2022 Chevy Trailblazer AWD ACTIV Review
By Driving Me Duo John and Laurie Wiles

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Driving Me Crazy automotive review Columnists Laurie and John Wiles.

Listen to John and Laurie Wiles’ review of the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer AWD ACTIV on their Driving Me Crazy radio broadcast that airs this Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 10am EST and every Thursday throughout the year at the same time. The broadcast is heard “Live” or “On Demand” by clicking onto this specific hyperlink — http://tobtr.com/s/12046227. Please note that the hyperlink is specific to this review. It changes every week. Listeners are welcome to call the broadcast at 347-205-9201 and are asked to stay on topic. Please share your first name so that we may address those who call respectfully!

PINEHURST, NC — January 12, 2022 —In the past, I have talked about the K5 Blazer (the big one) Chevy made many years ago. They brought the Blazer back and we have driven and written rave reviews on the new Blazer. We have had a Trailblazer before as well. As you might guess, the Trailblazer is the junior version of the revamped full-size Blazer, and, as such, is considered a small SUV/Crossover.

Here are some overwhelmingly good things about this All-Wheel Drive SUV: 1. It starts at (are you sitting down?) $27,200. $27K for a good, as you will find out, SUV? Are you kidding me? Does the word ‘bargain’ come into your mind. It should. 2. Loaded, and I mean loaded, our Trailblazer came in at $30K. That’s a lot of vehicle for the money, and really a lot of ‘functional’ vehicle for the money, too. 3. How many SUV’s do you know that get 29 and 33 mpg for a 31-mpg average? None that I know off the top of my head. With room for four adults and lots of standard technology and equipment that make it a great smaller SUV, the Trailblazer should have a broad market among SUV buyers. And 4. With 8” of ground clearance and almost 55 cubic feet of space behind the front two seats, the Trailblazer can take and adventurous couple pretty much anywhere on and off road they might want to go.

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The ‘Standard’ equipment on the Trailblazer was impressive too, with the Start/Stop System with override (so you can keep the engine from shutting off – thank you), keyless entry (and cleverly, the doors lock when you walk away from the vehicle about 10’. Hadn’t seen that before and actually liked it.), Sirius XM radio, Heated Steering Wheel (needed that lately), rear split bench seats and bucket front seats (comfortable and roomy in both places), 10-way power seat adjustment for the driver, power windows, leatherette seat trim, a roof rack with side rails, dual exhaust, LED headlights, tail lights, and fog lamps; sport terrain tires and an ACTIV Skid Plate – Standard. Plus, Chevy Safety Assist with Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Intellibeam Automatic High Beams, Tire Pressure Monitoring, and Teen Driver technology – Standard. Standard – at $27.2K.

How about the options? The $1620 Technology Package added HD Rear Vision Camera, 4.2” Diagonal Multi Color Driver Information Center, Bose Supreme Sound, Wireless charging, 8” Color Touchscreen, Adaptive Cruise Control, and more. The Iridescent Pearl Tricoat was $645. A $520 Convenience Package added: single zone AC, auto dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirror visors, a 120V power outlet, and rear AC and USB charge points. Okay, okay, the floor mats were $350, but at least it has floor mats, and All-Weather Floor Liners (good for an off-road SUV). Then we had the $345 Driver Confidence Package with: Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. Ours also had a $125 cargo mat. (Think wet dogs, or scuba gear, or beach toys, and it makes perfect sense.) Still, add it all up and you are at $30K. That’s a lot of vehicle for the money.

Ours also came with a full-size roof rack, which, to be honest, created some wind noise while we were driving. Also, the roof rack had a Thule multipurpose kayak and, I think, bike carrier as well. 

The ride was great for a smaller SUV; the 9-speed transmission was flawless; and, surprisingly, the sport terrain tires added little if any to the road noise.

The 2022 Trailblazer was powered by a 1.3L Turbo and there is a 1.2L Turbo available for some of the other models. I am a big believer that not every smaller vehicle should be powered by a 4-cylinder engine, even one with a turbo, and that is my feeling about the Trailblazer. Think of the name – Trailblazer – and consider, does a 1.3L engine sound like a ‘trailblazer’ to you?  SUV – off road, out of the way places, mud, sand, rocks, camping, fishing, hiking areas, right? Will a 1.3L get you there and back? If there is any hesitation in your answer, you have the same thinking I do. A small six in this vehicle might knock the mileage back, but I want my SUV to get in and out of the back roads to the places where the big fish hide along wide bubbling streams, or up the mountain to the areas where the best views and biggest bucks are to be found.

To find out all you want to know about the 2022 Trailblazer, go to https://www.chevrolet.com/suvs/trailblazer and do your own exploring. And please, if you are thinking about a smaller SUV, drive the Trailblazer yourself and let Hezi know your thoughts on the vehicle.  We’d love your thoughts.

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Chevrolet Dealership in Pinehurst, NC

Clark Chevrolet Cadillac, 35 Dundee Rd, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Phone: +1 910 364 9979

Clark Chevrolet Cadillac Inc., 35 Dundee Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374. Sales: (866) 770-3927, Hours: 8:30am-6:00pm (Monday-Friday); 9:00am-4pm (Saturday). Closed on Sunday.

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Chevrolet Dealership in Yonkers, NY

Beck Chevrolet Co, Inc., 561 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, NY 10704

Phone: +1 914 595 1463

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