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2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

What’s new

  • After a 12-year hiatus, the Trailblazer name has been revived for the U.S.
  • Part of the second Trailblazer generation introduced for 2021

Pros & Cons

  • Sharp exterior styling
  • Competitive list of standard and optional safety features
  • Activ model brings some light off-road capabilities
  • Engine and power figures seem weak on paper for an SUV
Other years
MSRP Range
$19,000 - $26,900
MSRP Starting at
$19,000
MSRP Range
$19,000 - $26,900
MSRP Range
$19,000 - $26,900

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$19,000 - $26,900
MSRP Range
$19,000 - $26,900

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2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Review

What is it?

Slotting in between the tiny Chevy Trax and larger Equinox, the new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is one of the latest entrants in the burgeoning subcompact crossover class. The Trailblazer name has been absent since 2009 in the U.S. In many ways, this reboot follows the same playbook of the larger Blazer SUV that Chevy reintroduced last year.

For starters, the Trailblazer is similar to the Blazer in that it has hardly anything to do with its forebear other than the name. The old TrailBlazer (with a capital "B") was a truck-based midsize SUV. This new Trailblazer (lowercase "b"!) is a smaller crossover SUV with car-based architecture. Also like the Blazer, the 2021 Trailblazer adopts some Camaro-like exterior styling cues for a uniquely aggressive appearance.

On the inside, it's far more conventional and likely user-friendly thanks to Chevy's latest infotainment that allows for two concurrently connected Bluetooth devices. Notable options are Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a power liftgate.

Standard safety features include forward collision mitigation, lane keeping assist, a rear-seat passenger reminder and automatic high beams. Optionally, you can add adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Trailblazer strays slightly from other subcompact crossovers by offering the Activ trim level that Chevy says is tuned for off-road use. However, don't expect to get the kind of all-terrain supremacy of a Jeep. The Activ trim only adds specialized all-season tires, revised shock absorbers and a bit more ground clearance from a reshaped front fascia. It also equips the vehicle with roof rails on a two-tone roof.

Shoppers can choose between two engines: a base turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine or a slightly larger 1.3-liter four-cylinder. For now, Chevrolet has only given a power spec for the bigger engine: 155 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard, though Trailblazers with the 1.3-liter engine and all-wheel drive get a nine-speed automatic.

Why does it matter?

Well, this new model revives the Trailblazer name. There's gotta be at least a few Americans who will be excited about that. Beyond that, however, the new Trailblazer mostly bolsters the growing trend of smaller crossover SUVs. These models are increasingly popular with consumers looking to save money compared to more established small crossovers such as Chevy's Equinox or Honda's CR-V.

What does it compete with?

In the subcompact crossover class, we rank the Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul and Honda HR-V as the best. Domestic rivals include the Ford EcoSport and Jeep Renegade. The Renegade, in particular, will likely be your best alternative, especially if you want true off-road capability from a pint-size crossover.

Edmunds says

Chevrolet looks like it's trying to give you a pleasing mix of features, fuel economy and affordability with its new 2021 Trailblazer. If you're looking to buy an extra-small crossover SUV in the near future, the Trailblazer could be worth a look.

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    Features & Specs

    L 4dr SUV features & specs
    L 4dr SUV
    1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT
    MSRP$19,000
    MPG 26 city / 30 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower137 hp @ 5000 rpm
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    LT 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    LT 4dr SUV AWD
    1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A
    MSRP$25,600
    MPG 26 city / 29 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower155 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    LS 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    LS 4dr SUV AWD
    1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A
    MSRP$23,500
    MPG 26 city / 29 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission9-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower155 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    RS 4dr SUV features & specs
    RS 4dr SUV
    1.3L 3cyl Turbo CVT
    MSRP$25,400
    MPG 30 city / 32 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
    Horsepower155 hp @ 5600 rpm
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    Is the Chevrolet TrailBlazer a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 TrailBlazer both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet TrailBlazer fuel economy, so it's important to know that the TrailBlazer gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg to 31 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the TrailBlazer ranges from 25.3 to 30.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Learn more
    What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer:

    • After a 12-year hiatus, the Trailblazer name has been revived for the U.S.
    • Part of the second Trailblazer generation introduced for 2021
    Learn more
    Is the Chevrolet TrailBlazer reliable?
    To determine whether the Chevrolet TrailBlazer is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the TrailBlazer. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the TrailBlazer's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 TrailBlazer is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer?

    The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer L 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $19,000.

    Other versions include:

    • L 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $19,000
    • LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $25,600
    • LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $23,500
    • RS 4dr SUV (1.3L 3cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $25,400
    • ACTIV 4dr SUV (1.3L 3cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $25,400
    • RS 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $26,900
    • LT 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $23,600
    • LS 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT) which starts at $21,500
    • ACTIV 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A) which starts at $26,900
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    What are the different models of Chevrolet TrailBlazer?
    If you're interested in the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the next question is, which TrailBlazer model is right for you? TrailBlazer variants include L 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT), LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A), LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A), and RS 4dr SUV (1.3L 3cyl Turbo CVT). For a full list of TrailBlazer models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Overview

    The 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is offered in the following submodels: TrailBlazer SUV. Available styles include L 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT), LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A), ACTIV 4dr SUV (1.3L 3cyl Turbo CVT), LT 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT), LS 4dr SUV (1.2L 3cyl Turbo CVT), ACTIV 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A), RS 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A), LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.3L 3cyl Turbo 9A), and RS 4dr SUV (1.3L 3cyl Turbo CVT).

    What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 TrailBlazer.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 TrailBlazer featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer?

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