Chevy re-released the Trailblazer as a 2021 model year crossover. It is available with a pair of 3-cylinder turbo power plants, and has optional AWD. Our test model was a 2021 Trailblazer AWD Activ model.
The new Trailblazer is a much smaller package than the previous generation which was a body on frame SUV. Becoming a small crossover with a unibody frame has completely changed the Trailblazer from what it used to be. It now handles fairly well and has a very stiff chassis. The engines are all new for this year first debuting in the Buick Encore GX.
The base price for this trim level with AWD is $26,900, but our tester was equipped with three additional packages:
Technology package ($1,720):Wireless Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Infotainment 3 plus, wireless charging, adaptive cruise control, memory car receptacle, LED headlamps, HD radio, 4.2” multi-color driver information center, Bose premium 7-speaker system, and HD rear vision camera.
Convenience package ($620): single zone automatic air conditioning, auto dimming insdie rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors in visors, 120-volt power outlet, SiriusXM radio, and rear USB A & C charge ports.
Driver confidence package ($345): Rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert.
The total price including the destination charge for our media loan was $30,580.
Matthew Barnes is an experienced towing expert. He works as a mechanical engineer and his day job involves testing a variety of vehicles while towing trailers of all types and sizes. Matt shares his knowledge by writing for automotive news outlets in the evenings. When he’s not working he can be found spending time in the great outdoors with his family. He enjoys camping, hiking, canyoneering, and backpacking. Whenever possible he spends time riding in or on any power sports vehicle he can find and claims he can drive anything with a motor, which probably isn’t true.