New 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV SUV in Norwood #CW10222

Overview: A Week With The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV AWD

As you might expect of a subcompact crossover, the Trailblazer comes with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. Chevrolet offers this petite wagon in ascending LS, LT, ACTIV and RS trim levels. Of the trims, ACTIV is the most off-road oriented, while RS models wear a trendy blackout look. 

Given these were all-new for 2021, changes for 2022 are minimal. A heated steering wheel is standard on ACTIV and RS models, and optional on the LT. On the more practical side, dealer-installed roof rack cross rails and a trailering package with hitch, harness, and bezel are now optional. 

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The Trailblazer’s white roof lends the vehic
The Trailblazer’s white roof lends the vehicle distinction.

Chevrolet provided an ACTIV all-wheel drive model for testing. 

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Interior

The Trailblazer’s interior is awash in plast
The Trailblazer’s interior is awash in plastic, but it’s nicely textured.

Don’t let this truck’s small size fool you; it’s roomier than you suspect. Despite its 173.5-inch length, there’s 25.3 cubic feet of storage space; 54.4 cubic feet with the 40/60 split rear seats folded. In fact, the Trailblazer’s cabin can accommodate an 8-foot-long item angled from the folding front passenger seat to the rear driver’s side.

The cabin offers room for adults in the second row, and leg and headroom are more generous than you might assume. Interior ambience is commensurate with price, with pleasingly textured plastics, and it functions well enough, but is charmless and unimaginative in its design. 

The driving position is comfortable, and the outward visibility is good. Its tall overall height makes it easy to get in and out of, despite its size.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Trailblazer will be equipped with Chevy’s newest infotainment system, which will allow you to connect two Bluetooth devices at the same time. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard but an 8.0-inch unit is optional. It will have available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration as well as Sirius XM satellite radio and opting for the Technology package allows for wireless connections to the two smartphone interfaces. A four-speaker stereo is standard on the base L but upgrading to higher trims brings either a six-speaker setup or a premium Bose stereo with seven speakers.

Description

Heated Seats, Moonroof, Onboard Communications System, Satellite Radio, Back-Up Camera, Turbo Charged Engine. EPA 33 MPG Hwy/29 MPG City! ACTIV trim, SATIN STEEL GRAY METALLIC exterior and JET BLACK W/ARIZONA ACCENTS interior. KEY FEATURES INCLUDEHeated Driver Seat OPTION PACKAGESSUN AND LIFTGATE PACKAGE includes (C3U) power, dual-pane, panoramic sunroof and (TC2) power, programmable hands-free liftgate with LED logo projection, CONVENIENCE PACKAGE includes (C68) automatic climate control air conditioning, (UIJ) 8″ diagonal color touchscreen display, (USS) one type-A and one type-C charging only USB ports, (KI6) 120-volt power outlet, (DD8) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror and (DMS) driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, covered, sliding visors, CONFIDENCE II PACKAGE includes (UD7) Rear Park Assist Vehicles built prior to January 10, 2022 include Rear Park Assist. Certain vehicles built on or after January 10, 2022, will be forced to include (00Y) Not Equipped with Rear Park Assist, which removes Rear Park Assist. See dealer for details or the window label for the features on a specific vehicle.), AUDIO SYSTEM, CHEVROLET INFOTAINMENT 3 SYSTEM 7″ diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo. Additional features for compatible phones include: Bluetooth audio streaming for 2 active devices, voice command pass-through to phone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable. (8″ screen when (ZL3) Convenience Package and (ZL5) Driver Confidence Package or (SOR) Confidence II Package are ordered.) (STD), ENGINE, ECOTEC 1.3L I3 TURBO DOHC SIDI WITH VARIABLE VALVE TIMING (VVT) (155 hp [115 kW] @ 5600 rpm, 174 lb-ft torque [236 N-m] @ 1600 rpm) (STD), TRANSMISSION, CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE (CVT) (STD). Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase.

