2020 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid vs. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer

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Safety

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The Rav4 Hybrid has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE/XLE) offers optional Rear Cross-Traffic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Rav4 Hybrid has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

The Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers an optional Bird’s Eye View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Trailblazer only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Rav4 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 Rav4 Hybrid and the Trailblazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 Rav4 Hybrid the rating of “Top Pick” for 2020, a rating granted to only 30 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trailblazer has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Rav4 Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trailblazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Rav4 Hybrid for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Trailblazer.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked fourth.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota third in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 25th.

Engine

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The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 82 more horsepower (219 vs. 137) than the Trailblazer’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder. The Rav4 Hybrid’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder hybrid produces 64 more horsepower (219 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 Rav4 Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Trailblazer:

MPG

Rav4 Hybrid

AWD

2.5 4-cyl. Hybrid

41 city/38 hwy

Trailblazer

FWD

1.2 turbo 3-cyl.

28 city/31 hwy

1.3 turbo 3-cyl.

29 city/33 hwy

AWD

1.2 turbo 3-cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

Regenerative brakes improve the Rav4 Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Rav4 Hybrid has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Trailblazer (14.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Rav4 Hybrid has larger tires than the Trailblazer (225/65R17 vs. 215/65R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Rav4 Hybrid LE/XLE has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trailblazer L.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Rav4 Hybrid’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Trailblazer (105.9 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Rav4 Hybrid is 2 inches wider in the front and 2.4 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Trailblazer.

For greater off-road capability the Rav4 Hybrid has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Trailblazer (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Rav4 Hybrid to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Rav4 Hybrid has .1 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear hip room and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trailblazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Rav4 Hybrid’s rear seats recline. The Trailblazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Trailblazer with its rear seat up (37.6 vs. 25.3 cubic feet). The Rav4 Hybrid has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trailblazer with its rear seat folded (69.8 vs. 54.4 cubic feet).

The Rav4 Hybrid’s cargo area is larger than the Trailblazer’s in almost every dimension:

Rav4

Trailblazer

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40”

32”/64.5”

Max Width

59”

54”

Min Width

39.4”

41”

Height

36.6”

28.2”

Towing

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The Rav4 Hybrid’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Trailblazer’s (1750 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Rav4 Hybrid Limited, 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 Rav4 Hybrid’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Trailblazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Rav4 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. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Trailblazer can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited’s optional 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.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Rav4 Hybrid Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Rav4 Hybrid and the Trailblazer offer available heated front seats. The Rav4 Hybrid Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Trailblazer.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Rav4 Hybrid Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Trailblazer doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Rav4 Hybrid XLE/XSE/Limited’s optional 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 Rav4 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 Rav4 Hybrid’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 Rav4 Hybrid and the Trailblazer offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Rav4 Hybrid has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter.

The Rav4 Hybrid (except LE/XLE)’s available 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.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Rav4 Hybrid, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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