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2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Review

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The midsize 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV may be one of the older designs on the market, but its combination of size, power, interior room and price make it a force with which to be reckoned. The five-passenger TrailBlazer comes with a potent yet fuel-friendly in-line six-cylinder engine that's perfectly suited for towing moderate loads. The TrailBlazer is also available as a high-performance version wearing the famous SS logo and packing a 390-horsepower, 6.0-liter V8 under its hood. Still, the TrailBlazer is beginning to show its age and faces tough competition from within its own family. For about the same price, the new eight-passenger Chevrolet Traverse offers more interior room, better handling and safety features and superior fuel economy.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need something bigger than an Equinox but not as massive as a Suburban, the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer will probably fit well into your life (as well as your garage). It has good front- and rear-seat legroom, a fair amount of cargo space and the ability to tow up to 6,800 pounds (SS model).

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the TrailBlazer if you're looking for car-like handling or need the convenience of a third-row seat.

What's New for 2009

For 2009, OnStar 8.0 now offers Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. The 5.3-liter V8 option has been dropped.

Driving the TrailBlazer

Driving Impressions The standard engine is the powerhouse 4.2-liter in-line six. This amazing engine has the power of a small V8, delivering ample passing power at all speeds. If, however, more torque...

is required for towing, the 6.0-liter V8 found in the SS model is available. The TrailBlazer's steering wheel has a solid, firm feel to it, devoid of the floating disconnect inherent in so many power steering systems. You always have a good idea where the TrailBlazer is going, and its tight steering and double A-arm front suspension frees you from constantly making corrections to keep the vehicle from drifting out of its lane. A firm brake pedal brings the TrailBlazer to a quick stop every time, and the brakes show little fade after repeated use.

The standard 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine offers more power than some V8s and commendably good fuel economy, as well.

SS Package
The words "fun to drive" and "SUV" rarely go hand in hand, but they do when talking about the SS package's sport tuned suspension, big tire and wheel package and 390-horsepower V8.

2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Details
2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer photo Interior

The TrailBlazer's interior is typically Chevrolet: Simple and clean. However, the design is definitely 90s-era Chevy and lacks the sophistication found on newer models such as the Tahoe and Traverse. The seating is firm and the dash and controls are adorned in wood trim and sturdy black plastic. Backlighting on the power window buttons and steering wheel-mounted controls are two excellent features that aid while driving at night. Chevrolet offers a number of sophisticated electronic toys, including rear-seat DVD entertainment and OnStar telematics.

Exterior

The 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer's rugged yet refined pose seems as comfortable off-road as in the valet parking lot. Tall doors make it easy to get in without bumping your head, and there's enough glass to give the driver a nearly-uninterrupted view through 360 degrees. The Trailblazer SS trim gets jet black paint, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and a lowered ride height. Due to its age, popular features such as a power liftgate and HID headlamps are not part of the TrailBlazer's option list.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT features dual-zone manual air conditioning, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), StabiliTrak electronic stability control, illuminated entry, power liftgate release, AM/FM stereo with CD, rear window wiper/washer, aluminum wheels, keyless entry, garage door opener, eight-way power driver's seat and a Driver Information Center. The SS trim adds a 6.0-liter V8, larger brakes, performance suspension, 20-inch wheels and SS logo badging.

Optional Equipment

Options for the TrailBlazer include four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive (SS), power sunroof, rear DVD entertainment system, limited-slip rear differential, touch-screen navigation radio and power-adjustable foot pedals.

Under the Hood

The 4.2-liter in-line six is terrific, unless you're towing something really big. It provides plenty of power, decent highway fuel economy and quiet operation. The 6.0-liter V8 is an excellent option for those who need more power, but it carries a high price tag and consumes fuel like there's no tomorrow.

4.2-liter in-line 6
285 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
276 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (2WD), 14/20 (4WD)

6.0-liter V8
390 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
400 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/16 (2WD), 12/16 (AWD)

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2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 1783 Ratings for the 2002 - 2009 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.3/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.6/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.7/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Basic transportation good gas mileage

By on Thursday, September 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Cheap to drive and 4 wheel drive works well,"

Cons: "Does not handle great, cheap seats."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Seats could be better built. Speakers all went out (subwoofers). Easy with not much maintenance, No problems other than the emblems cracked and fell out in 6 months."

Best car I ever owned

By on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 102,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great in the snow, no mechanical issues"

Cons: "Slow pickup, breaks need replacement every 5 yrs."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've had this Trailblazer for 9 years and I am the original owner, and I love it. Other than the breaks and tires having to be changed every five years (which is to be expected with all the snow and salt on the roads during the winters in NY) this car hasn't given me a lick of mechanical problems. If it wasn't for the age of the car I would be keeping it. I wish Chevy still made this because if they did I would buy another one in a heartbeat."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

118,000 miles and only three repairs

By on Saturday, September 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"80,000 miles on first set of tires Still has original brakes Avg mpg 19, about 21 on the highway 1st repair) 90,000 miles New throttle body $596 2nd repair)100,000 miles Idler pulley bearing $177 3rd repair)110,000 miles Front wheel bearing $417"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Not ANY problems. One owner. Selling due to death.

By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,434

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Always kept inside. New tires.(2000 miles ago) New brakes. (1000 miles ago) Quiet smooth ride. Bose system. White/Gray leather interior. Super clean engine! (No runs! No drips! No errors!"

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Average

By on Friday, September 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable ride, nice sound system (JBL w/6 disc)"

Cons: "4L60E transmission failure at 32,000 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"My 2002 Trailblazer LTZ 4WD has been 'average' for reliability. The transmission on this vehicle (and other GM vehicles) The 4L60E transmission has a high failure rate due to a sun-shell and input gear defect. Cost about 2700.00 to replace if out of warranty. Otherwise, its been a decent SUV. Fuel mileage in mine ranged from 17-23mpg...Not the best in the mid-size SUV class. As long as you keep up on the maintenance, the Trailblazer should last a long time....Not trouble-free, though. 4.2 I-6 engines are known to overheat if abused enough by poor driving habits. It is no high performance motor by any means. NEVER let the 4.2L get low on oil for too long...you'll pay a big price for doing so. The good things about it? The sound system, smooth ride, steering wheel controls are convenient and help keep your eyes on the road. 4WD handles well in adverse conditions. Low range 4WD mode is exceptional as well."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I love my vehicle

By on Friday, September 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Dependable, good gas mileage"

Cons: "rattling sound from suspension"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I purchased this vehicle in 2007 and have not had any major problems with it. I have been over the road with it from Michigan to Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas and Illinois and she has not missed a lick. The Gas mileage is very good and besides from a few rattles I would not trade it for the world. I am thinking of getting a newer vehicle and giving this to my son and that is only because I know it is a dependable vehicle and I can trust it to be as good to him as it was to me."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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