2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer vs. 2020 Ford EcoSport

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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 EcoSport doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Trailblazer has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The EcoSport doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Trailblazer’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The EcoSport doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Trailblazer and the EcoSport have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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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The Trailblazer’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the EcoSport’s (6 vs. 5 years).

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 Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Trailblazer’s standard 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder produces 14 more horsepower (137 vs. 123) and 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 125) than the EcoSport’s standard 1.0 turbo 3-cylinder. The Trailblazer’s 1.2 turbo 3-cylinder produces 13 lbs.-ft. more torque (162 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Trailblazer’s optional 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder produces 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (174 vs. 149) than the EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Trailblazer gets better fuel mileage than the EcoSport:

MPG

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

EcoSport

FWD

1.0 Turbo 3-cyl.

27 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trailblazer uses regular unleaded gasoline. The EcoSport with the 1.0 turbo 3-cylinder engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

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In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Chevrolet Trailblazer higher (7 out of 10) than the Ford EcoSport (5). This means the Trailblazer produces up to 8 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the EcoSport every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is on the Chevrolet Trailblazer 1.3 turbo 3-cylinder, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the EcoSport.

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 EcoSport doesn’t offer a CVT.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Trailblazer has larger standard tires than the EcoSport (215/65R16 vs. 205/60R16). The Trailblazer LS/LT/ACTIV’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the EcoSport (225/60R17 vs. 205/60R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Trailblazer RS has standard 18-inch wheels. The EcoSport’s largest wheels are only 17-inches.

The Chevrolet Trailblazer’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford EcoSport only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 EcoSport 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 4.7 inches longer than on the EcoSport (103.9 inches vs. 99.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Trailblazer is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than the track on the EcoSport.

Passenger Space

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The Trailblazer has .4 inches more front headroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 2.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the EcoSport.

Cargo Capacity

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The Trailblazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the EcoSport with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 20.9 cubic feet). The Trailblazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the EcoSport with its rear seat folded (54.4 vs. 50 cubic feet).

The Trailblazer’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The EcoSport’s swing out door blocks loading from the driver’s side.

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

Ergonomics

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The Trailblazer’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch. The EcoSport has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Trailblazer’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 EcoSport’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Trailblazer detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The EcoSport doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Trailblazer (except L/LS) offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The EcoSport doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 EcoSport doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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