As the buyers continue to line up at dealerships to make new car purchases, the compact crossover SUV has turned out to be the favorite and the most popular. Even automakers are trying to make the most hay while the sun’s shining bright by driving in more and more crossover SUVs to the market. And the Chevy Trailblazer is GM’s contender to make big money and earn a spot in the segment.
Chevy brought back the long-lost Trailblazer moniker in 2020 in the form of a compact crossover SUV and is the company’s most affordable SUV. The Trailblazer has been slated against the likes of Hyundai Kona, Kia Soul, Mazda CX-30, etc. However, the Trailblazer wasn’t quite able to gain the traction Chevy had expected it to, and hence for the 2022 model, they plan to come up with a few minor upgrades and tweak.
The Trailblazer made its way to the market just last year and it hardly ever happens that a car gets massive upgrades the very next year of its launch. Plagued with semiconductor and microchip shortages, GM has in fact cut down on features of some of its vehicles but the Trailblazer has surprisingly managed to bag in some upgrades for 2022.
The 2022 Trailblazer will be offered with the same 1.2 liter and 1.3-liter turbo engines that are mated to a continuously variable transmission. The compact crossover will be offered with a front-wheel-drive configuration as standard while you’ll have to pay more to get the all-wheel-drive configuration. The trim lineup remains pretty much unchanged for 2022 and it still will be offered with four trim levels namely LT, ACTIV, and RS. Prices are a bit up from the previous model year and the Trailblazer now starts at around $21,600.
The LS and LT trims are more or less built for urban cruising while the ACTIV trim level is focused on mild off-roading and comes equipped with some off-roading equipment. It gets chunkier sport terrain tires that help it to take on rougher terrains. The suspension setup of the ACTIV trim is tweaked as well to handle mildly rough terrains.
The RS trim on the other hand, as the very name suggests, is the racier and funkier version of the Trailblazer. The RS trim gets sportier styling elements like a sharper sculpted bumper and sportier red accents on the inside. The RS trim also gets RS badges all over just so that everybody in and around knows that they’re traveling inside a racey sub-compact SUV.
As far as the upgrades for 2022 go, there are rumors that the sub-compact SUV will be offered with a heated steering wheel as an option with its base spec LT trim and standard with the RS and ACTIV trim. The top trims of the crossover do get heated seats but now you also have the steering wheel to keep your hands warm on a super cold day. Not many SUVs at this price point offer a heated steering wheel as standard but it is quite interesting that Chevy has managed to slide in the feature.
The second update that the 2022 Trailblazer gets is that it now has roof rails as standard across all trim levels. Chevrolet wants to project the Trailblazer as more utilitarian and that it can hold all your gear and luggage that you’d want to take along on your road trip. There’s also a dealer-installed trailering package that Chevy will be offering with the 2022 model. The trailering package includes a hitch, harness, and bezel, again to make Trailblazer more utilitarian.
Apart from that, the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer comes with a new scheme of metallic paints. You can now have your sub-compact crossover painted in Crimson, Vivid Orange, Mahogany Red, and Blue Glow.
The Trailblazer is a striking little crossover but it has downsides of its own. For starters, both its engines are lackluster and lame, to be honest. The CVT isn’t the slickest and it isn’t the most exciting SUV to drive around. The standard list of equipment isn’t all that long. Chevy asks you to purchase optional packages if you need more equipment and that’s just disappointing. For example, the adaptive cruise control package not just gets you the adaptive cruise control but also fetches you features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob, and a rear-seat armrest. The convenience package on the other hand adds up features like automatic climate control, a larger touchscreen, an auto-dimming mirror, and a few other features. It is a tad bit disappointing that you need to pay extra for some basic essential features while some very redundant stuff is offered as standard. To add insult to injury, the packages do not come cheap, in fact, the packages add up significantly to the final price and that’s a big bummer.