Flash Drive

2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Model Tested: 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS

The 2023 Trailblazer finished in Nitro Yellow is a stylish subcompact SUV.

Engine:1.3-liter turbo 3-cylinder, 155 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft torque

Transmission:  9-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

EPA Rating: 26-mpg city, 30-mpg highway, 28-mpg combined

Base Price: $27,400

As Tested: $31,530


OK performance from tiny 1.3-liter 3-cylinder

Good highway mpg—our best was 37.7-

The 2023 Trailblazer with AWD is a good size for dirt covered forest roads as well as ski trips.


Ride characteristics a little harsh

Easy to maneuver in city for parking, etc.

Feels more athletic around town than on highway

Good safety features

Can tow up to 1000 pounds


Stretch-out front row leg room

Good, relatively high driving position

The 2023 Trailblazer with collapsed second row and passenger seat to show maximum cargo space.

Hard center armrest

Very good rear seat adult size room

An adult can fit in middle position

Firm middle cushion but acceptable

Excellent rear shoe room under front seats

Low floor hump

Large rear doors for good ingress/egress


Manual liftgate with good clearance

Flat cargo deck, no lift-over

The Trailblazer dashboard, steering wheel, and infotainment system are all excellent.

Good cargo space

Minor slope to split folding rear seats

A little extra storage under cargo deck

Large front door bins

Small but deep console bin

Small rear door bins

Two medium size seatback pouches

Large visors with excellent slide range

Medium glovebox but no lock

Phone charging bin

WOW Factors:

Good highway fuel economy

The flexible seats and flat cargo deck allow for surprisingly big items in this small SUV.

Sharp styling

Good size for city commuting

Spacious interior, roomy backseat

Forward folding right front seat

Ample cargo space


Leisurely acceleration

Price climbs on loaded editions

Hard front armrest

Restricted access to front door bins

Lots of plastic on door panels

The 2023 Trailblazer is handsomely styled from all angles.

Bottom Line:

The 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer AWD RS is a stylish subcompact SUV that packs a lot of space, comfort, and technology into a relatively small package. Interior space and comfort is excellent in both rows with ample room for five adults. The Trailblazer has Chevrolet’s newest technology package available and the newest infotainment system is standard. The Chevrolet Trailblazer is available is all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive iterations.