View Thread: The new TrailBlazer


montecarlolsus
I just test drove a new TrailBklazer as one of the 24 hour test drives. I liked it a lot. Very quiet. Good power from the new I6 but I have to wonder if it was all of 275 horsepower. Smooth ride and to me good handling. My only complaint is the slow steering. Anyone else have one of these or drive one yet? Kind of expensive though at almost $32,000 for the one I had and it wasnt loaded.

Sia Bani
SUV prices have gone through the roof since 97. I remember when my dad bought his 2500 Suburban LT for very low 30s, and in 99 they were at 37 and above.

Same engine, etc.

The Lincoln Aviator for example...that loaded up with everything is 55k!!!! Crazy. I don't know who'd buy a 55k Aviator and not a close to base, (which is still great) Navigator.

mustangdriver
I have been pretty amazed with SUV prices too. The Trailblazer seems like a pretty decent choice though. My neighbor has one and it seems pretty nice.

My best friend from college just bought a new Honda Pilot though and I think I'd go with that over a TB. I like the styling and options a little better. I spend 12 hours in it heading to N.C. and back. Very comfortable and we watched a DVD or two and played some PS2 (came with the 7 inch screen in the back). I sat in the 3rd row seat last night, it wasn't too bad.

BRealistic
luxury SUV= status symbol= $$$$$$$

The irony: You can buy a good full size truck AND a good large car for the price of one loaded full size SUV. I guess the idea of driving a car when you only need to get from point a to point b, and driving the truck only when you need to haul or tow is an alien idea to most SUV owners. :(

Sia Bani
Yes, that's true. What mystfies me is why the person would choose a fully loaded Aviator of a decently loaded Navi.

silverTA2002
I like the trailblazer, they're quite nice. The new I6 is 10x better than the old 4.3 v6.

SUVs are quite pricey, but was $32k sticker price?? I'm sure you could get $4000 or more off of one right now.

mustangdriver
Yeah, and maybe I'm getting a bit used to the high SUV prices but $32K doesn't seem that bad for a pretty large SUV.

Cryogenic
My Mom got her TB for 22k and a friend of ours got hers for 23k.

mustangdriver
I assume that's with the $4000 rebate or no? Because the base LS starts at $27,500 or so according to the website.

That's extraordinarly low! I'd love to get one that cheap.

Cryogenic
Thats with rebate, my Mom also payed it in full too so that could have helped.

mustangdriver
Yeah, that is a good bargaining chip. That's a pretty good price. How loaded with options is it?

Cryogenic
Originally posted by preludedriver
Yeah, that is a good bargaining chip. That's a pretty good price. How loaded with options is it?

LS with a cd player, cloth seats. I don't think theres much else in options.

scubie02
SUV's and trucks used to have pretty slow steering so when you take them off road and hit a huge bump
that jars you, you didn't go zooming off in a ditch. Nowadays, of course, the average trailblazer is probably
not real likely to see much off roading.

I have both a car and a truck, but there are times I still miss having an suv. Just being able to go shopping
and stick the big tv in the back w/out worrying about it raining or not being able to do any more shopping
because it might disappear out of the back is nice. Plus you feel like in a pinch if your house burned down, you
still have a place to live... :tongue:

BRealistic
Originally posted by scubie02
-I have both a car and a truck, but there are times I still miss having an suv. Just being able to go shopping
and stick the big tv in the back w/out worrying about it raining or not being able to do any more shopping
because it might disappear out of the back is nice. Plus you feel like in a pinch if your house burned down, you
still have a place to live... :tongue:

Isn't that what vans and station wagons are/were for? I live in a van down by the river myself.

scubie02
Much more headroom in an suv over a stationwagon, and I get stuck behind old people and soccer
mom's in van's driving 35-45 in 55 zones too much to ever join their ranks...

mustangdriver
Originally posted by BRealistic
Isn't that what vans and station wagons are/were for? I live in a van down by the river myself.

haha my new grad school professor looks JUST like Chris Farley! We kept saying that in class the other night.