2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS

Car review: 2021 Chevy Trailblazer RS

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 2:49pm
  • Life

By Larry Lark, contributor

Chevy’s 2021 Trailblazer is an entry-level, compact SUV geared toward younger buyers with an entry point starting around $20,000.

Trailblazer slots between the Trax and Equinox, in General Motors’ pantheon of vehicles, delivering a bold front fascia, sports car-inspired rear design, and seating for five. The expressive exterior also includes a dual-port grille, taut body lines, sleek roofline, and bold hood shape.

“The Trailblazer doesn’t simply let customers express their personal style. It encourages it with uniquely styled trims that allow buyers to select a vehicle that reflects their lifestyle,” said Stuart Norris, design director of global Chevrolet compact SUVs. “Its design is bold, confident and full of personality.”

Trailblazer comes in five trim packages: ACTIV, L, LS, LT and RS (my tester).

The high-end RS model was powered by a small but efficient ECOTEC 1.3-liter, three-cylinder, turbocharged engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The combination generates 155 horsepower, 174 lb-ft of torque, and is rated at 30 miles per gallon down the highway be the EPA.

Mine came with all-wheel drive, making it a functional and versatile ride any time of year. The driving experience surprised me. Around town the Trailblazer engine and steering were equally responsive, and produced a well-damped ride. On the open road, the engine peaks out quickly, and will keep you in the two right lanes.

Inside, the Trailblazer features a driver-focused, dual-cockpit interior design with an integrated center stack. High-quality finishes and stitching are customized to allow for different appearances at each trim level. The center console provides several storage options with up to 3.5 liters of open storage and 4.4 liters of storage under the armrest, as well as dual cupholders.

The RS features Chevy’s latest infotainment system, providing the ability to use two Bluetooth-paired phones concurrently, allowing passengers in the vehicle to use their cellphones hands-free or the driver to use multiple phones hands-free.

The audio system has available wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and available SiriusXM with 360L, featuring exclusive content, including commercial-free music, interviews, shows and performances. The Trailblazer features 40/60 split folding second row seats, which enables the vehicle to accommodate objects up to 8.5 feet long. Overall storage capacity is rated up to 54.4cubic feet with the second row folded flat.

My tester included an optional technology package ($1,620) and convenience package ($520). Upgrades included a rear vision camera, adaptive cruise control, Bose premium audio system with seven speakers, wireless charging, air conditioning, USB and 120-volt charging ports, and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

All Trailblazer trims come with a comprehensive list of standard active safety and driver

assistance features including: forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, IntelliBeam headlamps, lane keep assist, teen driver, and rear seat occupant reminder.

All things considered, Trailblazer qualifies as a commuter, around town driver. But I wouldn’t wander too far off road.

Base Price: $28,395

Price As Driven: $32,150

Destination charge is included in base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@auburn-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.auburn-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Life

Jarod Newlove
Gold Star Family from Renton has breakfast at the White House

Jarod Newlove’s wife and children found comfort through Wear Blue: Run to Remember.

Tenbeta Esayase and Kendyl Walker were among the top graduates of the Auburn Mountainview High School class of 2022 to accept their diplomas at Auburn Memorial Stadium. Photo by Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter
Outstanding grads: Auburn Mountainview’s Tenbeta Esayase and Kendyl Walker

Kendyl Walker’s twin passions for art and the Japanese language entwined about… Continue reading

tsr
Rainier Audubon Society to debut first Bird Festival at Flaming Geyser Park

The Bird Festival is being organized with the Washington State Parks department.

The former L-building at the Y Social Impact Center now bears the name of Dick Brugger, who charted the course for Auburn Youth Resources. Photo by Robert Whale, Auburn Reporter
Family and community celebrate a true Auburn pioneer

Y Social Impact Center’s L Building is renamed after Dick Brugger.

Christian Cordova does flips on the bungie trampoline at the 2019 Kids Day. File photo
Kids Day in Auburn set for June 24 at Les Gove Park

Kids Day began in Auburn in 1986 to celebrate the kids among… Continue reading

The Gnome Trail is located across from Rock Creek Elementary School, 25700 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE, Maple Valley. Photos by Bailey Jo Josie/Sound Publishing
Gnome Trail draws visitors to whimsical patch of forest in Maple Valley

There is a small issue of broken gnomes and even instances of intentional vandalism.

Teaser
Sun smiles on return of Petpalooza at Auburn’s Game Farm Park

On their way to one of Petpalooza’s popular events, a woman was… Continue reading

Teaser
YMCA will dedicate building to Auburn community legend Dick Brugger

It began in 1973, when a group of parents, government leaders and… Continue reading

Emma Haddon has her dog Leo run through the tire. File photo
Petpalooza returns May 21 to Auburn’s Game Farm Park

After a 2-year pandemic time-out, Petpalooza, Auburn’s critter spectacular, returns from 10… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Auburn Arts and Events
Some of the art on display at the City Hall Gallery.
New art on display in Auburn

Several galleries have new pieces on display

Teaser
Kids reel ‘em in at annual fishing derby in Auburn

When Isabel Palady, a girl of few words, caught the first fish… Continue reading

Teaser
Family, friends celebrate Dorothy Purser’s 102nd birthday

The guest of honor took in the much ado about herself contentedly,… Continue reading