BUYER’S GUIDE: 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer
As industry-wide preference continues to shift from sedans to SUVs, sport-utes like the Chevrolet Trailblazer continue to grow in popularity. With its refined toughness and go-anywhere capability, the Trailblazer certainly has a lot going for it. From its sophisticated exterior and soft-touch interior materials, to its tall, athletic stance and advanced infotainment system, there's no question why this Golden Bow Tie offering has established a loyal fan base that continues to grow with each succeeding version.
The 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer came to market in four levels of trim: LT Manual, LT Automatic, Z71, and a newly introduced trim, the LTX. The top three trim levels (LT AT, Z71 and LTX) are equipped with a 2.8-liter in-line 4 direct injection DOHC engine that produces a whopping 200 hp and 500 Nm of torque and matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. The base model carries a 2.5-liter version of the same engine that outputs a no-less impressive 163 hp and 380 Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Suspension comes by way of a Double Wishbone Independent Suspension with Coil-Over Twin Tube Shock Absorber at the front and a Five-Link system with Rear Coil Spring at the back.
The 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer uses 16-inch bare aluminum wheels (the Z71 hosts a gun metal black version) and features a full-size matching spare mounted underneath the body to provide more cargo capacity inside the vehicle. The Trailblazer uses halogen lamps with auto on/off function and leveling control, and includes fog lamps for all trim levels. Rain-sensing wipers and an electrochromic rearview mirror add to the stress-free nature of driving the Trailblazer. The LTX exterior boasts added features including a hood decal, front bumper over rider, rear bumper scuff plate, rear spoiler, and matte black 'B' pillar.
To ensure the comfort of its occupants, the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer offers a lock control and tilt type steering wheel, automatic climate control with three rows of blowers, a cargo area light, and front and rear reading lights. The new dashboard design features contrast stitching along with the premium leather seats. An electronic adjustable driver seat ensures you get the most comfortable driving position possible.
For those who need the additional space for cargo, the Trailblazer makes a solid choice. The second and third rows fold flat, making it easier to load additional payload.
Safety and Convenience
Safety features include ABS + EBD, traction control, hill start/descent assist, trailer sway control, brake assist, and four disc brakes. There are dual front side mounted airbags, child seat anchors, seatbelt warning alarm, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, and an engine immobilizer. Active safety features include forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, and rear cross traffic alert.
On the infotainment side of things, the Chevrolet MyLink boasts a wide, eight-inch touchscreen while being smartphone compatible. Control buttons embedded in the steering wheel ensure that entertainment and information are always within reach. A rearview camera with guidelines make parking a cinch.
The 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer is an SUV that's easy to love. From the feel and performance, there's no denying that the Trailblazer is one decent vehicle to own. It's been valued for its compliant drive, roomy interior, and long list of features. Combined with reasonable pricing, the Trailblazer is clearly a winner.