Chevrolet TrailBlazer alternatives
Latest model: Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS 2006
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is a mid-size SUV from the Chevrolet division of Basic Motors. It was presented in 1999 as an upscale trim line of the Blazer, and became a model in itself for 2002. The rest of the Blazer line continued, but because of the new Chevrolet Trailblazer, the Chevrolet Trailblazer trim was discontinued. The Chevrolet Trailblazer won the North American Truck of the Year award. The Chevrolet Trailblazer replaced the Blazer as the company's mid-size SUV, though production of the 2-door Blazer overlapped with the new 4-door Chevrolet Trailblazer for some years (the 4-door Blazer was only manufactured for fleet orders).
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The SUV is built on a truck platform, with all models having four-wheel drive as an feature with both automatic engagement and the more conventional "4 High" and "4 Low" gearings. The car has enough ground clearance to enable certain off-road usage. Its main disadvantage is its increased width (as compared to a Suzuki Samurai or a Jeep Wrangler) and lack of suspension travel, causing it to high side when it encounters high-camber-variance terrain or big rocks. Additionally, it lacks either locking hubs or a limited slip differential, though the latter is available as an feature.
One original element of the Chevrolet Trailblazer line was the availability of a 3-row 7-passenger EXT version. This car is 16 in (406 mm) longer and has a higher roofline to enable easier access to the third row of seatings. This roof is disguised by traditional roof racks.
Production of the EXT model was handled by the Oklahoma City Assembly plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The last Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT rolled off the assembly line on February 20, 2006, because GM had reportedly closed that plant, making 2006 the final year for the Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT.