I reviewed the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV few weeks ago and can confirm that it outperforms the Toyota Fortuner in many ways. Fortuner has been around for a long time and is considered reliable by many people. But the young Trailblazer brings more to the table.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer has the following advantages over the Fortuner: It is comfortable and stable off the road, it has a great ground clearance, it is cheaper and its cabin provides great head and leg rooms. I also found it to be faster on the open road compare to Fortuner.
Earlier this year General Motors upgraded the Trailblazer and it now features a reversing camera, a new multi-information central LCD display panel and other features geared to encourage economical driving habits.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer’s information display imparts critical information such as battery voltage, an adjustable speed warning, transmission fluid temperature, engine hours and an oil life indicator.
The additional economy gauges include an instantaneous throttle position indicator which indicates when economical driving is being achieved and a historical fuel economy graph which shows fuel consumption history for the last 50 km.
Its rear seats fold down flat with a simple one-click lever, providing a premium loading space. The rear privacy cover springs out easily and can be stored in a compartment under the boot.
Trailblazer’s audio control system, bluetooth phone call button and cruise control are located on the steering wheel.
The 4WD mode can electronically change from 2WD to 4WD Hi and 4WD Lo.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer looks solid. Alloy wheels and colour coding for all models ensure the exterior remains classy. The LTZ models features uprated LED tail light clusters and chrome detailing.
- Power: 144kW at 3600rpm
- Torque: 440Nm at 2000
- 0-100 km/h: 11.8 seconds
- Top speed: 180km/h
- Fuel consumption: 8.5/100km
- Fuel type: Diesel
- Fuel tank capacity: 76L
- Price: From R402 100
What we like about the car:
- Great interior space
- Great off-road experience
- It is comfortable and stable
- It has a great ground clearance
- It is faster on the open road
- It is affordable
- Its cabin provides great head and leg rooms
- Perfect family car
What we don’t like about the car:
- The cabin looks cheap
- Interior looks a bit plastic
- It lacks a rear differential lock
Toyota Fortuner is a tried-and-tested vehicle and is considered as reliable by many. But the young Chevrolet Trailblazer offers more at a reasonable price.