Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Produced from 2002 to 2009, Trailblazers were built on the truck platform with all-wheel drive and an independent front suspension. The look of this SUV is strong in the front end with barely curved lines and a tall profile. The Trailblazer with its roomy cabin and truck performance is known as a strong workhorse and is a good vehicle for rural areas, difficult roads, and hauling lots of gear and cargo. While the vehicle is no longer being manufactured, the used market offers different Trailblazer models including two- and four-wheel drive and regular and extended wheelbase dimensions.

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The first series of Trailblazers were manufactured from 2002 to 2009. These models came with a 4.2-liter inline-six engine which made it the most powerful six-cylinder SUV in its class. One of the most popular trim lines for the Trailblazer was the SS line, with its sports-tuned suspension and responsive handling. To put it in context, the SS engine is the same one you would find in a Corvette, which means that this SUV can accelerate as quickly as a sports car. With this version, you’ll get power via the V8 6-liter engine and an electronically controlled four-speed auto transmission. Options include an all-wheel drive. This model has a clean, clear monochromatic design with a sporty front and less padding from body side moldings. Front bucket seats keep driver and passenger firmly settled and comfortable and a new T-shape shifter with brushed aluminum classes up the interior.

However, if you are disappointed in the lack of contemporary models, you might just be in luck! Car and Driver has reported that Chevrolet is bringing back the Trailblazer, to be introduced overseas first and then brought to the US. They quote GM as saying the new Trailblazer “will combine the hauling and towing capability of an SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover.” No word on this officially from Chevrolet yet but stay tuned for updates and progress reports.

Bottom line: if you want a no-frills truck-like SUV to get you and your gear where you need to go, a pre-owned Chevy Trailblazer might be right for you. With strong engine performance and a smooth highway ride, the Trailblazer goes for reliability over flash, and substance over style. Good basic mechanics and standard safety features make this a decent choice for a driver in the pre-owned SUV market.


When you are assessing different used models of Trailblazer, search for model years 2005 - 2009, which were given better ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Although Motor Trend gives the 2007 Trailblazer a 5 out of 5 rating for side crash protection. The standard safety built-ins of the Trailblazer include: electronic safety control, anti-lock brakes, hydraulic brake assist, traction control, and air bags for driver and occupant.