The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer is a stylish and roomy subcompact crossover at a sweet price
Price: The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer has a starting MSRP of $21,600 for the LS FWD model. Prices top out at the Activ AWD and RS AWD models, which both start at $27,200.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer name is back in the form of a subcompact crossover SUV. As the entry-level model in Chevrolet’s extensive SUV lineup, it’s the most affordable of the lot. The Trailblazer is a value choice in its segment with a low starting price, good fuel economy and some good standard features like an intuitive and modern infotainment system. Among its main competitors are the Mazda MZDAY,
CX-30 and Kia 000270,
Seltos, which are similar in size, content and price.
The Chevy Trailblazer is quite roomy for a subcompact crossover, making it a good choice if you want true SUV versatility in a small, affordable package. Some SUVs in this class have cramped rear seats, but the Trailblazer has a second row of seats suitable for adults. The drawbacks of this Chevy are a nervous ride when the roads are rough and rather disappointing performance from the two available engines.
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2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer Price
The starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer is $21,600 for the base, front-drive LS model. Moving up the model line, the LT model starts at $23,800 and the RS and Activ versions start at $25,700.
If you want all-wheel drive, it’s a $1,500 upgrade for the Activ and RS versions. For LS and LT, AWD is an additional $2,000.
Destination fee of $1,195 applies to all Trailblazer models.
Behind the wheel of the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
The Chevy Trailblazer is a fun SUV to drive around town and on the highway, as long as the road conditions are good. However, when the road gets rough, the ride can get a bit bumpy. This is especially true if you get the RS model with the big 18-inch wheels.
The base engine is good enough for getting around town, but it tends to run out of steam after hitting highway speeds. If you want a little more muscle, upgrade to the 1.3-liter turbo engine. This is a bolder unit than the base engine, but still only gives the Trailblazer mediocre performance.
Trailblazer models equipped with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) have three drive modes: Normal, Sport and Snow. They are all pretty self-explanatory. Normal is good for everyday driving, Sport livens things up a bit and Snow mode is good for, well, driving in the snow. Drive Modes adjust things like throttle mapping, which wheels get more power, and shift points to alter your driving experience based on road conditions.
The Chevy Trailblazer’s disappointing performance is forgivable since the subcompact SUV segment isn’t generally known for its gut-wrenching performance. If you’re looking for a fun-to-drive small SUV, consider the more engaging Mazda MZDAY.
CX-30 or a turbocharged variant of the Hyundai HYMTF,
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The Trailblazer’s interior is quite spacious for a subcompact SUV. The rear seats have enough legroom to accommodate adults, and the cargo area is big enough, too. Maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded down is 54.4 cubic feet.
The interior design of the Trailblazer is simple but doesn’t look boring inside. It will be a breath of fresh air if you prefer a traditional shifter over buttons or a dial. The controls are well laid out and easy to reach for the driver. The steering wheel has nice grips without being too big.
As for the quality of the interior materials, it depends on the trim you choose. If you get one of the lower trims, you’ll find pretty basic materials inside, like upholstery and hard plastics. On the other hand, if you opt for one of the higher trims, you’ll get nicer leatherette seats and softer-touch materials.
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The exterior design is a strong point of the Chevrolet Trailblazer. Taking inspiration from the larger Blazer, it looks decidedly sportier than most of its rivals. We love the unique light signature and the clean, angular lines throughout the body. Additionally, a 2-tone roof is available if you want to add some extra personality to the Trailblazer. The 2-tone roof is becoming a popular option in this segment, and you can find it on other small SUVs like the Nissan NSANY,
Kicks and Hyundai Venues.
The appearance of the Trailblazer may change quite a bit depending on the trim you choose. For example, the Activ model has an off-road attitude with distinct fairings and a functional skid plate. The RS trim takes a page from the Camaro’s book by adding a sporty-looking package inside and out, but don’t get too excited. It has no mechanical upgrades over other Trailblazer models with the same 1.3-liter engine.
Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
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CarPlay comes standard on every Chevy Trailblazer. This makes it easy to connect your phone to the infotainment system without taking it out of your pocket or purse.
Sporty RS trim
The Trailblazer RS adds a sporty look to this already sleek SUV. It has black exterior accents, distinctive 18-inch wheels, and two-tone cloth/leatherette seats.
The Chevy Trailblazer’s base LS FWD trim comes pretty well equipped with standard safety and infotainment tech. Every Trailblazer comes with the Chevy Safety Assist system, which bundles automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, following distance indicator, lane alert forward collision and automatic high beams. The standard infotainment system is a 7-inch screen with a rear-view camera, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM satellite radio.
Other standard features include electronic climate control, USB-A port, USB-C port, compass display, 40/60 split-folding rear seats, tilt/telescoping steering column, and Teen Driver mode.
One feature that, oddly enough, isn’t standard on the base trim is cruise control. If you want cruise control on the LS trim, you’ll need to add the Driver Confidence and Cruise Package ($495).
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Upgrading to the mid-range LT trim adds creature-pleasing comfort to the Trailblazer. A few features that become standard on LT include cruise control, push-button start, remote start, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, front fog lamps, tinted rear windows and mirrors. electrically adjustable heaters.
The Activ and RS models are the same price and have similar equipment, with a few key differences. The Activ model is more off-road oriented and the RS version has a sportier look. Some standard options on these two top trims include a rear center armrest, de-icing system, leather-wrapped shift knob, heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-outlet exhaust, LED taillights and towing.
Some standard features of the Activ model include a functional skid plate, off-road tuned suspension, sport terrain tires and distinct front and rear fascias. The RS has a sportier looking package with 18-inch wheels and black exterior trim, including black Chevy bowtie emblems.
A few option packages are available across the model range, letting you choose the features you want while keeping the price quite reasonable. For example, the LT trim is available with a premium seating package ($995) that adds a leatherette interior and heated steering wheel. Also available on LT is an adaptive cruise control package ($770) that adds an upgraded driver information center and heated steering wheel in addition to adaptive cruise.
LT, Activ and RS trims have a Convenience Package ($520) available that adds automatic climate control, an 8-inch infotainment system, more USB ports and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. There’s also a Driver Confidence Package ($345) available on these trims that adds lane change alert, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.
Available on RS and Activ trims, a Technology Package ($1,620) adds great features. These include the upgraded infotainment system with HD radio and Bose premium audio, wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control, an HD backup camera and LED headlights.
The base 1.2-liter engine is standard on FWD LS and LT trims. The upgraded 1.3-liter engine is optional on the LT FWD model, and it is standard on all AWD models and all Activ and RS models.
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Engine and transmission
Two engines are available under the hood of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, both turbocharged inline 3-cylinders. The base engine is a 1.2-liter turbo-3 developing 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The larger 1.3-liter engine is slightly more efficient and improves performance slightly with 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque.
Two different automatic transmissions are available for the Trailblazer. All FWD models are equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while AWD models are equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Both transmissions are smooth and responsive, and they help the Trailblazer get pretty good fuel economy.
All Trailblazer models equipped with the 1.2-liter engine are front-wheel-drive, while the 1.3-liter engine can be had with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.
1.2-liter turbocharged inline 3-cylinder
137 horsepower at 5,000 rpm
162 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm
EPA City/Highway Fuel Economy: 29/31 mpg
1.3-liter turbocharged inline 3-cylinder
155 horsepower at 5,600 rpm
174 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm
EPA City/Hwy Fuel Economy: 29/33 mpg (FWD), 26/30 mpg (AWD)
This story originally took place on KBB.com.