As GM Authority has covered before, the Buick Encore GX and Chevy Trailblazer are actually quite different, despite similarities in body style, platform, and engine lineup. The differences can be seen in several different areas, including in the cabin space, where the Buick Encore GX has this one key difference with the new Chevrolet Trailblazer.
When it comes to the climate control system, the Buick Encore GX is equipped with an automatic dual-zone setup as standard on the mid-range Select and range-topping Essence trim levels, while in the Trailblazer, a manual single-zone air conditioning system is standard.
Customers that step up to the Trailblazer LT, Trailblazer Activ, or Trailblazer RS are offered single-zone automatic climate control as an available option. To note, single-zone automatic climate control is optional in the LT, Activ, and RS trims exclusively through the Convenience Package.
There are other differences between the Buick Encore GX and Chevy Trailblazer worth pointing out as well. As GM Authority covered previously, there are variations in the safety systems on offer, as well as the wheelbase lengths, despite the fact that both models ride on the GM VSS-F vehicle set. To this latter point, the 2021 Buick Encore GX has a 102.2-inch wheelbase, while the Trailblazer has a 103.9-inch wheelbase.
Interestingly, General Motors claims that these two models aren’t cannibalizing sales from one another, either.
To note, both the Buick Encore GX and new Chevy Trailblazer are considered subcompact crossovers, and both feature the same engine lineup, including the base turbo 1.2L I3 LIH, which produces 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and the optional turbo 1.3L I3 L3T, which produces 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The Buick Encore GX starts at $25,095, while the Chevy Trailblazer starts at $19,995.