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The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Is Bigger Than A Trax But Costs Less

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When the Trailblazer name left Chevrolet showrooms in 2009 it was replaced by the Traverse. Wednesday evening the Detroit automaker announced the name would be returning on a compact SUV to slot between the Trax and Equinox. That’s a full three sizes smaller than the current Traverse, and two sizes smaller than the Blazer. It is said to start “under $20,000" which undercuts the smaller Trax by at least $1300.

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The new Trailblazer is powered by either a 1.2-liter or 1.3-liter three cylinder engine, both are turbocharged. The most powerful version will sport 155 horseponies. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. If you choose a 1.3 Turbo AWD model, it will be equipped with a new 9-speed automatic.

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GM is quick to note that this car features quite a lot of safety equipment as standard, including forward collision alert, auto emergency braking, pedestrian braking, auto high beams, lane keep assist, teen driver mode, a rear seat reminder, and OnStar. You can option the Trailblazer to have adaptive cruise, rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, and a higher def rear view camera.

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Interestingly, the Trailblazer does offer an ACTIV package for off-road enthusiasts or folks who want to look a little tougher. The Trailblazer ACTIV has gravel-road-tuned dampers and Hankook Sport Terrain all-season tires. It also includes a revised lower fascia for improved ground clearance, a different colored roof, roof rails, and different shaped exhaust holes.

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The infotainment has available wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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The 60/40 folding second row allows for versatile storage options. When everything is folded down overall storage is 54.4 cubic feet.

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Chevrolet expects to have the new little bugger in dealership showrooms by spring of next year. So why would anybody buy a Trax?

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Can we just skip reporting on garbage like this?

I mean, isn’t that what Consumer Reports is for? Or Appliance Monthly? Or Shoot Me Now Illustrated?

This is Jalopnik right? I don’t come here for this garbage. Please stop. I would rather read about the unobtainable Alfa 8C, or the latest Alpine A110, or a fucking rusty postal Jeep.