There’s a common trend among automakers to rekindle former nameplates that once performed well. It’s a question of, “Why reinvent the wheel?” We see this throughout the industry today, especially with models like the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer still fresh from its return to the Chevy lineup in 2021.
The Trailblazer was first introduced in the late 1990s as a trim for the Blazer, later earning its own lineup in the new millennium. As a midsize, five-door SUV, the TrailBlazer was an early success, but its popularity dwindled as the segment became fiercely competitive. However, Chevrolet refused to give up on the nameplate, setting it aside for a later date.
That time finally came in 2021, when Chevrolet expanded its SUV lineup with the Trailblazer. The newest entry in the small SUV segment, the reintroduced Trailblazer proved more capable and better equipped than its predecessor. Fast forward only two years later, and that trend continues as the 2023 Trailblazer offers plenty of power, an engaging driving experience, innovative technology, and a suite of conveniences.
The 2023 Trailblazer’s starting MSRP of $21,800 makes the SUV more enticing, especially considering its average fuel economy of 29 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway will save you hundreds of dollars at the pump.[a] In addition, opting for the SUV with all-wheel drive extends the Trailblazer’s performance, allowing the SUV to live up to its name as it confidently blazes new trails without breaking a sweat. But what else makes the 2023 Trailblazer such an excellent option? It’s time to find out with a closer look at its multi-engine lineup and its long list of features that make it one of the best values in the segment.
The 2023 Trailblazer might be a small SUV, but it has a big personality, especially with the addition of new exterior colors like Nitro Yellow Metallic, Sterling Gray Metallic, and Fountain Blue. When you add the available Iridescent Pearl Tricoat roof, the Trailblazer looks the part of a rugged and sleek adventurer. So, what about the inside?
The Trailblazer is proof never to discount size for grandeur. From the outside, the Trailblazer’s bold styling and sleek profile are remarkable, but the real magic happens inside the voluminous cabin. Surprisingly spacious, the Trailblazer offers flexible seating configurations that help you maximize the space and function of the SUV. Its best-in-class rear seat legroom ensures the comfort of your passengers and guarantees you have plenty of room for cargo, especially when using the 40/60 second-row split-folding seat. You can even fold the front passenger seat for 8.5 feet of storage space, allowing you to haul longer items like golf clubs and other gear.
Beyond its spacious cabin, the Trailblazer gives you plenty of ways to show your personality and get behind the wheel of an SUV tailored to your style. For example, the sporty RS upgrades the standard 1.2L engine to a 1.3L turbo and adds unique design details like high-gloss black machined aluminum wheels and a dual-outlet exhaust. The adventurous ACTIV is ready for the trail with its sport-terrain tires, specifically tuned suspension, and front skid plate.
If you’re looking for something more traditional, the Trailblazer offers that as well with its LS and LT trims. These entry-level trims deliver everything you love about the Chevy brand and the Trailblazer, including a versatile cabin designed to meet your passenger- and cargo-hauling needs. The LS is a well-equipped base model, while the LT builds on the SUV’s standard features by adding LED fog lamps, roof rails, and heated, power-adjustable folding mirrors with body color caps.
The 2023 Trailblazer expertly delivers an engaging and dynamic driving experience that doesn’t come at the cost of efficiency. So how does Chevrolet accomplish such a feat? By offering two capable engines, two responsive transmissions, and front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The 2023 Trailblazer comes standard with a 1.2L turbocharged engine and continuously variable transmission that minimizes fuel consumption by ensuring the engine doesn’t have to work harder than what’s required. This combination, which is only available in front-wheel drive, delivers 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Its average fuel economy will save you plenty of money at the pump at 29 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.
For drivers looking for sport-like performance, Chevrolet answers with the Trailblazer’s available 1.3L turbocharged engine. The powerplant is mated to either the continuously variable transmission or a nine-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It gives the Trailblazer plenty of capability, pushing the engine to 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. More importantly, this increase in power defies the odds and improves the Trailblazer’s fuel economy, with the front-wheel drive model averaging 29 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway. The all-wheel drive Trailblazer with the 1.3L is comparable at 26 MPG and 30 MPG, respectively.
Harnessing the Trailblazer’s power and capability is easier with the SUV’s various driving modes. Chevrolet gives you up to three drive modes to choose from, depending on if you have front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. For example, the all-wheel drive Trailblazer offers Normal, AWD, and Sport, while the front-wheel drive SUV offers Normal, Snow, and Sport. These modes finetune the engine’s performance, steering responsiveness, and shift patterns to optimize performance and traction for every driving condition so that you have the confidence to go anywhere, anytime.
The 2023 Trailblazer is a modern SUV by every standard, equipped with the latest technology. At the forefront of its tech is the Chevrolet infotainment system housed on either a 7-inch or 8-inch color touchscreen display. Chevrolet’s infotainment system gives you access to your smartphone via wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and equips the SUV with a virtual assistant via Amazon Alexa Built-In. To enhance this wireless connectivity, Chevrolet outfits the SUV with a WiFi hotspot to keep you and your passengers connected. You’ll also find trims like the ACTIV and RS make charging your devices easy with wireless phone charging stations that eliminate the need for charging cables and reduce cabin clutter.
Another integral part of the 2023 Trailblazer’s technology is its active and passive safety features. It's one of the best-equipped SUVs in the segment and comes standard with the Chevy Safety Assist suite, which earned previous models like the 2022 Trailblazer a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. So, what makes the suite so remarkable?
The Chevy Safety Assist suite prioritizes your safety by equipping the SUV with a virtual spotter that constantly monitors the front, rear, and sides of the vehicle. The suite includes Automatic Emergency Braking that works with tools like Front Pedestrian Braking, a Following Distance Indicator, and Forward Collision Alert. This technology monitors the front of the Trailblazer, alerting you to potential collisions or tailgating so that you have plenty of time to respond. When a collision is imminent, the Trailblazer’s Automatic Emergency Braking system can bring the SUV to a controlled stop to minimize or prevent the impact.
The suite also includes Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and IntelliBeam Automatic High Beam Assist. Lane Keep Assist helps you keep the Trailblazer centered in its lane, while the IntelliBeam headlights automatically brighten and dim based on traffic and conditions to optimize your visibility. In addition, you’ll find the Trailblazer comes with Chevrolet’s exclusive Teen Driver Technology, making it the perfect SUV for new drivers. The feature allows parents to set parameters for their teen driver and access an in-vehicle report card to promote safe driving habits through coachable moments.