Worth a second look. Or a third

Striking style is the first thing you’ll notice about this SUV. Its sculpted design and bold proportions give it a fresh, modern feel. And the standard two-tone roof on ACTIV and RS sets you apart from other cars on the road.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

As with the Encore GX, the Trailblazer offers two different turbocharged three-cylinder engines, a 1.2-liter and a 1.3-liter. The former produces 137 horsepower and the latter generates 155 horses. The 1.2-liter engine comes only with front-wheel drive and is equipped with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), while the 1.3-liter offers optional all-wheel drive. Opting for the all-wheel drive system also replaces the standard CVT with a well-coordinated nine-speed automatic. The acceleration of a 1.3-liter all-wheel drive Trailblazer failed to impress during testing, where it loped to 60 miles per hour in a leisurely 9.4 seconds. Around town at slower speeds, the Trailblazer feels peppier than its test results suggest, but merging onto the highway or executing high-speed passing maneuvers require planning. While the Trailblazer doesn’t offer a particularly athletic chassis, it handles curves ably enough—but its ride is often harsh over road imperfections.

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Premium Options & Packages

Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with 7″ diagonal color touchscreen 8″ diagonal color touchscreen when the available Convenience Package is orderedAM/FM stereoBluetooth®1 audio streaming for 2 active devices for compatible phonesVoice command pass-through to phone for compatible phonesWireless Apple CarPlay™ capability for compatible phones2Wireless Android Auto™ capability for compatible phones3 Automatic climate control Single-zoneAutomatically maintains a selected temperatureMay require additional optional equipment Rear Vision Camera Shows you an image of the area directly behind your vehicle when you’re in Reverse at low speeds1Selectable dynamic guidelines laid over the display image assist in parking maneuvers by showing the vehicle’s pathThis may help you park and avoid nearby objects LED fog lamps Help minimize glare in adverse driving conditions Hands-Free power programmable liftgate with LED logo projection Opens or closes when the system senses the key fob and the driver uses a kicking motion under the left-hand side of the rear bumperOperate the power liftgate in 4 different ways: foot motion, using the liftgate button on the Remote Keyless Entry transmitter, pressing the liftgate button inside the vehicle or pressing the touchpad on the bottom of the liftgateLED projection marks the activation spot under the rear bumperMay require additional optional equipment See dealer for details; (Vehicles built prior to November 15, 2021 include driver and front passenger heated seats. Certain vehicles built on or after November 15, 2021, will be forced to include (00V) Not Equipped with Driver and Front Passenger Heated Seats, which removes driver and front passenger heated seats. See the window label for the features on a specific vehicle.) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Uses a brief, gentle steering wheel turn to alert you when you may be unintentionally drifting out of detected lane lines, so you can steer to stay safely in your lane1If needed, you may receive additional Lane Departure Warning alertsSystem alerts do not occur if you’re using your turn signal or it detects you may be intentionally leaving your lane Includes (C3U) power, dual-pane, panoramic sunroof and (TC2) power, programmable hands-free liftgate with LED logo projection SUN AND LIFTGATE PACKAGE Rear Park Assist Can provide distance alerts to nearby detected objects behind your vehicle to help you park and avoid collisions when you’re in Reverse at low speeds1Certain vehicles built on or after January 10, 2022 will not be equipped with Rear Park AssistFeature will not function on certain models without dealer retrofit, see Dealer for detailsContact a dealer for details or check the window label for the features on a specific vehicle May require additional optional equipment 10-way power driver seat with power lumbar Forward and backUp and downFront of seat cushion tilts up and downRecline seatback up and downIncludes 2-way power lumbar Remote Start Start your vehicle remotely and step into a comfortably warmed or cooled vehicle, depending on the weather 10 airbags