Driving the Chevy Trailblazer - Weekend

Driving the Chevy Trailblazer

Jerome NeriAtty. Jerome G. Neri
The Scrutineer

LAST week I reviewed the Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck and it turned out to be a top contender in its class. Today it’s going to be the SUV version of the Colorado, the Chevrolet Trailblazer.

Everything I said about the Colorado holds true for the Trailblazer. Chevrolet really did its homework on these two outstanding vehicles. The engine is there, the handling is there and the off-road capabilities are there.

The difference, apart from the Trailblazer being an SUV and the Colorado a pickup truck, is that this is more refined and a lot more comfortable.

As I have said before, I am not a fan of pickups and SUVs because I like the nimbleness of a car and find these SUVs a burden to drive. I was pleasantly surprised with the Trailblazer as it was as easy to drive as a car. It has an all-new electronic power steering, which does the magic in making this SUV feel car-like. The chassis is also stiffer with fully boxed frame. These improvements give better stability, comfort and great car control.

2017 Chevy Trailblazer (Photo from the Internet)
2017 Chevy Trailblazer (Photo from the Internet)

There is one thing, though, that stands out in this car that has impressed me the most, and it is the quietness of the cabin. You do not hear much road noise. A quiet cabin makes the car a very comfortable car. The Chevrolet engineers did a lot of work to achieve this. In fact when you close the doors, the windows automatically drop an inch to make it easier to close it by lessening the air pressure as the door is being slammed. This has become necessary because the cabin is that insulated.

Our test route was the same, from the port of Danao to Carmen then back to Danao and to Danasan Eco Adventure Park. I was a passenger for the first half of the drive and this car was so quiet that I actually fell asleep, and yes it was a very deep sleep. It’s not easy to sleep in a car. This gets five stars for comfort. The aircon is also very nice and cold.

The new Trailblazer has also the modern safety features to protect and keep the drivers and passengers safe such as Traction Control System, Anti-lock Brakes, Panic Brake Assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Anti Rolling Protection and Trailer Sway Control. It also has a host of passive safety features such as a Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Front and Rear Parking Assist and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

Techies will also love this SUV as its entertainment system is just like a tablet and can connect to a smartphone via Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto. This will allow the techies to project a simplified version of their smartphone screen on to the car’s color touchscreen. The driver can also control the entertainment system via verbal commands as it is equipped with Siri Eyes Free and voice recognition software.

Why are we getting so much from a Trailblazer and Colorado? Well the higher-ups at Chevrolet gave the development team a clear mission, which is to “put our customers at the center of everything we do.” The goal was to make the New Trailblazer and Colorado the segment leader in the region. I get the impression that Chevrolet left no stone unturned when they developed the Trailblazer and the Colorado such that both vehicles are a big leap forward compared to its predecessors. Looks like Chevrolet has achieved its goal.

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