A crossover inspired by the larger Blazer SUV is one of Chevy’s newest subcompact vehicles, and it has a sporty vibe with plenty of room for passengers and cargo in a tidy package. The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer displays more personality than the typical SUVs in the compact segment, and it has the benefit of better fuel economy due to its size. Right from entry-level, the 2022 Trailblazer is loaded with standard technology features, and it comes standard with the Chevy Safety Assist suite of driver-assist tech. For drivers seeking more thrill, the ACTIV trim level delivers light off-road capability with standard features to protect your Trailblazer from damage.
For 2022, the Chevy Trailblazer is available in four trim levels: LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS. The standard engine is a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that is surprisingly peppy and moves the Trailblazer with satisfying ease. This engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission with standard front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available across all trims, and when equipped, it is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Opting for all-wheel drive automatically upgrades the engine to the 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, which is also a three-cylinder that has more power available for the all-wheel drive system. Buyers seeking a compact footprint with a roomy interior for an affordable price will love everything the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer has to offer.
The 2022 Chevy Trailblazer takes design references from its larger sibling, the Blazer, on a smaller scale. On the exterior, the Trailblazer draws your eye with its sporty appeal. Black cladding, a spunky body shape, and the option of a two-tone roof give the Trailblazer a unique personality. Standard 17-inch aluminum wheels add a bright contrast to the dark grille, and the LED daytime running lights cut two slender lines beneath the brow of the hood. The profile of the 2022 Trailblazer is low and wide in comparison to the more compact Trax, which gives the Trailblazer better stability and driving manners suited to the sporty compact. Taillights have a funky design that catches the eye, and the shaping of the back end of the SUV continues its unique style with the taillights extending past the edge of the body to a tapered line leading to the roof.
Inside the 2022 Trailblazer, seating for five continues the sport styling with bold shaping to the air vents, sculpting in the door panels, and the rounded appearance of the instrument dials in the command center. With upper trims, contrasting colors in the air vents and stitching add splashes of visual interest. The infotainment screen in the center stack is lower than many vehicles, which is a great choice for those who don’t like having a touchscreen raised above the line of the dash. Here, Chevy places the vents above the screen to keep the line of the dash continuous. Dials for controlling the touchscreen are located at the base for those who prefer not to interact with the screen itself, and climate controls are also accessible via dials and buttons located lower in the center stack.
Space inside the 2022 Trailblazer is actually quite generous despite its subcompact label. The legroom in both the front and rear seats accommodates adults comfortably, and the headroom should also allow for above-average adults to fit easily in either front or back. Cargo space in the rear with the seats in place has a third more volume than you would find in a midsize sedan trunk, and the cargo floor can drop two inches lower to make extra space if needed. Leaving the cargo floor at the higher level allows for more storage underneath to tuck valuables out of sight, and the load floor is even with the sill plate. When more space is needed for larger items, the rear 60/40 split-folding seats create an almost flat floor, and the front passenger seat can also fold flat to accommodate items like surfboards or skis for up to eight feet of cargo space.
Chevy has made a clear effort to bring technology into the forefront of its vehicles, even those selling for lower price points. The 2022 Trailblazer is a happily affordable crossover, and yet it comes with an inclusive set of technology features for both infotainment and driver-assist safety. A large seven-inch touchscreen makes interacting with the Chevy Infotainment 3 system easy to navigate, particularly with the large dial and buttons located below the screen to have the option of buyer preference for interaction. Pages on the infotainment screen allow access to the built-in WiFi, which comes via standard Chevy Connected service, as well as Sirius XM and the standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. No wires are needed for smartphone connectivity!
Upper trims have the option of adding wireless charging or Amazon Alexa, conveniences that can make travel convenient with your tech, especially with Alexa for navigation and voice commands. A premium Bose seven-speaker audio system is available for upgraded sound quality, and both HD radio and SiriusXM 360L are features found in upper trims. A handy smartphone feature Chevy includes for rear seat passengers is a slot for a cell phone to be stored in the rear of the center console, a clever space to place your phone while it charges using the ports located in the same area.
Safety features for the 2022 Trailblazer are wide-ranging, even beyond the safety suite encompassed in the standard Chevy Safety Assist package. The convenience of driver-assist features is undeniable when you have IntelliBeam Auto High Beams, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert to keep you safe and make driving simpler on busy roads. Six features in the suite help the driver with warnings or automatic braking and control of the vehicle to prevent or mitigate accidents, but there are also safety features like Teen Driver to allow parents to set limits on certain drivers if desired. OnStar access offers another set of options for safety and convenience with available emergency services and navigation. Ranging into upper trims upgrades the rearview camera to HD for crisper images and opens up more driver-assist features like Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist.
For a more performance-oriented model, the ACTIV trim adds several exciting features for mild off-road driving and styling to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. With the ACTIV trim, all-wheel drive is standard, which includes the upgraded 1.3-liter engine. Acceleration with the 1.3-liter in sport mode provides satisfying engine feedback, particularly when achieving highway speeds. Sport terrain tires give the Trailblazer better articulation, and the sport-tuned suspension offers a stiffer steering sensation and higher ground clearance for handling rough terrain. Features dedicated to off-road readiness like tow hooks and a front skid plate are part of the ACTIV trim for those wanting to try light off-roading on mild trails.
For buyers planning to tow along a light trailer, the 2022 Trailblazer ACTIV trim comes with a tow hitch receiver, and it is rated for towing up to 1,000 pounds. Because the ACTIV trim is in the upper range of the lineup, it comes with comforts and upgrades to the appearance that make the ACTIV trim unique. From the exterior, the available two-tone paint is offered in a number of colors that can be chosen according to buyer preference, leaning more into its sporty styling. A similar two-tone appearance can be chosen for the interior, and faux leather upholstery elevates the cabin along with stitching and badging specific to this trim.
Conveniences like a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel and three-stage heated front seats make chilly days more comfortable, and the driver’s seat comes with powered lumbar support. Keyless entry and remote start are standard for the Activ trim, and for those who want the improved convenience of a hands-free liftgate, the Sun and Liftgate package adds a dual-pane panoramic sunroof with the gesture-activated liftgate, which shines a logo on the ground to indicate the location of the sensor. Adaptive cruise control is also available for the ACTIV trim and can be included in the Technology Package, which upgrades features like wireless charging, the Bose sound system, and LED headlights.