The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer blasts the 2021 Jeep Renegade out of the water
The crossover car class is getting more crowded by the day. With every car manufacturer out there trying to attract as many prospective buyers as possible, crossovers have become cheaper and better than ever.
Two of the most sought-after models are the Jeep Renegade and the brand-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Today we’ll look at both in detail to see which one is better and whether the $5,000 extra you have to pay for the Renegade is justified.
Judging by exterior design, they’re not. Far from it. While the Chevrolet Trailblazer looks modern and classy, just like a true executive crossover should, the Renegade is quite cartoonish. Both SUVs adhere to their respective brand’s design language with the Trailblazer borrowing parts of the Camaro’s nose to which it adds an imposing grille and a contrasting roof that seems to be floating.
The Jeep seems to have come out of a toddler’s pocket and somehow grew to full-car dimensions. Not a bad-looking car but it lacks the class of the Trailblazer.
Under the hood, both SUVs offer two engine choices each. The Trailblazer offers a standard 1.2-liter I3 that will deliver 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, and an upgrade, the 1,3-liter I3 at 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.
The standard powertrain for the Renegade is the 2.4-liter inline-4 that churns out 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque and the upgrade is the 1.3-liter turbo-4 that will deliver 177 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque.
Extra power for the Jeep but it will cost you miles per gallon.
On the interior, both crossovers are roomy and there are quality materials as far as the eye can see. A 7.0-inch color touch is standard on both the Trailblazer and the Renegade, as well as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth audio streaming. The Trailblazer gets Chevrolet’s newest infotainment system and both USB-A and USB-C ports that will charge newer devices.
Where the Trailblazer takes the lead again is safety. The 2021 Trailblazer is brand-new and has yet to be tested for safety by third-party organizations but considering it comes standard with premium safety features such as Automated Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Following Distance Indicator, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, we’re pretty sure it will pass every test with flying colors. The Renegade, however, scored poorly on most safety tests and doesn’t offer the same suite of standard safety features as the Chevrolet.
All in all, you’ll pay more for the Jeep to get a quirky-looking crossover that offers little safety and costs more to run. The Trailblazer seems to over-deliver every chance it gets and comes at below $20,000 which is remarkable.
Here at O'Neill's Chevrolet Buick in Avon, CT , we have all Chevrolet Trailblazer trim levels on display, as well as most available colors. Visit us today and our dedicated sales team will answer all your questions plus arrange for you to take the brand-new 2021 Trailblazer out for a test drive.