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2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review

Brand new midsize SUV with a powerful engine more than able to take on its competitors.

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The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is an all-new midsize sport utility. From 1999 until 2001, it was an upscale trim line for the Blazer, but as of the 2002 model year, it became its own distinct model, even though it continues to use TrailBlazer for one of its trim lines. The five-passenger SUV comes in three different trim levels and is based on the same GMC truck platform as the GMC Envoy and the Oldsmobile Bravada, although all three have distinctly different styles and looks. The LT trim line is also available in an extended length.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 4.2-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS, Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT, Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT LT, Chevrolet TrailBlazer LTZ

What's New

The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer offers an all-new six-cylinder engine that provides 270 horsepower. It's claims to be the strongest engine within the class and provides more power than some of the V-8 engines found in competitors’ SUVs. A new refined suspension is much stronger than that used in the past, so that the structure is stiffer overall, and the ride quality is greatly improved. Rear rack-and-pinion steering replaces the old setup to provide a turning circle of only 36.4 feet.


Although the 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer has a similar exterior design and style to that of the GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada. The front doors, tailgate, and roof are the same across all three vehicles, but it has a unique sheet metal that differentiates it from the other midsize GMC SUVs. Also, flared fenders that have a wedge shape provide a different-shaped appearance.

The new 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is built on a wheelbase that is six inches longer than the Blazer. It's also wider, so there is greater room to seat five passengers inside the cabin. With the extended length EXT LT model, an additional 15 inches is gained compared to the regular length models. Furthermore, 16-inch wheels are the standard for the LS and LT models, while the upscale LTZ model is equipped with 17-inch wheels.


The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer can comfortably seat five passengers with the option for more seating if the extended length model is chosen. A newly-designed dash has simple controls and easy-to-read instruments and gauges. The quality of the materials is better than in previous Blazer models, but some may still find it lacking when compared with other competitors in its class.

The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer base model includes standard features such as dual zone climate controls and a six-speaker CD audio system. The LT model also gains keyless entry, a power driver seat, and the OnStar communication system. The upscale LTZ model is fitted with leather upholstery, power memory seating, automatic climate controls, rear climate controls, and an upgraded audio system with satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is equipped with a 4.3-liter, six-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission, which provides 270 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Both rear drive and all-wheel drive is available for all models. All-wheel drive is provided by AutoTrac by GM, which can be left engaged at all times and provides both low and high-range gearing.

The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer provides a new six-cylinder engine that offers more than enough power to accelerate from a stop and when at speed. Most drivers will find it as strong as many of the V-8 engines out there but with significantly better gas mileage. Although it's a truck-based SUV, the ride feels more like a car. Handling is more truck-like with steering that feels disconnected from the road and plenty of body lean when cornering.


The 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer includes standard safety equipment such as anti-lock brakes, dual front airbags, and side impact airbags. Traction control is available for models that are rear drive.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet TrailBlazer: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful engine
  • Passenger and cargo room
  • Smooth, car-like ride

You Won't Like

  • Steering and handling
  • Interior design and materials

Sum Up

Brand new midsize SUV with a powerful engine more than able to take on its competitors.

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