The Duramax 2.8L engine block never seemed to be out of breath, whether I pedal the gas pedal when the car stood still or when passing the car on the highway. 500 Nm is not a small number, especially when compared to just … 245 Nm of Fortuner the most advanced gasoline engine. The variable geometry turbocharger technology greatly reduces turbocharging hysteresis and the Duramax block has enough power for the car to slip behind if you turn off the electronic balancing system and step on the accelerator pedal. If one must mention that the Traiblazer is superior to the opponent, it is this engine block. However, this engine block is relatively noisy.
6-speed automatic transmission of Chevrolet Traiblazer has also been upgraded to bring comfort when traveling on the street. The gearbox is mounted to the engine by a vibration absorbing transducer (Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber) instead of a conventional damping torque converter. It was a rare item that appeared on ordinary cars. Put simply, this transducer eliminates all vibrations of the engine instead of transmitting it into the cabin. That means passengers in the car will feel smoother, even if the driver is stepping on the accelerator. Improvements in the drivetrain plus thicker door gaskets and 10% thicker windows led to 8% less cabin cabin noise compared to the previous Trailblazer.
The feeling of electric power steering of Chevrolet Traiblazer is very compact, firm and relatively accurate, different from the heavy feeling of hydraulic steering on Fortuner. The feeling of a good steering wheel plus an extremely powerful engine makes all my journey with Trailblazer enjoyable. Whether passing a container truck on Thang Long Boulevard or inspiring the Kia Morning to “breathe smoke” in the street, the Trailblazer always gives me the necessary confidence. Smart features such as forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, or lane-keeping assist and automatic throttle are all things that make car buyers “worth the money”. In fact, the Chevrolet Trailblazer 2018 is one of the most fully equipped cars in the price range of around 1 billion.
One of the pluses that I want to mention is the My Link infotainment system. It supports both Android Auto and Apple Carplay, which makes the infotainment interface of the Trailblazer much “smart”. I can’t remember how many times I shook my head at the old-fashioned infotainment interfaces on some Japanese cars, so much so that I had to accept listening to the FM radio, not connecting my phone and listening to music as usual. . Android Auto and Apple Carplay are two gadgets that seem to have become the norm, but many automakers, especially those assembled, still deliberately ignore them. The 8-inch touch screen of Chevrolet Trailblazer has good smoothness, brightness and color, for a comfortable experience even in the midday sun.
The second row of this 7-seat SUV is spacious, with armrests and can recline. However, it is better if the second row can slide up to make room for the third row. Therefore, the third row, which cannot recline, is only suitable for short trips only. . In return, all 3 rows of seats have separate air conditioning.
Chevrolet Traiblazer is a high-under-road vehicle with a relatively good off-road ability with all-wheel drive, powerful engine and clear ground clearance. It can accompany you to any construction site or run ice on dirt roads in the countryside. However, this is not a heavy terrain machine because of the lack of ability to lock the rear differential.
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8L 4×4 AT LTZ consumes more than 11 liters of oil per 100 km during a nearly 600 km journey with most of the street and off-road running. That’s a very good number because, as usual, I’m not a “light-hearted and soft-spoken driver”, especially when traveling with a powerful vehicle like the Trailblazer. All in all, Chevrolet Trailblazer possesses all the factors to become the leading 7-seater family car in the segment: strong performance, many technological gadgets, spacious interior and reasonable price. Does Chevrolet Trailblazer have enough factors to overtake Toyota Fortuner? To me, the answer is “yes”.
Score: 8.5 / 10
– Strong performance
– Many convenient features
– Reasonable selling price
– Engine noise
– The design is quite lack of modern
– Only 2 airbags
Vi Phạm (Tuoitrethudo)