2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer MPG Stays in Lane With Rival SUVs’ Fuel Economy

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer MPG Stays in Lane With Rival SUVs’ Fuel Economy

03/26/2020

Chevrolet’s newest SUV, the subcompact Trailblazer, has now been fully rated by the EPA and can reach up to 31 mpg combined. That’s achievable with the optional 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission. However, the standard 1.2-liter turbo three-cylinder with CVT is rated at 29 mpg combined, and adding the optional nine-speed automatic with available all-wheel drive to the 1.3-liter turbo drops the rating to 28 mpg combined.

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The full city/highway/combined ratings for the 2021 Trailblazer are as follows:

  • 1.3-liter turbo, CVT, front-wheel drive: 29/33/31 mpg
  • 1.2-liter turbo, CVT, FWD: 28/31/29 mpg
  • 1.3-liter turbo, nine-speed automatic, AWD: 26/30/28 mpg

Those figures put the Trailblazer in the same ballpark as another newcomer to the subcompact SUV scene, the 2021 Kia Seltos. The Seltos offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a choice of FWD (29/34/31 mpg) or optional AWD (27/31/29 mpg), or a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with AWD (25/30/27 mpg).

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The subcompact SUV benchmark is the Honda HR-V, which for 2020 offers similar ratings to the Trailblazer. A FWD HR-V can be had with either a CVT or seven-speed automatic transmission, and both versions are rated at 28/34/30 mpg. Adding AWD drops the CVT to 27/31/29 mpg, and the seven-speed to 26/31/28 mpg.

The Trailblazer should be available at some point this spring, though whether that timeline has been affected by the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is still unknown.

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