2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ – Is This the BEST New Subcompact SUV to BUY?

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ –  So chevy has introduced reincarnated versions of their old name plates, and one of those is this chevy trailblazer, which of course, is not anything like the original trailblazer, but has instead came back as a sub compact crossover.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Release Date

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Release Date

What You Have to Get From 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ

This is an all new product for 2021 and what we have with us today is the fully loaded active trim level. So without further ado, let’s, go ahead and jump straight into the review and see if this is the best subcompact crossover money can buy.


So when it comes to this 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ, chevy has really made sure to pack a lot of personality into this small size and each of the trim levels themselves also have their own unique personality. So, with the active model, what it’s emphasizing is kind of a more rugged look.

So what you’ll notice up here in the front as compared to the other trim levels, is the fact that we have more uh black cladding here on the lower area, areas of the fascia. And then the upper part of the fascia is going to be a little bit more compressed, although it still does have that signature.

Chevy look now, as we come over here to the headlights, you’ll notice, a lot of influence from the chevy blazer. With this split design, the headlights themselves are going to be halogen across all of the models as standard equipment.

However, on this upper end model, you can option on led headlights if you want, but you still also have an led daytime running light up here at the top and an led fog light down here at the bottom. Continuing the fashionable look here with our wheels.

We have a 17 inch contrast alloy on this active model. Uh, as you can see, really nice look to it. You can get up to an 18 inch alloy if you choose the rs trim rubble and you do have this black cladding around the wheel, arches and as we come up here to your mirrors, you have something unique.

We have a white mirror cap with this active that’s, going to be matching with the white roof, which mason will talk about in just a second and as far as the mirrors themselves, they’re, going to be heated, and we Also have the optional blind spot monitoring system now.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Change

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Change

This is one of the most stylish offerings you can get in the entire segment and a lot of that has to do with what they’ve done here at the side. So this piece right here is always going to be blacked out, regardless of what model you get.

However, as you’re, probably noticing on this one, we have the white roof, which has a really cool contrast to this blue paint. I really quite like this in person. You can also get a bronze roof for the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ model, and if you go for the rs, you can choose between a black or red roof.

Now, moving around to the rear design itself is just a basically a miniaturized blazer, which is certainly a good thing since that’s, a very stylish vehicle and as far as the tail lights are concerned, if you go for the active or rs model, They are going to be partially led the brake light as well as this accenting is led.

However, the turn signal and reverse side are still going to be incandescent and then, if we drop down further, we do have some nice chrome trim, as well as exposed exhaust outlets on those same two models.

Now, even though this is one of the least expensive, chevy’s in their entire lineup, they are going to throw in three out of four of the safety systems standard across the board. So that’s, going to be ford, emergency braking and pedestrian detection lane keeping assist and auto high beam headlamps.

Additionally, if you go for the lt trims or higher, that’s also going to throw in adaptive cruise control. Well guys, as you can see, this 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activis certainly a very stylish vehicle on the outside.


As you can see, we also have remote start right there on the fob and then again inside the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ itself. There’s, not a sensor behind the handle, so you just press the silver button. Okay and taking our first look inside of the cabin as you can see, it does have a very nice look to it.

That actually looks surprisingly expensive, which is especially especially notable in a sub-compact crossover now going into your different interior, color and material selections. Most of the models come with cloth, seating and your choice of jet black or gray cloth.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Interior

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Interior

However, the active, as well as the rs models, those come standard with this jet black leatherette seating. As you can see, we do have some brown accents throughout the cabin for this 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ model as well, and then turning over here to your door trim.

You’re, going to notice a very nice one. We have a padded material for the armrest portion and then, above that we have a really nice looking cloth trim that goes all through here. With the color contrast stitching detail, then you have got your bronze accenting up above that. As far as your windows, they’re, going to be one touch auto up and down for the driver only auto down for all the other three and then coming down to the seats.

These are 10 way power, adjusting with two-way lumbar support and, like i was already mentioning this – is a leather rat seat really like the design behind this, though, as you can see on the side, we kind of have this unique design.

