Why Is The New Chevy Trailblazer So Popular?

April 15th, 2021 by

When I was a child the SUV craze was just starting to flourish. The Ford Explorer and the Jeep Grand Cherokee were the leaders for a long time. When I was in high school, Chevrolet introduced the body on frame Trailblazer. It was a hit. In fact, people still love those SUVs. However, by the time I was ready to walk across the stage at Parkersburg High School, the term crossover was starting to appear in car magazines. As I finished grad school, the Trailblazer, at least as we know it, was dead. Fast forward several years and the Trailblazer name is back. It’s no longer a body-on-frame SUV, but rather a Subcompact crossover. It’s wildly popular. By the end of 2020, the Trailblazer was the hottest selling Sub-compact crossover and one of the hottest selling vehicles (overall) in the United States. But why? Why is this little 3 Cylinder crossover so popular? Let’s find out.

Styling that slaps. 

It’s no secret that consumers care a lot about the way a car looks. This is especially true in the crowded subcompact crossover market. The new Trailblazer looks rugged and modern at the same time. Upfront the driving lights are separate from the headlights. This new design gives the Trailblazer a more pronounced look, especially at night. When equipped with fog lights, the new Trailblazer looks almost menacing. Around back the taillights are large, and they make a big statement. I also love that the rear turn signals are amber. (A personal favorite feature of mine.) The rear fascia is pronounced with chrome accents on the ACTIV trim. Speaking of the ACTIV trim, it’s great for people who want to stray away from the pavement. Then there is the RS. It’s the sportiest trim of the bunch. It comes standard with 18-inch rims. Plus the RS has an exclusive available color: Oasis Blue. It steals the show. Our first Trailblazer arrived late last year. It was sold as soon as it came out of our detail shop. Even the LS trim looks great. We received an LS in Scarlet Red Metallic. It was stunning. While it did not have the features of the RS or the ACTIV, it still looked great. It was a great mix of value and practicality. 

This styling stands out. Especially when you compare the Trailblazer to vehicles like the Ford EcoSport and the Nissan Rogue Sport. They look bland while the Trailblazer is packed with flavor. This is also the case when comparing the Trailblazer to the Honda HR-V. Hands down, the Trailblazer wins in the style department.

Big Power in a small package

I will admit that I was a little skeptical when I learned that the new Trailblazer was going to be powered by two three-cylinder engines. I’ve driven the Ford EcoSport, which also has a three-cylinder engine, and I was not impressed. My fear was that the Trailblazer would have the same power issues. When I got behind the wheel and drove the Trailblazer for the first time, all those fears quickly diminished. The power comes on fast and strong with this new generation. The Trailblazer has plenty of power. If you opt for the 1.2 Three Cylinder engine you will receive 137 horsepower. The 1.3 Engine has 155 horsepower. The base engine in the Ford EcoSport has 123 horsepower. The Nissan Kicks has a larger 4 cylinder engine and only has 122 Horsepower. The Hyundai Kona also has a four-cylinder. It has less power than the top engine offered by the Trailblazer.

When you take the Trailblazer out for a drive you will notice the power, especially when you opt for the 1.3-liter engine with the 9-Speed automatic. It feels solid. It accelerates quickly and has no trouble getting up to highway speeds. Don’t let the lack of a 4th cylinder turn you away from this capable crossover.

Features for days

In this segment, it’s common for features to be lacking. So often sub-compact crossovers are seen as a budget vehicle only. While the Trailblazer is priced to be competitive in this segment, it’s not lacking the features modern buyers crave. For instance, I was surprised to learn about the optional power liftgate. Many other crossovers in this segment don’t offer a power liftgate at all. There’s also an available panoramic moonroof. This is another feature you’ll rarely find in other sub-compact crossovers. Just because you’re buying a smaller vehicle doesn’t mean you don’t deserve premium features. That’s why you can also get features like Apple CarPlay, Heated Seats, and a whole suite of safety features.

Simply, the new Chevy Trailblazer delivers in so many ways. While it’s not the same type of vehicle it was back in the day, it’s certainly adapted to a new world and new consumer demands. We’ve sold several of these models and everyone who has purchased one loves it. If the Trailblazer doesn’t fit your needs, don’t worry…Chevrolet makes other vehicles that will.

If you want to test drive a new Trailblazer, stop by today. Or, give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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