The 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer continues with a model that the carmaker introduced in 2002, and it has been a popular choice for midsize SUV enthusiasts. Trailblazer owners who enjoy driving offroad love the hefty, truck-based underpinning and the heavy-duty towing capabilities. Others enjoy the smooth and pleasurable ride, as well as the affordable price for the budget-minded customer. The 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer comes with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty, a five-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty, a six-year/100,000-mile rust warranty, and a five-year/100,000-mile roadside warranty.
The 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer comes in four trims: LT, 2LT, 3LT, and SS.
The LT trim makes a great choice for the budget-minded, conservative consumer. It has a reasonable price tag, but comes loaded with nice features. The customer who needs the conservative price but still desires the comfort, quality, and luxury of leather seats and additional comfort features often chooses the 2LT. The buyer who desires all there is to offer in a luxurious driving experience steps up to the 3LT trim. Then the SS trim offers all the luxury of the 3LT and, in addition, has a larger engine for more power, a safer ride with advanced braking and steering systems, and more style, with top-of-the-line exterior paint.
Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 4.2-liter V-6, 6.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Chevrolet Trailblazer LT, Chevrolet Trailblazer 2LT, Chevrolet Trailblazer 3LT, Chevrolet Trailblazer SS
For 2009 Chevrolet has discontinued the previously available 5.3-liter, V-8 engine. However Bluetooth phone connectivity becomes available.
The exterior of the 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer measures 74.7 inches wide, 72.5 inches tall, and 191.8 inches long. Ground clearance totals 7.8 inches, and it has a wheelbase of 113 inches. The LT features 17-inch alloy wheels, while the 2LT adds heated exterior mirrors, and the 3LT has 18-inch wheels. The Trailblazer SS features 20-inch wheels.
Options for the Trailblazer include two-tone exterior paint and a sunroof for some of the trims.
The interior layout looks convenient and has a comfortable seating capacity of up to five people. Front headroom totals 40.2 inches and rear headroom reaches 58.2 inches. Other measurements include 46.9 inches of front legroom 37 inches of rear legroom, 56 inches of front hip room, and 58.2 inches of rear hip room. There is a generous cargo area of 44 cubic feet that increases to 80 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
The LT trim’s standard features include dual-zone air-conditioning, power accessories, cruise control, satellite radio, a CD player, and OnStar.
The 2LT adds automatic temperature control, rear air-conditioning, leather seats, rear-seat audio controls, a power driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and Bluetooth connectivity.
In addition to the previous features, the premium 3LT includes a power passenger seat, heated front seats, power pedals, driver-seat memory, and a Bose sound system.
Options for some Trailblazer trims include a premium sound system and an entertainment and navigation system in the rear.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer has an exceptionally comfortable ride in the city as well as on the highway, in addition to satisfactory power.
Shoppers have a choice between four-wheel drive, rear drive, and a full-time all-wheel-drive system, which takes full advantage of the off-road experience. The SS 60 mph from zero in less than six seconds. The Trailblazer has a towing capacity of approximately 6800 pounds, and the six-cylinder transmission delivers 14/20 mpg city/highway.
The Trailblazer SS is a high-performance vehicle. In addition to all the features of the 3LT the SS adds a V-8 engine, heavy-duty braking, a sport-tuned suspension for quicker steering, and limited slip differential.
Standard safety features include stability control, traction control, anti-lock disc brakes, side curtain airbags, child seat anchors, a remote anti-theft alarm, rear-door child safety locks, daytime running lights, an engine immobilizer, front fog lights, auto delay-off headlamps, dusk-sensing headlamps, tire pressure monitoring, passenger-airbag occupant-sensing deactivation, intermittent front and rear windshield wipers, and OnStar.
Government impact testing gives the 2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer five out of five stars for side-impact protection of front and rear occupants, four stars for front-passenger protection, and an acceptable rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Chevrolet Trailblazer: 12/16 mpg city/highway
- Powerful lineup of engines
- Smooth, comfortable ride on the highway
- Straightforward and well laid-out controls
You Won't Like
- Dated design
- Forgettable cabin design utilizes subpar materials
- Handling could be better
- Mediocre crashworthiness
- No third-row seating
Sports a dated design and can’t really compete with newer crossovers and other midsize SUVs.
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