Before it became its own model of vehicle in 2002, the Trailblazer was once simply the designation given to the highest trim level of the Chevy Blazer. Since this rebirth seven years ago the vehicle has slowly slid into irrelevance along with most every other larger SUV. Now there are indications that even after its next major update it will be dropped all together, possibly after 2011 if not earlier.
The 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is available in two main trims: the base LT and the performance-driven SS. The SS is broken down into two sub-trims: the 1SS and the top of the line 3SS. As SUVs continue to be replaced by crossovers, the Trailblazer maintains a certain throwback quality that is largely the result of its truck underpinnings. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Particularly at the SS trim-level, the Trailblazer is extremely powerful. Powered by the 6.0 Liter LS2 small block V8, the trailblazer produces 390 horsepower. The AWD SS also benefits from the addition of a ZQ8 Sport suspension with air-assisted load leveling, 20-inch polished-aluminum wheels, heavy-duty front disk brakes, an Eaton limited slip rear differential and special premium leather seating.
Trailblazer SS Interior
In comparison to other domestic vehicles such as the Durango or Explorer, the Trailblazer has not aged as well from a design standpoint. In fact, since its introduction in 2002 the Trailblazer is virtually unchanged. However, if you like the look of the Tahoe and Suburban, you will probably be pleased with the Trailblazer. The same could be said for the driving characteristics, which are on the lumbering side of things in comparison to the lighter and more nimble offerings from the Japanese makers as well as midsize models from Jeep.
Inside the same could be said for the interior quality that is not befitting the $40 grand plus price tag. Most egregious of its faults is the use of hard and cheap plastic materials. Space, however, is large and the Trailblazer comes with a nice assortment of amenities if you can get beyond the generic construction. Also, given the incredible dealer and factory discounts available, assuming you feel comfortable buying from the “General” right now, the price might be right.