The concept of a fuel-efficient SUV used to be oxymoronic, but the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer turns that notion on its ear. With an average highway fuel economy rating of 33 mpg, the Trailblazer challenges even the tiniest subcompact car for efficiency, all the while offering truck-like cargo hauling and passenger volume capabilities. It’s a no-compromise alternative for commuters looking to stretch out and save on ownership costs.
Economical driving habits are the headline, but the 2022 Trailblazer also boasts tons of standard safety equipment. This includes a suite of advanced driver-assist systems designed to keep everyone safe, specifically during challenging driving conditions like changing lanes or navigating roads at night. Chevy even includes safety technology geared toward teaching teen drivers good habits.
As a family vehicle option, the Trailblazer delivers on space and comfort. With four trims to pick from and a whole host of infotainment technology, carpools and weekend errands become a lot more entertaining. This Trailblazer has it all – great exterior styling featuring a distinctive two-tone roof, advanced safety technology, and a low sticker price that won’t break your budget.
What’s great about the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer is it co-mingles the best parts of a daily commuter with the utility of a sporty crossover. For 2022, the Trailblazer is offered with the choice of two engines. The first is an efficient 1.2-liter turbocharged I-3 that outputs 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, allowing for a fuel-sipping 29 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway. Both engines pack a punch, with responsive acceleration and plenty of pep for around town driving.
Move up to the larger turbocharged 1.3-liter I-3, and horsepower and torque jump to 155 and 174, respectively. Surprisingly, not much is lost in fuel efficiency, and in fact, there are gains. Estimated fuel economy is 29 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway with the front-wheel drive Trailblazer, and when equipped with optional all-wheel drive, you can expect 26 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. Either way, the Trailblazer’s impressive fuel efficiency puts it in league with smaller hatchbacks and sedans.
Smaller engine-equipped Trailblazers receive a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) for added fuel economy. The transmission works just like the name implies, constantly adjusting the gear ratio to deliver optimal performance and fuel efficiency. Chevy also mates the larger 1.3-liter engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission when the Trailblazer is equipped with all-wheel drive. Either engine gets the job done admirably, both on the highway and around town.
Wet, slippery roads are no match for the Trailblazer’s available all-wheel drive system. It’s an added peace-of-mind feature to help make driving in inclement weather a little easier. While it adds an additional cost, it’s surprisingly affordable, and something drivers should consider, especially if a daily commute is in the mix. In fact, when you add all-wheel drive, the impact on your monthly payment is almost imperceptible. The benefit of all-wheel drive is that it's capable of sending power to the wheels with the most traction to help drivers maintain control in all kinds of weather.
For 2022, Chevy offers the Trailblazer in four different trims: the LS, LT, ACTIV, and the sporty top-of-the-line RS. Each trim offers its own benefits, and the variety helps buyers zero in on what they want. Whether it’s the great value found in the Trailblazer LS or the dash of extra sportiness the RS achieves with special exterior add-ons, every trim starts at well under $30,000, with most closer to the $25,000 range, and all are available with all-wheel drive.
The base Trailblazer LS represents the best value in the lineup. Even though it’s an entry trim, Chevy still packs it with tons of standard features, including a 6-speaker audio system, digital data components in the Driver Information Center, including a compass, and 17-inch wheels. The front passenger seat folds flat for hauling long cargo, like kayaks or lumber, and Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of driver-assist technology, is also standard.
If you’re looking for a few extra creature comforts without substantial price creep, check out the Trailblazer LT. It features standard LED fog lights and power heated outside mirrors. The exterior also receives silver roof rails, and remote start is added as an extra convenience feature. The LT comes standard with the smaller 1.2-liter engine, but buyers can opt to upgrade to the larger motor.
On the upper end of the range sits the Trailblazer ACTIV. This trim features the upgraded 1.3-liter engine as standard, along with dual exhaust finished with polished trapezoid-shaped tips, LED taillights, and special sport terrain tires. A heated steering wheel takes the bite out of cold mornings, and leatherette seating adds a touch of luxury, as do the standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.
Occupying the top trim spot is the Trailblazer RS. Still priced affordably, the RS also includes the 1.3-liter engine but changes to round dual-exhaust outlets and larger 18-inch black glossy aluminum wheels. The RS features almost identical interior equipment as the ACTIV trim; where it differs is on the exterior. A bright red two-tone roof is optional only for the RS, and black exterior accents, including black bowtie emblems and body side moldings, add a little extra drama.
The ACTIV and RS trims offer access to a Technology Package. This package adds Adaptive Cruise Control, an upgraded 8-inch HD infotainment touchscreen, a wireless device charger, an upgraded Bose premium audio system, LED headlights, and more. Since the base infotainment screen measures just seven inches and does not feature a high-definition display, tech-focused buyers may want to consider spending the extra cash to add the larger one, which is especially helpful for displaying directions on road trips.
Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of intuitive driver-assist technologies, is standard across the entire 2022 Trailblazer lineup. It’s a show of Chevy’s commitment to putting safety at the forefront and a way for the company to ensure even budget buyers are equipped with the latest innovations to help avoid hazards and keep occupants safer than ever before.
The suite features six different technologies that rely on sensors, radar, and onboard cameras to monitor the area around the vehicle and alert the driver to potential problems. The first two systems, Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking, work by monitoring the distance between your vehicle and the car ahead. If it senses that car stopping short, it sends an audible alert and performs emergency braking if necessary to avoid or minimize the impact of a crash.
Front Pedestrian Braking works similarly. It’s tuned to watch for pedestrians entering your intended lane of travel and alerts you when one is detected, assisting with braking to optimize everyone’s safety. This system is especially helpful when navigating busy city streets, but it’s also potentially lifesaving in suburban neighborhoods where kids are at play. Using radar technology, the Following Distance Indicator system helps you keep a continuously safe distance from the vehicle ahead. It automatically adjusts speed to keep a preset amount of space between you and the car ahead.
Standard IntelliBeam automatic high beams take the manual work out of switching between low and high beam settings. Night driving gets a lot easier when IntelliBeam is activated. It senses oncoming traffic and switches to low beams well before the approaching vehicle gets close. Once it passes by, the system switches back to high beams. No more forgetting, and drivers can enjoy optimal nighttime visibility.
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning alerts you when you drift out of your intended lane of travel and offers gentle steering cues to nudge you back into the correct lane. Perfect for long, boring highway drives, the system monitors traffic markings to ensure you’re staying centered in your lane. It’s easy to lose focus on the highway; this system ensures you’re notified the second your attention – and your Trailblazer – drifts.
Add the available Driver Confidence Package, and the driver-assist system count increases to nine. Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert make it feel like there are eyes everywhere, so you don’t have to continuously take yours off the road to make simple lane changes or worry that a bike rider will come out of nowhere as you’re trying to back out of your driveway.