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2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Sport Utility

2WD 4dr LT w/1LT

Starting at | Starting at 14 MPG City - 20 MPG Highway

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2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Sport Utility

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Sport Utility

The 2009 Chevy TrailBlazer is a traditional body-on-frame SUV, which makes it attractive to buyers in the market for a mid-sized SUV with towing and off-road capability. The standard 4.2L 6-cylinder engine is very capable, and two available strong V8 engines make sure that one thing the TrailBlazer can never be accused of is being underpowered.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, the Chevy TrailBlazer carries over largely unchanged. It does receive newly available Bluetooth connectivity and a few new paint colors.

Model Strengths

  • Powerful standard inline-6 engine
  • available 390-horsepower V8 engine.

Model Review

The 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer provides something for everyone. All trim levels provide a comfortable ride for five passengers, good towing capability and ample cargo space.

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Source: The Car Connection

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the TrailBlazer and included their own impressions along with those of other experts to provide a comprehensive report on the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer. A wide range of critical voices and review sources are included with this review.

The Chevrolet TrailBlazer hasn't seen a full redesign for many years, to the point that, from the outside, it now almost looks like a retro-styled vehicle from the SUV glory days of the early-to-mid 1990s. Rest assured, the TrailBlazer has undergone a number of minor updates through the years. Built on a frame typical of pickups and older SUVs, the 2009 TrailBlazer is good for towing and hauling. The mid-size SUV shares its platform with the Buick Rainier and GMC Envoy.

Available in LS, LT, and SS versions, the two base-model 2009 Chevy TrailBlazers are powered by a 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine producing 291 horsepower; an optional 5.3-liter V-8 is available. A four-speed automatic transmission comes standard and can be specified with either rear- or four-wheel drive. For passenger-hauling needs, the 4.2-liter engine is adequate, but not nearly as perky off the line as the V-8, which is recommended if you plan to tow. Low fuel economy is typical for these truck-based SUVs. The V-8 has Active Fuel Management to help improve fuel efficiency when coasting or cruising, so it's actually the same with either engine and rear-wheel drive, at 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway.

The musclecarlike SS model is powered by a 6.0-liter, 395-horsepower V-8 engine. Other functional and cosmetic upgrades include a powerful transmission, a lowered suspension, 20-inch wheels, and heavy-duty brakes with larger 12.8-inch front discs. Like the other models, the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.

The TrailBlazer doesn't handle especially securely or confidently, and the ride is soft and a bit bouncy on rough surfaces. With doses of road and engine noise, an outdated instrument-panel design, and subpar materials, the TrailBlazer's interior isn't particularly attractive. The 2009 TrailBlazer's interior does feature seating for five, though there's no third-row seat.

New options on the 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer are few but include Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity. Returning options for 2009 include a power sunroof, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a Bose premium speaker system, and an AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer. Also on the options list: adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, leather seating surfaces with eight-way-power driver and passenger seats, and either factory- or dealer-installed running boards.

Standard on all 2009 TrailBlazers is GM's StabiliTrak stability control, as well as anti-lock brakes and side curtain airbags good for front and rear occupants. The 2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer doesn't perform especially well in either crash-test program. In the federal government's frontal test, the TrailBlazer earns just three stars--the lowest score typically awarded--for driver protection and four stars for passenger protection. In the IIHS battery of tests, the TrailBlazer earns Acceptable ratings for frontal protection, Marginal for side protection (unusual for an SUV), and Poor for rear impact.

The 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.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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