2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer | new car review

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 by
2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2.5 stars
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AEDAED 95,000 - 135,000
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 60%
  • Interior
    Editor: 60%
  • Quality
    Editor: 50%
  • Features
    Editor: 65%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The 2015 Trailblazer is a Mid-Sized Sports Utility Vehicle, that isn’t very sporty. Facing competition from the likes of the Honda Pilot and Toyota Fortuner, the Trailblazer definitely isn’t the best looking of the bunch.

Pros

* Capacity to seat 7 individuals.

Cons

* Exterior styling.
* Quality of materials used in the interior is a major let down.

Looks

The previous generation Trailblazer looked tough and had a very American vibe to it. However, since the second generation Trailblazer surfaced in 2012, I’ve always thought it looked delicate and dare I say, Korean. Up front, the 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer wears small, nearly oval headlamps and an enormous grille; while the rear end houses LED tail lamps, and quite possibly, the largest golden bowtie in the brand’s line-up.

2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer front + side

Feels

Pull the door open and it won’t be long before you realize the ‘built in Thailand’ Trailblazer is oozing with economical materials. Everything from the dashboard, to the door panels, to the armrest, is made of solid plastic and emits that dreaded plastic stench. Thankfully, the rear A/C vents and the capacity to seat 7 individuals work as its saving grace.

2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer interior

Engineering

With a 5-star safety rating, passengers in the Trailblazer can rest easy as the frontal airbags, side curtain, and side impact airbags are neatly tucked away until they are needed in the event of a collision.

2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer front

What’s on offer?

Under the hood, the 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer hides a 3.6 litre V6 engine that produces 236 horsepower and is mated to a 6 speed transmission. Depending on whether you’re one who enjoys the dunes or not, the Trailblazer is available with a 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive layout. The basic LT variant starts at AED 95,000, however, if it’s 18” rims, steering wheel controls, chrome door handles and leather seats you’re after, the LTZ trim retails for AED 135,000.

2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer rear

Summing it…

The 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer isn’t a good looking SUV, neither is it a pleasant place to be in. But then when you realize it costs AED 8,000 less than a Toyota Fortuner, and AED 39,000 less than a Honda Pilot, you begin to forgive it for its shortcomings.

2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer top

Specifications

Specifications2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Engine/ Cylinders3.6 litre V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
236 hp @ 6,600 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
329 Nm @ 3,200 RPM
Tranmission6 speed automatic
DriveRear Wheel Drive / Four Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h9.7 secs
Top speed180 km/h
PriceAED 95,000 - 135,000

5 Responses to 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer | new car review

  1. Michael Reply

    June 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Pity that you are so young zaran and really have no idea about cars or how they are designed your so called review is , to say the least typical of the UAE . Now i on the other hand i am a fully trained engineer with vehicle design and testing . Just for your information i along with 9 other coleagues have covered a total of 375,000km in the vehicle that your review covers . Without any failures . Only checks and specified service procedures done over this time , further much of this was done in the middle east as well as other countries . Your comments about cheap plastic and dreaded stench are also very petty , yes the vehicle does have plastic in the interior , but all of very high quality , Have you been in a Boeing or Airbus , ? Er ? They use the same material , also did you carry out cabin decibel tests , hmm more quite than any of the competition FACT , ENGINE ONE OF THE BEST ON THE PLANET . have you checked out the Isuzu Mu7 same vehicle , Chevrolet and Isuzu worked together on this vehicle along with some of the worlds top 5 auto makers . And as always cost bugets were a major impact area , but in a manner to build the vehicle to multi customer consumer base requirements in multiple countries i could go on and educate you more with many of your misleading comments , But suffice to say it would be lost on someone that has only seen motor vehicles in the last 20 or so years before that they were called donkeys and camels , Trailblazer is without doubt a very good all round machine but yes just like everything in this world it does have room to be improved all be it in minor ways to suit individual preferences, so for your future reviews learn fact not UAE wacky races thinking ie my car has more bling than yours , get FACTUAL and learn before you mislead others with your typical biased narrow view on a few points . Study and review the complete vehicle and do noise tests in the cabin vibration tests , temprature stabillity and more then submit your review

    • Pankaj Dev

      Pankaj Dev Reply

      June 20, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Michael, with due respect to your qualifications and experience, AutoMiddleEast.com is an independent website. This is what we do – publish our views in an unbiased fashion.
      That said, thank you for posting detailed insight on the Trailblazer testing and development. I am sure our readers will find this information useful.
      Question for you – your claim of – “FACT , ENGINE ONE OF THE BEST ON THE PLANET” – has this been validated by an independent organization or are these your personal views?

    • Zaran Tarapore

      Zaran Tarapore Reply

      June 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

      Dear Michael,

      Great having you on the site and even nicer seeing someone who still holds the Trailblazer’s flag high up.

      I’m afraid doing noise tests, cabin vibration tests, temperature stability and the likes are all your field of work, not mine.

      My job is to review the car as a buyer would see it and quite frankly cabin decibel tests are something buyers in the Trailblazer’s segment couldn’t care less about. The way I see it, the Trailblazer’s lost its way and the lack of second-generation models on the road is a testament to that.

      Best regards,

      Zaran

    • Ravi Reply

      September 17, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Hello Michael,

      I am surprise to see your comments about Trailblazer and wondering how could you drive 375,000 KM with this car?.
      I am one of a victim of Trailblazer LTZ 2013 model from DUBAI.

      I purchased Trailblazer LTZ (2013 model) in March 2014 and drive 150KM daily to my office on Dubai highway and done 45000KM now. From the day one of driving the car, I started feeling the vibration in speed above 80KMPH and wind noise issue (above 75db at 120KMPH speed). The vibration is irritating and heavily visible in steering, seats the things (water bottle) kept in car.

      The car was handed over to the dealer (Liberty Automobile-Sharjah) for several times, but after doing so many trial and error attempts for more than 1.5 Years, it was informed by dealer that “both the issues cannot be solved or improved – It is the characteristic of this vehicle, which cannot be solved or improved further”

      The below is the technical statement given by the Chevrolet Service Engineer, you may carefully read

      *******”Starting with steering vibration, We came across similar cases with same concern once this model was released, this concern already escalated to GM Technical team and platform, and an extensive tests and analysis had been done By Liberty and GM technical team and we came out with a conclusion that this vehicle operates as designed.
      We did all tests and sent all readings to platform, and the final result is this vehicle’s suspension system is sensitive to the road changes, and any reaction between the road and tires will be transferred to the body and steering wheel”.*******

      I reported this problem to Chevrolet Arabia – Customer care, but unfortunately they could verbally confirm that “yes, it is the known issue and there is no solution now”. Even after demanding for a written reply, they were not ready to give a reply in writing, may be to avoid legal issue.

      In conclusion, it is a failure car in UAE and I am one of the victims of this car. The car was launched in UAE for sale on 2013, but not imported to UAE again in 2014 because of highly bad remarks from customers due to huge vibration and noise.

      Finally I have claimed Liberty Automobile to give me the replacement car or full refund of money and I am waiting for the reply. I may decide to file a case in consumer rights after receiving the reply form Liberty.

  2. warllo bangueran jr Reply

    October 29, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    i like this car

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