21 Trailblazer 01

Los Angeles, California-#NoBoringCars or not, some us are car Nice to see Chevrolet’s new productTrailblazers in 2021, The name is finally dotted with a swollen, similar to a boat SUV. (Anyone remember 395 hp Trailblazer SS? ) We just had the first drive in this little look, but we were disappointed…but only a little. The Blazers have a lot good news, but GM has underperformed in several key areas.

Quick background information: The new Trailblazer is Chevrolet’s second largest crossover SUV, and is Close relative of Buick Encore GX. Although it is Originally aimed at the Chinese marketSince then, Chevrolet has decided to take it to the United States and squeeze it into the narrow space between cars. Pint-sized Trax with Quart-sized vernal equinox. Chevrolet sees trailblazers as competitors Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegadewith Toyota’s C-HR. Considering Chevrolet’s quadrangular body and available contrasting roof, we can’t help but think Modern small venue with Nissan’s entry level, The target market for these products is low Volvo XC40, The goal is higher. Prices range from $19,995 for the basic Trailblazer L to $26,395 for the top Activ and RS models.

Trailblazer sports style is cool, engine is cool

We like the young style the Blazers, which is a welcome transfer from the conservative attire of other Chevrolet crossovers, but we are most interested in the engine lineup. Chevrolet replaced the traditional four-cylinder engine with a pair of turbocharged three-cylinder engines. The L, LS and LT models are 137-horsepower 1.2-liter engines, while the 155-horsepower 1.3-liter engine is optional. LT and standard on Activ and RS. We are very interested in micro engines-you know that old chestnut is driving a slow car-so we are eager to try these micro motors. It’s no surprise that Chevrolet allowed us to start using a larger engine, which was surrounded by Trailblazer Activ.

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It is worth mentioning that in the Chevrolet news material, there is no mention how many cylinders the engine has, and those who do not know will almost be fooled into thinking that they are four cylinders. The three-cylinder engine is inherently easy to vibrate, but Chevrolet’s 1.3-liter turbocharger is far from smooth Ford’s 1.0 EcoBoostThe idling vibration is extremely small, not worse than some the less sophisticated four-head collisions we drive.

The power the three is released!

Chevrolet did its best to reduce the burden on the 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine. It replaced the traditional vacuum booster with an electric water pump and an electro-hydraulic power brake system, all which ensured that it could go all out to produce forward movement. . It works: Our test trailblade taxied by the traffic lights and merged onto the fast-moving highway without sweating, backing, and catching up to 75 mph with no problem. The acceleration of the foot to the floor shows the limitations of the engine, but we almost never have to step on the foot.

Most the credit goes to the 9-speed automatic transmission paired with 1.3 liters. The gearbox shifts smoothly and quickly, and does its best to keep the engine within the power range. There is a manual mode-a terrible GM system that requires you to move the shifter to “L” before the +/- toggle switch on the handle takes effect-but we found that if you just leave it in Drive, shift the gear The box will manage the perfect work of engine power. This involves some quite enthusiastic speed regulation, but the sound of the three-cylinder engine is very good, we like to roar at a speed above 3500 rpm (if something is not perfect).

As the engine continues to run, we expect fuel economy to be affected, and it is. The pioneer’s environmental standards are: 26 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 28 mpg highway, but our average is only 23.6 mpg-remember, we’ve never used the pioneer’s push button Wheel drive system.

Perfect: where the Blazers let us down

However, fuel economy is not our biggest complaint. We have left it suspended. Handling well-we don’t want small crossovers like Superman, And the pioneer’s strong grip and accurate steering response is better than the similar products we expected. No, what really makes us unacceptable is improvement, or lack improvement. The quality of the ride is acceptable only on the smoothest sidewalks, but the Trailblazers bumped into bumps because of unnecessary drama. The sidewalks of Qiqi made our trailblazers shake and tremble, so that we began to wonder whether spring started at lunch break. How can a car developed by a company in Detroit not be able to paved the road like the surface of the moon, but can not handle the pavement paving?

Part the problem is the lack of sound insulation, which (literally) exacerbates the trailblazer’s overreaction to bumps. The Blazers allow a lot of road noise even at urban speeds, and the hoarseness of the suspension is as low as hoarseness—when we say it knocks over bumps, we are not only adding poetry. It seems that all the money that goes into the engine, style and interior is deducted from the NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) budget.

Remember, we are driving the Activ model, which has different suspension adjustment functions (supposedly) to better control unpaved roads. Off-road needs softer driving, and frankly, we can’t imagine a harder suspension will make the situation better. Chevy said that the Activ model has been adjusted to “improve driving comfort on gravel terrain”, but given our experience on uneven concrete on the laurel gorge of the Laurel Canyon, we do not want to be on a muddy road Driving.

We are sorry for the lack of suspension optimization, because the Blazers have made great efforts in all other aspects. We like the internal and external styles. Apart from the remarkable temperature control dial, everything in the cabin feels solid and upscale. The control layout is reasonable and easy to use. The rear seats are upright and spacious, and the second row of our test car has USB, USB-C and 120 volt outlets. The suitcase is large and wide, with no obstacles, there is hidden storage space under the suitcase floor, and the folding rear seats are actually flat. In terms of practicality and livability, the trailblazers are well thought out.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer and competitors

Driving pioneers, it is difficult to keep in mind Chevrolet’s established competitiveness. Usually, this is a good thing: Trailblazers have more personality Than Honda HR-V, And its hip brand seems to be better than Toyota C-HR. of Jeep Renegade Trailblazer, plus it has better riding and real off-road skills. We believe that the Blazers’ strongest competitor comes from Hyundai: Brilliant KonaThe style is not so young, but we think it is a better tool in other ways. of Closely related to Kia Seltos Larger (or even more dull) interiors have most of Kona’s advantages. All five SUVs are more refined and comfortable than Trailblazer. Although the cool styling will gradually disappear, the noisy and noisy driving will not bother you.

We will also consider smaller competitors of some pioneers, especially modern venues. Its interior is smaller, and the interior is not so high-end. However, the $23,000 Denim model also looks cool when sitting in the parking lot, and its simple 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine achieves excellent fuel economy without the need for technical feats. The features that the Trailblazer’s 1.3-liter turbocharged engine relies on.

The Blazers left a lot of deep impressions on us, especially its shape, function, controllability and internal quality. We like the small 1.3-liter engine (and eager to try the 1.2-liter engine, which is used with CVT and front-wheel drive), and hope to have more seat time to see the actual fuel economy with a longer drive can be improved. But the lack of perfection will be a problem for us. It’s too bad — the Blazers feel it is just a few steps away from being a small SUV.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ AWD Specifications
For sale: just now
price: $ 26,395 / $ 30,580 (benchmark/tested)
engine: 1.3-liter turbocharged DOHC 12-valve I-3; 155 hp @ 5,600 rpm, 174 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
spread: 9-speed automatic
layout: 4-door 5-seater, front engine, AWD SUV
EPA miles: 26/30 mpg city/highway
Length x width x height: 173.7 x 71.2 x 65.7 inches
Wheelbase: 103.9 inches
weight: 3275 lbs
0-60 mph: 9.5 seconds (East)
Top speed 130 miles per hour