2021 Chevy Trailblazer vs Blazer – Comparing Chevy SUV Models

July 1st, 2021 by

2021 chevy blazer vs trailblazer

The Chevrolet lineup has something for every taste and speed, but what about an SUV for a family with a couple of kids? For 2021 the bowtie has an extra treat: the return of the Trailblazer. It injects the spirit of the classic dirt-mobile into the heart of a modern compact SUV. We can’t forget its bigger buddy, the Blazer, which is also a great vehicle for adventurers and small families.

Want help deciding between a 2021 Trailblazer vs Blazer? Start the same way Sweeney Chevrolet has done it for a century: with a conversation about you. Where do you drive every day? How often do you take a long road trip or fight extreme weather? What about your cargo and passengers? Our client advisors are matchmakers, excited to connect you with the perfect vehicle for your needs and wants. But it’s important to research first. Let’s explore Blazer vs Trailblazer.

Exterior Style

Both the Blazer and Trailblazer feature the angular lights, rakish grilles, and low roof lines characteristic of the modern muscular Chevy. The Blazer strikes a stouter figure, with a high beltline and broader wheelbase. It has strong shoulders and haunches, like an athlete ready to run. The Trailblazer is edgier, with proportionally less sheet metal and bolder bodywork. With a narrower stance, it stands more like a dancer on its toes, ready to spring.

2021 Chevy Blazer

2021 Chevy Blazer in red

Considering a 2021 Trailblazer vs a Blazer based on outside looks alone will be difficult. They’re both chipped from the same handsome block. The big difference, of course, is size. The Blazer is 5.5 inches wider and nearly 9 inches longer than the Trailblazer. Do you plan to carry a canoe or other cargo on the roof? The longer Blazer, with a proper rack, might be your thing. Perhaps you’ll like the agility of the narrower Trailblazer.

With the second row down, the Blazer can fit 64.2 cubic feet of your gear. The Trailblazer is not far behind with 54.4 cubic feet. With the optional folding passenger front seat, the Trailblazer can fit an object up to eight-and-a-half feet. For a small machine, the Trailblazer can haul a lot of lumber.

Bigger or smaller, your aesthetic side just might make the decision. In addition to being sharp in stock form, both models offer some eye-catching special editions. The race-inspired Trailblazer RS includes chrome-tipped dual exhaust, 18-inch aluminum wheels and signature LED running lamps. It stands out from other Trailblazers with a two-tone roof. The Blazer Midnight Edition is boldly black from the gloss grille to the painted aluminum wheels. The Redline Edition features painted brake calipers, custom 20-inch wheels, and custom red touches all around.

2021 Chevy TrailBlazer

2021 Chevy Trailblazer

Choices of Power

The Trailblazer offers two engine choices and the Blazer has three, so one of them fits your personal balance of power and economy. They are very different motors and your choice might be made by which powertrain you love the most.

The cutting-edge rebirth of the Trailblazer comes with a pair of three-cylinder choices no S-10 driver would recognize. Chevrolet’s engineers have done amazing things by pairing the right turbocharger with a compact I3. The stock Trailblazer has a 1.2-liter engine providing 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Optional is a 1.3-liter good for 155 and 174. Turbocharged small-displacement engines deliver power when you need it and efficiency all day in a lightweight package. The nimble Trailblazer benefits from less weight in the front.

More traditional is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder standard on the Blazer. This naturally aspirated unit produces a solid 193 horsepower. What’s true for the Trailblazer’s I3 choices is true for small four cylinders, too. You can get a turbocharged 2.0-liter I4 with 227 horsepower for the most efficient performance. It’s standard on the 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier. Optional on those models and the best choice for the power-hungry is the 3.6-liter V6, good for 308 horsepower.

This makes a big difference when it’s time to tow. The Trailblazer can pull up to 1,000 pounds, which is enough for a small camper or boat. The Blazer can handle 1,500 pounds in basic trim but up to 4,500 pounds when equipped with the V6.

Favorite Trailblazer Trims

2021 chevy trailblazer desert

The Trailblazer comes in five different trims. In addition to the aforementioned special editions, you can choose from multiple equipment packages and of course FWD or AWD.

Not much can match the simple beauty of the Trailblazer in basic L trim. For under $20,000 you get touch-screen entertainment with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You get advanced safety measures like Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Keep Assist. Plus, as mentioned before, every Trailblazer is turbocharged.

The Trailblazer most ready for trailblazing is the Activ version, with the previously mentioned ST tires and trim. Its short wheelbase creates a high breakover angle. The Avtic-specific bumpers improve the approach and departure angles. With the two-tone roof, dual-outlet trapezoidal exhaust, and LED tail lamps, it’s hard to miss even hidden in the woods.

Favorite Blazer Trims

2021 chevy blazer city

The Blazer comes in six different trims. You can also choose your equipment packages.

The Blazer 2LT is the perfect middle ground for small SUVs. It comes standard with turbo 2.0, FWD, cloth seats, and Chevy Safety Assist. That package includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and Forward Collision Alert. From there, the world is yours. Add the V6, heated front seats, AWD, and other interior options. Make your Blazer as fancy as you need.

Choose the Blazer Premier and you’ll enjoy the perforated leather-appointed Jet Black/Maple Sugar interior with chrome accents inside and out. It’s a striking machine that rivals the class of the luxury segment.

It can be hard to choose between a Blazer or a Trailblazer. Ultimately, you need to sit inside and take a drive to know which configuration is right for you, but we can help you with that. Sweeney Chevrolet has been providing Boardman, Youngstown, Mahoning County, and surrounding areas with rugged vehicles for play and family time. Today, your family has so many SUV choices. Come drive the new Trailblazer and Blazer so you can discover which one’s right for you.

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