2017 Holden Trailblazer Review

Holden's Off-road Seven-seat SUV Has Undergone A Bit Of A Midlife Update There's A New Face Some Much-needed Interior Upgrades A Whole Bunch Of New Kit Plus A New Name. So, We Say Goodbye To Colorado 7 And Hello To Trailblazer Now While It May Look Like A New Face In Some Snazzy Wheels The Transition To Trailblazer Has Actually Got A Lot Going On.

So, What's Changed Obviously The Front Of The Car Which Is Shared With The Colorado Ute Sorry Truck There's New Grille New Fascia New Bonnet And New Lights Which Have Led TRL's Across The Range Well Under Here The 2.8 Liter Duramax Turbo Diesel Remains You Actually Get A Clean One When You Buy The Car By The Way We've Just Driven Through Some Puddles Earlier Today Because You Know We Can't Resist Output Is Unchanged At 147 Kilowatts Or 200 Horsepower And It Still Has A Class-leading 500 Newton Meters Of Torque Now You Can Get Trailblazer In Six Different Colors With Metallics Attracting A $550 Premium This Is Absolute Red And It Is Absolutely Red We're Kind Of Expecting To Be Mistaken For The Fire Warden, If We Stay Out Here Too Long Nothing Blowing Your Socks Off Yet That's Okay Things Get A Bit More Interesting Inside. I Haven't Got Rid Of The Annoying Chime When You Got Your Door Open And You Might Have Noticed The Window Opens A Crack Whenever You Open The Door To Help The Car Seal Nicely When You Close It Up Again, But Look This Is An All-new Dashboard And It's Much Needed And It Was Certainly A Sore Point Of The Old Car There's New Materials Around A Cabin We've Got To Say It Is Much Much Nicer Than What It Replaces The Design And Materials Are Really Quite Chunky And Almost American In Their Implementation And It Really Is Quite Nice To Touch In Places In Front Of The Driver You Get A Whole New Instrument Cluster Which Has A Digital Readout Which Is Really Clear And Easy To Use, But The Most Important Thing Is Here In The Center Of The Dash Where In The Base LT Model You Get A 7-inch Touchscreen, But This One The Top Spec LTZ There's An 8 Inch Touchscreen And Both Systems Have Support For Apple Carplay And Android Auto, But This One Even Offers Native Navigation Part Of The Upgrade See Some Additional Convenience Features Like Automatic Headlights Automatic Wipers And Of Course Heated Seats Safety Hasn't Been Overlooked Either You've Got A Pre Collision Warning System Lane Departure Warning Blind Spot Detection System Rear Cross-traffic Alert And A Tire Pressure Monitoring System With Readouts In Front Of The Driver Pretty Impressive Upgrade For This Segment Storage Isn't Quite As Good As The Old Car The Double Glove Box Is Gone And Up Here Where There Used To Be A Closeable Lid It's Now Just A Tray, But That Said You Do Have Still One Good Glovebox Door Pockets A Set A Console, But These Two Cupholders Which Would The Bottle There You Can See It Fits In The Front One, But It's Too Tall A Standard Bottle To Fit In The Back One. So, It's Not Perfect In Its Implementation Some Elements Have Been Carried Over The Shifter Isn't New The Steering Wheel Isn't New And Honestly Is A Bit Of A Disappointment And Kind Of Dowdy Part Of What Is Otherwise A Really Sharp Looking Cabin For The Trailblazer Well, If You're Familiar With The Colorado Seven Then You'll Feel Right At Home In The Back Of The Trailblazer Because Very Little Has Changed The Seat Material Is A Much Nicer Fabric And It's Still Quite Comfortable With Some Great Room Even For Tall Adults You've Got The Roof Mounted Vents For Both Rear Rows, But That's Pretty Much It Getting Into The Third Row Is Still The Same Flip And Tumble Maneuver And There's Enough Room Back There For Bigger Children Or Even Adults On Shorter Trips, But Behind The Third Row The Trailblazer Still Has A Pretty Big Drawback Well Holden Obviously Ran Out Of Time When They Got To The Back Of The Car Because Other Than The Trailblazer Bed Everything's Exactly The Same Everything Taillights Please Next Time, But That Means You Still Get This Tiny 235 Litre Boot Which As You Can See With Just A Small Bottle Of Water In There Already Looks Full Now You Can Fold The Seats Down Really Quickly And Easily To Give You More Space In, If You Fold Everything Down This Over 1,800 Liters Of Cargo Volume Back There.

So, It's Not Totally Impractical, But There's Some Pretty Big Changes To The Trailblazer Under The Skin As Well Jump In And. I'll Explain. So, Despite The Trailblazer Having Essentially The Same Running Gear As That Colorado Seven Holden Of Made Some Pretty Decent Improvement Particularly To The Gearbox And Torque Converter Fit For The Automatic Transmission.

