2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV

MSRP $25,700

Ranked #19 in Midsize Suv

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2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 9, 2021

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After a complete redesign for the nameplate in 2021, the 2022 model holds a lot of aesthetic changes and two engine options. The new Trailblazer presents a charming appearance that is now compact and sinewy-looking, inspired by the Chevy Blazer. It slots between the Chevrolet Trax and the medium-sized Chevrolet Blazer. The RS package is sporty which gets a 1.3L Turbocharged engine producing over 155 hp. Exterior looks feature unique detailing like a raked windshield leading to a rugged rear bumper, two-tiered front grille, sharper LED running lights, and sporty-looking roof rails.

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Pros

Engagaing Infotainment

Leather upholstery and Heated Comfort

Long list of standard features

Cons

Real-time translation as per

Performance figures

High mass transfer dynamics

What's New?

Two-tiered front grille

Sharper LED headlights and piano taillights

18-inch machined alloy wheels

New 8-inch infotainment screen with Smartphone Integration

7-speaker premium surround sound system by Bose

Cruise control can be expected as a standard feature


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$25700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

horsepower

137 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

162 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

transmission

1-Speed Cvt

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.8/10.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

103.9 in.

length

173.7 in.

width

71.2 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

100 lbs.

ground clearance

7.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

98.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

54.4 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

29/31/33 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$25,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV in Alfa White color
Alfa White

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On the inside, premium features including bigger alloy wheels, faux leather upholstery with red accents, and a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel are key distinctions of the RS package. The expected starting price for the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS is $27,500 with the FWD configuration. An optional AWD setup is recommended for a fulfilling drive experience at an extra $2,000. A host of advanced safety features and driver assistance technologies are added to ensure complete passenger protection in adverse situations. Chevrolet connected services and OnStar are also a part of the latest package.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV Features

The Trailblazer RS is basically the top trim from the Trailblazer lineup and hence gets almost all the features that Chevrolet has to offer. Also for the 2022 model year Chevrolet is expected to offer additional features for the RS to make it even more exciting. The interior of the car features a lot of goodies but due to the low-cost nature misses out on a handful of features.

Trims

Trailblazer RS

MSRP

$27,500

Key Features

Lane Departure Warning System

 

Pre- & Post-Collision Safety System

 

8-Way Power Heated Front Seats

 

Leatherette/Cloth Upholstery

 

Rear View Camera

 

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

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There are no additional trims to choose from other than the option for the drivetrain. It is better to opt for the AWD drivetrain for higher practicality as there is not much difference between fuel efficiency between the two. 

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV Engine and Performance

 The new Trailblazer line-up features two engine options. The RS trim gets a more powerful 1.3L turbocharged engine that generates around 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque output. Staggering acceleration is delivered by the compact SUV. The 2021 RS can clock 0-60 MPH in around 9.4 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 17.1 seconds. The 2022 model can be expected to deliver similar numbers.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS engine bay

Overall performance is expected to improve with better handling and cornering agility. Kia Seltos sprints the same in around 10 while the Mazda CX-30 does not have an official 0-60 timing. The 2022 Trailblazer RS model will get minor refinements under the hood and three drive modes to choose from. Chevy is determined to provide a versatile commuter at an affordable price.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS*

2021 Kia Seltos EX

2021 Mazda CX-30 Select

2022 Hyundai Kona N-Line

Base MSRP

$26,695

$26,565

$25,225

$27,000

Engine

1.3L Turbocharged Inline-3

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.5L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.6L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Transmission

CVT

CVT

6-speed automatic

CVT

Horsepower

155 hp @ 5,600 rpm

146 hp @ 6.200 rpm

186 hp @ 6,000 rpm

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

Torque

174 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.4

10

7.8

9.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.1

18

16.0

16.8

*speculated specs

The bulkiest engine is featured in the Mazda CX-30 which is also the most powerful in the lot. All the models get CVT transmission except Mazda CX-30 that gets 6-speed Automatic. The most expensive is the Hyundai Kona which is subtle in power while the Chevrolet Trailblazer RS is similar in terms of price but is much more powerful. Acceleration and handling are also the best-in-class for the RS trim.

How does the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS handle?

After becoming a subcompact nameplate in 2021, the handling has improved with quick-response steering and bigger wheels. With three unique driving modes, you can adjust traction according to your driving style or mood. The 2022 model gets bigger 18-inch standard alloy wheels. Dynamic stability and performance are improved with a tweaked chassis with an updated suspension system.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV

Electric power steering is responsive and easy to handle at high speeds. The maneuverability and agility of the new Trailblazer are effortless. MacPherson strut suspension is fitted in the front and Compound Crank type in the rear. Massive 18-inch wheels maintain good traction on all road types.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV Fuel Economy

The subcompact SUV is popular for its incredible efficiency along with robust power numbers. The Trailblazer RS delivers a combined mileage of 31 mpg with a 13.2-gallon fuel tank. The massive tank enables a long driving range fit for long weekend getaways. The 2022 RS’s efficiency is expected to be similar to the previous version and has similar mpg ratings.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS*

2021 Kia Seltos EX

2021 Mazda CX-30 Select

2022 Hyundai Kona N-Line

MPG (City)

29

27

25

26

MPG (Highway)

33

31

33

34

MPG (Combined)

31

29

28

30

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal)

13.2

13.2

13.5

13.2

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (Miles)

