The Ford Bronco Sport certainly has its fair share of competition in the subcompact crossover space, a list that includes the recently revealed 2024 Chevy Trax. However, GM fields a rather large lineup of crossovers at the moment, one that now includes the refreshed 2024 Chevy Trailblazer, which was just revealed with new styling, a revised interior, and the additional several new standard features.
On the outside, the 2024 Chevy Trailblazer follows suit with the rest of the brand’s current crossover lineup in terms of styling, with a new grille design and thinner lighting elements. Additionally, each trim level within the new Trailblazer lineup – LS, LT, Activ, and RS – features its own unique styling cues, such as the black trim, mesh grille, and chrome exhaust tips present on the sportier RS. Additionally, Activ and RS trims offer a two-tone roof option as well.
The 2024 Chevy Trailblazer gets new wheel designs that differ by trim level, as well as a pair of new exterior colors – Copper Harbor Metallic and Cacti Green. GM didn’t leave the interior on the refreshed Trailblazer as-is either, as the cabin gains a new, standard 11-inch infotainment screen, an 8-inch diagonal Driver Information Center, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, and a wireless phone charger in the LT, Activ, and RS.
In terms of powertrains, the 2024 Trailblazer offers both the the turbocharged 1.2L I-3 LIH engine as standard and the turbocharged 1.3L I-3 L3T as an option. The LIH and front-wheel drive L3T models come paired with a CVT gearbox, while all-wheel drive variants are equipped with a nine-speed automatic.
The 2024 Chevy Trailblazer is scheduled to enter production at GM’s Bupyeong , South Korea plant in July, with deliveries starting in the fall. The refreshed crossover starts out at $24,395 including destination and delivery for the base front-wheel drive LS, and tops out at $28,395 for the Activ and RS all-wheel drive models.
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I have no doubt that, once the new Trax is released, Chevy will spec out the TB along the lines of the Bronco Sport. The Trax is larger. And less expensive, so without a “rough and ready” angle, the TB won’t sell. Problem is, the BS is so laughably overpriced, this could spell doom for the TB if GM follows suit. Not so sure GM thought this one through.
Well, typical GM fashion. Make it as cheap as you can, so no one wants to buy the high end version because people will think you are buying an econobox. Yes, yes, I know you are buying one, but you don’t want people to think that. So, this is a sub prime special and will probably have a higher than average repo rate.
Ford does a lot wrong, but at least with the BS, Ford has made them all off road capable and even the base is okay and not an embarrassment to drive. Could you imagine driving the 2WD stripo version of this thing?
Additionally, another thing Ford did right was priming the accessory market for these little utes. Personalization sells vehicles.
See my reply to Kevin below. You are totally incorrect. BS is a total waste of money and its reliability is far below the Chevy’s.
Correct if I’m wrong but isn’t the trailblazer much smaller then bronco sport? Bronco sport still looks more capable
Trailblazer is 2 inches LONGER than the Bronco Sport. A maxxed out TB is $31K, when a maxxed out BS is $5K more.
Why make things up? Maxed out the TB is just under $35,000 in AWD, and it comes with a wheezy 1.3 L and CVT trans.
Wife test drove a Bronco Sport last weekend. Yikes, it was awful.
This never happened.
The battle of Mexico
We have had a BS for a year. The BS is an Escape, my wife wanted it for exactly what it is. Just drove a new Sasquatch Bronco cross-country. Both are “fun” to drive. We compare both to our Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland and our lifted JK Wrangler. Both Fords are great. We have had not issues with the BS.
Interesting comments all… however this is more of a styling competition than a capability comparison. It makes me smile that GM has stepped up the interior look and feel. If they keep a handle on skyrocketing prices and dealer over charges, Ford will have its hands full to keep up.
Really? I don’t see how this vehicle compares in any way to the Bronco Sport.
Looks like 15 other SUVs on the market. Not horrible but not “off road”capable look like BS. We bought Badlands specifically to avoid 3 banger, not an option with GM. Blazer retro in name only.
Man, I wish manufacturers would forget about these weezy 3 cylinder engines. Overstressed, with turbocharging, and each piston firing at 2 times the rate of a V6 and I have little hope of these things lasting much beyond 75K miles. More 4 cylinder/hybrids please. Only thing I would say good about the Trailblazer is that it has a nicer interior than the BS.
In what universe does the Trailblazer compare with the Bronco Sport? The entire premise of this article makes no sense to me.
Only 1000 lbs towing is a deal breaker…
With starting prices in the $20,000s, and being a subcompact, it’s hardly a competitor to the solidly mid $30,000s compact Bronco Sport. It’s more of an EcoSport competitor