2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer vs. 2020 Fiat 500X

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Trailblazer are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The 500X doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Trailblazer and the 500X 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Trailblazer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Trailblazer’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the 500X’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 8 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trailblazer’s warranty.

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 Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 134 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Trailblazer 4x4 Auto 1.3 turbo 3 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the 500X (26 city/30 hwy vs. 24 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trailblazer uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Transmission

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The Trailblazer has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The 500X doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Trailblazer LS/LT/ACTIV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the 500X (225/60R17 vs. 215/60R17).

The Trailblazer has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The 500X doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Trailblazer’s wheelbase is 2.7 inches longer than on the 500X (103.9 inches vs. 101.2 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Trailblazer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The 500X doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Trailblazer has .9 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 4.6 inches more rear legroom and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the 500X.

The front step up height for the Trailblazer is 2.7 inches lower than the 500X (16.7” vs. 19.4”). The Trailblazer’s rear step up height is 2.6 inches lower than the 500X’s (17” vs. 19.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Trailblazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 14.1 cubic feet). The Trailblazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (54.4 vs. 39.8 cubic feet).

The Trailblazer’s cargo area is larger than the 500X’s in almost every dimension:

Trailblazer

500X

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

32”/64.5”

n/a

Max Width

54”

41.3”

Min Width

41”

37.8”

Height

28.2”

28.8”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Trailblazer LT/ACTIV/RS’ power liftgate can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The 500X doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Ergonomics

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In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Trailblazer’s available exterior PIN entry system. The 500X doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Trailblazer has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The 500X only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Trailblazer offers an optional 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 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Trailblazer has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Trailblazer ACTIV/RS offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The 500X doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Trailblazer LT/ACTIV/RS offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The 500X doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Trailblazer is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

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