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2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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Sport Utility
5 Seats
15-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Six-cylinder performance
  • Quiet running
  • Ride quality
  • Handling

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
  • Inline-six-cylinder or V-8
  • New 395-hp SS model
  • Available side-curtain airbags
  • Car-compatible bumpers
  • Available Autotrac 4WD
  • Tight turning circle

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2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Introduced in 2002, Chevrolet’s TrailBlazer sport utility vehicle was intended to be a midsize replacement for the company’s compact Blazer. Rather than a V-6 or V-8, the TrailBlazer draws power from a 4.2-liter all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder engine. An extended-length TrailBlazer EXT that offers seven-passenger capacity and an optional 5.3-liter V-8 joined the original five-passenger model. Both come in LS and LT trim levels. The TrailBlazer EXT is listed separately in cars.com’s Research section.

A high-performance SS model joins the TrailBlazer group for 2006; it features a 395-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8; a sport-tuned suspension; a lowered ride height; and 20-inch flangeless wheels. Available with rear- or four-wheel drive, Chevrolet says the Trailblazer SS can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

StabiliTrak is standard on all 2006 TrailBlazer models, and the LT edition gets a revised exterior. The 5.3-liter V-8 adopts Displacement on Demand technology as a fuel-saving measure, and the 4.2-liter engine gains 16 hp.

An occupant-sensing system for the front passenger seat was added for 2005, and an MP3-capable CD player became available for the LS model.

Exterior
The regular TrailBlazer stands 74.5 inches tall, rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 191.8 inches long overall. Ground clearance totals 7.8 inches. Wedge-shaped fender flares help give the TrailBlazer a different appearance than its General Motors companions, the GM...

Vehicle Overview
Introduced in 2002, Chevrolet’s TrailBlazer sport utility vehicle was intended to be a midsize replacement for the company’s compact Blazer. Rather than a V-6 or V-8, the TrailBlazer draws power from a 4.2-liter all-aluminum inline-six-cylinder engine. An extended-length TrailBlazer EXT that offers seven-passenger capacity and an optional 5.3-liter V-8 joined the original five-passenger model. Both come in LS and LT trim levels. The TrailBlazer EXT is listed separately in cars.com’s Research section.

A high-performance SS model joins the TrailBlazer group for 2006; it features a 395-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8; a sport-tuned suspension; a lowered ride height; and 20-inch flangeless wheels. Available with rear- or four-wheel drive, Chevrolet says the Trailblazer SS can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

StabiliTrak is standard on all 2006 TrailBlazer models, and the LT edition gets a revised exterior. The 5.3-liter V-8 adopts Displacement on Demand technology as a fuel-saving measure, and the 4.2-liter engine gains 16 hp.

An occupant-sensing system for the front passenger seat was added for 2005, and an MP3-capable CD player became available for the LS model.

Exterior
The regular TrailBlazer stands 74.5 inches tall, rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 191.8 inches long overall. Ground clearance totals 7.8 inches. Wedge-shaped fender flares help give the TrailBlazer a different appearance than its General Motors companions, the GMC Envoy and Buick Rainier. Running boards are available.

Interior
Seating for five people is standard in the TrailBlazer. The seats were revised and augmented by new chrome interior accents for 2005. A backseat entertainment system with a DVD player and leather seating surfaces are optional. GM’s OnStar communication system is standard. Cargo capacity is 80.1 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down; otherwise, it totals 41 cubic feet.

A monochromatic instrument panel is installed. Adjustable pedals, XM Satellite Radio and rain-sensing wipers are available. SS models feature a signature instrument panel, a tachometer and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Under the Hood
A 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine, boosted from 275 to 291 hp for 2006, teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The optional 5.3-liter V-8 generates 300 hp, and the new TrailBlazer SS holds a 6.0-liter V-8 that pumps out 395 hp and 400 pounds-feet of torque. TrailBlazers are available with 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.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes are standard, and side curtain-type airbags are optional. Dual-stage front airbags deploy with varying force depending on crash severity.

Driving Impressions
Performance is a strong point. When tromping on the gas, few TrailBlazer drivers are likely to realize the source of power is an inline-six-cylinder 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, but it’s not a dramatic difference.

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

Interior space is ample, and the seats 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.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
85 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Very happy with the performance

by DanielKuehn from Green Bay Wisconsin on February 3, 2021

The vehicle is very nice, is has good pick up and I feel very comfortable inside. Lots of space for all of my stuff. I am very happy with my choice. Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable love driving family car

by Tyrika from OKLAHOMA CITY on January 12, 2021

This car meets all my needs and family needs low mileage and drives very well so blessed and thankful for my car I cant wait to get another Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer currently has 8 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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