From 1999 until its demise in 2009, the Chevrolet Trailblazer reigned as one of the most popular mid-size sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in America. Early consumers appreciated the smooth ride and ample head and leg room found in the Trailblazer's roomy cabin. The early models, however, lacked a responsive suspension system and many felt that the steering was imprecise. However, from its introduction, the Trailblazer quickly gained popularity with a wide segment of the population, from soccer moms to working dads, because of its ability to serve as both a family and work vehicle.
The standard Trailblazer was a 5-seater, but for added room, the EXT model comfortably seated seven. Fuel economy improved over the years, so that by 2008, the 4.2-liter, 16, 4-speed automatic with rear-wheel drive model averaged 19 miles per gallon. Built to combine the comfort of a car with truck-like capabilities, the six-cylinder Trail Blazer could easily tow 5,900 pounds. For larger cargos, the 8-cylinder vehicles could tow up to 6,800 pounds. For North American consumers, the Trailblazer was assembled in Moraine, Ohio, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer was introduced in 1999 as a trimmer, upscale version of the Blazer. The early models were noted for cabin roominess and relatively inexpensive price tags. In 2002, the Trailblazer was mounted onto a truck-based frame, with four-wheel drive offered as an option on all models. A new front fascia and updated interior trim were available on the 2006 LT models. The SS version received color-matched side skirts and updated fascias on the front and rear. The LS trim remained virtually unchanged.
Trailblazer offered two distinct trim levels, each with several variations. The base 1LT model came well-equipped with features such as dual-zone air conditioning, full power accessories, OnStar and satellite radio. The upgraded 2LT added leather and rear air-conditioning. For more luxury, the 3LT upgraded to 18-inch wheels and a Bose sound system. The higher-performing Trailblazer (1SS) included much of the same equipment found on the 1LT, but it came with a V8 engine for added power. The Trailblazer SS was a powerful vehicle, able to reach 60 mph is 6.3 seconds.
In 2002, the Trailblazer was named The North American Truck of the Year. Chevrolet worked hard to incorporate several safety features into the Trailblazer. Standard anti-lock brakes automatically sensed when tire rotation had ceased due to braking, allowing the vehicle to turn during braking. Front-impact and overhead airbags were designed to protect occupants in both frontal and rollover crashes. OnStar's Safe and Sound programs were available on all models.
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2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer Popular Trims
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