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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Gets Mediocre EPA Ratings

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The EPA ratings for the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer’s range-topping all-wheel-drive are now out, and it’s not looking too good.

According to the numbers released on the official EPA website, the Trailblazer equipped with the turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder gets 26 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined.

And despite being the most powerful Trailblazer with 155 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, it appears to be the worst-performing version of the model. But it may also be partly because an all-wheel-drive setup is known to lower fuel economy even when it is made highly efficient.

Closeup of the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Chevrolet’s subcompact crossover remains competitive with the all-wheel-drive versions of its rivals. | Source: Chevrolet

The front-wheel-drive version of the 1.3-liter Trailblazer, as well as the version with the 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that makes 137 horsepower and 16 lb-ft of torque, is expected to get better mileage.

Despite the relatively low fuel return, however, Chevrolet’s subcompact crossover remains competitive with the all-wheel-drive versions of its rivals. The Ford EcoSport, turbocharged Jeep Renegade, and turbocharged Hyundai Kona have slightly lower combined fuel economy at 25, 26, and 27 mpg, respectively.

Only slightly better than the Trailblazer are the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, which both register 29 mpg combined. The CVT-equipped Subaru Crosstrek returns 30 mpg combined, but all three models are less powerful than the Chevy.

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