2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review

Good as a family car; however, the weak handling and numb steering make the car less fun to drive.

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Overview

The 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer made its debut in 2002 as a midsize sport utility vehicle, or SUV. It comes in three trims: LS, LT, and LTZ. The TrailBlazer employs a 4.2-liter, inline six-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission and has a healthy list of standard features. It shows several minor interior and exterior tweaks over the years. Overall, the TrailBlazer makes a durable, comfortable, and affordable vehicle choice.

The Range

Body Styles: sport utility vehicle
Engines: 4.2-liter DOHC V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet TrailBlazer LS, Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT

What's New

Chevrolet drops the LTZ, the high-end trim level, for 2004. The TrailBlazer gets a new satellite radio, automatic locking doors, power-adjustable pedals, and a DVD-based navigation system. The instrument panel shows a facelift with a monochromatic look and all models get 17-inch alloy wheels.

Exterior

The 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer has a four-door SUV body style that seats up to five people. The two trims include the LS and LT. The exterior standard features for the LS trim include privacy glass, a manual flip-up liftgate window, cargo tie-downs, power steering, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and 17-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. The LT trim adds fog lights, heat-reflective glass, a rear platform step, and a hinged rear window with a defogger and an intermittent wiper. You can get the optional electric sliding sunroof. The North Face Edition Package includes moisture-sensing automatic windshield wipers, offroad tires, North Face duffle bags and blanket, liftgate lighting, and distinctive North Face seats.

The exterior of the TrailBlazer looks like the typical SUV. The front and rear bumpers get painted the same color as the car. The appearance shows nothing extravagant or distinct. It appears neat, bold, and confident.

Interior

The standard interior features for the LS trim of the 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer include manually adjustable lumbar support for the driver’s seat, cloth bucket front seats, an automatic drive indicator, split-folding second and third row bench seats, a cargo light, a tilt steering wheel, and a six-speaker stereo system with an in-dash CD player. The LT trim adds an eight-way power height-adjustable driver’s seat, upgraded cloth upholstery, dual-zone air-conditioning, a universal transmitter for the garage door, three 12V power outlets, a lockable glove compartment, an electrochromatic rear-view mirror, and front and rear reading lights. You can also get the optional satellite radio with the LS trim and the DVD player for the LT package. The optional Entertainment Package includes a flip-down screen and wireless headphones.

The cockpit of this car seems straightforward until you look at the instrument panel. The gauges look clustered together and the deep-set position may require you to take a long look at the gauges to read them. The controls in the center stack seem large and easy to operate. The materials used for the interior appear to be low grade and it uses a lot of cheap plastic. The seats feel comfortable but not very supportive, and leg and head room remains adequate. Storage capacity with all seats upright measure 41 cubic feet. If you fold the second- and third-row seats down, storage capacity increases to 80.1 cubic feet.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer draws power from a 4.2-liter, dual overhead cam V-6 that generates 275 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. You can get it with rear drive or all-wheel drive. A four-speed automatic transmission marks the only available transmission option. The independent suspension consists of a double wishbone strut suspension and a solid live axle rear suspension. This car twos a maximum capacity of 6300 pounds.

The engine generates plenty of power for daily city or highway driving. Acceleration seems adequate, and the suspension does a good job at dampening bumps in the road. Handling and steering remains mediocre, letting the car wander when driving at highway speeds. The car also exhibits moderate body lean during cornering. Wind noise sounds loud at highway speeds. The ride remains smooth, though, and the brakes provided good stopping power.

Safety

Standard safety equipment for the 2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer includes a four-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), an engine immobilizer, electronic brake force distribution, daytime running lights, vented front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, an electronic braking system, child seat anchors, child safety locks on the rear doors, and automatic headlights. You can also add the optional side curtain airbags. The LT trim adds a remote anti-theft alarm, fog lights, and optional traction control.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet TrailBlazer: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Comfortable highway ride
  • Strong engine performance
  • Long list of standard features
  • Easy-to-use controls

You Won't Like

  • Loose, unresponsive handling
  • Numb steering
  • Subpar interior materials
  • Mediocre interior design
  • No standard airbags

Sum Up

Good as a family car; however, the weak handling and numb steering make the car less fun to drive.

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