Chevrolet is resurrecting another name from the past, the Trailblazer. But, this 2021 Trailblazer has a much different mission than the midsize truck-based utility that was available from 2002 to 2009. 

This subcompact crossover is smaller than the Equinox, bigger than the Trax, and has a whole lot more style than either of them. 

Basic LS and LT trims are joined by the sporty RS, which features black trim, mesh grille, and chrome exhaust tips; and ACTIV, which takes on a pseudo off-roader theme with more ground clearance, underbody protection, and Sport Terrain tires. 

“I have a hard time believing most buyers will opt for the ACTIV trim for anything more than the rugged appearance, but in addition to all those cool visuals, the dampers are specifically tuned. So it may not be a literal trail blazer, but I’m sure it will handle an already blazed trail just fine.”

A flexible interior, with up to 54.4 cubic-ft. of cargo capacity, and best-in-class rear seat legroom, means plenty of space for adventures on the weekend and carpool duty during the week. 

Same engine choices as its platform-mate Buick Encore GX; either a 137-horsepower 1.2-liter or a 155-horsepower 1.3-liter, both 3-cylinder turbos. 

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is on sale now, with prices starting right at $19,000. Stay safe out there and we'll have much more on Chevy's all-new Trailblazer on an upcoming episode of MotorWeek.