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Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Overview of the Chevrolet Trailblazer

Learn about the Chevrolet Trailblazer

Summary

The Chevrolet Trailblazer was a single-generation mid-size SUV produced from 2002 to 2009. Though smaller than its big brothers, the Tahoe and Suburban, it offered the same strengths of towing and ruggedness in a tidier package. The Trailblazer featured a powerful inline-six engine at launch. The lineup expanded with multiple V8 models in later years, including a sporty SS model. Available in rear-wheel drive and 4x4 configurations, it came with seating for five or seven. It's this level of versatility that made the Trailblazer a popular choice for drivers who like to sit behind a big vehicle.

Safety

The Trailblazer's hearty truck-based platform and all-steel construction make it a reliable workhorse. At launch, it featured four airbags in the front row. 2005 and newer models traded out the side-impact airbags for standard full-length curtain airbags, improving the overall safety. Electronic stability control (ESC) arrived in 2005 and brakes individual wheels when the vehicle senses it has lost contact with the road. 

Its age means the Trailblazer can't compete with modern car-based mid-size crossovers in terms of safety tech. We recommend checking out its replacements, the Equinox and Traverse, for more comprehensive safety features.

Interior

The standard Chevrolet Trailblazer interior comes with room for five, whereas the EXT model (2003–2006) bumps that up to seven. Both offer ample space for driver and passengers alike. Cloth seats are standard, with higher trim levels offering leather as an option. Power and tinted windows, and reading lights are standard on models from 2008 onward.

Some drivers find the Trailblazer's interior plastics low quality. We recommend inspecting a few models in person to see how they've handled the test of time.

Technology

The Trailblazer comes from an age before the widespread tech features in modern cars became the norm. It launched without any sort of touchscreen infotainment system but did come with a standard six-speaker AM/FM/CD system. A Bose sound system is optional. On 2008 models and later, the following are standard:

  • Air conditioning 
  • Automatic door locks
  • Keyless remote entry
  • Alarm system

The 2LT trim in the 2009 model year includes an integrated touchscreen, capable of playing a CD or using a navigation DVD. Also optional is a dual rear-seat entertainment system, as well as Bluetooth.

Space

It may be a mid-size SUV, but the Chevrolet Trailblazer features ample space. That's the case with the standard five-seat model, and it becomes more so in the seven-seat EXT, a rarity in the class. However, the EXT was only available from 2003 to 2006, making it difficult to find on the roads.

Speaking of hauling, the Chevrolet Trailblazer's towing capacity puts it above most of its mid-size competition. In standard six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive spec it can tow up to 2,900 kg when properly equipped.

Comfort

Most Trailblazers are family vehicles first, though they can handle some tougher jobs. For a more driver-focused option, we recommend the rare SS model, featuring a sport-tuned suspension and a Corvette-derived V8 engine. No matter the engine, the Chevrolet Trailblazer's four-speed automatic makes it a more frequent visitor to the pumps, so budget a little extra for this.

Pros and cons of the Chevrolet Trailblazer

  • Extended version can seat seven
  • In-line 6 cyl. engine on short version
  • Choice of two- or four-wheel drive
  • Ceased production in 2009
  • High fuel consumption
  • Rear seats can seem uncomfortable
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Chevrolet Trailblazer

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5 - 7
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption14.8 - 18.1 L/100km
  • Highway consumption9.8 - 14.5 L/100km
  • Width1829 - 1897 mm
  • Length4871 - 5279 mm
  • Trunk space631 - 1237 L
  • Cargo space2268 - 3030 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Chevrolet Trailblazer

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Chevrolet Trailblazer 2002 - 2009 is available in 6 trims:

North Edition Edition trim features and specs

Available with the North Edition Edition trim:
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the North Edition Edition trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Headlight cleaners
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the North Edition Edition trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the North Edition Edition trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Radio
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
2 engines are available with the North Edition Edition trim:
4.2 L - Gas - 275 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-
5.3 L - Gas - 290 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

LTZ trim features and specs

Available with the LTZ trim:
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the LTZ trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Headlight cleaners (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the LTZ trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Rain sensor (optional)
  • Side airbag (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the LTZ trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
2 engines are available with the LTZ trim:
4.2 L - Gas - 270 hp
City consumption:15 - 15.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:10 - 10.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-
4.2 L - Gas - 275 hp
City consumption:15.6 - 15.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.5 - 10.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-

