttered compact crossover segment and leaving competitors in the dust. At an insanely affordable starting price of just $19,000 and a trim range that includes luxury models, this Trailblazer is all about attracting buyers at every price point.* In fact, Chevy credits the trendy, stylish Trailblazer with helping attract younger buyers.
There’s no doubt that the Trailblazer attracts buyers who hadn’t considered a Chevy before, but diehard Chevy fans perked up when Chevy announced that the Trailblazer was making a comeback after being discontinued in 2009. We’re not surprised because the Trailblazer name is associated with rugged capability, a characteristic that current crossover buyers demand. And the available all-wheel drive makes the Trailblazer a great choice for all-weather driving.
Though it’s technically classified as a compact crossover, the Trailblazer offers a surprisingly spacious interior and up to 54.4 cubic feet of cargo space, plenty of room for busy families, and weekend adventure-seeking road trippers. A configurable seating plan with flat-folding seats and a 60/40 split rear seat makes hauling oversized cargo a breeze. There’s even an available hands-free liftgate for easy loading and unloading.
With five different trims to choose from, there’s a Trailblazer for even the most selective buyers. All Trailblazer trims are equipped with standard advanced driver-assist safety technology designed to keep occupants protected. An expansive list of infotainment and technology features keeps everyone connected and entertained and enhanced Bluetooth capability that allows two phones to pair simultaneously.
There’s a lot to see on the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer. Discover why this compact crossover stands out from the pack and deserves to be in your driveway.
One of our favorite things about the all-new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is its affordable starting price tag of just $19,000.* This isn’t a stripped-down, boring base model, either. The Trailblazer L offers a generous list of standard equipment and features, making it one of the best bargains in the compact crossover segment. It’s the perfect choice for first-time buyers who don’t want to gamble on a comparably-priced used car.
The L trim features a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, along with a suite of standard driver-assist systems - called Chevy Safety Assist - designed to keep everyone safe and alert while underway. The front-wheel drive Trailblazer L is an affordable entry trim that doesn’t skimp on features buyers in this category desire.
The Trailblazer LS adds a few extra features to the list of standard equipment. Upgraded 17-inch aluminum wheels add to the curb appeal, and an upgraded 6-speaker audio system provides upgraded sound for streaming your favorite playlist. The LS also includes flat-folding passenger seats, a feature that comes in handy when hauling oversized cargo. All that extra equipment for just a few thousand dollars more makes the LS worth considering. Next in the lineup sits the Trailblazer LT. It adds LED fog lamps, heated, body-colored power exterior mirrors, distinctive silver roof rails, and remote start.
At the higher end of the trim range, the dynamic Trailblazer ACTIV sports a signature two-tone roof that distinguishes it from less-expensive trims. The ACTIV includes an upgraded 1.3-liter EcoTec turbo engine with fuel-efficient start/stop technology. The engine features Variable Valve Timing (VVT), a performance-enhancing characteristic that’s coupled with Direct Injection, a more efficient fuel delivery system. Dual exhaust, special sport terrain tires, and LED taillights are also standard.
At the top of the Trailblazer lineup sits the fully-loaded RS. The RS differs from the ACTIV in several key areas. First, the RS comes with larger 18-inch high gloss aluminum wheels and special black front and rear exterior fascias (the ACTIV trim’s are chrome). Available Jet Black cloth and leatherette seats with red accents are exclusive to the RS.
While the ACTIV and RS trims are priced the same, where they differ is in overall styling. The ACTIV is a sportier trim designed with a specially-tuned off-road suspension. Opt for all-wheel drive, and it’s ideally equipped to capably take you over rough terrain. The RS, on the other hand, is all about appearances. Special black trim and larger wheels give it a race-inspired aesthetic.
Both the ACTIV and RS trims offer plenty of optional features and equipment packages, like a panoramic power sunroof and the Infotainment 3 Plus system, which includes an upgraded 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and voice recognition technology. You can even outfit your ACTIV or RS Trailblazer with special chrome sport pedals.
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer delivers plenty of acceleration for all driving conditions. Whether you’re a city dweller or a commuter, you’ll love the Trailblazer’s gas-sipping fuel economy. The available selectable all-wheel drive contributes to confident inclement weather driving and increased traction when it counts.
Front-wheel drive-equipped Trailblazers offer three special drive modes designed to tackle different road conditions. Normal mode is perfect for daily driving and optimal ride smoothness; Snow mode helps with acceleration by delivering more input to the throttle, which makes traveling over ice and snow significantly easier; Sport mode tweaks the gearbox and steering for a more responsive ride.
The Trailblazer is available with two different engines, depending on the trim you select. The EcoTec 1.2-liter turbo engine is a direct injection system that offers fuel economy ratings of 28 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Delivering 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, it offers plenty of responsive acceleration and power when you need it. It’s a fuel-efficient powertrain that’s mated with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The upgraded EcoTec 1.3-liter turbo engine increases performance stats to 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. It’s paired with a smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission and achieves fuel economy ratings of 29 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway in front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive-equipped Trailblazers lose a little bit of fuel economy, with ratings at 26 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway. All-wheel drive Trailblazers are only available with the 1.3-liter engine.
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is designed with occupant safety in mind. Every Trailblazer comes standard with Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of driver-assist safety systems that use radar and camera technology to continuously monitor the road ahead of, alongside, and behind the vehicle, alerting the driver when a potential hazard comes into view.
The system includes quite a few features, including Automatic Emergency Braking, which helps minimize the severity of a crash by assisting the driver with emergency braking. Other features include Front Pedestrian Braking and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning (a handy feature that alerts the driver when it senses the vehicle drifting out of its lane). You'll also have access to a Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, and IntelliBeam headlights. IntelliBeam headlights are a unique feature that automatically switches between low and high-beam settings in response to oncoming traffic.
LT, ACTIV, and RS trims offer optional Adaptive Cruise Control, along with a Driver Confidence Package that adds Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist. A Driver Confidence and Cruise Package is available on the LS, and includes cruise control, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist.
All Trailblazers come standard with a Rear Vision Camera, and ACTIV and RS trims can upgrade to an HD version if the Technology Package is selected. Other standard safety features include a rear-seat reminder that alerts the driver to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle and a Teen Driver feature that limits radio volume, has a click-to-drive seat belt reminder function, and allows parents to set distance boundaries and monitor driving habits.