2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer vs. Its Competition

2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2009 Chevrolet 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 nearly identical to the GMC Envoy, which sells at a similar price, but is more trucklike.

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

The Liberty, Pathfinder, and 4Runner all have better off-road-focused models.

The Liberty is smaller and more maneuverable, while the Pathfinder stands out as having a better ride and a 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 handles far better than the TrailBlazer.

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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 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.
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
Much less of a cute-ute than it used to be, the 2008 Jeep Liberty defines SUV-lites by not being one.
If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
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.
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