The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer might not be the largest SUV in its class or have the most raw power, but those are two superlatives that seem to matter less and less in today's SUV market. While drivers once demanded bigger, beefier vehicles year after year, the appetite for conspicuously large SUVs has dried up a little, with the appeal of the compact crossover gaining more and more traction in the last decade. Chevy took notice, launching the brand new Trailblazer in 2021 to give drivers the affordable and adventurous SUV they desire.
The ground-up design of a new model allowed Chevy to fully embrace the crossover aesthetic, giving drivers a fresh option that earns its spot between the Trax and the Equinox in Chevy's SUV lineup. The compact Trailblazer sees some modest design changes for 2022, including four new color schemes, improved fuel economy, and a few new trim options, but it's the Trailblazer's starting price that is sure to turn heads. With an LS trim version of the Trailblazer starting at less than $22,000, drivers will be hard-pressed to find a better deal among the crop of 2022 crossovers.
The 2022 Trailblazer's interior and cargo space make it a true standout in its segment, especially at the price. While features naturally improve as one moves up through the trims, even the base LS model features a host of infotainment, comfort, and safety features that wouldn't be out of place in some luxury vehicles. The SUV's trunk can accommodate an impressive 25.3 cubic feet of cargo, increasing to 54.4 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. At most trim levels, the front passenger seat can also be folded down, making it easy to stow long, awkward items and giving the Trailblazer impressive versatility.
Overall, the interior ranks as one of the most impressive features of the 2022 Trailblazer. Chevy has been generous in including a number of bells and whistles as standard features, especially when one moves beyond the base LS trim - though even that entry-level option includes a standard WiFi hotspot. The LT trim and up feature ten-way power-adjustable seats - which also happen to be heated - as well as keyless entry, a power liftgate, and remote start.
The 2022 Trailblazer's attractively styled dash features two displays: a 2.5-inch driver information screen and a center-mounted 7-inch color touchscreen that can be upgraded to an 8-inch display at higher trim levels. Running Chevy's Connected Access infotainment platform, the system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. Active noise cancellation and an available Bose sound system are sure to satisfy any audiophile, while the 4G WiFi hotspot provides the type of reliable, on-the-go internet that's sure to keep the kids occupied on long trips.
The 2022 Trailblazer's reliability and price point make it an ideal vehicle for first-time drivers, and its impressive slate of safety features seal the deal. Branded as Chevy Safety Assist and offered standard on all new Trailblazer models, these popular safety and driver-assist features give even those on a budget a chance to experience some of the most intriguing advances in automotive technology.
While there are a host of available safety features drivers can add at their discretion, every Trailblazer comes equipped with Chevy Safety Assist. This safety suite includes six basic driver assistance functions:
The safety package also includes IntelliBeam headlights, an innovative feature introduced by GM which uses a sensor on the windshield to automatically dim or brighten the Trailblazer's headlights when oncoming vehicles are detected.
While not technically a part of Chevy Safety Assist, Teen Driver Mode has quickly won over drivers since its introduction in 2017. By monitoring driving habits, giving feedback, and limiting some of the vehicle's functions until safety conditions are met, the technology gives parents the peace of mind they thought was gone for good when they handed over the keys to their teen motorists. Parents can limit top speeds and audio levels, set speed warnings, and prevent teens from shifting into Drive until seatbelts have been buckled. With Teen Driver Mode enabled, your new driver will feel like you're looking right over their shoulder at all times... and hopefully drive like it too.
Drivers in the LT, RS, and ACTIV trims of the 2022 Trailblazer can further improve the SUV's already considerable safety credentials with the addition of the Driver Confidence package. This optional extra introduces Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist. Thanks to this suite of safety features working in tandem to keep drivers safe, the 2022 Trailblazer has earned top safety marks from the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, scoring a perfect 5-star Overall Safety Rating. This impressive safety rating makes the 2022 Trailblazer the perfect vehicle for families, especially given the inclusion of GM's Teen Driver Mode technology.
The off-road ancestry of the modern SUV has taken a bit of a backseat to comfort, styling, and tech features in recent years. While the SUV bodystyle has proved incredibly popular with consumers drawn to the idea of an adventure-ready vehicle, many of today's SUVs aren't likely to ever encounter anything more rugged than a gravel driveway. With the 2022 Trailblazer's ACTIV trim, Chevy aims to reintroduce off-road adventure while still delivering the amenities drivers have come to expect from the segment.
The sporty ACTIV trim gives the 2022 Trailblazer an off-road-ready makeover. Not only does the trim see an upgrade to a larger 155-horsepower, 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, but it also features a fully redesigned suspension, heavy-duty skid plates, and available all-wheel drive. The upgraded engine provides a nice bit of get-up-and-go over the standard 137-horsepower, 1.2-liter engine, so even if you never plan on hitting the dusty trail in your 2022 Trailblazer, you'll still appreciate it next time you're trying to get up to highway speed.
The trail-ready SUV looks every bit the part as well, complete with 17-inch Sport-Terrain tires, black roof rails, LED taillights, a dual exhaust, chrome-plated front and rear fascias, and a striking two-tone paint scheme. These distinctive flourishes extend to the SUV's interior, where drivers will find all the amenities included in the LT model, as well as a heated steering wheel, leatherette seats, and a rear center armrest.
Starting at $25,700, the Trailblazer ACTIV trim provides real value.* The all-wheel configuration is a particularly good bargain; since the 1.3-liter engine comes standard on the ACTIV trim, upgrading from the front-wheel drive setup adds just $1,500 to the overall price. The same advanced tech features that make the lower trims such an attractive option are all present on the ACTIV model, but it doesn't stop there.
The ACTIV trim features its own tech-focused package, which sees the addition of an expanded 8-inch touchscreen, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system with subwoofer, adaptive cruise control, and a high-definition rearview camera. A wireless charging pad means no more hunting for the right cable for your smartphone, and with the SiriusXM 360L package, you'll never be without a driving soundtrack. The streaming service includes recorded on-demand content, giving drivers access to over 10,000 hours of interviews, concerts, and live performances.