Compare 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer vs 2009 Ford Explorer vs 2009 Honda Pilot

2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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2009 Ford Explorer
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2009 Honda Pilot
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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
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2WD 4-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
Pilot 2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/Navi 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
Pilot 4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/Navi 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,259
$31,431
$27,631
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,155
$33,935
$30,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$486 / month
$566 / month
$508 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
8.0
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. The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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Fuel Economy
City
14 mpg 13 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 19 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- - 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
39.6 38.7 39.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 58.9 62.2
Front Leg Room (in)
46.9 42.4 41.4
Front Hip Room (in)
56.0 55.4 58.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5 8
Second Leg Room (in)
37.0 36.9 38.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.2 39.8 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
58.2 55.5 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.5 59.0 61.5
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA 32.1
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA 48.4
Third Head Room (in)
- NA 38.2
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA 58.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- - 153.7
Exterior Dimensions
Step Up Height - Side (in)
NA - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD - - 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 71.9 72.7
Step Up Height - Front (in)
NA - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA 33.7 - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
43.8 44.3 -
Wheelbase (in)
113.0 113.7 109.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.8 8.3 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
74.7 73.7 78.5
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA NA -
Overhang, Front (in)
35.0 35.4 -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- - 8.0
Length, Overall (in)
- - 190.9
Liftover Height (in)
- - NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
- - 67.5
Track Width, Front (in)
- - 67.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 44.9 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.1 85.8 87.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA 18.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
NA - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
39.6 - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
41.0 45.1 47.7
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 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 x 0.78 11.85 x 0.39 13.1 x - TBD -
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 22.5 21.0
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - Midship -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA -
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
20.4 NA -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
20.4 18.9 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.4 36.8 38.6
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- - 3.69
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- - 19.0
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1700 -
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - 709 -
Spare Tire Size
P235/75R16 P245/65R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
QTM TC2 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1793 1700 -
Spare Tire Order Code
ZNF TC2 NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - 709 -
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - 709 -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1793 1700 -
Rear Tire Order Code
QTM TC2 NA
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5400 3500 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
810 350 350
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5550 6180 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2950 2960 -
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 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- - 4310
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7 17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
13.8 7.8 9.93
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
150 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA -
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA 1950 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
285 @ 6000 210 @ 5100 250 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas I6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SMPI MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
276 @ 4600 254 @ 3700 253 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
LL8 - TBD - NA
Displacement
4.2L/254 4.0L/245 3.5L/212
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 13 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 16 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 19 23
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00 -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.29 3.07 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.63 2.29 1.61
Trans Order Code
M30 - TBD - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 1.00 0.77
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model
NA BW-4411 -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.06 3.22 2.70
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA 2.48 -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.54 1.07
Trans Type
4 5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.71 0.61
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- - 4.31
Summary
Vehicle Name
Chevrolet TrailBlazer Ford Explorer Honda Pilot
Body Code
NA NA -
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
46 32.0 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating Ford SLA -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent SLA MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.33 1.34 0.91
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 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
2950 3240 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Coil Independent SLA Multi-link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.82 0.77 1.04
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA 3.55 -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3200 2200 -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- - NA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- - w/Trailing Arms
Frame
Frame Type
- TBD - Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type
Swing-out NA -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3 5

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