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Not to be confused with the 2000s midsize SUV of the same name, the 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer is an affordable subcompact crossover with a sporty appearance. Sure – the industry is awash with bland crossovers. Yet the 2023 ChevyTrailblazer offers a somewhat unique set of features that help it stand out. Here are five of the best features of the Chevy Trailblazer. 

How big is the Chevy Trailblazer?

A yellow 2023 Chevy Trailblazer sits in a desert landscape. It's one of Chevy's cheapest SUVs.
2023 Chevy Trailblazer | Chevrolet

The Trailblazer is one of the smallest SUVs in Chevy’s entire lineup. 

The Chevy Equinox and Blazer are substantially larger, leaving the Trailblazer to fill the subcompact spot. It’s larger enough to carry five passengers and some cargo – but it’s far from the most spacious Chevy SUV.  

1. Two-tone colors give it a visual pop 

The new Trailblazer stands out with its bold color selection and two-tone appearance options. 

Silver, white, and black cars are ubiquitous. Seeing a vehicle with more exciting colors like yellow, blue, and orange is refreshing. These color schemes each come with a white roof to help the Trailblazer pop in traffic.  

2. An available 3-cylinder turbo engine has zippy power 

Unlike other models, the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer has an available turbocharged three-cylinder engine. 

Most compact crossovers use some variation of the familiar four-cylinder engine configuration. It isn’t every day you encounter a vehicle with an odd number of cylinders, but that’s precisely what you’ll find in the Trailblazer. 

According to Car and Driver, the 1.3-liter turbocharged engine makes a punchy 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. It isn’t exactly fast in a straight line. Still, the engine helps provide some fun on twisty roads. 

3. ACTIV trim has some off-road goodies 

It’s pretty clear that Chevy designed the 2023 Trailblazer to be a city runabout more than an all-terrain performer. So it’s a little surprising that Chevy made the ACTIV trim – a package that adds several off-road features to the Trailblazer. 

  • Underbody Skid Plates 
  • Sport Terrain Tires 
  • Suspension Lift 

4. Selectable all-wheel drive means you can drive how you want 

The 2023 Chevy Blazer differs from the competition with its selectable all-wheel drive system. 

Most vehicles either have full-time all-wheel drive or full-time front-wheel drive. With the Chevy Trailblazer, you can have both in the same SUV. Its drivetrain allows users to toggle between all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, depending on whether they prefer better fuel economy or traction. 

Is the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer a good SUV?

The 2023 Chevy Trailblazer is a good SUV for drivers who want a practical, versatile runabout with agile handling. 

While some subcompact crossovers are little more than transportation appliances, it’s nice to see that Chevy instilled its model with some personality. The Trailblazer’s fun color options, unique performance features, and sporty styling make it a compelling choice in the segment. 


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