2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer vs. 2020 Lexus NX Series

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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 NX Series doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Compared to metal, the Trailblazer’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Lexus NX Series has a metal gas tank.

Both the Trailblazer and the NX Series 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 12 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lexus 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 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 8th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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

NX Series

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

F-Sport 2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

Regardless of its engine, the Trailblazer’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Lexus only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the NX Series 300h.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trailblazer uses regular unleaded gasoline. The NX 300 requires premium, 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 Lexus NX Series (3 to 7). This means the Trailblazer produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the NX Series 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 NX Series.

Tires and Wheels

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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 NX Series doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Chassis

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The Trailblazer is 9.2 inches shorter than the NX Series, making the Trailblazer easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 NX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Trailblazer has 1.8 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and 3.3 inches more rear legroom than the NX Series.

The front step up height for the Trailblazer is 1.4 inches lower than the NX Series (16.7” vs. 18.1”). The Trailblazer’s rear step up height is 1 inches lower than the NX Series’ (17” vs. 18”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Trailblazer has a much larger cargo volume than the NX Series with its rear seat up (25.3 vs. 17.7 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Trailblazer’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the NX Series’ (1000 vs. 0 pounds).

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 NX Series doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Trailblazer’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The NX Series’ power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 NX Series 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 NX Series doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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