2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid vs. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the CR-V Hybrid deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The CR-V Hybrid’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Trailblazer’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the CR-V Hybrid. But it costs extra on the Trailblazer.

The CR-V Hybrid Touring has standard Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The CR-V Hybrid’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V Hybrid and the Trailblazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 32 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trailblazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The CR-V Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trailblazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the CR-V Hybrid’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Trailblazer’s camshafts. If the Trailblazer’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The CR-V Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 75 more horsepower (212 vs. 137) than the Trailblazer’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The CR-V Hybrid’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 57 more horsepower (212 vs. 155) than the Trailblazer’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the CR-V Hybrid gets better mileage than the Trailblazer:

MPG

CR-V Hybrid

AWD

2.0 4-cyl. Hybrid

40 city/35 hwy

Trailblazer

FWD

1.2 turbo 3-cyl.

28 city/31 hwy

1.3 turbo 3-cyl.

29 city/33 hwy

AWD

1.3 turbo 3-cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the CR-V Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The CR-V Hybrid has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the CR-V Hybrid’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Trailblazer:

CR-V Hybrid

Trailblazer

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.81 inches

Rear Rotors

12.2 inches

10.39 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the CR-V Hybrid has larger tires than the Trailblazer (235/60R18 vs. 215/65R16). The CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trailblazer (235/60R18 vs. 225/60R17).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V Hybrid LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trailblazer L. The CR-V Hybrid Touring’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Trailblazer RS.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR-V Hybrid has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Trailblazer has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The CR-V Hybrid has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CR-V Hybrid flat and controlled during cornering. The Trailblazer’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V Hybrid is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Trailblazer.

For greater off-road capability the CR-V Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Trailblazer (8.2 vs. 8 inches), allowing the CR-V Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The CR-V Hybrid uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The CR-V Hybrid has .1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, 2.8 inches more front hip room, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, 3.8 inches more rear hip room and 1.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The Trailblazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Trailblazer with its rear seat up (33.2 vs. 25.3 cubic feet). The CR-V Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trailblazer with its rear seat folded (68.7 vs. 54.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V Hybrid easier. The CR-V Hybrid’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Trailblazer’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

The CR-V Hybrid’s cargo area is larger than the Trailblazer’s in almost every dimension:

CR-V Hybrid

Trailblazer

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

32”/64.5”

Max Width

54”

54”

Min Width

41.5”

41”

Height

41”

28.2”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V Hybrid’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V Hybrid. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V Hybrid EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Trailblazer’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V Hybrid the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Trailblazer can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V Hybrid Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Trailblazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

On extremely cold winter days, the CR-V Hybrid EX-L/Touring’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The CR-V Hybrid has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable and it can provide a boundary between children. The Trailblazer L/LS doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The CR-V Hybrid EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the CR-V Hybrid and the Trailblazer offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V Hybrid has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The CR-V Hybrid Touring’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trailblazer’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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