Chevrolet Blazer vs. Trailblazer: What’s the Difference?

The Blazer is a model with more than 50 years of history for Chevrolet. Chevy has used various forms of the name for models over the years. The Blazer first debuted as the K5 Blazer SUV in 1969. That model appeared in various forms through the mid-90s until it was renamed the Tahoe.

Then the company used the S-10 Blazer moniker for its compact/mid-size SUV from 1983-2005. Then the Trailblazer name was used for a mid-size SUV model from 2001-2009. And then it returned in 2012 as a body-on-frame SUV based on the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup truck.

The Blazer name came back in as a new model for 2019. And now for the 2021 model year, the Trailblazer arrives in a new form.

So with that model history and confusion out of the way, let’s find out what the differences are between the Chevrolet Blazer and Trailblazer for the 2021 model year.

Chevy Blazer RS

2021 Chevrolet Blazer

The 2021 Blazer, which has two rows of seating, is a sporty-looking mid-size crossover. It comes with a 193 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. An efficient nine-speed automatic transmission comes standard. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder boasts 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

The Blazer has a wide variety of trim lines and two other engine options. You can upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that outputs 230 horsepower.


For more performance, step up to the 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 308 horsepower. The V6 engine gets 20 mpg city and 27 mpg with front-wheel drive, which is excellent for this amount of power.

Blazer Features

As a crossover, the Blazer offers plenty of cargo space, with 31 cubic feet behind the rear seats. However, the seats can be folded down to offer 64 cubic feet of cargo space.

In this newest iteration of the Blazer, the Safety Assist package has been updated for the 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier trims to include:

– Automatic high-beams
– Automated emergency braking
– Front pedestrian detection
– Lane-keeping assist

In addition, Blazers with the V-6 engine and front-wheel drive can get a trailering package that increases the towing capacity up to 4,500 pounds.

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer starts at $29,995. It competes against models such as the Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Murano and Honda Passport.

chevrolet trailblazer

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a new, much smaller subcompact crossover model. It offers a turbocharged three-cylinder engine, and the base trim has a turbocharged 1.2-liter that can get 137 horsepower. It slots in between the smaller Trax and compact Equinox in the Chevy SUV lineup.

The Trailblazer can get 28 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for fuel economy. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard.

There is one optional engine upgrade, which allows drivers to step up to 1.3-liter 155 horsepower three-cylinder engine, which has better fuel economy than the base engine. Its fuel economy rating is 29 mg city and 31 mpg with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is an option with the 1.3-liter engine.

The Trailblazer has 25 cubic feet of cargo behind the second row of seating, which can be extended by putting down the back seats to create a flat surface.

Chevy Trailblazer interior

Trailblazer Features

Upper trim levels have features that make the ride more comfortable, including:

– 8.0-inch infotainment display
– Wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
– Smartphone charging pad
– Adaptive cruise control
– LED headlights

The base price of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer starts at $19,995. The top line Trailblazer RS trim with all-wheel drive starts at $27,995.

Blazer vs. Trailblazer Comparison

When you’re looking for a small SUV, you want the features and space you need with a vehicle that has utility and fits your budget. The Trailblazer, with its attractive styling and useful features, is worth a look in the subcompact class.

It’s indicative of the increasing number of models to choose from for SUV buyers. The Chevy SUV lineup now includes seven models ranging from the diminutive Trax, to the Trailblazer, to the compact Equinox, to the midsize Blazer, to the three-row Traverse, the full-size Tahoe, and the behemoth Suburban.

Both the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer and 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer offer options for your next family vehicle. While the names are similar, they are distinctly different. Deciding which is better for depends on your family needs and driver preferences.

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