Originally introduced in 2020, the TrailBlazer was originally planned for the Chinese market. However, it arrived in North America only a year later, which means that the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will represent the third production year in this part of the world. This also means that it is still early for a mid-cycle refresh. The current version should remain unchanged for another year or two, which means that the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will be a typical carryover model.
From the buyer’s perspective, this means a familiar layout, with familiar pros and cons. We like this crossover because of its spacious cabin, with respectable cargo and passenger room for the class. Furthermore, we also like the infotainment system, which is pretty easy to use. On the other hand, the ride quality could be better, while the interior quality isn’t among the best in class.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Chevy Trailblazer Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer should be a typical carryover model. This would mean a familiar layout, based on the company’s new VSS-F platform, where “F” stands for front-wheel drive. Of course, AWD models are available too, but this is essentially a front-wheel-drive-biased car. The suspension setup is rather simple and while that brings benefits in terms of low maintenance and repair costs, the ride quality isn’t impressive. There are many rivals that are both more comfortable and provide more athleticism.
Styling changes aren’t expected. The 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will continue with the same aesthetics, which are based on the brand’s latest design language. You can notice that the front end has a lot in common with the mid-size Blazer. We could say that the car looks very nice and the only updates we expect to see for the next year are new color options.
When it comes to interior design, we feel that the Trailblazer is a kind of a mixed bag. It offers both good and bad things in things in this aspect. The bad thing is build quality, which isn’t impressive. Most areas feature hard plastics and most rivals look more upscale.
On the other hand, there is nothing to complain about regarding interior space. This crossover offers a lot of room for the segment, and even the second row accommodates adults pretty comfortably. The front seats are also very nice, while the driving position is good.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 25.3 cubic feet of space with its rear seats upright and 54.4 cubic feet, which are pretty impressive numbers for a subcompact crossover.
Novelties in this aspect are always possible but we are pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same as in the 2022 model. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like keyless entry, a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Among options, expect to find things like an 8-inch touch screen, additional USB ports, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, wireless device charging, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, push-button start, and remote start.
The same thing is with safety features. So, base models should come with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning etc. The list of upgrades should include goodies like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors etc.
2023 Chevy Trailblazer Engines
Things under the hood will remain the same. So, base models will carry on with a 1.2-liter turbo inline-three, which puts out around 137 horsepower. The engine comes in pair with a CVT, which sends power to the front wheels. The optional 1.3-liter engine features a max output of 155 horsepower and offers slightly better driving dynamics. More importantly, it comes coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which provides better driving experience. Moreover, this engine also unlocks the available all-wheel drive.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on about 29 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the base engine. Interestingly, the more powerful engine offers slightly higher mpg ratings. With this one, you may count on about 29 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
2023 Chevy Trailblazer Release Date and Price
As there are no bigger changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 22.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V etc.