2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer was new.

The Trailblazer falls far short of top competitors in reliability, refined interior and -- unless you're talking about the powerful SS model -- performance. Consequently, it ranks near the bottom of its class. It even falls near the bottom when only compared to other off-road SUVs.

6.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 5.5
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.1
Safety: 6.5
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • SS model features a powerful V8 engine and solid overall performance
  • Good cargo room for its class
  • Soft, sub-par handling (except for SS model)
  • Interior suffers from a dated design and low-quality materials
  • Poor fuel economy, even for a midsize SUV

2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Overview

The 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, according to our analysis, has more power than its chassis can handle and lacks the general refinement of its competitors. Most reviews say its strong point is a comfortable, roomy and relatively well-equipped cabin, but that can't make up for sub-par handling and cheap interior materials. "After factoring in the inevitable incentives that accompany the TrailBlazer, it has a decent amount of equipment and is somewhat of a good value, but the interior and the driving experience place it at the bottom of its class," says Car and Driver. "The SS model transcends its plebeian roots, however, and will provide some serious acceleration, handling, and grins."

Despite the fact that reviews say the TrailBlazer is in desperate need of a redesign, it gets only minor changes for 2008, including the addition of standard side air bags. The TrailBlazer is priced competitively, though the price tag increases considerably with an upgrade to the high-performance SS.

The 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is available in two main trims: the base LT and the performance-driven SS. The SS is broken down into two sub-trims: the 1SS and the top of the line 3SS.

  • "Chevrolet TrailBlazer is powerful, rugged and capable, yet smooth, comfortable and civilized. Its rigid chassis, sophisticated suspension, powerful brakes and impressive details place it among the best of the mid-size SUVs." -- New Car Test Drive
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