North Face Edition trim features and specs

Available with the North Face Edition trim:
  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • 3 climate zones (optional)
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Spare wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the North Face Edition trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Headlight cleaners
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the North Face Edition trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the North Face Edition trim:
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Radio
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
2 engines are available with the North Face Edition trim:
4.2 L - Gas - 275 hp
City consumption:15.5 - 16.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.5 - 11.3 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:628 - 719 km
5.3 L - Gas - 290 hp
City consumption:16.2 - 17 L/100km
Highway consumption:12 - 13.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:625 - 664 km

LS trim features and specs

Available with the LS trim:
  • Electrically adjustable front seats (optional)
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Spare wheel (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the LS trim:
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the LS trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the LS trim:
  • Cruise control (optional)
  • Radio
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
6 engines are available with the LS trim:
4.2 L - Gas - 270 hp
City consumption:15 - 15.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:10 - 10.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-
4.2 L - Gas - 275 hp
City consumption:15.1 - 17.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.4 - 11.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:624 - 719 km
4.2 L - Gas - 291 hp
City consumption:14.8 - 15.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.8 - 11 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:605 - 703 km
5.3 L - Gas - 290 hp
City consumption:16.2 - 17 L/100km
Highway consumption:12 - 13.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:625 - 664 km
5.3 L - Gas - 300 hp
City consumption:15.8 - 16.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.7 - 14.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:664 - 840 km
5.3 L - Gas - 302 hp
City consumption:14.8 - 15.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.8 - 10.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:730 - 760 km

SS trim features and specs

Available with the SS trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Emergency wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the SS trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the SS trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Rain sensor (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the SS trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Radio
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
3 engines are available with the SS trim:
6 L - Gas - 390 hp
City consumption:18.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:12.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:525 km
6 L - Gas - 391 hp
Combined consumption:-
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-
6 L - Gas - 395 hp
City consumption:15.6 - 18.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:11 - 12.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:525 - 610 km

LT trim features and specs

Available with the LT trim:
  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • 3 climate zones (optional)
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel (optional)
  • Spare wheel (optional)
  • Tire repair kit (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats have lumbar support
  • Power steering
Available with the LT trim:
  • Fog lights
  • Headlight cleaners (optional)
  • Roof bars (optional)
  • Roof rails (optional)
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the LT trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
  • Side airbag (optional)
  • Side curtain airbag (optional)
  • Stability control (optional)
  • Tire pressure indicator (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available with the LT trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • Computer (optional)
  • Cruise control
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Radio (optional)
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • CD player
  • Power door locks
7 engines are available with the LT trim:
4.2 L - Gas - 270 hp
City consumption:15 - 15.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:10 - 10.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:-
4.2 L - Gas - 275 hp
City consumption:15.1 - 17.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.4 - 11.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:624 - 719 km
4.2 L - Gas - 285 hp
City consumption:15.2 - 15.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:638 - 643 km
4.2 L - Gas - 291 hp
City consumption:14.8 - 15.8 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.8 - 11 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:605 - 703 km
5.3 L - Gas - 290 hp
City consumption:16.2 - 17 L/100km
Highway consumption:12 - 13.1 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:625 - 664 km
5.3 L - Gas - 300 hp
City consumption:15.4 - 16.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.2 - 11.5 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:580 - 703 km
5.3 L - Gas - 302 hp
City consumption:14.8 - 15.4 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.8 - 10.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:638 - 760 km

Frequently asked questions about the Chevrolet Trailblazer

As standard equipment, Chevrolet TrailBlazers came with rear-wheel drive. However, four-wheel-drive was optional on many models.

It doesn't—the newest Chevrolet TrailBlazer is at least a decade old. The mid-size SUV was in production for only a single generation, from 2001 through to 2009.

The Chevrolet TrailBlazer is an SUV, with seating for five or seven. If you're looking for a truck from the brand, we recommend either the Colorado or Silverado.

Chevrolet didn't directly replace the TrailBlazer after it ended production in 2009. Instead, it introduced two car-based crossovers: the seven-seat Traverse and the five-passenger second-generation Equinox.

From its 2001 debut, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer came standard with a powerful 4.2 L inline-six engine. Two V8s (5.3 and 6.0 L) were available as options on select trim levels.