We also have a cloth insert which matches with the door trim and then a double color contrast, stitching detail. Let’s, go ahead and take a look around at our cabin materials. Like i mentioned, they are quite nice for a subcompact crossover but, of course, being a lower price crossover.

You will still have some cheaper materials so across our upper dash. This will be hard touch, but this center area here this is actually all a soft touch. Leatherette material with a cool texture to it. It also has a color contrast, stitching detail, and that goes all around through here around our screen, as well as some of our lower areas.

We have this dark gray trim, which i think looks nice and then all the fit and finish in here is really nice. There’s, no panel gaps or anything like that, and it feels nice and solid now to start up. The lt trim and above put your foot on the brake and press the button, So after it starts up. What you have is a kind of a traditional looking gauge cluster, so you have, of course, your analog gauges.

We have a small multi-function display right there in the middle, which contains all the expected kinds of information. You can get a larger 4.2 inch multi-function display as an available option and then coming back to the steering wheel.

Standard on this 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ model is a nice leather-wrapped steering wheel with the silver accents as far as the wheel itself, of course, is going to be manual. Tilting and telescoping and heating is not available.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Redesign

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Redesign

Okay, so now let’s, go ahead and dig into interior storage next, because, even though this is a subcompact crossover, i think it does a pretty good job with storage, so underneath our center console to start off with, we have a small storage bin.

However, this can be completely removed and you can throw that off to the side and then what’s inside? This is actually a very deep storage area. You do have a nice rubber laying down at the bottom as well, and when we grab out our stack of coupons here, looks like we can just slightly fold them in half and they fit in there.

Absolutely no problem at all, which is not necessarily a given in a subcompact. Now in front of that we have another deep cubby for just general storage. We have two cup holders and in the front, once again, you have another cubby, which is quite large, does have a rubber lining down at the bottom of it, and you can option on wireless charging.

If you want, above that, you have regardless two usb ports. An aux jack and a 12 volt outlet now taking a look here at the shifter. This is just a traditional one. So pull back for drive, you can do some manual shift simulations through these little toggles here, but they’re, not any paddles.

On the steering wheel, of course, and then heading into reverse what you’ll notice on this specific example, is the standard backup camera there’s, actually two different resolutions offered. So if you choose the technology package, you get the higher definition version, but even on this model we still have the active trajectory and we also have parking sensors as part of the driver, confidence package and then back behind the shifter.

You have your electronic parking brake. Now, moving up the dashboard, the next part is, of course, your climate controls. We have the optional singles on automatic setup. Of course, you just adjust the temperature with this one knob right here off the side.

Your fan speed on the opposite side and you have your physical controls all located in between. You also notice the three-stage heated seats, those are included on the lt model and, above as standard equipment, and up above that we have our volume knob.

So there are two different displays that you can get with this model. Uh standard is going to be a seven inch display. We’ve got the optional, eight inch display um as part of the convenience package um, and this is a really nice display.

One of the reasons. Why is because look at that? We have wireless android, auto and wireless apple carplay, that’s, certainly an unexpected feature really among any type of car, but especially on an affordable, subcompact crossover.

Obviously, this is where you can navigate inside of google maps, because there is not a built-in navigation system available on this model. As you can see, this is your standard. Chevy uh infotainment three system now jumping on up that convenience package, just throw in an auto dimming mirror and then up at the very top here we do not have a moon roof on this specific example.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Cargo Space

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Cargo Space

However, a panoramic sunroof is optional, on on the lt trim and above via the sun and liftgate package alrighty. So i’m sitting in the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ rear seat, and the first thing i just want to mention is wow.

There is a lot of space now. This is something you really don’t expect out of this segment of vehicle and as far as the leg room figures themselves, they’re, going to come in at 39, inches of your leg, room 38 inches of rear headroom, which just Places larger than the celtos, which is also larger than pretty much everything else in the segment.

So this is a very, very large amount of space and behind routine position. I have, i would say, probably three to four: maybe five inches of your leg room and my feet can easily slide up underneath the seat, so space isn’t really going to be an issue back here now.

