2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer vs. Its Competition

2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer 2WD 4-door SS w/1SS Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is mechanically similar and nearly identical to the GMC Envoy, which sells at a similar price.

Otherwise, the TrailBlazer is part of what once was the heart of the SUV market, but these best sellers are gradually being replaced by carlike crossovers.

The TrailBlazer is one of the worst-handling and most trucklike of the lot.

Only the Durango feels as cumbersome and uncomfortable, but it's a bit more of a workhorse.

The Liberty, Pathfinder, and 4Runner all have better off-road ability--or off-road-worthy models--with which to redeem themselves.

The Liberty is smaller and more maneuverable, and the Pathfinder especially stands out for having a good ride and more luxurious interior.

Then there's the formerly best-selling Ford Explorer, which is still perhaps the most direct competitor to the TrailBlazer.

Ford has done a much better job keeping the Explorer updated in recent years, and though it also has trucklike underpinnings, the Explorer rides and handles far better than the TrailBlazer.

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Quick Specs
You should only consider the 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer if you frequently tow; even then, most truck-based alternatives handle much better.
If you plan to tow, a 2008 Dodge Durango with a V-8 will work nearly as well as a Tahoe or Expedition, at a lower price.
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
MSRP From  
Gas Mileage  
12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class  
N/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name  
2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT2WD 4-Door SXTRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
4 Door4 Door4 Door SR5
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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