So, It's Called A Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber Centrifugal Centrifugal Argue Amongst Yourselves In YouTube Basically What It Does Is It Settles Vibration Within The Torque Converter Itself Allowing A More Regular And Smoother Transmission Of Power. So, You Get Access To All 500 Newton Meters More Regularly The Transmission Itself Still A Six-speed Automatic You Can Tip It Across Into A Manual Shift Mode Which We've Found Really Handy When You're Off-road Or When You're Towing, But Generally, If You Leave The Car In Automatic It's Smooth And Effortless Enough It's Not Really A World-beating Transmission You Don't Sort Of Get Out Of The Car And Think Wow What Have They Done It Just Suits The Engine It Suits The Car And It Really Is A Very Effortless Car To Drive. So, Another Improvement Holden Is Made Is To The Steering It's Now An Electrically Assisted Wrap Which Means It's Lighter And Easier To Steer Particularly Around Town And It's A Faster Rack As Well With Less Turns Lock To Lock It Doesn't Adjust To Speed It's Not A Variable Ratio Thing Like That, But It Does Help You Deal With The Size Of The Trailblazer In Urban Confines The Final Area Where The Engineers Have Spent A Bit Of Time Improving The Trailblazer Is In In Ride Comfort And You Know A Little Bit Of Body Control There's A Retune Of The The Suspension Dampers.

So, You'll Find That It Deals With Rough Tracks Like Where We Are Now Quite Well It Still Has A Lot Of Articulation Very Useful For A 4x4 Wagon As It Is, But It Gives A Lot More Ride Comfort And It Certainly Deals With Urban Roads And Freeways And Highway Touring A Lot Better Something To That We've Noticed Is The Cabin Installation Seems An Awful Lot Better Than The Outgoing Colorado 7 Particularly With Noise From Your Tires On Paved Surfaces We Found It's Are Really Quite A Quiet Tora And The Throttle Loading You Do Get A Noise From That Four-cylinder Turbo Diesel Under The Bonnet And There's A Bit Of Wind Noise Particularly From The Mirrors And On The Leading Edge Of The Windscreen Here, But Generally It's A Really Good Family Torah Confession Out Of The Trailblazers Actually Okay You've Got These Big Mirrors On The Side There's Still That Big C-pillar Behind The The Passenger Doors, But It Doesn't Really Affect Your Outbound Visibility The Car And The LTZ Particularly Has Now Got Some Blind Spot Detection Systems. So, You Can See, If There Is Anything Next To You, But It's Never Been A Really Challenging Car To See Out Of And Certainly Not A Difficult One To Drive The Duramax Itself May Not Be The Most Technologically Advanced Engine On The Market It's Dating A Little Bit Now, But It Doesn't A Good Job You Feel It's Pretty Punchy Off The Line We Know It's Strong For Towing We Know It's Pretty Economical For Touring As Well And It's A Pretty Reliable Power Plant These Days. So, It's A Low-risk Purchase Especially, If You're Doing A Lot Of Miles.

So, Even With All The Changes To The System To The Steering And The Suspension In The Gearbox The Trailblazer Remains A Really Capable Vehicle Both On And Off Road You've Got That Narrow Bobtail Which May Not Look The Best, But It Certainly Helps You For Your Approach And Departure Angles, If You're Going Through Rougher Terrain And You've Got Good Ramp Over Height From The Decent Ride Height Of The Car As Well On Fuel Consumption We've Seen On Our Test About 10 Liters Per Hundred Which Is Middling Range For A A Car Of This Stature It's Certainly Not The Most Expensive Part Of Owning A Car Anymore And Is Something Just To Keep In Mind. I Personally Had The The Older Colorado Seven Down Around About Seven Litres Per 100 On A Particularly Long Highway To It. So, You'll End Up Sitting Somewhere In That Range Which Isn't Bad At All The Trailblazer Is Never Going To Win Awards For Being The Best-looking The Best Featured Or The The Most Fancy SUV Out There It's A Good Honest Well-rounded Offering And Where The Areas That We Really Felt That It Was Let Down In Terms Of Cabin Fit And Finish And Dashboard Ergonomics All Of Those Have Been Addressed You've Got Some Really Nice Areas To Touch Here You've Got The Latest Safety Technology And Even Some Nice Convenience Technology Now Included In The Trailblazer.

So, It Is Really A Big Step Up From The Colorado Seven Not Just In Nine An Interesting Tidbit Why The Trailblazer Name You Might Be Asking Well Everywhere Else In The World That This Vehicle Is Sold It's Called The Trailblazer Hole We Wanted To Make A Real Delineation Between The Colorado Pick Up And The Trailblazer SUV. So, Changing The Name From Colorado 7 To Trailblazer Made Sense Plus They Don't Have To Spend All That Money On Colorado 7 Badging Anymore Well A New Name Means A New Chance And While It Was Never Going To Be The Market Leader A Fresh Look At Trailblazer Brings With It A Host Of Changes And Updates That Are Both Welcome And Necessary To Help The Car Stay Relevant The Best Fit Is All The Extra Goodies Come It Basically The Same Price. So, The Value Proposition Which Was Already Good Is Now Even Better Now It's Not The Refined Urban SUV Your Friends Might Be Buying, But It Is A Tough Capable Family Adventure Truck That It's Perfect, If You Need To Tow Get Away From It All Or Like Us Drive Around Pretending You're The Local Fire Chief.

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