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

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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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