There is no denying that the SUV market has become incredibly popular over the last couple of decades, which gives you a lot of options when you are shopping for your next vehicle. If you are looking for a small crossover SUV, then all of your options can feel a bit overwhelming, which is why it helps to have a knowledgeable salesperson by your side to help you figure it all out. Looking at the new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, for example, we can see that it is the perfect option for drivers who are searching for an SUV that is small enough to not take over their life but with great features that give them everything they need.
The key to a great small crossover is that it still has to be large enough for you to get all of the great functionality that you want from an SUV. With the Trailblazer, you get a small size that is easy to fit into your life, but it still has 54.4 cu.ft. of interior cargo space available, with seating for up to five people and fantastic luxury options. This is also a remarkably sporty option, with two different turbo engines available, giving you up to 155 hp, plus all-wheel drive is available on every model. So the Trailblazer is not only a practical solution for a small SUV but also a lot of fun to drive.
Five different trim choices let you pick exactly what you want in your vehicle, with standard features that include a 7-inch infotainment display, wireless support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and air conditioning. As you look at higher trims, with more options, then you can get an 8-inch infotainment display with Navigation, a 4-inch driver information display, Bose premium audio system, and much more. The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is also an incredibly safe option, with Front Pedestrian Braking, a Forward Collision Alert, and more advanced safety systems all standard.
Performance might not be your first concern with a small crossover SUV, which is understandable, but it should still matter to you. While you are not necessarily looking for a beastly V8 engine like you would find in a large model or a truck, it still needs to have enough power to be fun to drive. The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer gives you two different engines to choose from, along with a number of other options that certainly fit the bill.
A 1.2L EcoTec turbo engine comes standard on most trim levels, which delivers 137 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. This may not seem like a huge amount on paper, but remember that this is a small model that can really make the most out of that power. There is also an available 1.3L EcoTec turbo engine if you want boosted performance, which gives you 155 hp and 174 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, that is a solid increase and definitely makes the Trailblazer even more fun to drive around town or on a road trip.
Both engines come with a continuous variable transmission for a smooth driving experience and automatic stop and start to improve fuel economy, though you can disable this feature. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available on all trim levels, so any features or other options you might want do not impact your ability to get the drivetrain you prefer. When properly equipped with the more powerful engine, you get up to 1,000 lbs of towing capability with the Trailblazer, which is perfect for a small boat or trailer.
One concern we often hear from customers who are interested in a small crossover SUV is that it might not have enough space inside. Just like you, when we are looking at a small model, we want to know that it is compact enough to fit into our lives and parking spaces but that it will still give us the functionality of an SUV. Fortunately, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer does exactly that, giving you plenty of room for your passengers and cargo.
This is a two-row model that has comfortable seating for up to five passengers, with plenty of space both in the front and back. Up in the front seats, you get 40 inches of headroom, almost 41 inches of legroom, and more than 55 inches of shoulder room. In the rear seat, your passengers can get 38 inches of headroom, nearly 40 inches of legroom, and more than 54 inches of shoulder room.
When it comes to cargo, the Trailblazer is a fantastic option that gives you a lot of usable space throughout the interior. With the back seats up, you get around 25.3 cu.ft. of cargo volume in the rear of the vehicle, while lowering the seats gives you 54.4 cu.ft. of total cargo capacity inside the vehicle. This is easy to access and use with an available hands-free liftgate, and you can get more than 8 feet of total cargo length inside the Trailblazer, which lets you fit just about anything you need to take with you.
Since most of the time you spend with your vehicle will be driving it, you always want to find a model that has great features inside that make it fun when you are behind the wheel. Standard interior features for the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer include a 7-inch infotainment display, which has support for wireless functionality with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 4-speaker audio system and cloth seating. You get a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, numerous USB ports, and a steering wheel with mounted controls, all standard.
Available features will depend on the trim level and any packages you might choose, but they can include a wide range of comfort and tech features. An 8-inch infotainment display with Navigation is available, as is cloth seating with leatherette trim, and you can get a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support. There is also an available leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless open and remote start functionality, and a panoramic power sunroof.
Other available options include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, additional USB ports and power outlets throughout the interior, and automatic climate control. You can also get Adaptive Cruise Control, a wireless charging pad, and a Bose premium sound system. While the standard features certainly make for a great driving experience, the available options simply take everything a step further.
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is one of the safest vehicles on the road, thanks to its standard and available safety features. Every model comes with a comprehensive airbag suite that includes 10 airbags throughout the interior, along with LED daytime running lamps. You also get Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and a Following Distance Indicator, all standard. Other standard features include Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and the Teen Driver system that is perfect if you have a young driver who needs to have safe behavior reinforced.
There are a number of available safety options that build on these fantastic features, which include Rear Park Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. You also get a Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert as part of the available Driver Confidence Package that improves upon the standard features of the Chevy Trailblazer. While comfortable seating, impressive technology, and a powerful engine are all certainly important, nothing is more vital than how well your vehicle can protect you on the road. These systems cannot replace safe, careful driving, of course, but great features like a standard rear camera and available HD rear vision camera make it easier for you to see your surroundings and quickly respond to any situation.