Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

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    Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Can the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?
    We take the toughest Trailblazer trim off-road to test its credentials.
    Scott Evans
    Jul 13, 2020
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    "Trailblazer" doesn't have to be a literal term. We talk about figurative trailblazers all the time, people or products that do things differently or break a glass ceiling. Although the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer may be an new product for the brand, it competes in an established segment, and both the marketing around our "Activ" trim level tester and the history behind the Trailblazer name suggest Chevrolet meant the literal definition. Let's put it to the test, then.

    The original Trailblazer (and the Trailblazer trim level for the compact S-10 Blazer that preceded it) was a truck-based, body-on-frame SUV with proper four-wheel drive and a six- or eight-cylinder engine. The all-new model is a car-based, unibody crossover with two different turbocharged three-cylinder engines and manually selectable all-wheel drive.

    Our off-road-focused Activ trim level tester gets a minor suspension lift, some underbody shielding, a revised front bumper for better clearance, and "sport terrain" tires. Never heard of a "sport terrain" tire? It's an all-season tire with aggressive-looking sidewalls that may or may not improve traction slightly in deep mud, sand, or snow. Technically, these tires are Hankook Dynapro AT2 all-terrains, but in a new configuration with considerably less aggressive tread likely optimized for on-road noise and comfort.

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by Motor Trend
    So no, the new Trailblazer can't blaze a trail. The all-wheel-drive system is clearly meant as a traction aid in bad weather, shallow mud, dirt, gravel, and sand. With its open differentials, it's not going to get you over or through tougher obstacles even if the nose will clear them. The Trailblazer Activ is, as its name suggests, targeted at people with an "active lifestyle" in marketing speak who go to state parks and such where the ability to carry gear and not get stuck in the mud is all you really need. If your vacation itinerary includes an OHV trail, bring something else.
    And there it is.

    While we "get" that the Trailblazer wouldn't be that kind of product (despite it's mis-appropriated name), hopefully their advertising and marketing doesn't try and paint the product to be something it's really not. And if there is ever (EVER) a GMC version that makes the same claims, I hope they give it some actual capability to compete with the likes of the Jeep Renegade or Jeep Compass.

    If not, then I am at least happy they didn't decide call it "Moab", "Patagonia", or something like that.
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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    MOAB is being saved for an upcoming Tape and Sticker package.

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    NO!! And MT lists all the reason why it wont. No real crawler gearing, approach/departure angles, traction issues because things can't lock up and function like say, a Jeep can even after turning on AWD. Bah Humbug Chevrolet.

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Buttons View Post
    MOAB is being saved for an upcoming Tape and Sticker package.
    Hahaha.

    I stand corrected, sir.
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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Fun video on the...styling...of this car.


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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Other than the engine choices, I'm impressed with the Trailblazer. It looks like GM has a hit on their hands! It's leaps and bounds better than the Trax.

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by BORG View Post
    Fun video on the...styling...of this car.

    His ideas are interesting but in the end it loses a lot of what gives it its personality with what he does to it.

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    That's not a 71 Blazer BTW.

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    GM could have avoided controversial naming.. they seem bent on it, including at Cadillac

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Since GM is in the business of neutering nameplates...maybe they should do a 200 hp version and call it a Trailblazer SS
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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    What a missed opportunity. Ugh, I hate they used this nameplate on this cladding package of a product. Why wasn't this used for a SUV off of the Colorado? I guess GM doesn't think those 4Runner/GC sales are worth the effort, lets just produce another FWD/crossover turd mobile.
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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by sdotjeezy View Post
    Since GM is in the business of neutering nameplates...maybe they should do a 200 hp version and call it a Trailblazer SS
    . 200 HP in this little crack skipper--- Yahooey!
    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post
    What a missed opportunity. Ugh, I hate they used this nameplate on this cladding package of a product. Why wasn't this used for a SUV off of the Colorado? I guess GM doesn't think those 4Runner/GC sales are worth the effort, lets just produce another FWD/crossover turd mobile.
    These little things are nice but it could have been so much more and better even.

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Why do all the new small to mid-size CUV / SUV vehicles have to have black plastic trim around the wheel opening moldings, the front and rear bumper covers, and the front grille? They all look the same to me.

    Line them up and from a distance, there is no distinction between manufacturers.

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    Re: Can the Trailblazer Activ Actually Blaze a Trail?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1999 White C5 Coupe View Post
    Why do all the new small to mid-size CUV / SUV vehicles have to have black plastic trim around the wheel opening moldings, the front and rear bumper covers, and the front grille? They all look the same to me.

    Line them up and from a distance, there is no distinction between manufacturers.
    Probably to try and fool us into thinking they're tougher or more butch and capable than they are.

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