The quartet of Trailblazer trims is made up of the LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS. The first two get the base powertrain – a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine (137 horsepower) with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) – although they may upgrade to the 155-hp turbo 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine that comes standard on the ACTIV and RS. With that larger engine, all-wheel drive becomes optional; the AWD drivetrain substitutes a nine-speed automatic transmission for the CVT.
According to the official estimations of the EPA, the base-powertrain Trailblazer achieves 29 mpg around town and 31 mpg on the highway. The stronger engine with FWD will yield highway fuel economy of 33 mpg. Trailblazers with AWD will return 26 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
If you fold the back seat flat, you’ll open up 54.4 cubic feet of cargo space (or 25.3 cubic feet with the back seat in use). The Trailblazer is not meant to tow a lot, but with proper equipment it can handle a small trailer with a total weight below 1,000 pounds.
The Trailblazer LS has a few conveniences, such as push-button start, LED headlamps with automatic on/off, an 8-inch driver information display, and power side mirrors. Otherwise, it’s a no-nonsense vehicle that’s outfitted with cloth seats, manually controlled air conditioning, a tilt/telescopic steering column, cruise control, a fold-flat front passenger seatback, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Some desirable features trickle in to the LT: remote start, proximity keyless entry, heated front seats, heated power side mirrors, LED daytime running lights, rooftop side rails, and rear privacy glass.
The ACTIV is more rugged with its custom-tuned suspension, sport terrain tires, upgraded shocks, skid plate, titanium chrome-plated front and rear lower fascia, and LED taillights. Inside, it has tough leatherette seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a heated steering wheel, a power (eight ways) driver’s seat. The RS focuses more on comfort than ruggedness, getting nice upholstery in a blend of cloth and leatherette-trimmed, 19-inch aluminum wheels, and a distinct look with black-finished front and rear lower fascia.
As for options, buyers of the LT and higher may order a power panoramic sunroof. The available Convenience Package adds an eight-way power driver’s seat (LT), automatic climate control (one zone), a power liftgate (the ACTIV and RS get a hands-free version), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and some infotainment upgrades, which we’ll get into in that section.
All Trailblazer trims are set up with Chevy Safety Assist for more confident and safer driving. The included technologies are automatic high beams, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and a following distance indicator. All trim orders are eligible for the optional blind-spot monitoring with lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors; the LT and above may add adaptive cruise control. Otherwise, every Trailblazer has anti-lock brakes, a full array of ten airbags, vehicle stability control, traction control, and a high-resolution rearview monitor.
An 11-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard issue in the 2024 Chevrolet Trailblazer. This system includes wireless smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), an audio unit with six speakers, SiriusXM satellite radio, and access to Chevrolet connected services, OnStar, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. A seven-speaker deluxe Bose audio system is optional on the ACTIV and RS. The available Convenience Package will upgrade the smartphone charging to wireless and add a 120-volt power socket, and some additional USB ports.