2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Chevrolet TrailBlazer highlights

Customer rating


  • Plenty of tech and driver-assistance features
  • Ample cargo space and seating
  • Off-road capability on Activ trim


  • Base engine lacks power
  • Automatic transmission is slow to downshift
  • Overly sensitive braking

Mileage (EPA estimate)

26 city, 30 highway, 28 combined

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A stylish exterior meets an adaptable cabin

If you're looking for a subcompact SUV with attractive styling, around-town pep, and a versatile cabin, the Chevrolet Trailblazer could be the vehicle for you. Returning after a 12-year hiatus, the Trailblazer is back with a bold design, two turbocharged engine options, and plenty of features, making this a great SUV for a wide range of driving needs. If that includes dirt roads and gravel paths, you'll appreciate the ACTIV trim's specially tuned shock absorbers and underbody shielding, so you can get out and explore in the 2021 Trailblazer.

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2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer trims

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  • Includes 16-inch steel wheels, power-adjustable manual-folding sideview mirrors, infotainment system with seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and more.


  • Features 17-inch aluminum wheels, 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar control, heated driver and front passenger seats, six-speaker audio system, and more.


  • Adds LED fog lamps, electronic cruise control, available power panoramic sunroof with power sunshade, available remote start, and more.


  • Includes a skid plate, leather-wrapped shift knob, leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, contrasting roof color, leatherette seats, and more.


  • Unlocks 18-inch high-gloss black machined-aluminum wheels, polished round dual-outlet exhaust tips, sporty cloth and leatherette seats with red accents, and more.

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

1. Snazzy style

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Dashboard | CarMax

If you're looking for a subcompact SUV with lots of spunk, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is sure to grab your attention. Sporting a striking appearance with sculpted lines and bold proportions, this SUV has a daring personality with a fresh, modern vibe. With 10 exterior Chevy Trailblazer colors, you can select a hue to suit your taste, while the standard two-tone roof on ACTIV and RS trims is a playful way to stand out from the crowd. Other details, like customized stitching in the 2021 Trailblazer ACTIV and RS trims, elevate this SUV's cabin from ordinary to outstanding.

2. Flexible interior

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Backseats | CarMax

Whether you're whizzing through the city or exploring the outskirts, the Chevy Trailblazer interior is versatile for cargo and passengers. With 40.9 inches of front-seat legroom and 39.4 inches in the back, your friends and family will ride comfortably no matter where they sit. An available flat-folding front passenger seat (2021 Trailblazer LS and higher trims) and a 40/60 split-folding second-row seat allow you to carry items up to 8.5 feet long, such as a kayak or skis. The cargo area also features a gate on each side to hold smaller items, like groceries, or you can fit a set of golf clubs by removing the gates. Maximum cargo capacity in the 2021 Trailblazer is an impressive 54.4 cubic feet.

3. Turbocharged power

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Engine | CarMax

The 2021 Trailblazer offers two turbocharged ECOTEC® three-cylinder engines - a 1.2L and a 1.3L. The 137-hp 1.2L comes standard on L, LS, and LT trims with front-wheel drive only and is equipped with a CVT. If you'd like more traction for tough conditions, the 1.3L engine (optional on 2021 Trailblazer LS and LT or standard on ACTIV and RS) is available with all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drivetrain replaces the standard CVT with a nine-speed automatic transmission; plus, the 1.3L features three drive modes (Normal, Sport, and Snow) for customized dynamics. Whether commuting to the office or road-tripping with friends, the 2021 Trailblazer can get you where you want to go.

4. Adventurous spirit

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Trunk | CarMax

If your travels straddle paved roads and dirt paths, the 2021 Trailblazer ACTIV is at home on the highway or the campsite. Special shock tuning and 17-inch high-gloss black machined-aluminum wheels can give you the confidence to venture beyond the asphalt, while sturdy side cladding and a functional skid plate are designed to offer added protection from dirt and debris. The 2021 ACTIV trim comes standard with the 155-hp 1.3L three-cylinder engine with 174 lb.-ft. of torque and available all-wheel drive, so you can get out there and explore.

5. Helpful technology

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Front Seats | CarMax

All 2021 Trailblazers come standard with an infotainment system and seven-inch touchscreen display, which lets you stream Bluetooth audio from two devices, use voice commands, and access certain smartphone apps with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto capabilities. A rearview monitor is included on all trims, and there are standard IntelliBeam® headlamps that turn the SUV's high beams on or off according to surrounding conditions. All 2021 Trailblazer models are equipped with standard driver aids, including front pedestrian braking, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, following distance indicator, and lane keep assist with lane departure warning.

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The Chevrolet Trax is an incredibly maneuverable subcompact SUV that had a full interior and exterior refresh in 2017. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity were also made standard that year, while the infotainment system was upgraded in 2020. It also has good fuel economy for those long drives; the 2017 Chevrolet Trax achieves an EPA-estimated 28 combined mpg with the 1.4L engine.

Other standard features of the 2017–2021 Chevrolet Trax include:

  • Back-up camera

  • Available WiFi hotspot

  • Driver lumbar

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


RepairPal gave the Chevrolet TrailBlazer an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Chevrolet TrailBlazer 1st out of 16 among Fullsize SUVs.

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Chevrolet TrailBlazer features and specs

LT 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.9"/R 39.4"

Head room

F 40"/R 38.4"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer FAQ

More about the 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Dark Copper Metallic (LS, LT, and ACTIV)

  • Iridescent Pearl Tri-coat (LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS)

  • Midnight Blue Metallic (LS, LT, and ACTIV)

  • Mosaic Black Metallic (LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS)

  • Oasis Blue (RS)

  • Pacific Blue Metallic (LS and LT)

  • Satin Steel Metallic (LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS)

  • Scarlet Red Metallic (LS, LT, and RS)

  • Summit White

  • Zeus Bronze Metallic (ACTIV)

Interior details

  • All 2021 Trailblazer models offer two rows of seating for five passengers.

  • Maximum cargo capacity is 54.4 cubic feet of volume.

  • 2021 Chevy Trailblazer dimensions include 39.4 inches of rear-seat legroom.

  • ACTIV and RS trims come standard with leatherette upholstery.

  • All 2021 models include a center console with two cupholders and an integrated phone slot.

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