As far as the feature set you’re going to get vents are not available on any trail blazer. However, if we go down, we have a little storage cubby and if we lift this thing down, that reveals a household style outlet, as well as a charging usb and a usb type-c.

We can also fold the center armrest down to reveal cupholders, as well as an armrest now walking up to the tailgate. We do have a manual one on this model. However, it is available if you option on a package to get a hands-free power one and as far as the space itself is concerned, we’re gonna have 25 cubic feet behind the second row, seats that expands all the way up to 54 Cubic feet, if you fold them down, that is one of the largest offerings in the entire segment.

However, it is still a little bit less in the kia saltos, but a lot of space back here very impressed by this and as far as how they finished it, we have a carpeting along the floor and then, if we lift it up, we do have a Spare tire on both the left and right side: we have a tiny little storage, cubby and the seats do fold 60 40 split and you can do that by just lifting up and pushing forward the seat.

Now the passenger seat, not surprisingly, is going to be manually. Adjusting and if we open up the glove box, i’m very impressed by this as well continuing with what i’ve said throughout this entire section.

This is a lot larger than what i would expect out of this segment of vehicle. So that means it does fit in our coupons. The most important part obviously fits them in very well, and then we can look up top.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Specification

We’ll, find a sun visor with gently fading in led lights, as well as a mirror, and we can also detach and extend all right, and that was our trip up to 60 miles per hour in this 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ. So there’s actually, two different motors that you can get with this model. We actually have the more powerful one since it’s standard on the active it’s, the 1.3 liter turbocharged three cylinder engine and it’s.

Making 155 horsepower 174 pound-feet of torque. I think power actually felt pretty good getting up to speed. I mean this is a class where most things are. You know pretty low powered and, generally speaking – but you know this seemed to have enough, especially in the torque, to get things moving reasonably fast.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Specification

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Specification

Yeah it’s, certainly not going to knock your socks off, but it is a lot better. We sampled the lt last or earlier in the year and that has 137 horsepower 162 pound-feet of torque out of its 1.2 liter turbo 3 cylinder, and another thing i noticed about this is the engine is quite quiet as well, even though it’s, A three cylinder it doesn’t, make much noise um.

Now let’s, go and talk about the transmission situation, because this is a little bit interesting, but you have two different transmissions depending on. If you choose front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, so i might as well go ahead and point out.

You have standard front-wheel drive available, all-wheel drive. If you choose the available, all-wheel drive, you’re gonna get a nine-speed automatic transmission. You’ll notice that’s, not what we have.

We have a contingency variable transmission, because this particular model is front. Wheel, drive um as far as this transmission it does perform. You know reasonably well, just like a typical continuously variable transmission.

There’s, not like any shift simulation that i’m noticing or anything like that. But when you put your foot down, you just seem to get response pretty quickly, and i do want to take a second to mention now that we’re up to speed here, just the ride quality and all of that with this 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ.

Now, as you would expect out of a vehicle in this segment, it’s, not gonna be like super super duper smooth, but this is totally adequate for the segment. I think i could feel a few little road imperfections when we go over top of it, but it’s, nothing too jarring or anything like that, and i will get a sound level reading going 55 here for us to sample and we’re looking at 58 and a half decibels, we’re, going a little bit slower than 55 there, and it is really windy outside, though so.

Now, on the other side, we have our air ball uh. That today is going to be the pricing and mason will go ahead and jump right in and give us um some pricing information, but uh, let’s. Just say it’s. A little bit steep for this category of vehicle yeah, with the features that you get yeah.

How much the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Price?

So this one as equipped is going to come in at $27.460 bucks with the $995 destination charge. That’s, pretty steep for this segment, especially to be missing out on quite a few features like moon, roof and led headlights. You are missing out and stuff like that, and there’s, several option packages that you can add for this model, so we’re, certainly not fully loaded at this price point.

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Price

2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ Price

And lastly, we’ll talk about the fuel economy, so for this one as equipped is the 1.3 liter with front drive it’s gonna be 31 combined. If you go for all-wheel drive, it drops down to 28. So keep that in mind, but overall this 2021 Chevy Trailblazer Activ, you know it really is a strong offering inside of this class, as we’ve learned throughout this review.