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Chevy Trailblazer Makes List of 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000

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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
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The cool factor might be hard to define. You either have it or you don’t, and according to the editors at Kelley Blue Book, the Chevy Trailblazer definitely does. The small and affordable SUV made the pub’s list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000 for 2021.

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Although they cannot exactly quantify the cool quotient, the KBB editors considered certain factors when comprising this year’s top 10. They balanced style, capability, versatility, fun tech, and affordability.

Landing in the fourth spot, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer earned props for its affordable price tag. It has a starting MSRP of $19,000. However, it is not just the budget-friendly sticker that won over KBB.

“It’s an appealing option for people who want SUV versatility at a good price. It comes standard with advanced safety and a peppy engine,” said KBB writer Allyson Harwood.

Spacious cabin

The 2021 Trailblazer seats five and features an athletic design. It offers plenty of cargo space when you are on your own. Fold down the rear seats to reveal a maximum of 54.4 cubic feet of space. It can even accommodate a maximum cargo length of 8.5 feet when you fold down the front passenger seat.

Peppy powertrain options

Another appealing feature of the 2021 Trailblazer is its powertrain lineup. You have two options to choose from, each delivering substantial EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings. The standard 1.2-liter engine puts out 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque while returning up to 31 mpg on the highway. The available 1.3-liter engine boasts 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque and can earn 33 mpg on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive. That number drops to 30 mpg highway with AWD.

Advanced safety tech

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer offers a long list of standard and available safety technologies and systems. The suite of driver-assist technologies, Chevy Safety Assist, includes tech such as Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Automatic Emergency Braking. Under proper conditions, these systems monitor potential dangers and engage the brakes when necessary.

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