2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Quiet running
  • Ride comfort
  • Handling

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Short rear-seat bottoms
  • Visibility
  • Abundant, though tolerable, size

Notable Features of the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

  • Inline-six-cylinder engine
  • 390-hp TrailBlazer SS
  • 5.3-liter V-8 discontinued
  • Available Autotrac 4WD
  • Tight turning circle
  • Electronic stability system standard

2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's midsize TrailBlazer SUV, which debuted early in 2002, is closely related to the Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy and Saab 9-7X. The five-passenger TrailBlazer comes in LT and SS trim levels and competes with the Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

New for 2009
The 5.3-liter V-8 is dropped from the engine lineup.

Exterior
The TrailBlazer rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 191.8 inches long. It's longer than the 4Runner and Grand Cherokee, but a little shorter than the Explorer. At 74.7 inches wide, it falls in the middle of its competition. With a height of 74.5 inches (with a standard roof rack), the TrailBlazer stands the tallest among its competitors. The SS model has no roof rack option and stands 67.8 inches tall. Ground clearance is 7.8 inches. The SS has unique exterior styling and rides on a one-inch-lower suspension.
  • 17- or 18-inch wheels on LT, 20-inch wheels on SS
  • Chrome package on 2LT includes chrome luggage rack, door handles and wheels
  • Available power sunroof and both factory- and dealer-installed running boards


Interior
The plastic-heavy dashboard incorporates a four-spoke steering wheel and large instrument gauges. Two-row seating is standard, and the backseat folds for additional storage. With all seats in their upright positions, there is 41 cubic feet of cargo room. With the rear seat down, volume increases to 80 cubic feet. The SS model features performance-style leather bucket seats in front, aluminum and ...
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's midsize TrailBlazer SUV, which debuted early in 2002, is closely related to the Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy and Saab 9-7X. The five-passenger TrailBlazer comes in LT and SS trim levels and competes with the Ford Explorer, Toyota 4Runner and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

New for 2009
The 5.3-liter V-8 is dropped from the engine lineup.

Exterior
The TrailBlazer rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 191.8 inches long. It's longer than the 4Runner and Grand Cherokee, but a little shorter than the Explorer. At 74.7 inches wide, it falls in the middle of its competition. With a height of 74.5 inches (with a standard roof rack), the TrailBlazer stands the tallest among its competitors. The SS model has no roof rack option and stands 67.8 inches tall. Ground clearance is 7.8 inches. The SS has unique exterior styling and rides on a one-inch-lower suspension.
  • 17- or 18-inch wheels on LT, 20-inch wheels on SS
  • Chrome package on 2LT includes chrome luggage rack, door handles and wheels
  • Available power sunroof and both factory- and dealer-installed running boards


Interior
The plastic-heavy dashboard incorporates a four-spoke steering wheel and large instrument gauges. Two-row seating is standard, and the backseat folds for additional storage. With all seats in their upright positions, there is 41 cubic feet of cargo room. With the rear seat down, volume increases to 80 cubic feet. The SS model features performance-style leather bucket seats in front, aluminum and chrome accents, and other SS-specific cues within the cabin.
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio
  • OnStar 8.0 standard
  • Available Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Optional Bose speaker system and rear seat DVD entertainment system
  • Optional leather seating
  • Optional power-adjustable pedals


Under the Hood
A 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine with variable valve timing powers the LT models, and a 6.0-liter V-8 moves the SS. Both engines are mated to a four-speed automatic, although the SS uses a heavy-duty one. The TrailBlazer SS rides on 25 percent stiffer suspension springs and has bigger brakes and a larger front stabilizer bar. When properly equipped, the TrailBlazer can tow up to 6,800 pounds.
  • 285-horsepower, 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder with 276 pounds-feet of torque
  • 390-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 with 400 pounds-feet of torque
  • All-wheel drive available on both LT and SS


Safety
All TrailBlazer models come with OnStar 8.0 (with one year of Safe & Sound service). The service includes advanced crash response.

Standard safety features include:
  • Side curtain airbags with rollover sensors
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Good little suv for a small family

by Tcolson from Reessburg wi on April 27, 2018

Nice suv. Like the fact that it is not all time four wheel drive. Overall pretty satisfied with it woukd definitely recommend really like it Read full review

(5.0)

I love my trailblazer

by Mom driving offroad from Shawano, WI on March 3, 2018

My trailblazer is perfect fit for my daughter and I and our lifestyle. Its comfortable for long trips, going for a ride in the woods, fishing, and hanging out at the lake. There is plenty of room for ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT w/1LT

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
acceptable
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
marginal
Structure/safety cage
acceptable

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
acceptable
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
marginal
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
marginal
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker