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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 1857 Ratings for the 2002 - 2009 models.

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

Falls apart after 150k miles

By on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Lots of room and looks great"

Cons: "Not reliable. Too much goes wrong with vehicle"

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

"We loved our trailblazer when we first got it. Other than no 4x drive it seemed like a great buy. After 120k miles things started to go bad on the vehicle, lots of parts inside and out began to break. We take care of our vehicles but a lot of cheap parts inside just break or stop working. At 150k miles we began having a lot of engine troubles. So far we have replaced the trany, 2 coil packs, a rusted coolant line, an alternator and radiator. We stopped dumping money into and still have an A/C that only works on full blast and the speedometer quit working a while back. The only gauges that still work are the battery and fuel meters. We get our oil changed early every time and the engine still runs poorly. Check engine light constantly on with sensors out and just too much to even care to fix now. Very little power in engine, forget towing anything heavy. My '98 Jeep still shreds this vehicle in power. Took it to dealer a few times and they basically told us it's all to be expected... Would not recommend this vehicle. It has been a money pit for us. Spent over $14k for this vehicle and only 3 years later the value is around $3k. Horrible buy."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Love this SUV!

By on Friday, June 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable and very dependable."

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

"After test driving 10 SUV's, the trailblazer was by far the most comfortable ride. This truck has never let me down and I have not had to put anything into it except for regular maintenance. I would highly recommend this vehicle!"

7 people out of 7 found this review helpful

We love our 2004 Chevy Trailblazer!!

By on Saturday, April 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 156,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"We purchased this 2004 Chevy, used in 2006. It had around 30k miles. It has been one of the most dependable vehicles that I have ever owned. It now has 156k miles and I have replaced the alternator, battery, and ignition coil within the past year. Other than regular maintenance this car has not needed much of anything!"

15 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Best and most reliable car I have ever owned.

By on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Very comfortable and easy to drive vehicle. I wish Chevy was still making them because I would definitely buy another one."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Reliable, Tremendous Condition, Original Owner

By on Sunday, March 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Well Maintained, Reliable, Still Fun to Drive"

Cons: "Not great at Fast Cornering"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This Trailblazer EXT is in Perfect Condition. 1 Owner, Low Miles, very well maintained. Several of my friends have offered to buy it from me but not selling yet, still love to drive!"

9 people out of 11 found this review helpful

One of the best here... 2003 LTZ Fully Loaded

By on Thursday, March 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,379

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "A all around GREAT vehicle."

Cons: "VERY lucky, I have no reasonable cons about this."

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

"I bought this back in 2009. This was a 2 owner vehicle. I have the LTZ FULLY loaded series. I am 6'3 and around 260lbs, this SUV is most comfortable and have been all over the country with this. Have had MINORS troubles with it and has been a VERY dependable vehicle. I do keep it well maintained and always preform maintenance as required on time every time. Gas? About 15 city, but for the comfort to me very well worth it. I feel VERY lucky to be the 3rd owner of such a very clean well maintained vehicle. Would not trade it for the world. Only major problem I have had with it is one time the Bose multi disk am/fm went bad, cost about $450 to have all replaced. Other than that, I feel VERY lucky to run across this SUV. And to think, here when I was out to purchase a vehicle, I was out looking for a pick-up truck and ran across this. I give a 5 star review and just wish they would make more of these...."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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