The Chevy Trailblazer is a subcompact SUV that packs all the power with a much smaller frame than a full-size SUV. With a surprising amount of space for a subcompact and an adaptable cargo storage system, the Trailblazer can adapt to be the perfect vehicle for each trip you take. If you’re looking for a Trailblazer, you may be wondering which trim is right for you. Choosing the right model means balancing the features you want with the budget you can afford. Read on for everything you need to know about the different trim levels for the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer.
The LS trim is the most affordable option if you’re looking for a Trailblazer, but it doesn’t come with as many features as the other options. The LS has a starting MSRP of $21,600 and comes standard with an ECOTEC 1.2-liter turbo engine and a continuous variable transmission that generates 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The fuel tank has a 13.2-gallon capacity, and you get a fuel economy of 29 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, as do the rest of the trims (except for the ACTIV, which gets 33 mpg on the highway).
The exterior for the LS comes with 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels and black front and rear lower fascias. It also has body-colored door handles and a locking fuel cap. This trim also comes standard with power-adjustable, manual-folding, black side mirrors.
With driver seat manual height adjustment and driver’s window express up/down capability, the LS comes standard with some features that elevate the driving experience. This trim also comes with steering wheel controls and single-zone air conditioning. If safety is important to you, rest assured that the LS comes with plenty of safety features. These include forward-collision warning and automatic braking, as well as lane-keeping assist.
For the next step-up in features, go for the LT trim. This model has a few more features than the lowest option but is still affordable. This trim has a starting MSRP of $23,800, but the price can fluctuate depending on the features you add. When you choose this trim, you gain the option to upgrade to a more punchy 1.3-liter engine that generates 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque.
This trim also makes accessing the vehicle easier, as you get the proximity keyless entry feature that allows you to unlock the doors and start the car as long as you have the key in your pocket. With a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and tinted rear privacy glass, the LT becomes more comfortable and attractive than the previous trim. The fascias on the exterior go from black to silver-painted, and this trim comes with upgraded 17-inch high-gloss black aluminum alloy wheels. Heated side mirrors also make driving during rain or snow much easier and safer.
There are many packages you can add to the LT, including the Sun and Liftgate, Adaptive Cruise Control, Convenience, Premium Seating, Driver’s Confidence, and Trailering Packages. With the Trailering Package on the Chevy Trailblazer, you can tow up to 1,000 pounds. If you want to, you can upgrade the LT trim to have a keyless entry pad and roof rail crossbars. You can also choose to outfit this trim with 18-inch alloy wheels if you want to elevate the exterior.
For the perfect blend between affordability and premium features, go for the ACTIV trim. Those who like a more athletic and outdoorsy appearance may prefer this trim, as it comes with skid plates and better suspension. The off-road suspension in this trim reduces the sway and bounce you may experience on more rugged terrains. To fully upgrade, you can add the optional all-wheel drive to make it a true outdoor machine. This trim comes in with a starting MSRP of $25,700, which is not significantly higher than the LT trim. This model comes standard with the 1.3-liter engine.
To help you tackle any terrain, the ACTIV comes with 17-inch sport terrain tires. The exterior has a color-scheme change, with black roof rails and titanium-plated fascias. The packages available for the LT are also available for the ACTIV, but this trim offers an additional upgrade in the form of the Technology Package. This option allows you to add adaptive cruise control, wireless charging, premium audio, LED headlights, and an 8-inch touch screen.
There are some additional features that come standard in the ACTIV and improve your driving experience. These include leatherette seating and a rear center armrest. You can keep your hands warm in the winter with the premium heated steering wheel, and admire how the dual-outlet exhaust and LED taillights elevate the Trailblazer’s exterior.
The RS trim has many of the same features as the ACTIV, but it isn’t as sporty or rugged. The starting MSRP for this trim is $25,700 as well, but the ultimate price may be higher depending on the options and packages you add. While the ACTIV goes for an outdoorsy aesthetic, the RS aims for more class and style, swapping the exterior details. This trim has blackout trim and roof options in black or crimson. Instead of sport tires, the RS has 18-inch high gloss black unidirectional aluminum wheels.
This trim is full of red accents, with red stitching in the interior and a red roof color available for the exterior. All the packages are the same for the ACTIV and the RS, allowing you to customize the Trailblazer and pay only for the features you want. Upgrade the RS with the panoramic sunroof and wireless charging pad to optimize your driving experience.
Hopefully this guide has helped you determine which Chevy Trailblazer model is right for you. With so many options, there’s sure to be a trim level that fits your budget and has the features you want. For more information about the Trailblazer, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team of professionals today. To go for a test drive or learn more about our financing options, swing by the dealership and let our team help you through the buying process.