Compare 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer vs 2008 Ford Explorer

2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
2008 Ford Explorer
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2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT 14 20 $27,259 $29,155
2WD 4-Door LT w/2LT 14 20 $29,242 $31,275
4WD 4-Door LT w/1LT 14 20 $29,293 $31,330
4WD 4-Door LT w/2LT 14 20 $31,271 $33,445
2WD 4-Door LT w/3LT 14 20 $31,411 $33,595
4WD 4-Door LT w/3LT 14 20 $33,444 $35,770
2WD 4-Door SS 12 16 $34,777 $37,195
4WD 4-Door SS 12 16 $36,773 $39,330
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RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,259
$24,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,155
$26,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$486 / month
$442 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
Families can do much better with any of the more modern crossover SUV designs—including Chevy’s own Traverse—but the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is still a good vehicle for towing purposes. As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 14 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.6 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.9
Front Leg Room (in)
46.9 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
56.0 55.4
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
37.0 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 39.8
Second Hip Room (in)
58.2 55.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 59.0
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Step Up Height - Side (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
32.1 31.4
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
191.8 193.4
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
7.8 8.3
Height, Overall (in)
72.5 72.8
Step Up Height - Front (in)
NA - TBD -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA 33.7
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
43.8 44.3
Wheelbase (in)
113.0 113.7
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.8 8.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.7 73.7
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA NA
Overhang, Front (in)
35.0 35.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 44.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.1 85.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
39.6 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
41.0 45.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA NA
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x 1.1 12.01 x 0.43
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 0.78 11.85 x 0.39
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 22.5
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
20.4 NA
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.4
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
20.4 18.9
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 36.8
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1700
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - 721
Spare Tire Size
P235/75R16 P235/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
QTM T52
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1793 1700
Spare Tire Order Code
ZNF T52
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - 721
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - 721
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1793 1700
Rear Tire Order Code
QTM T52
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5400 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
810 350
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5550 6010
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2950 2860
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2307 2329
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
10000 8500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3200 3340
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2024 2107
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.8 7.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA 1950
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
285 @ 6000 210 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
276 @ 4600 254 @ 3700
Engine Order Code
LL8 - TBD -
Displacement
4.2L/254 4.0L/245
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.29 3.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.63 2.29
Trans Order Code
M30 - TBD -
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.22
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.54
Trans Type
4 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.71
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet TrailBlazer Ford Explorer
Body Code
NA NA
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 32.0
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating Ford SLA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.33 1.34
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3200 3600
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3100 2470
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.42 3.55
Axle Type - Front
Independent Ford SLA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
36 32.0
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
2950 3240
Suspension Type - Rear
Coil Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.82 0.77
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3200 2200
Frame
Frame Type
- TBD - Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type
Swing-out NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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