Don’t let the similar names fool you. The 2023 Chevy Blazer and Chevy Trailblazer are two very different SUVs, with very different missions. They have some similarities: they’re both five-seat SUVs with ample cargo room, for example, but beyond that, these two don’t have much in common. But which is bigger, the Chevy Blazer or Trailblazer?
The Blazer is larger than the Trailblazer
Chevy introduced the Trailblazer in 2021, and the new Blazer in 2019. They’re both fairly new designs that haven’t changed much and don’t get much of an update for 2023, save for some minor cosmetics.
The Blazer is the larger of the two Chevy SUVs, by quite a bit. The Blazer and Trailblazer both seat five in comfort, but the Blazer has a much larger cargo hold. With the seats up, it can hold up to 30.5 cubic feet of luggage behind the rear seats. But, when you drop those seats, you get a spacious 64.2 cubic feet of space. The Trailblazer, however, has about five fewer cubic feet of space with the seats up, and just 54.4 cubic feet of space when they’re folded.
However, to maximize that room, the Trailblazer comes with a trick fold-flat front seat. Fold the seat, and you can stuff in some long 2x4s or, if you believe Chevy’s ads, a full-sizedcsurfboard.
The Blazer has a larger engine, too
The 2023 Chevy Blazer comes standard with a 193-horsepower four-cylinder. But, you can outfit the Blazer with an upgraded 227 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four cylinder, or a potent 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is an option, and it’s expected to have solid reliability, according to Consumer Reports. The EV version of the Blazer will appear in 2024.
The Trailblazer’s engine options include 1.2-liter and 1.3-liter turbocharged engines. The 1.2-liter makes 137 horsepower, which gets the Trailblazer moving, but most will opt for the 1.3 that has 155 horsepower, as well as the option for all-wheel drive. The Trailblazer, though, does see much better fuel economy than the larger Blazer.
The Trailblazer has a much lower starting price
The Trailblazer starts at a low $22,100. But, it competes well in the under-$25,000 SUV market. To get the features most want, you’ll have to step up to the LT version, which starts at $25,595. You pay a $2,000 premium for all-wheel drive on the Trailblazer.
The Blazer, though, starts at $35,100. Like the Trailblazer, the base version comes well equipped, but you’ll probably want to step up to the 3LT trim to get the goodies most want, like heated seats and parking sensors. The Blazer does come in a cool street-styled RS version, an appearance package that adds some ground-hugging bodywork. On the Blazer, all-wheel drive is a $2,700 option.
Inside, though, the Blazer is a much nicer place to be than the Trailblazer. The interior of the Blazer is Camaro-inspired, and it has a sporty muscle-SUV-like interior. Though the Trailblazer is cheaper, it also has some cheap-feeling plastics, and the seats aren’t nearly as supportive. And, if you’re looking for a larger SUV, the Blazer is the one to go with.