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2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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$1,570 — $6,862 USED
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Sport Utility
5 Seats
18-19 MPG
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2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Size matters when it comes to sport utility vehicles, and midsize SUVs are the ones that capture the heart of the market. General Motors launched three new midsize models by spring 2001 as early 2002 models. Chevrolet’s TrailBlazer is one member of the trio, which is especially crucial to GM because of the debut of the redesigned Ford Explorer. Oldsmobile offers the luxury-oriented Bravada and GMC has the new Envoy, both of which are similar to the TrailBlazer in structure and appearance. Despite the emergence of this all-new TrailBlazer, Chevrolet expects to keep the prior-generation Blazer in its lineup until at least 2003.

According to Tom Wallace, GM’s vehicle line executive for its Midsize Truck Group, these three stem from a “ground-up build.” Among the highlights is a new GM engine — not your typical V-6 or V-8, but rather a 270-horsepower, 4.2-liter, all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder. GM claims it’s the strongest engine in its class, ready to go against the V-8s in some other SUVs. An “inline-six is inherently balanced,” said Ron Koctoa, chief engineer for GM’s Inline Engines group. GM claims that torsional rigidity with the inline engine has increased by 260 percent. Rear coil springs are coupled to a new five-link solid axle, and a new rack-and-pinion steering system delivers a 36.4-foot turning circle, said to be the tightest in the midsize SUV league. The five-passenger TrailBlazer debuted first. Chevrolet added an extended-length EXT model with sev...

Vehicle Overview
Size matters when it comes to sport utility vehicles, and midsize SUVs are the ones that capture the heart of the market. General Motors launched three new midsize models by spring 2001 as early 2002 models. Chevrolet’s TrailBlazer is one member of the trio, which is especially crucial to GM because of the debut of the redesigned Ford Explorer. Oldsmobile offers the luxury-oriented Bravada and GMC has the new Envoy, both of which are similar to the TrailBlazer in structure and appearance. Despite the emergence of this all-new TrailBlazer, Chevrolet expects to keep the prior-generation Blazer in its lineup until at least 2003.

According to Tom Wallace, GM’s vehicle line executive for its Midsize Truck Group, these three stem from a “ground-up build.” Among the highlights is a new GM engine — not your typical V-6 or V-8, but rather a 270-horsepower, 4.2-liter, all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder. GM claims it’s the strongest engine in its class, ready to go against the V-8s in some other SUVs. An “inline-six is inherently balanced,” said Ron Koctoa, chief engineer for GM’s Inline Engines group. GM claims that torsional rigidity with the inline engine has increased by 260 percent. Rear coil springs are coupled to a new five-link solid axle, and a new rack-and-pinion steering system delivers a 36.4-foot turning circle, said to be the tightest in the midsize SUV league. The five-passenger TrailBlazer debuted first. Chevrolet added an extended-length EXT model with seven-passenger capacity in spring 2002.

Exterior
At 113 inches, the wheelbase on the five-passenger TrailBlazer is 6 inches longer than that on the Blazer SUV, and its track width (the distance between wheels) also has grown. The regular-length TrailBlazer rides a 113-inch wheelbase and is 191.8 inches long, while the EXT is 208 inches long on a 129-inch wheelbase. The TrailBlazer, Bravada and Envoy share roofs, tailgates and front doors, but most of the other body components are unique to the TrailBlazer. Wedge-shaped fender flares help give the TrailBlazer a different appearance than its GM companions. Either 16- or 17-inch tires are available.

The regular-length TrailBlazer comes in three trim levels: LS, which includes dual-zone air conditioning and 16-inch aluminum wheels; LT, which adds 16-inch sport wheels and an eight-way power driver’s seat; and the upscale LTZ, which comes with leather seats, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a CD/cassette player. The TrailBlazer EXT is offered only in the LT trim.

Interior
Seating for five occupants is standard. GM’s OnStar communication system is standard in all models except the LS, and a backseat entertainment system with a DVD player is available. Cargo capacity is 80.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down.

The seven-passenger EXT model gets a third seat with a full footwell and more than 22 cubic feet of space behind the seat. Second-row seats fold and flip forward to permit access to the rear.

Under the Hood
A four-speed automatic is the sole transmission, and it teams with a 270-hp, 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine. TrailBlazers are available with either two- or four-wheel drive, and the latter includes a two-speed transfer case. The Autotrac system’s Auto 4WD setting transfers power to all four wheels automatically as conditions change. A new IntelliStart feature prevents the starter from engaging unless the engine is stopped.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard. Dual-stage front airbags deploy with varying force, which depending on crash severity. Bumpers are mounted 2 inches lower than the usual position — a modification that makes the TrailBlazer more equally level with passenger cars in a collision. The bumpers can withstand a 5-mph collision, whereas many light trucks are rated for only 2.5-mph impacts.

Driving Impressions
Performance is a strong point. When tromping on the gas, few drivers are likely to realize that the source of power is an inline-six rather than a V-8. Even when struggling up mountain grades, there’s not much of a struggle as the 270 horses take their work in stride. Not only is engine sound barely discernible, except when pushed really hard, but road noise is also virtually absent. But wind noise was more prominent, at least while driving an early test model.

On smooth surfaces, the four-wheel-drive TrailBlazer rides much like a car. Handling is a bit on the slow side, which is hardly uncommon among midsize SUVs. Despite the sensation of being slightly disconnected from the road, the driver benefits from a satisfying steering feel. Interior space is ample in both the front and rear as passengers occupy somewhat firm seats. Despite short bottoms, the rear seats are quite comfortable.

All told, the hard-working TrailBlazer appears ready to compete enthusiastically against the redesigned Ford Explorer and other midsize rivals, whether you’re looking at passing power, ride comfort or handling prowess.

 

Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide;
Posted on 4/15/02

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.3
44 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(5.0)

Love my trailblazer

by Chevyboi64 from Marbury Alabama on August 13, 2020

I have owned 2 trailblazers I bought a new 03 trailblazer and I recently bought an 02 trailblazer 4x4 with 190.000 miles love it and would definitely recommend this truck Read full review

(5.0)

En perfecto estado

by Danny from Clifton New Jersey on February 1, 2020

Este auto satisfizo todas mis necesidades. Tiene suficiente espacio para las piernas en los asientos delanteros y traseros. Este auto es mejor que otros autos que solía tener. Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer currently has 13 recalls


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The TrailBlazer received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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