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Chevy Tahoe vs Chevy TrailBlazer

micktoothmicktooth Posts: 1
edited March 2014 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
  • dardson1dardson1 Posts: 696
    first 1600 miles I'm getting very, very close to 15mpg city driving. Everyone on the Tahoe/Yukon thread kept telling me it would, but I didn't believe it til I got mine. I''ve been driving easy but even so it's pretty darn good all things considered. I love the Tahoe.
  • tblazer503tblazer503 Posts: 620
    the tahoe is supposed to get revamped in the next couple of years according to rumors ive heard. expect a new hydroformed frame, and some of the trailblazers features... im looking forward to it... plan on trading up in a few years.. =o) (hopefully it wont look like an avalanche.)
  • "For many of us who drive SUV's the TB/Envoy is the perfect size. I personally do not need 8 or 9 chairs."

    No kidding, same here.

    "I don't tow much or drive off-road at all."

    Then why bother with an SUV?

    " 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."

    How about a station wagon? Or a full size van? Too bad you can't get the Country Squire wagon.
  • ianshawianshaw Posts: 119
    I must respectfully disagree with your characterization of mini vans. Have you looked at a the Honda Odysee? The back seats fold completely flat into the back floor.

    I am in the process of finding a replacement for my 02 Tahoe. I am having a real hard time justifying not buying an Odysee. The price is considerably less than a Tahoe, the Odysee is much more practical and spacious than my Tahoe, it gets better gas mileage, it has better access to the middle seats (to get at the new baby) and it has much better fit and finish than my Tahoe etc. etc. Of course, it won't pull as big a load (but I only have a 2000 lb tent trailer) and there is no 4x4.

    I did go drive a Trail Blazer (extended version) and an Envoy XL. I was very impressed with ride quality and thought the engine power was adequate - but not stellar. But, I think they have a lot more work to do in the back end. The third row seats do not fold nicely into the floor and do not make a reasonably flat storage area. Also, I noticed significant fit and finish problems with the interior head liner and the exterior panel tolerances. Plus, the price wasn't much different than a Tahoe or Yukon. The Envoy would cost me 32.5k and a Yukon would cost me 34K. I think I will stick with the Yukon/Tahoe (even if the ride quality is not as good).
  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    That wasn't me who said that about minivans. That was dardson1, who I was quoting (see the quote marks?).

    A Wrangler will pull 2000# (I do it), have 4x4, and give easy access to a baby. PLUS, it is a convertible! PLUS, it is inexpensive! PLUS the power IS stellar!

  • anonymous02anonymous02 Posts: 1,538
    Before you look at the Trailblazer/Envoy, go read the last 400 threads in that forum here on Edmunds. You'll soon change your mind.
  • If you will notice, many of the posts are by a few people. I would say about 10 or so. Read back about the same amount and on the same token you will find about 30-40 peole who had no issues. =oP
  • ianshawianshaw Posts: 119
    Ah yes - the Wrangler - Why didn't I think of that!!!

    Sorry for addressing the wrong person! Also, sorry for not reviewing the last 400 threads in the Trailblazer/Envoy forum. I assume they must give grim accounts of all the shortcomings of those vehicles?
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    It's rather the nature of the beast with discussion forums I'm afraid. Not too many happy drivers show up to "vent" in proportion to the ones having problems.

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  • alahirialahiri Posts: 17
    I have full no deductible GM Protection Plan on my 99 Blazer. The plan obviously does not cover tires and batteries.

    Early this week the alternator shorted and completely destroyed the battery. GM only paid for alternator --- even though it is the alternator that killed a brand new battery.

    Also, I am taking this 3 and 1/2 and 47,000 miles old Blazer to mechanic almost every month now. Transmission leaks, shorted alternator, fuel line contamination problems, broken sit recliner lever, weather stripes falling off, rattling interior, and the list goes on and on.

    GM Protection Plan, my no deductible complete plan, that I bought for $1700 does not cover most of the expenses. On top of this GM roadside service advised me to call AAA for roadside assistance --- what a joke! My Protection Plan is supposed to include roadside assistance up to 5 yr/ 75000 miles.

    Anyway, I am not too upset. I have paid off fully for this vehicle and I wish to hang on to it. But, GM and the uncooperative Chevy dealers are making my life difficult. Chevy dealers I know love to take the side of GM whenever I request them to check if the protection plan could cover a little more.

    Reliability also is an issue now. If the vehicle starts breaking down too often, I will trade it in for an import. GM will lose a loyal customer, who has driven 3 GM cars, for good. I can't help. I'm really in no mood to allow GM to force extremely poor reliability and customer service on me any more.

    My advice will be to stay away for GM vehicles.
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