The base price of the four-wheel-drive test vehicle was $33,010. A sunroof, Bose sound system, locking rear differential, off-road tires and metallic paint brought the sticker price to $38,000. Warranty
Three years or 36,000 miles. Point: Adding 16 inches to the TrailBlazer's wheelbase gives seven-seat flexibility in a moderately sized vehicle. It costs less than a full-size Suburban and is more maneuverable. Counterpoint: The extra size and weight zaps some of the energy from the standard 4.2-liter, six-cylinder engine. Fuel economy suffers, as well. The addition of a V-8 in the fall will be welcome. SPECIFICATIONS:
Engine: 4.2-liter, 270-hp 6-cyl.
Transmission: automatic Four-wheel drive
Wheelbase: 129 inches
Curb weight: 4,958 lbs.
Base price: $33,010
As driven: $38,000
Mpg rating: 15 city, 20 hwy.