Trucks & SUVs

The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is Annoying to Drive

There is no doubt about it, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer looks good! But good looks aren’t the only thing a little SUV needs to make it. While having a sleek, modern design can certainly boost sales, drivers are finding the Chevrolet Trailblazer to be a bit annoying. 

Is the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer a good SUV? 

It’s a little early to tell if the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is worth buying. It’s still pretty new. It only made its return as a compact SUV for driving around the city a few months ago. Some drivers are instantly writing it off because it isn’t a large SUV like it used to be. 

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

But with an MSRP of $19,995, it deserves a chance as an economical option. But with a base model that cheap, it may not come with much. This is one of the issues reported about the new Trailblazer by CarandDriver

Why is the Chevy Trailblazer annoying? 

The new Chevy Trailblazer is a little weak, despite offering two different turbocharged engines. The 1.2-liter engine produces 137 hp, and the 1.3-liter engine pumps out 155 hp. That’s not much, and you’ll have to pay to upgrade to the 1.3-liter engine. 

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With the 1.3-liter engine and all-wheel drive equipped, CarandDriver managed to get the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds.

This is pretty sluggish but provides enough power for errands around town. But do not expect the Trailblazer to accelerate to highway speeds quickly or to pass people efficiently. 

Also, the ride is noted as harsh. While it has excellent handling, you can feel bumps in the road. The cabin also seems to be pretty noisy when you hit bumps. Otherwise, it does well at keeping traffic noise out of the cabin. 

A photo of the Chevrolet Trailblazer outdoors.
Chevrolet Trailblazer | Chevrolet

The interior doesn’t have the confident, attractive look that the exterior has, but it’s adequate. Springing for a higher trim level will increase comfort, but that defeats the purpose of saving with a cheap SUV. 

The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer does pretty well at hiding the cheap plastic materials used in the dash. But only two passengers can fit comfortably in the backseat. There is a generous amount of cargo space, but it doesn’t match the spacious innovations provided by the Honda HR-V. 

What’s good about the Chevy Trailblazer? 

While the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is annoyingly sluggish and uncomfortable, that doesn’t mean it’s a lousy SUV. It’s praised for its stellar fuel economy. It gets an EPA estimated 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. 

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Interior
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Interior | Chevy

It also comes with a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Plus, you can connect two smartphones via Bluetooth at the same time. 

The 2021 Trailblazer also has modern tech and safety features available. You can add all-wheel drive for $2,000. This is actually a pretty steep price, but if you need to drive in snow, at least it’s available. 

A 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer sits on the banks of a lake at dusk.
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV | General Motors

Also, it comes with standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-keeping assistance with lane-departure warning. Adaptive cruise control is available too. You can pay more for convenience features such as keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, rear-seat USB ports, and more.