The Chevy Trailblazer completely surprised me with its combination of technology and a small yet punchy engine



a car parked in a parking lot: The Chevy Trailblazer combines high-tech with snazzy styling. Matthew DeBord/Insider


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The Chevy Trailblazer combines high-tech with snazzy styling. Matthew DeBord/Insider

  • I tested a 2021 Chevy Trailblazer, with all-wheel-drive in the well-optioned Activ trim.
  • The as-tested price was $32,350, but the vehicle can be had for $19,000, base.
  • The Trailblazer borrows some snazzy design cues from the larger Chevy Blazer. These set it apart from the competition, which includes compact crossovers from Kia, Mazda, and Honda.
  • The Trailblazer has two engine and transmission options. My tester had a 155-horsepower, turbocharged, three-cylinder powerplant that offered nice punch at lower speeds, but that was slow to 60 mph and not as easy on gas as I thought it would be.
  • What sets the Trailblazer apart from the competition is a suite of technology features, ranging from infotainment to wifi connectivity to driver-assist, that are enviable in a budget package.
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