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3 Reasons to Pass on the 2021 Chevy TrailBlazer

The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer can be found around town, trying to prove itself as a tiny SUV. It’s pretty far away from the larger, off-roading vehicle that it used to be, but serves as a perfectly fine daily commuter. However, there are a few reasons to pass on the new Chevy Trailblazer. 

Avoid the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer 

We know the new Chevy Trailblazer isn’t the massive boxy SUV that it used to be. Instead, the Trailblazer now serves as one of the smallest SUV options that Chevrolet has to offer. It’s slightly bigger than the Chevy Trax. 

The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer parked on display
A 2021 Chevy Trailblazer RS on display | Photo via Chevrolet

The 2021 chevy Trailblazer is designed to compete against other tiny SUV rivals, like the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Kona, and Mazda CX-30. Like the Nissan Kicks and other competitors, the Chevy Trailblazer has a confident look with modern styling to draw the eye. But, don’t get lured in by its looks alone. 

1. The Chevy Trailblazer is overpriced

The MSRP of the base model Chevy Trailblazer is $19,995. We know, that sounds like a great deal. Holy moly, an SUV for under $20k? However, not much comes with it. The base engine has a turbocharged 1.2-liter engine that only pumps out 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. 

A red 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer with a block top drives down a road.
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer | General Motors

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You can pay a little more to upgrade to the 1.3-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine with 155hp and 174 lb-ft of torque, but this still won’t have much go. Also, even the Jeep Renegade has 177 to 180 hp. Be sure to pay for all-wheel drive if you live in a snowy area. 

The RS and Active trims begin around $30,580, and they have a lot of stylish upgrades compared to the base version. They up the ante from 17″ to 18″ wheels and a 7″ infotainment center to an 8″ one. 

brown 2021 trailblazer in mountain setting
2021 Chevy Trailblazer | Chevy

However, you still have to pay for safety features such as blind-spot alert and rear-cross traffic alert. Automatic climate control, a 120-volt power outlet, the panoramic sunroof also run up the cost. 

2. The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is weak 

Going back to the underpowered engine options, CarandDriver has confirmed that the Chevy Trailblazer is slow. They tested an RS model with the 1.3-liter turbo and discovered that it takes 9.4 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph. This makes it difficult to merge into traffic and pass people on the highway. 

Also, the Chevy Trailblazer is marketed as an off-roader, but it can’t help with adventuring much. It can only tow up to 1,000 lb when properly equipped. Towing items may slow the weak engine down even more. 

3. The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer has a rough ride 

CarandDriver also noted that the new Chevy Trailblazer has a rough ride. It feels darty at highway speeds and requires course corrections. It also fails to provide a sporty ride like the Mazda CX-30. When paying for the $30k trims, it’s a let down to have a rough, slow ride. 

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Interior
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Interior | Chevy

However, positives for the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer include the fact that it can seat four adults comfortably. There are 54.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and the load floor can be adjusted to create a flat surface when the seats are folded.