By KBB.com Editors
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.
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 the TrailBlazer if you're looking for car-like handling or need the convenience of a third-row seat.
For 2009, OnStar 8.0 now offers Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. The 5.3-liter V8 option has been dropped.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
390 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
400 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/16 (2WD), 12/16 (AWD)
By malan on Tuesday, December 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Could drive for hours and my back never hurt"
Cons: "No navigation system"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Never had major problems. Best Highway car I ever had. In town it could use a little more power. Extremely comfortable seats with power lumbar support."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By kidmystery on Sunday, December 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "4x4 works great"
Cons: "Nickel and dime ya to death with minor issues."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Have owned this trailblazer for 6 years now. Love the 4 wheel drive. Pulls trailer well. It's been a good vehicle, I bought it with 30k miles on it has 117k now. Have had a few issues. Idle pulley, water pump, transfer case seal, wiper module, high speed blower relay, idle air control valve. tie rods, starter. Has check engine light on now and has an idle problem sometimes dies when stopping. Lights flicker at times. Dealer cant figure out the problem with that. I'm tired of paying diagnostic fees and they cant fix it. (3 times now). Been driving it that way for two years now. Overall good vehicle for a newer model. To bad they can't build em like they did in the 60's and 70's to last a lifetime with minimal problems."
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By judio on Sunday, November 30, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 100,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Dependability, power, looks, easy to drive"
Cons: "Front seat construction.....only con!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Our 2005 Trailblazer is the best we've ever owned out of 3. Aside from a couple of fuse problems over the years, we have yet to have any sort of major mechanical problem. The car handles extremely well, on and off road. We have been in all sorts of weather conditions, and it has gotten us anywhere we wanted to go."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By Bill on Monday, November 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"had it about 11 yrs just hit a deer so probably totaled but if not I'll still will be driving it very dependable"
7 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By LS on Saturday, October 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,800overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Truning radius rocks, fast and responsive"
Cons: "Weird problems pop up"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"This car has been such a lemon that I am considering no more Chevys! But, knock on wood, it is still running like a champ. All the shocks went bad, the heated seats have been faulty twice, 3 years in a row one of the coils went bad, The anti-lock braking system is completely gone (which does not effect my actual brakes at all and would cost almost the value of the car to fix), The AC went out once, the seat memory system (for 2 different drivers) has lost it's memory, The makeup mirror on the visor broke & doesn't light (but the bulb still works when pushed)"
13 people out of 29 found this review helpful
By BooMaLu on Friday, October 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 254,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good machine, utility, and design."
Cons: "Let you know when I find one."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This truck did all I asked it too, I drove it hard some times, had a few reasonable repairs over the years. Drove it across country with five passengers and all our soccer gear."
9 people out of 14 found this review helpful