If you’re looking for a vehicle with crossover dimensions but with a compact design for handling city roads, the Chevrolet Trailblazer could be just right. This subcompact two-row SUV offers sufficient space to store your daily items and an efficient powertrain capable of getting you up to highway speeds. The 2023 edition of the Trailblazer has a great range of standard interior features and several trim options that allow you to upgrade your cabin. Here’s a look at some of the main things to expect, courtesy of our Chevy experts at Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville.
2023 Chevy Trailblazer Cargo and Passenger Capacity
The Trailblazer is a subcompact SUV with seating for up to five people. The standard cabin includes cloth upholstery and manually adjustable seats, but you can add some upscale features. These include leather upholstery, power-adjusting seats, and climate control. There’s plenty of headroom and legroom in both rows for adult passengers. If you need to carry kids in the rear row, you’ll find equipment to install child seating, including LATCH connectors for the outermost rear seats.
Behind the second row of seats, you’ll find over 25 cubic feet for storing your things. This space should prove adequate for a large load of groceries or a few suitcases for a weekend trip out of town. If you need to transport more bulky household items, you can fold down the rear seats to open up over 54 cubic feet of space.
Trailblazer Infotainment and Driver Safety
The infotainment system in the Trailblazer features a standard 7-inch touch screen and six-speaker stereo. Other standard features are wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Various optional upgrades are on offer, including an 8-inch touch screen and a seven-speaker premium stereo. You can also get wireless device charging, extra USB ports, and an HD radio.
Chevy equips the Trailblazer with a long list of safety features. They include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and forward automatic emergency braking. When you reach highway speeds, you’ll benefit from lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. The teen driver feature allows you to restrict how younger drivers can use your crossover when they’re behind the wheel, while the rear seat reminder alerts you to check the back row for kids or pets before you get out.
There are a few additional features you can opt to include. The rear parking sensors will help you maneuver your Trailblazer in and out of tight spots, and blind-spot monitoring warns you of approaching traffic you can’t see. Finally, adaptive cruise control adjusts your speed on the highway so you maintain a safe distance from other drivers.
Chevy Trailblazer Engine and Performance
The base engine in the 2023 Trailblazer is a 1.2L three-cylinder unit capable of putting out 137 horsepower. It’s paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and operates in front-wheel drive. You can upgrade to a 1.3L three-cylinder engine that produces up to 155 horsepower if you want additional options. This larger engine is available with the CVT or a nine-speed automatic transmission. You can also choose between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.
With the standard engine, the Trailblazer achieves 29 mpg on city roads and 31 mpg on the highway. The larger engine offers slightly better gas mileage, with up to 33 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg on city roads.
Unlike most subcompact SUVs, the Trailblazer is rated to tow 1,000 pounds at the rear. This should be enough to haul a teardrop camper or a small trailer. In addition, the Trailblazer has 8 inches of ground clearance. While it doesn’t have all the equipment for serious off-roading, its decent amount of ground clearance means it should cope fine with gravel or snowy roads.
2023 Trailblazer Trims
The Trailblazer is available in four trims: the LS, LT, Active, and RS. This range of choices allows you to stick with a functional but comfortable cabin design or step up to something more luxurious and upscale with several extra conveniences. The LS trim has an MSRP of $21,800, while the top RS trim starts at $25,900.
If you’re looking for a Trailblazer with more than the standard features, stepping up to the LT trim will get you a power-adjustable driver’s seat, proximity keyless entry, and heated front seats. In addition, you get LED fog lights, push-button start, and roof rails. The Active trim is only available with the 1.3L engine. Additions include synthetic leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and dual exhaust outlets. You also gain a skid plate to help you tackle a trail or two.
The RS trim has synthetic leather upholstery with cloth accents and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels. You also benefit from a heated steering wheel. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available as an optional upgrade.
If you’re struggling to choose between the trims, it may help to think about your priorities. Thanks to its low price tag, the LS trim allows you to get behind the wheel of a great crossover for just over $20K, which is ideal if you’re on a tight budget. In contrast, if you think you’ll take your Trailblazer off the beaten track from time to time, the Active trim offers the equipment for you to do just that. The most upscale features are offered in the RS trim, which is well worth having if you can afford to spend a little more on your vehicle purchase.
Get an All-New Trailblazer From Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville
Now that you know about the 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer’s top features, we hope you’re ready to purchase. Why not take a look at the selection of Trailblazer models on offer in our online showroom or swing by our Lewisville dealership to check them out in person? At our finance department, you’ll find a team of professionals who can help you land a competitive auto loan or lease deal. Feel free to contact us today if you have any questions about the Chevrolet Trailblazer or the other services at our dealership.