Compare 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer vs 2009 Ford Explorer

2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
2009 Ford Explorer
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2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
TrailBlazer 2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT 14 20 $27,259 $29,155
TrailBlazer 2WD 4-Door LT w/2LT 14 20 $29,242 $31,275
TrailBlazer 2WD 4-Door LT w/3LT 14 20 $31,411 $33,595
TrailBlazer 2WD 4-Door SS 12 16 $34,777 $37,195
TrailBlazer 4WD 4-Door LT w/1LT 14 20 $29,293 $31,330
TrailBlazer 4WD 4-Door LT w/2LT 14 20 $31,271 $33,445
TrailBlazer 4WD 4-Door LT w/3LT 14 20 $33,444 $35,770
TrailBlazer 4WD 4-Door SS 12 16 $36,773 $39,330
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4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $29,319 $31,615
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $32,901 $35,550
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $26,458 $28,470
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 15 21 $30,512 $32,925
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 21 $34,093 $36,860
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 15 21 $27,649 $29,780
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door V6 Adrenalin 13 19 $31,305 $33,835
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door V8 Adrenalin 14 19 $32,497 $35,145
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,259
$31,431
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,155
$33,935
Monthly Payment Estimate
$486 / month
$566 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.0
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. If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 13 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 19 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Head Room (in)
39.6 38.7
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
7.8 8.3
Height, Overall (in)
72.5 71.9
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 44.9
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.0 x 1.1 12.01 x 0.43
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 22.5
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Steering
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
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - 709
Spare Tire Size
P235/75R16 P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
QTM TC2
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1793 1700
Spare Tire Order Code
ZNF TC2
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - 709
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - 709
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1793 1700
Rear Tire Order Code
QTM TC2
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1700
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Trailering
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
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2307 2466
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
10000 8500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3200 3400
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2024 2140
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5550 6180
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2950 2960
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.8 7.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA 1950
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 130
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
285 @ 6000 210 @ 5100
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 13
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 19
Transmission
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 BW-4411
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.22
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA 2.48
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.54
Trans Type
4 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.71
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.29 3.07
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet TrailBlazer Ford Explorer
Body Code
NA NA
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
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 3.55
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3200 2200
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 32.0
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating Ford SLA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent SLA
Frame
Frame Type
- TBD - Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type
Swing-out NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3

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