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Chevy Tahoe vs Chevy TrailBlazer

micktoothmicktooth Posts: 1
edited March 15 in Chevrolet
I am in the market for a new SUV. I really like the Tahoe but I don't know much about the new Trailblazer. I personally think the TB is too new to jump on the bandwagon whereas the Tahoe is a time tested machine. Any info, input or experiences will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


  • inglesingles Posts: 1
    Well, I'm trying to make the same decision. I drove the Trailblazer over the weekend and the only negative I noticed (for me anyway) was the coil spring suspension which I believe has no business on a truck. I prefer leaf springs. The biggest plus, I thought, was the engine. It is so incredibly smooth and powerful. You can't even tell it's running. In fact, there's even a switch to keep you from trying to start it twice.
    I plan on driving a Tahoe this weekend to compare.
  • jgmilbergjgmilberg Posts: 872
    Both Tahoe and Trail Blazer have coil spring rear suspension. Only way to get leafs is to step up to a 3/4 ton Suburban or Yukon XL.
  • riskaker11riskaker11 Posts: 39
    I am also trying to decide between the two (actually Yukon & Envoy). Tough choice. The Yukon has better seats (much more comfortable), the third seat and more room in general. The Envoy is better looking, many more features (dual temp for passenger & driver, nice stereo, steering wheel controls, etc.) and better mpg. There is a longer version coming in the fall which may be interesting. I guess I could live without the third row but I am really picky about seats and I just couldn't get comfy in the Envoy (LE or SLE). I will have to test it out a few more times because I really like the better gas and all the toys.

    They both drove very nice & quiet.
  • ducky87ducky87 Posts: 11
    whichever vehicle you choose, rest assured gm will not stand by their vehicle if there is a significant problem, i cite the recent recall of the trail blazer, thousands were left without their 30+ thousand dollar vehicle for weeks and gms offered compensation was a ridiculous joke that most of the poor lemmings out there jumped on.
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    I seem to recall that GM gave them free loaners to drive while their trucks were being repaired.
    What else would you have liked them to do?
  • tom6tom6 Posts: 1
    I am having the same problem deciding. One of the other factors I am thinking about is the roll over safety and crash test safety of the Envoy/TB. Does anyone know when the Envoy will have results on these items? I really love the Envoy but am leaning toward the Yukon since I haven't heard of many roll-over incidents in the Yukon/Tahoe.
  • I can tell you from experience that the Tahoe is a great vehicle. I've been driving my '00 Tahoe around for awhile now, and I can tell you the reliability is up to par. I've had minor problems with the rear windows and homelink, but I'm told that I am the only one with the latter problem. I like the TB a lot, I think the engine in the TB is spectacular and well deserving of praise. Although the HP is close, towing capacity goes to the Tahoe/Yukon/Denali. The TB is a perfectly capable machine with a very rigid frame, (like the Tahoe/Yukon/Denali)but slightly more sporty. The Tahoe/Yukon/Denali has more interior room, it comes down to what you want out of your SUV. Hope that helps
  • I have test driven both the Tahoe LS and the Trailblazer LS in the past week. I loved the engine on the TB, it is smooth and powerful. However, the plastic on the interior is rather cheap. The rear seats are easy to get into on the TB, but the foot opening is so narrow, it is difficult to exit. An extended TB is definitely needed. I think that I am going to opt for the Tahoe. It road a little rougher, but it's 5.3 L engine was also pretty sweet.
  • I purchased a 1999 JGC and had nothing but problem. Anything and everything noted in your pages has happened. Without having to go through the lemon process, I'm looking into trading in my JGC for a TB. Any information on the repair/maintance yet. After having such a bad experience, I'd sure like to be sure I'm not making another bad decision.
    I love the way my JGC handles, is there going to be a huge difference in the turn radius' like most other Chevy products?
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    in the future the TB is supposed to have the 5.3
  • austincaustinc Posts: 1
    Is it a fact or fiction that the Trailblazer will come out with a 3rd seat later this year? Although the trailblazer comes with lots of nice features, the cabin lacks quality and cosmetics. The door panel around the door handle represents a hazard to fingernails. The seat is more comfortable than the Tahoe, however not crazy about the firmness in the center armrest. The sound system in the Tahoe is reasonable good at best. No where near the quality of the Bose system in the trailblazer. Would be interested in other people's comments
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    It's a fact for the Envoy at least. The vehicle will be known as the GMC Envoy XL. However, due to a GM embargo, you will not find out any further official information on this till at least October. Stay tuned to Town Hall though, and you will be one of the first to find out when official information has been released.

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  • For many of us who drive SUV's the TB/Envoy is the perfect size. I personally do not need 8 or 9 chairs. I don't tow much or drive off-road at all. What I want is a fairly luxurious car where I can lay down the seats and carry all the stuff I seem to need a big wagon to carry. Minivans don't really work. The ability to fold the seats and have a flat cargo area (without removing the seats) ain't there on a minivan. I am very tempted by the TB/Envoy but have this nagging fear that GM works out the wrinkles at the expense of the first and even second year owners.
  • The 96 Blazers had so many problems. Brakes, sludge in the cooling system, injectors, wipers, no heat, no air. How does anyone know that the Trail Blazer is a better vehicle? GM says it is completely redesigned but is it? Or will all of the old Blazer problems follow it? Can someone knowledgeable comment?
  • boat10boat10 Posts: 59
    I've had several S-10 Blazers and I now have a 2002 Trailblazer....There is no comparison between the two differant body styles. The new 2002 Trailblazer is far superior than the previous vehicles. I now have 5500 miles on mine and absolutly love it......As the old saying goes "TRY IT AND YOU WILL LIKE IT"!!!!!!!!!
  • I want a new vehicle, been driving a Camry for 3 years. I am in sales but a small territory with about 12-15K miles per year, While I do not plan to do any 4w driving I want a nice car, leather, moon roof etc with lots of room for my staff and clients. is the TB a good choice, commish will be less next year, need something afford able
  • cwhawkcwhawk Posts: 38
    I have a new TB LTZ(700 miles)with the 3.42 rear axle, 2wd, and am getting 16 mpg in 50/50 mixed driving. I expected more. My 97 Blazer got 19.5 mpg in the same situation. What mpg are others getting? Did the mileage improve after 2-3,000 miles? Other than this, the TB is great.
  • You haven't even broken in your engine at 700 miles. The engine break-in gives all of the moving metal pieces of your engine a chance to mate to one another. This allows them to function at peak efficiency. Your mileage should improve as your engine breaks in over the next couple of thousand miles. Make sure you maintain the recommended tire pressure and follow the manufacturer's oil service recommendations for your new truck. Typically this requires that you change the oil at a greater frequency during the engine break-in period.
  • Best mileage in mixed driving 17mpg with 23,000 miles on it.
  • Here's a bit of info - the trailblazer is a totally new truck - and seems to be a great vehicle - the only drawback trailblazers seem to have is ENGINE FAILURE - but this has been limited to trucks built in june and july which should have sold off dealer lots some time ago but check - if you start to have engine problems get right to the dealer
    any coolant consumption, noise (rap or tick) cold start skip, tick or excessive white smoke in an indication of problems, GM is aware and is replacing engines without question - but in my opinion - great truck - as for the 96 - anyone who has a later model GM vehicle my notice cooling system problems such as bad heat - or sludging up - I will tell everyone - as soon as your warranty is up - flush out the dexcool (red coolant) the stuff sucks - do a full cooling flush (this is more than a 49.95 jiffy lube flush) and refill with standard green coolant
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