383 / 436 / 409

356 / 409 / 383

338 / 446 / 378

343 / 396 / 370

*speculated specs

The most efficient subcompact SUVs are Chevrolet Trailblazer RS and Hyundai Kona among others. The Mazda CX-30 is the least efficient in this comparison while the Kia Seltos has marginally better fuel efficiency overall. That being said, the Mazda has a higher highway cruising efficiency which is on par with the Trailblazer RS which also needs to be considered.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV Interior

 As the car sits between the medium-sized Chevy Blazer and Chevrolet Trax, it has median space compared to these. Chevrolet has also taken care of utility and cargo along with comfortable passenger seating. The seats are wrapped in faux leather and come with 8-way power adjust for the RS trim. The youthfully designed layout maintains ambient cabin conditions with features like an Air Conditioning system and heating ducts under the front seats.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS cockpit

Cruise control is now expected to be a standard feature throughout all trims. With mounted controls, easy accessibility is offered. In terms of cargo, the 2022 model will get a similar room as the previous generation. Additional small-item storage spaces like Map pockets, a deep glovebox, visors, and door pockets are available. An enthusiastic and active atmosphere is presented by the new subcompact SUV.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS*

2021 Kia Seltos EX

2021 Mazda CX-30 Select

2022 Hyundai Kona N-Line

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom / Shoulder Room / Legroom) (in)

40.0 / 55.4 / 40.9

38.5 / 55.5 / 41.4

38.1 / 55.6 / 41.7

39.6 / 55.5 / 41.5

Second Row (Headroom / Shoulder Room / Legroom) (in)

38.4 / 53.8 / 39.4

38.4 / 54.7 / 38.0

38.3 / 53.6 / 36.3

37.8 / 54.5 / 34.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

25.3

26.6

20.2

19.2

*speculated specs

With 60-40 split seats, the cargo area can expand to 54.4 cubic feet for the Chevrolet Trailblazer RS. With all seats upright, Kia Seltos offers the most cargo room. Seating comfort is one of the best in Trailblazer RS with ample room for both front and rear occupants as the Hyundai Kona has a very cramped rear seat. A few highlighted interior features are as follows:

  • Heated seats with 8-way power adjustment
  • Faux-leather wrapped seats with red highlights
  • Cruise Control with mounted controls
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped gear shift knob in satin silver and chrome option

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS: Infotainment and Connectivity

Chevy has constantly updated the infotainment and entertainment features inside its line-ups. The new Trailblazer RS gets a new 7-inch touchscreen display. An upgrade to an 8-inch screen can be availed with the Convenience or Driver Confidence package. Wireless connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto makes media streaming faster and hassle-free. 

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS infotainment screen

The audio system keeps the music lovers hooked to their favorite track. The system features a 6-speaker standard sound system upgradable to a 7-speaker premium surround sound system by Bose. Overall enhanced performance can be expected from the new Trailblazer RS. The highlights of the infotainment and entertainment range are as follows:

  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system
  • 7-inch touchscreen display upgradable to an intuitive 8-inch interface
  • Voice command
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for wireless connectivity
  • 6-speaker standard audio system upgradable to 7-speaker surround sound system by Bose
  • Bluetooth audio streaming

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV Exterior

 The latest 2022 RS model gets bigger 18-inch machined alloy wheels wrapped in all-season Blackwall tires. Side rails in black give a sporty look. The body structure is similar in dimensions to the 2021 version. The overall design philosophy is inspired by the Chevy Blazer with a sinewy body and boxy front.

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS front view

The RS trim is overwhelmed with black detailing. The front grille is two-tiered black in color. The front is further complemented with sharper halogen headlights with Intellibeam and LED running lights.

Models

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS*

2021 Kia Seltos EX

2021 Mazda CX-30 Select

2022 Hyundai Kona N-Line

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,559

3,087

3,234

3,085

Length (in)

173.7

172

173

164.0

Width (in)

71.2

70.9

70.7

70.9

Height (in)

65.3

63.6

61.7

61.0

Ground Clearance (in)

7.6

7.3

8.0

6.7

Wheelbase (in)

103.9

103.5

104.4

102.4

*speculated specs

The lightest of the lot is the Hyundai Kona with a smaller 1.6L block with no additional forced induction setup. On the other end, the Mazda CX-30 is the heaviest with the massive 2.5L powerhouse underneath. Ground clearance is the best in Mazda CX-30 and Chevrolet Trailblazer RS. Wider the wheelbase, the better the stability. The Chevy Trailblazer RS gets one of the widest wheelbases and is of better height compared to others. A few striking exterior details are as follows:

  • Bigger 18-inch machined alloy wheels wrapped in All-season tires
  • Black roof rails
  • Two-tiered front grille
  • LED running lights and taillights
  • Rugged rear bumper design
  • RS badging

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV Safety

The 2021 Trailblazer scored a pretty solid 4-star overall rating from the NHTSA but wasn’t tested by the IIHS. Thus, the 2022 Trailblazer RS should also do well in this regard. In terms of features, the RS is basically the top trim from the Trailblazer trim ladder and hence features all the available features which also include a handful of driver assistance features offering great levels of safety. The most prominent features available for the 2022 Trailblazer RS are mentioned below.

  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • OnStar and Chevrolet connected services
  • HD Rear Vision Camera

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS SUV Final Verdict

Getting hold of the affordable price tag and robust performance, the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS showcases a neat outcast. Quality is maintained at top-notch levels across all areas of the car. Standing by the new subcompact design, the Trailblazer sets tough competition in its class. Updated amenities and new tech features make every ride pleasurable and worthy enough.

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