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Interesting review. GM seems to be making good on that promise to add auto stop/start to most vehicles by 2020 considering they added it to the 2.5 and 3.6.
 

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I think it is uglier than sin. Call me old school but quite honestly, I miss the designs of the late 90s to early 2000s. I don't call this innovative, I just call it looking like every other vehicle out there today, squinty looking eyes for lights and a giant novelty grill that does nothing but add looks to it.
 

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I concur, but in my mind it makes me feel that if my wife buys one, and I only have to drive on Saturdays to Walmart to pick up ten bags of mulch...that the "folks" would respect my "parking area/needs" per sé...unlike the status quo with "her 2011 Equinox"...
Thus, I wouldn't buy one myself...but would love to see the looks on "my neighbors faces" as I drive up upon them with that "front" end. Having said that, the rear end looks fine. And that is why it's the wife's call...but it looks good on paper based on my needs...just sayin !Tommy/sir...CPS
 

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I think it looks great (when I close my eyes).

Like @!Tommy says, the grille, which is kinda like a nose on a face, is just plain ugly.

The "trendy" huge polygon just to hold a teensy-weensy fog light. Oh, the light is round, too.

From the side, BIG wheels, hardly any body between them. Short and stubby looking.

Overall, it looks like someone in management has had some kind relationship with a plastic surgeon, and the whole design reveals it.

Not all of the parts of the rig are ugly. Think of it like a beautiful young lady who has low self-esteem, or is trapped into being like "everyone else", and then ruins her looks by getting augmenting for her lips, cheeks, eyelashes, and boobs. Average good looks are not a bad thing that needs to be "improved"!

Did I mention the ugly front end is keeping up with the current trends in huge, gawdy openings?

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I was put off by the sheer shock value of the design at first, but its grown on me considerably. I'll absolutely look at these on the used market when my wife and I start cranking out babies. The 3.6L/9A will move this vehicle with ease.

If the Blazer puts you off, the new Acadia has been unveiled (GMC sibling) and it's more mature looking. I like both.

 

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I don't mind the looks at all. GM is definitely following popular trends. But again I don't see vehicle body lines as an expression of my soul or anything. It reminds me of a classic design of the late 90s:
 

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I had to LOL about the classic and then how you revealed your vision with something even uglier. :D
 

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I think everyone is entitled to their own opinions, nothing wrong with that. As Cartire98 said, nothing really that wrong with the front. But the front is just, blegh!



If you ask me, that front end looks like something modified by Photoshop, The top part of the front is literally just squished all together while the grille on down has been overstretched. It just looks awful to me.

campb292, you mentioned popular trends. I guess obviously whatever sells the most and minorities like me either have to live with it or find an alternative. But in *my* opinion, why follow trends when you could set yourself apart and be different? People like to color their hair goofy colors (which I cannot stand) and they call it expressing themselves or more literally, standing out from others. So why should all cars look and feel the same? I think @DrivenDaily posted in a thread somewhere about how all the newer Chevys essentially look the same in the front except certain spacing in the grille and the narrowness of the headlight fixtures. I know I certainly agree with that. If you don't even look at size....how do you even know what is what? The only one that looks even remotely different than the rest is the Impala.



I wonder how many people could identify these cars without looking them up?
 

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Thanks for the link. I read it the article with memories of my '95 Jimmy (s15 twin of the Blazer) in mind.

The things I loved about the Blazer were rear wheel drive, true 4WD, and a good size. When the engine worked it was great.




The only things I didn’t care for were the fact that the engine had a very early sequential fuel injection system that clogged up at least three times over the lifetime of owning it, about 180000 miles in six years.

The new "Blazer" seems like the antithesis of its namesake - more like something a soccer mom would have so she doesn't drive a minivan. I'll take an S15 or K5 thsnk you.


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I had one of these as a loaner. I thought it was pretty nice overall and well thought out. Ergonomics are something GM really has going right now. I still find the 48k price tag for the V6 edition hard to swallow.

In other news, I got some marketing spam about a new 2021 Trailblazer that is releasing early next year. It supposedly fits in between the Equinox and Blazer. GM seems to have gone all in on saturating the SUV/Crossover segment. Lineup looks to be Trax < Equinox < Trailblazer < Blazer < Traverse < Tahoe < Suburban. Looks about a fleet average of 20 mpg. Might as well sell a lease on a fuel tanker to follow new purchases. Good thing fuel is only $3/gallon and won't ever go up again...
 

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I had one of these as a loaner. I thought it was pretty nice overall and well thought out. Ergonomics are something GM really has going right now. I still find the 48k price tag for the V6 edition hard to swallow.

In other news, I got some marketing spam about a new 2021 Trailblazer that is releasing early next year. It supposedly fits in between the Equinox and Blazer. GM seems to have gone all in on saturating the SUV/Crossover segment. Lineup looks to be Trax < Equinox < Trailblazer < Blazer < Traverse < Tahoe < Suburban. Looks about a fleet average of 20 mpg. Might as well sell a lease on a fuel tanker to follow new purchases. Good thing fuel is only $3/gallon and won't ever go up again...
The Trailblazer is sized between the Trax and Equinox. It is a small vehicle. Buick gets their own version called the Encore GX.

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Announced For America | GM Authority
 

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I see that the Trailblazer is to be assembled and imported by GM Korea.

I sure would like to see more of Chevrolet's crossover lineup assembled in the USA!

It appears the only USA made Chevy crossover will be the Traverse. :frown:

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