The all-new 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a compact SUV that’s big on style and substance. It’s packed with the latest technology, including an available infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Trailblazer also offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo, making it a great choice for families. If you’re looking for an affordable SUV that doesn’t sacrifice on quality, the Chevrolet Trailblazer is worth a look.
Overall, the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer is an attractive small crossover with a sleek design and smart packaging. The biggest downside of Chevrolet’s subcompact Ute is its disappointing engine, which is visually inspired by the midsize Blazer in direct proportion to the slightly smaller tax.
Neither of its two turbocharged three-cylinder engines—a 137-horsepower 1.2-liter and a 155-horsepower 1.3-liter—have the guts to move the Trailblazer eagerly, especially on the highway. Thankfully, it feels more responsive and nimble around town thanks to quick steering and good body control. If Its ride is not that harsh.
The Blazer’s interior is still beautiful and has adult-friendly rear seats as well as a feature-rich infotainment system. While the top-end models have the best content their high prices result in diminishing returns, lower trims can be well-equipped and largely satisfactory.
What’s New for 2022?
For 2022 Chevrolet has made minimal changes to the Trailblazer lineup. A heated steering wheel is now optional on LT trim and standard on ACTIVE and RS.
Roof rack rails and a trailer kit with trailer hitch harness and fenders are new dealer-installed options. List of Metallic paint colors also expand to include deep reds blues glows vivid oranges and mahogany reds.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We think the Trailblazer LT starts just under $25,000. It comes standard with a less powerful three-cylinder engine. But for $2,000 we can upgrade from a 1.2-liter to a 1.3-liter and add all-wheel drive, which also brings a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Opting for the adaptive cruise control package adds a host of desirable features, including the aforementioned driver assist’s a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a rear center armrest. It also requires the Convenience Package (Auto Climate Control Auto Dimming Mirror Extra charging port larger touchscreen etc.)
and Confidence II bag or Driver Confidence bag. Opting for the latter brings blind-spot monitoring rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Like the Encore GX the Trailblazer is offered with two different turbocharged three-cylinder engines a 1.2-liter and a 1.3-liter, The former produces 137 horsepower and the latter 155 horses.
The 1.2-liter engine is only available with front-wheel drive with a continuously variable transmission automatic transmission (CVT) while the 1.3-liter offers optional all-wheel drive. Opting for all-wheel drive also replaces the standard CVT with a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 1.3-liter all-wheel-drive Blazer’s acceleration failed to impress us on our test track, offers a leisurely 9.4-second 60-mph time. The Trailblazer feels more thrilling at slower speeds around town than its test results suggest, but merging onto the highway or performing high-speed overtaking maneuvers requires planning.
While the Trailblazer doesn’t offer a particularly sporty chassis, if it handles curves proficiently enough – but its ride is often harsh with road imperfections.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The most efficient Trailblazer according to the EPA is the front-wheel-drive model with the larger 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine, rated at 29 MPG city and 33 MPG highway.
Upgrading to all-wheel drive brings those numbers down to 26 and 30 respectively. We tested an all-wheel-drive model and it 31 MPG on the 200 MPG highway.
We haven’t run the Trailblazer with the smaller 1.2-liter engine and front-wheel drive on our highway test ring, but the EPA estimates fuel economy for this model at 29 MPG city and 31 highways. More about Trailblazers Fuel Economy, Visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The design of the cabin isn’t quite as cheeky as it looks, but it’s roomy and functional, with plenty of convenience items in the upper trim. The driving position is SUV-like high, and there’s plenty of room in the back seat for two adults to be comfortable.
Although much of the interior is finished in black plastic, everything has an attractive texture to avoid looking cheap. Color trim pieces and chrome accents have been added to upper-level models for a more upscale look.
Behind the back seat is a roomy cargo room that Chevrolet doesn’t offer There are only foldable rear seats and there is also a foldable front passenger seat to create room for extra-long items.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Trailblazer will feature Chevrolet’s latest infotainment system, allowing you to connect two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is standard, but an 8.0-inch unit is optional.
It will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration as well as Sirius XM satellite radio and select technology packages allow wireless connection to two smartphone interfaces. Four-speaker stereo is standard on the base L but upgrading to higher trims brings a six-speaker setup or a premium Bose stereo with seven speakers speaker.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Chevrolet equips every Trailblazer with a basic suite of driver-assistance tech and makes more advanced tech like adaptive cruise control optional.
For more information on Trailblazer crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key security features include:
- Standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Compared to many of the Blazer’s competitors, Chevrolet’s standard warranty coverage is average. Looking for something with a longer warranty? The Hyundai Kona Kia Seltos and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport all offer up to 10 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage.
This The Trailblazer’s first scheduled maintenance visit is free, which is unusual among competitors, but Hyundai outpaces Chevrolet here with a free three-year maintenance plan.
- Limited warranty for three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty for five years or 60,000 miles
- Free maintenance for first visit