The Chevrolet Trailblazer nameplate was reintroduced for the 2021 model year as an all-new “sub-compact plus” crossover, slotting in underneath the compact Chevrolet Equinox and above the subcompact Chevrolet Trax. Critically, the 2021 Trailblazer offers loads of space for passengers in the rear seat, including best-in-class rear seat legroom, as highlighted in the following post.
Although front legroom is below average for the segment, with just 40.9 inches, the 2021 Trailblazer stands out with 39.4 inches of rear seat legroom. The 2020 Honda HR-V trails with 39.3 inches of rear seat legroom, while 2020 Kia Soul offers 38.8 inches, and the 2020 Jeep Compass offers 38.3 inches.
Notably, the 2021 Trailblazer also bests the Buick Encore GX, which offers just 36 inches of rear seat legroom, despite the fact that both vehicles ride on the GM VSS-F vehicle set. This is partly down to wheelbase measurements, with the 2021 Trailblazer measured at 103.9 inches, and the Buick Encore GX measured at 102.2 inches, a difference of 1.7 inches.
What’s more, the 2021 Trailblazer offers loads of space in terms of cargo room, with 25.3 cubic-feet with the rear seats up, and 54.4 cubic-feet with the rear seats down.
|Vehicle||Front Headroom (in)||Rear Headroom (in)||Front Legroom (in)||Rear Legroom (in)||Front Shoulder Room (in)||Rear Shoulder Room (in)||Front Hip Room (in)||Rear Hip Room (in)|
|2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer||40||38.9||40.9||39.4||55.4||53.8||52.3||45.7|
|2020 Honda HR-V||37.6 to 39.5||38.3||41.2||39.3||56.8||54.5||53.1||47.4|
|2020 Kia Soul||38.3 to 39.4||39.5||41.1||38.8||55.5||54.7||53.5||52.8|
|2020 Jeep Compass||38.6 to 39.2||38.5||41.8||38.3||56.7||55.1||54.1||49.2|
|2021 Kia Seltos||38.4 to 40.0||38.5||41.4||38||55.5||54.7||53.5||52.8|
|2020 Kia Niro HEV||40.1||39.1||41.7||37.4||56||55.2||53.7||48.3|
|2020 Kia Niro PHEV||40.1||39.1||41.7||37.4||56||55.2||53.7||48.3|
|2020 Ford EcoSport||39.6||37.5||42.9||36.7||53.3||51.3||51.6||50.9|
|2020 Subaru Crosstrek||37.6 to 39.8||38||43.1||36.5||56.7||55.6||55.1||55.2|
|2020 Subaru Crosstrek PHEV||37.6 to 39.8||38||43.1||36.5||56.7||55.6||55.1||55.2|
|2020 Mazda CX-30||38.1||38.3||41.7||36.3||55.6||53.6||54.6||53.2|
|2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport||39.4||37.9||41.6||36.3||56.2||55.5||52.1||51.6|
|2020 Buick Encore GX||39.7||38.1||40.9||36||55.4||53.6||51.9||47.5|
|2020 Buick Encore||39.6||38.8||40.8||35.7||54.2||52.5||51.7||50.1|
|2020 Chevrolet Trax||39.6||38.8||40.8||35.7||54.1||52.8||51.7||50.7|
|2020 Jeep Renegade||39.7 to 41.1||40.5||41.2||35.1||55.9||55.1||53.1||51.9|
|2020 Mazda CX-3||38.4||37.2||41.7||35||53.5||50.4||52.3||49|
|2020 Fiat 500X||39.1||37.8||41.4||34.8||54.3||52.8||53.3||52.2|
|2020 Hyundai Kona||38.0 to 39.6||37.8||41.5||34.6||55.5||54.5||53.3||52.2|
|2020 Hyundai Venue||39.4||38.6||41.3||34.3||53.9||53.7||52.1||43.5|
|2020 Nissan Rogue Sport||38.8 to 39.6||38.5||42.8||33.4||56.6||55.7||53.4||46.9|
|2020 Nissan Kicks||40.7||38.5||43.7||33.2||53||53.2||50.9||49.1|
|2020 Toyota C-HR||38.1||38.3||43.5||31.7||49||52.5||53||48|
As a reminder, the 2021 Trailblazer is offered with two engine choices, including the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH, which produces 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T, which produces 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The 1.2L LIH mates to a CVT, while the 1.3L L3T mates to a nine-speed automatic. Both FWD and AWD are available.
Production for the North American market takes place at the GM Bupyeong plant in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea.
Offering plenty of room, technology, and head-turning style, the 2021 Trailblazer makes for a very solid crossover. Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Trailblazer news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.