Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Overview

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KBB.com 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Overview

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The 2002 Chevy TrailBlazer sets new standards in both engine and chassis design; so good is the 2002 TrailBlazer that just about every other mid-sized SUV on the market will have to work overtime to keep up with it.

The TrailBlazer is pure Chevy through and through. Its handsome lines and trademark Chevrolet styling cues give it a rugged, yet somewhat sporty look that is evident even on the most basic models. It's a design that doesn't rely on flashy wheels and tacked on extras to impress potential buyers. Available in three trim levels—LS, LT and LTZ—as well as standard and extended wheelbase versions, there is a TrailBlazer to meet the most demanding needs of any SUV owner.

Built on an all-new hydroformed steel platform, the TrailBlazer exhibits none of the vibration or harshness of previous body-on-frame SUVs. Hydroforming is a technique GM helped to pioneer and is quickly spreading throughout the auto industry. Hydroforming technology uses highly pressurized water to bend and form the steel rails that make up the frame. This technique allows the manufacturers to shape the steel without weakening it, as happens when it is heated and then hammered into shape. The result is a stronger chassis with less flex.

The TrailBlazer's ride, handling and braking characteristics can almost be described as car like—that is until you move the TrailBlazer off road or into deep snow. You'll notice that from the driver's seat, the interior feels wide and open, without that sense of claustrophobia you sometimes feel in mid-sized SUVs. The narrow front windshield posts and side B-pillars mean improved visibility all around and greatly reduced blind spots that can hide pedestrians or other small objects. The driver's seat sits up high and provides a commanding view of the road and the front captain chairs provide excellent comfort. On LT and LTZ models, an available power driver's seat provides multiple positions, accommodating just about any sized person with ease.

Power for the TrailBlazer comes from an amazing 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower and 275 lbs-ft. of torque. The feeling from behind the wheel is nothing short of breathtaking as you experience the TrailBlazer's lightening-fast acceleration and ample passing power. The true beauty of this engine is that although it feels like a V8, it consumes fuel like an efficient V6 (EPA rates the 2WD TrailBlazer at 16 miles per gallon city/22 miles per gallon highway). The engine's in-line design (all the cylinders are in a row as opposed to in a V formation) allows it to operate with barely any vibration or shake. It's a design that is so good, the racing version of TrailBlazer has already won the Baja 500 and Nevada 2000.

The steering wheel has a nice, heavy feel to it, devoid of the floating disconnect inherent in so many power steering systems. You always have a good idea where the TrailBlazer is going and its tight steering and double A-arm front suspension frees you from constantly making corrections to keep the vehicle from drifting out of its lane. A firm brake pedal brings the TrailBlazer to a quick stop every time and the brakes themselves show little fade after repeated use.

Though it is nice to know you and your TrailBlazer can win a grueling desert race, for the vast majority of drivers, the most grueling endurance test imaginable is surviving the crush of rush-hour traffic. The TrailBlazer is well suited to this task because it provides a quiet, comfortable cabin filled with all the little amenities that make life on the road so much easier. The standard TrailBlazer can accommodate up to five adults while the LTZ models, which have their wheelbases stretched an additional 16 inches, can seat seven. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, rear-window defogger, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers. LTZ models have even more standard equipment including dual-zone climate controls, driver's message center, leather-covered eight-way power seats, Homelink garage door opener and the OnStar message center.

All TrailBlazer models include dual-stage front airbags, front side-impact airbags, three-point safety belts for all positions including the center seat occupant and ABS equipped four-wheel disc brakes. Four-wheel-drive versions come standard with traction control, which is optional on two-wheel-drive TrailBlazers.

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