Frontal airbags for driver and front passenger1Knee airbags for driver and front passenger1Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for all outboard seating positions1Head-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard seating positions1Includes Passenger Sensing System which automatically switches the front passenger seat frontal airbag and knee airbag on or off and illuminates a status light that indicates whether the airbags are on or off1 8″ diagonal color touchscreen 8″ diagonal HD color touchscreen when the available Technology Package is orderedMay require additional optional equipment ACTIV PREFERRED EQUIPMENT GROUP Includes Standard Equipment Includes Standard Equipment ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT SENSOR, CABIN HUMIDITY SUNROOF, POWER, DUAL-PANE, PANORAMIC MIRROR, INSIDE REARVIEW AUTO-DIMMING VISORS, DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER ILLUMINATED VANITY MIRRORS, COVERED, SLIDING LICENSE PLATE BRACKET, FRONT $40 DISPLAY, 8″ DIAGONAL COLOR TOUCHSCREEN LIFTGATE, POWER PROGRAMMABLE, HANDS FREE WITH LED LOGO PROJECTION AIR CONDITIONING, SINGLE-ZONE AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL Includes (ASV) cabin humidity sensor AUDIO SYSTEM, CHEVROLET INFOTAINMENT 3 SYSTEM 7″ diagonal color touchscreen AM/FM stereo. Additional features for compatible phones include: Bluetooth audio streaming for 2 active devices voice command pass-through to phone Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable.; (8″ screen when (ZL3) Convenience Package and (ZL5) Driver Confidence Package or (SOR) Confidence II Package are ordered.) AXLE AXLE 5.45 FINAL DRIVE RATIO CONFIDENCE II PACKAGE $145 Includes (UD7) Rear Park Assist; Vehicles built prior to January 10 2022 include Rear Park Assist. Certain vehicles built on or after January 10 2022 will be forced to include (00Y) Not Equipped with Rear Park Assist which removes Rear Park Assist. See dealer for details or the window label for the features on a specific vehicle.) CONVENIENCE PACKAGE $520 Includes (C68) automatic climate control air conditioning (UIJ) 8″ diagonal color touchscreen display (USS) one type-A and one type-C charging only USB ports (KI6) 120-volt power outlet (DD8) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror and (DMS) driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors covered sliding visors EMISSIONS EMISSIONS CONNECTICUT DELAWARE MAINE MARYLAND MASSACHUSETTS NEW JERSEY NEW YORK OREGON PENNSYLVANIA RHODE ISLAND VERMONT AND WASHINGTON STATE REQUIREMENTS ENGINE, ECOTEC 1.3L I3 TURBO DOHC SIDI WITH VARIABLE VALVE TIMING (VVT) (155 hp [115 kW] @ 5600 rpm 174 lb-ft torque [236 N-m] @ 1600 rpm) NOT EQUIPPED WITH DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER HEATED SEATS -50 See dealer for details; (Vehicles built prior to November 15 2021 include driver and front passenger heated seats. Certain vehicles built on or after November 15 2021 will be forced to include (00V) Not Equipped with Driver and Front Passenger Heated Seats which removes driver and front passenger heated seats. See the window label for the features on a specific vehicle.) NOT EQUIPPED WITH REAR PARK ASSIST -50 See dealer for details; (When (ZL5) Driver Confidence Package or (SOR) Confidence II Package is ordered vehicles built prior to January 10 2022 include Rear Park Assist. Certain vehicles built on or after January 10 2022 will be forced to include (00Y) Not Equipped with Rear Park Assist which removes Rear Park Assist. See the window label for the features on a specific vehicle.) PAINT SATIN STEEL METALLIC POWER OUTLET, 120-VOLT Located on rear of front console REAR PARK ASSIST Vehicles built prior to January 10 2022 include Rear Park Assist. Certain vehicles built on or after January 10 2022 will be forced to include (00Y) Not Equipped with Rear Park Assist which removes Rear Park Assist. See dealer for details or the window label for the features on a specific vehicle.) SEAT TRIM JET BLACK WITH ARIZONA ACCENTS LEATHERETTE SEAT TRIM SEAT TYPE SEATS FRONT BUCKET SECONDARY PAINT SUMMIT WHITE TWO-TONE ROOF SUN AND LIFTGATE PACKAGE $1,770 Includes (C3U) power dual-pane panoramic sunroof and (TC2) power programmable hands-free liftgate with LED logo projection TRANSMISSION TRANSMISSION CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE (CVT) USB CHARGING-ONLY PORTS One type-A and one type-C charging only located on rear of center console

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