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2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT

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$2,111 — $9,595 USED
Sport Utility
7 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance
  • Automatic-transmission operation
  • Quiet running
  • Ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Seven-passenger seating

The Bad

  • Fuel economy
  • Third-row access
  • Short rear-seat bottoms
  • Cargo space behind third row
  • Visibility
  • Abundant, though tolerable, size

What to Know

about the 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT
  • Inline-six-cylinder
  • Available Displacement on Demand V-8
  • Car-compatible bumpers
  • Available Autotrac 4WD
  • Tight turning circle

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Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's midsize TrailBlazer sport utility vehicle debuted early in 2002 as a five-passenger vehicle. It was soon joined by an extended-length TrailBlazer EXT with a seven-passenger capacity. Both models offer an optional 5.3-liter V-8, an upgrade from the standard 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine.

Since 2005, a revised V-8 has operated with Displacement on Demand technology, which promises up to 5 percent greater fuel economy. Under certain light-load driving conditions, the number of active engine cylinders decreases from eight to four.

General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on 2006 models. LT editions get a revised exterior appearance. The standard six-cylinder engine gains 16 horsepower.

Side curtain-type airbags are optional in 2006 models, and an occupant-sensing system for the front passenger seat is also available.

TrailBlazer EXTs come in LS and LT trim levels. A new high-performance SS model is offered only in the regular TrailBlazer's lineup.


Exterior
The TrailBlazer EXT is 207.8 inches long overall and rides on a 129-inch wheelbase. In contrast, the regular-length TrailBlazer rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 191.8 inches long. At 77.1 inches, the EXT stands 2.6 inches taller than the regular TrailBlazer. A sunroof is available.

Ground clearance totals 8.1 inches. Wedge-shaped fender flares help give the TrailBlazer EXT a different appearance than its GM companion, the GMC Envoy XL. Running boards ...
Vehicle Overview
Chevrolet's midsize TrailBlazer sport utility vehicle debuted early in 2002 as a five-passenger vehicle. It was soon joined by an extended-length TrailBlazer EXT with a seven-passenger capacity. Both models offer an optional 5.3-liter V-8, an upgrade from the standard 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder engine.

Since 2005, a revised V-8 has operated with Displacement on Demand technology, which promises up to 5 percent greater fuel economy. Under certain light-load driving conditions, the number of active engine cylinders decreases from eight to four.

General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on 2006 models. LT editions get a revised exterior appearance. The standard six-cylinder engine gains 16 horsepower.

Side curtain-type airbags are optional in 2006 models, and an occupant-sensing system for the front passenger seat is also available.

TrailBlazer EXTs come in LS and LT trim levels. A new high-performance SS model is offered only in the regular TrailBlazer's lineup.


Exterior
The TrailBlazer EXT is 207.8 inches long overall and rides on a 129-inch wheelbase. In contrast, the regular-length TrailBlazer rides a 113-inch wheelbase and measures 191.8 inches long. At 77.1 inches, the EXT stands 2.6 inches taller than the regular TrailBlazer. A sunroof is available.

Ground clearance totals 8.1 inches. Wedge-shaped fender flares help give the TrailBlazer EXT a different appearance than its GM companion, the GMC Envoy XL. Running boards can be installed.


Interior
Seating for five people is standard in the regular TrailBlazer, but the seven-passenger TrailBlazer EXT gets a third row with a full footwell and 23.4 cubic feet of space behind the seat. Cargo space reaches 107 cubic feet when all the rear seats are folded. The second-row seat folds and flips forward to permit easier access to the rear.

GM's OnStar communication system is standard. Options include a backseat entertainment system with a DVD player, XM Satellite Radio, power-adjustable pedals, rain-sensing wipers and leather seating surfaces.


Under the Hood
Now rated at 291 hp, the TrailBlazer EXT's 4.2-liter inline-six-cylinder teams with a four-speed-automatic transmission. The optional 5.3-liter V-8, operating with Displacement on Demand technology, produces 300 hp and 330 pounds-feet of torque.

TrailBlazer EXTs 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.


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

Driving Impressions
Ride comfort and performance are EXT strong points, and the standard inline-six-cylinder engine does a credible job. Engine sound barely discernible (except when pushed really hard), and road noise is virtually absent. The V-8 engine provides stronger acceleration, but not by much. GM's automatic transmission shifts promptly and crisply. Despite its truck origin, the expertly cushioned suspension planes the sharp points off nearly any reasonable road surfaces.

The nicely cushioned seats are somewhat firm and have long bottoms but little side bolstering. Interior space is ample up front, but less so in back. Both hard-working TrailBlazers compete competently against the Ford Explorer and other midsize SUVs in passing power, ride comfort and handling prowess.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
12 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(4.0)

Great Sporty People Mover

by Suzanna from Cincinnati, Ohio on July 23, 2018

I really like this car. It has a solid and responsive engine and drive train, hauls a lot of people and all their stuff, has great towing capacity. With all that power, the drawback is not fantastic ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great for traveling on a long trip

by heavy from Riverside, Pa on January 4, 2018

The LT is great for trips. It hugs the road and is nice for groups of 6-8 people. It handles well in bad weather. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT currently has 6 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 EXT 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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