2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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Key Specs

of the 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Quiet running
  • Ride quality
  • Handling

The Bad

  • Difficult entry and exit
  • Fuel economy
  • Short rear-seat bottoms

Notable Features of the 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

  • Inline-six-cylinder
  • V-8 for the EXT
  • Car-compatible bumpers
  • Available Autotrac 4WD
  • Tight turning circle

2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Despite the emergence of this all-new midsize sport utility vehicle early in 2002, Chevrolet has kept the smaller, prior-generation Blazer in its lineup. Rather than a V-6 or V-8 engine, the TrailBlazer holds a 275-horsepower, 4.2-liter, all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder.

The TrailBlazer debuted as a five-passenger vehicle. Chevrolet soon added an extended-length TrailBlazer EXT model that features a seven-passenger capacity and an available 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Both come in LS and LT trim levels. A North Face Edition targets outdoors enthusiasts with such extras as lower accent-colored body cladding, running lamps, a liftgate luggage rack, headlight washers, duffel bags and a blanket.

Adjustable brake and accelerator pedals are optional on 2004 models. A monochromatic instrument panel and a last-door locking feature are installed. A new series of radios incorporates XM Satellite Radio and Navigation Radio operation.

Exterior
The regular-length five-passenger TrailBlazer rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 191.8 inches long overall. The seven-occupant TrailBlazer EXT is 207.8 inches long overall and comes equipped on a 129-inch wheelbase. The EXT stands 2.6 inches taller than the regular TrailBlazer. Ground clearance totals 8 inches. Wedge-shaped fender flares help give the TrailBlazer a different appearance than its GM companions, the GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada.

Interior
Seating for five people is standard in the regular TrailBlazer. GM’s OnS...
Vehicle Overview
Despite the emergence of this all-new midsize sport utility vehicle early in 2002, Chevrolet has kept the smaller, prior-generation Blazer in its lineup. Rather than a V-6 or V-8 engine, the TrailBlazer holds a 275-horsepower, 4.2-liter, all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder.

The TrailBlazer debuted as a five-passenger vehicle. Chevrolet soon added an extended-length TrailBlazer EXT model that features a seven-passenger capacity and an available 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Both come in LS and LT trim levels. A North Face Edition targets outdoors enthusiasts with such extras as lower accent-colored body cladding, running lamps, a liftgate luggage rack, headlight washers, duffel bags and a blanket.

Adjustable brake and accelerator pedals are optional on 2004 models. A monochromatic instrument panel and a last-door locking feature are installed. A new series of radios incorporates XM Satellite Radio and Navigation Radio operation.

Exterior
The regular-length five-passenger TrailBlazer rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 191.8 inches long overall. The seven-occupant TrailBlazer EXT is 207.8 inches long overall and comes equipped on a 129-inch wheelbase. The EXT stands 2.6 inches taller than the regular TrailBlazer. Ground clearance totals 8 inches. Wedge-shaped fender flares help give the TrailBlazer a different appearance than its GM companions, the GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada.

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

The seven-passenger TrailBlazer EXT gets a third seat with a full footwell and 23.4 cubic feet of space behind the seat. Cargo space reaches 107 cubic feet when all of the rear seats are folded. The second-row seat folds and flips forward to permit easier access to the rear.

Under the Hood
A standard 275-hp, 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. A 290-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 is available in the EXT only. TrailBlazers are available with either two-wheel drive 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.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and seat-mounted side-impact airbags are standard. Dual-stage front airbags deploy with varying force.

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-cylinder engine rather than a V-8. Not only is engine sound barely discernible, except when pushed really hard, but road noise is also virtually absent. Acceleration is undeniably stronger with the V-8 engine in the EXT, but it’s not a dramatic difference.

On smooth surfaces, the four-wheel-drive TrailBlazer rides similar to a car. Its handling is a bit on the slow side, but the driver benefits from a satisfying steering feel.

Interior space is ample in both the front and rear, and passengers occupy seats that are somewhat firm. The hard-working TrailBlazer competes enthusiastically against the Ford Explorer and other midsize rivals in passing power, ride comfort and handling prowess.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Just Bad Luck

by Shine from Taylor on May 31, 2018

I Think that i just bought a bad vehicle. Had mine for about 4 weeks and it took a dive. Other than that it would be the perfect family car. Read full review

(5.0)

Roomy reliable..easy to manage..easy to handle

by Pam "God's property " from Durham NC on May 16, 2018

This was the LT version.had third row seating. Good trunk space even with the third row up. No big mechanical problems just regular maintenance. Would still be driving it if it hadn't been hit and ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer currently has 2 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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