- The Trailblazer is all new for 2021.
- The 2021 C-HR is Toyota’s smallest crossover.
- Both earn 29 mpg combined.
2021 Toyota C-HR
Base price: $22,620 / Read our 2021 Toyota C-HR Review
What we like: Sporty handling, standard safety features, reputation for reliability and good resale values.
What we would change: Add option of all-wheel drive; offer a more powerful engine upgrade or a turbo; improve rear visibility.
Overview: While it’s considered a compact crossover, Toyota’s 2021 C-HR lacks the all-around usability of many of its competitors, as it lacks even the option of all-wheel drive and its cargo space is impeded by a high load floor. It’s more of a city dweller, with decent handling and futuristic styling, although it’s a bit underpowered for our tastes.
What’s new for 2021: Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 safety suite upgrade; new Nightshade Edition brings black accents; different paint choices.
Features and technology:There are three available trim levels, all of which come with a respectable amount of standard equipment, including Toyota’s Safety Sense 2.0 suite of driver aids, including forward collision mitigation, low-speed emergency braking with pedestrian/cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and lane departure alert. The base model, known as the LE, comes with LED headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The next trim up is the XLE, which adds 18-inch allow wheels, power-folding mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. An optional add-on for 2021 is the Nightshade Edition, which adds black-finished wheels with black lug nuts, black cosmetic accents, and black fabric upholstery. An optional audio upgrade package adds Bluetooth audio streaming and HD/satellite radio.
At the top is the Limited trim level, which adds leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, adaptive headlights, LED foglights, and rain-sensing wipers.
What does the future hold: Considering our main gripe with the 2021 C-HR is its lack of power, we hope Toyota adds an upgrade engine or at least an optional turbocharger; a possible hybrid could boast both increased power and improved fuel economy. See 2021 Toyota C-HR models for sale near you
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Base price: $19,995 / Read our 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Review
What we like: Low starting price; good looks; good standard safety features.
What we would change: The seats are a bit small and rough, and the interior in general needs more refinement; add all-wheel drive option on all trims.
Overview: Carrying a name that once referred to a rugged boulder-basher, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is a brand new compact crossover whose milieu is distinctly urban. The Trailblazer impresses with its rugged looks, a choice of a 1.2- or 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engines, and a starting price under $20,000. The Chevy comes nicely equipped, with such things as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a host of safety equipment. We also like its 54.4 cubic feet of usable cargo space with all seats folded. It could use a bit more refinement, however, with some interior materials and surfaces that feel and look cheap, and seats that are small and a bit too firm for our liking. We also don’t love the CVT, which while it helps the Trailblazer earn 29 mpg combined, can drone when pushed. And despite its name, the Trailblazer is no off-roader, with the optional all-wheel drive (not available on the base trim) best for foul weather conditions.
What’s new for 2021: Everything, as the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is all-new.
Features and technology: Offered in five trim levels, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer comes well equipped even in the base L trim, with such safety features as forward collision warnings, lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warnings. Other technology includes Chevy’s Infotainment 3 system with a 7-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and two USB ports. Options include an 8-inch touchscreen, keyless opening and start, LED taillights, and 18-inch gloss black wheels. Adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring are also options, as are a Bose premium audio system and wireless phone charging.
The Activ trim includes dual exhausts, a two-tone roof, Activ shocks, and a simulated skidplate, and the top RS trim includes 18-inch wheels, a unique front splitter, and special black badging.
What does the future hold: We would like to see a bit more refinement to the interior, and maybe a more powerful upgrade engine. / See 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer models for sale near you
CH-R vs. Trailblazer: Strengths comparison
CH-R Benefits: Better safety rating; reputation for reliability and resale value; more comfortable interior.
Trailblazer Benefits: Much larger and more usable cargo space; choice of engines; lower starting price; optional all-wheel drive.
CH-R vs. Trailblazer: Which is better?
The 2021 Toyota C-HR is certainly a distinctive urban runabout, more of a taller Corolla than anything else. But in this category, we prefer the Trailblazer’s considerably larger and more usable cargo space, its choice of engines, and its optional all-wheel drive. Add to that its lower starting price, and we say Chevy all the way. Find a 2021 Toyota C-HR for sale or Find a Chevrolet Trailblazer for sale
|2021 Toyota C-HR||2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer|
|Engine||2.0-liter I4||1.2-liter I3, turbocharged|
|Horsepower||144 hp @ 6100 rpm||137 hp @ 5000 rpm|
|Torque||139 lb-ft @ 3900rpm||162 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm|
|Fuel Economy||29 mpg (27 city, 31hwy)||29 mpg (28 city, 31hwy)|
|Also Available||n/a||1.3-liter I3, turbocharged; Automatic, 9-Spd|
|Basic warranty||3 years or 36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years of 60,000 miles||5 years or 60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||5 Stars||4 Stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||103.9 inches||103.9 inches|
|Overall Length||172.6 inches||173.5 inches|
|Width||70.7 inches||71.2 inches|
|Height||61.6 inches||62.5 inches|
|Turning Diameter||n/a||37.4 feet|
|Headroom, Front||38.1 inches||40.0 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||38.3 inches||38.4 inches|
|Legroom, Front||43.5 inches||40.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||31.7 inches||39.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||49.0 inches||55.4 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||52.5 inches||53.8 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||86.0 cu. ft.||n/a|
|EPA Cargo Volume||36.4 cu. ft.||54.4 cu. ft.|