At first, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer and Blazer appear to have everything in common, but, upon closer inspection, you’ll find that these new SUVs appeal to different kinds of drivers. Our comparison guide is here to help you tell the difference between the Trailblazer, Chevy’s new subcompact crossover, and the Blazer, Chevy’s sporty midsize SUV.
What’s the difference between the Trailblazer and Blazer?
Size is the main difference between the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer and Blazer. These crossovers fall into two different segments. The Trailblazer is a city-friendly subcompact crossover, and the Blazer is a five-passenger midsize SUV.
In the Chevy lineup, the Trailblazer fits between the Trax and the Equinox in terms of size. The 2021 model is the first Trailblazer in 12 years, kicking off the second generation with a very modern take on everyday driving. Compared to Trailblazers of old, these new models are smaller, with a car-like crossover chassis. These changes appeal to modern drivers who want an agile, fuel-efficient performance.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer, on the other hand, is a midsize SUV. Like the Trailblazer, it seats up to five passengers, but its bigger cabin makes it a little roomier, especially in the backseat and cargo areas. Behind the rear seats, the Blazer offers 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space (the Trailblazer has 25.3 cubes). As an SUV, the Blazer is also designed to deliver a sportier ride. It appeals to modern drivers who want a quick, agile performance.
What’s under these hoods?
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer comes standard with a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine (137 horsepower, 162 pound-feet of torque) and a continuously variable transmission that powers the front wheels. If you select all-wheel drive, your Trailblazer comes with a turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine (155 hp, 174 lb-ft) and a nine-speed transmission.
If you’re after a thriftier ride, the Trailblazer delivers, earning up to 31 mpg combined (29 city/33 highway mpg).
The 2021 Chevy Blazer is the sportier model, with three powerful engine options. The L and 1LT trim models feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (193 hp, 188 lb-ft). And the 2LT and 3LT offer extra athleticism with a more powerful version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (227 hp, 258 lb-ft). The sport RS and luxurious Premier trim models offer the sportiest ride, thanks to their 3.6-liter V6 engine (308 hp, 270 lb-ft).
All three Blazer engines use a nine-speed automatic transmission to power the front wheels. However, all-wheel drive is also available for the 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier models.
The Blazer is bigger and more powerful, so it’s not surprising that it also uses a little more fuel. Depending which powertrain you select, the Blazer earns up to 25 mpg combined (22/29 mpg).
What features are available?
When it comes to tech and safety features, these two Chevys have just about everything in common. Both the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer and Blazer come standard with all the smartphone connectivity you need, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to display apps on these models’ respective touch screens.
The Trailblazer does come standard with a smaller touch screen (7 inches) than the Blazer (8 inches). But you can add the Convenience package to your Trailblazer if you want to enjoy the bigger version of the touch screen.
Both models also offer the latest and greatest safety aids. The Trailblazer comes standard with the Chevy Safety Assist bundle of safety aids. Its features, including forward collision mitigation and lane keeping assist, help you avoid danger. Trailblazer shoppers can also add the Driver Confidence package, which is available for the midrange LT model and up. It makes your ride even safer, with blind-spot monitoring, rear-cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.
The Blazer offers the same features, but availability is slightly different. For example, the forward collision mitigation and lane-keeping systems are standard on the 2LT trim model and up. The 3LT adds blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.
How much do these crossovers cost?
If you’re looking for a city-friendly drive, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer gives you a lot for your money, with a starting MSRP of $19,000. The bigger, sportier 2021 Chevy Blazer is more expensive, starting at $28,800.
Which one should I choose?
Although both models offer space for five passengers, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer and Blazer appeal to different kinds of buyers. If you’re willing to spend a little more money, the Blazer offers a bigger cabin and sportier engine options. The 2021 Chevy Blazer, on the other hand, costs less and comes standard with more safety features. It’s also easier to fit in a parallel parking space!