Review and Test Drive: 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

By Jonathan Spira on 24 January 2021
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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

If you’re a subcompact buyer, there may be a Korean-designed crossover that will allow you to “see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet.”

The Chevrolet Trailblazer, designed by GM Korea, made its debut at the 2019 Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, and its U.S. debut later that year at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.  It began to make its way into dealer showrooms in early 2020 as a 2021 model.

Since this is an entirely new model, it behooves us to review some basics.  The Trailblazer is slightly larger than the Chevy Trax, which it replaces, and smaller than the compact Equinox and the Ford Escape.  Chevy refers to it as a “small SUV” in marketing material. The Trailblazer is available in trim levels, ranging from L to LS, LT, Activ, and RS.  The Activ and RS both sport a two-tone roof, dual exhausts, and other higher-end features.

Under the hood, the two top of the line models come standard with a 1.3-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine, while the entry-level models get a 1.2-liter three-banger.  All front-wheel drive models include a continuously variable transmission, while all-wheel drive versions sport a nine-speed automatic.

When the two-tone Oasis Blue/Mosaic Black Metallic Trailblazer RS arrived at our offices on an overcast December morning, I didn’t quite know what to make of the color combination.

Chevy says that the two-tone roof on the RS (also standard on the Activ variant) “sets you apart from other cars on the road” and the automaker isn’t joking.  It was rather striking, in the same way the color palette of the television show “Miami Vice” was.  Apparently, Chevrolet shared my distaste for Oasis Blue as it’s no longer being offered.

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