The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer is a stylish, roomy, affordable subcompact crossover

Price: The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer has an MSRP starting at $21,600 for the LS FWD model. Prices are highest on the Activ AWD and RS AWD models, both of which start at $27,200.

The name Chevrolet Trailblazer is back in the form of a subcompact crossover SUV. As the entry-level model of Chevrolet’s expansive SUV lineup, it is the most affordable of all. The Trailblazer is a strong value choice in its segment with its low starting price, good fuel economy and some good standard features like an intuitive and modern infotainment system. Some of its main competitors include Mazda MZDAY,
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CX-30 and Kia 000270,
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Seltos, which are similar in size, feature content and price.

The Chevy Trailblazer is roomy enough 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 narrow rear seats, but the Trailblazer has adult-friendly second-row seats. The weakness of this Chevy is a restless ride on rough roads, and the performance is quite disappointing from both engines available.

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2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer Price

The initial Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer is $21,600 for the base LS FWD model. Moving up the model range, the LT model starts at $23,800, and the RS and Activ trims both start at $25,700.

If you want all-wheel drive, it’s a $1,500 upgrade to the Activ and RS trims. For the LS and LT, AWD is an additional $2,000.

A destination fee of $1,195 applies to all Trailblazer models.

Pioneer 2023 in Nitro Yellow.

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Driving a 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer

The Chevy Trailblazer is a fun SUV to drive in the city and on the highway, as long as road conditions are good. However, when the road gets rough, the ride can be a bit bumpy. This is especially true if you get the RS model with large 18-inch wheels.

The base engine is good enough to get around town, but tends to run out of breath once it finally reaches highway speed. If you want a bit more muscle, upgrade to the 1.3 liter turbo engine. It’s a bolder unit than the base engine, but it still delivers decent performance for a Trailblazer.

Pioneer models equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD) come with three driving modes: Normal, Sport and Snow. They’re all pretty self-explanatory. Normal is great for everyday driving, Sports is a little lively, and Snow mode is great for, well, driving in the snow. Driving modes adjust things like throttle mapping, which wheel gets more power, and shift points to tweak your driving experience to suit road conditions.

The Chevy Trailblazer’s unsatisfactory performance can be forgiven as the subcompact SUV segment is generally not known for its rip-roaring performance. If you’re looking for a small SUV that’s fun to drive, consider the more attractive Mazda MZDAY,
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CX-30 or turbocharged variant of Hyundai HYMTF,
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Kona.

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Interior comfort

The Trailblazer’s interior is roomy enough for a subcompact SUV. The rear seats have ample legroom to accommodate adults, and the cargo area is also quite large. Maximum cargo space with the rear seats folded is 54.4 cubic feet.

The interior design of the Trailblazer looks straightforward but doesn’t look boring inside. It will be a breath of fresh air if you prefer traditional shifters over knobs or knobs. The controls are well laid out and easy for the driver to reach. The steering wheel has good grip without being too chunky.

As for the quality of interior materials, it depends on which trim you choose. If you get one of the lower trims, you’ll find some pretty basic materials inside, like upholstery and hard plastic. On the other hand, if you go into one of the higher trims, you’ll have some nicer faux leather seats and softer materials.

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Exterior style

The exterior design is the strong suit of the Chevrolet Trailblazer. Taking a few hints from the larger Blazer, it looks clearly sportier than most of its competitors. We love the unique light signature and sharp angular lines throughout the body. Plus, a 2-tone roof is available if you want to add extra personality to the Trailblazer. The 2-tone roof is becoming a popular choice in this segment, and you can find it in other smaller SUVs such as the Nissan NSANY,
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Kicks and Hyundai Venue.

The Trailblazer 2023 has a 2-tone roof option.

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The Trailblazer’s look may change slightly depending on which trim you choose. For example, the Activ model has an off-road stance with a distinct fascia and a functional slip plate. The RS trim takes a page from the Camaro book by adding a sporty look package inside and out, but don’t get too excited. There are no mechanical upgrades over other Trailblazer models with the same 1.3 liter engine.

Favorite feature

Android Auto Wireless and Apple CarPlay
Android Auto wireless and Apple AAPL,
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CarPlay comes standard on every Chevy Trailblazer. That 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 stylish SUV. It has black exterior accents, distinct 18-inch alloy wheels, and 2-tone fabric/faux leather upholstery.

Standard features

The basic LS FWD trim from the Chevy Trailblazer comes quite complete with standard safety and infotainment technologies. Each Trailblazer is equipped with the Chevy Safety Assist system, which combines automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane guard assistance, lane departure warning, distance following indicator, forward collision warning and automatic high beam. The standard infotainment system is a 7-inch screen with backup camera, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Other standard features include electronic air conditioning, USB-A port, USB-C port, compass display, 40/60 folding rear seats, tilt/telescoping steering column, and Teen Driver mode.

One feature that oddly doesn’t come 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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Factory option

Upgrading to the midrange LT trim adds some nice comfort to the Trailblazer. Some of the features that are standard on the LT include cruise control, push-button start, remote start, heated front seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, front fog lamps, tinted rear windows, and heated, power-adjustable rearview mirrors.

The Activ and RS models are priced the same and have similar equipment, with a few key differences. The Activ model is more off-road oriented, and the RS trim has a sportier look. Some of the standard options on the top two trims include rear center armrest, defroster system, leather-wrapped shift knob, leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, dual-exit exhaust, LED taillights and trailer gear.

Some of the standard features on the Activ model include functional skid plates, tuned off-road suspension, sport-terrain tires, and different front and rear fascia. The RS packs a sportier look with 18-inch alloy wheels and black exterior trim, including a black Chevy bow tie badge.

Several option packages are available across the model range, allowing you to choose which features you want while keeping the price reasonable. For example, the LT trim is available with the Premium Seating Package ($995) which adds a faux leather interior and heated steering wheel. Also available on the LT is the Adaptive Cruise Control package ($770) which adds an enhanced driver information center and heated steering wheel on top of adaptive cruise.

The LT, Activ, and RS trims have a Comfort Package ($520) available that adds automatic climate control, an 8-inch infotainment system, more USB ports, and auto-dimming mirrors. There’s also a Driver Confidence Pack ($345) available on this trim which adds lane change alerts, blind spot monitoring, rear traffic warning, and rear parking sensors.

Available in both the RS and Activ trims is the Technology Package ($1,620) which adds some excellent features. These include an upgraded infotainment system with HD Radio and Bose premium audio, wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control, HD backup camera, and LED headlights.

The base 1.2 liter engine is standard on the FWD LS and LT trims. An upgraded 1.3 liter engine is optional on the LT FWD model, and it’s standard on all AWD models and all Activ and RS models.

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Engine and transmission

There are two engines available under the hood of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, both turbocharged inline-3 engines. The base engine is a 1.2-liter turbo-3 that produces 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The larger 1.3-liter engine is slightly more efficient and brings a slight performance boost with 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque.

There are two different automatic transmissions 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 help the Trailblazer get some pretty decent fuel economy.

All Trailblazer models are equipped with a front-wheel drive 1.2 liter engine, while the 1.3 liter engine can be had with FWD or AWD.

1.2 liter turbocharged inline-3
137 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
Torque 162 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/31 mpg

1.3 liter turbocharged inline-3
155 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 174 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/33 mpg (FWD), 26/30 mpg (AWD)

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