In doing my story about Dingalan, I was fortunate enough to be able to test drive 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer on good and rough terrain. The new SUV comes fully loaded with features that makes off road driving fun, safe & comfortable.
What I Like About the 2017 Trailblazer
- Shifting to 4×4 on the fly – with just a turn of the knob, I can shift to 4×4 when things get rough and shift back to 4×2 when back on better roads. Gone are the days when you need to stop or even do a reverse to shift modes.
- Water wading capacity – the drive to Dingalan’s waterfalls involves driving on river beds with several river crossing. With a water wading rating of 800 mm capacity, traversing these rivers was effortless.
- Lots of cargo space – simply folding the 2nd & 3rd row seats offer so much space for my travel gear, including my 29″ Trek Mountain bike. So there’s no need to install a bike rack and worry about my MTB getting stolen. I was also able to fit in Crixus’ dog carrier (the biggest size) together with my camping gear.
- Smooth ride & quiet interior when driving south on Dinaglan’s gravel roads.
- Powerful & efficient diesel engine. Traversing the Sierra Madre along Ft MagsaySay & Gabaldon was effortless. Despite the large engine displacement, the 2.8 Duramax recorded an average fuel consumption of 11.6 km/liter.
- Pairing the iPhone was as simple as pairing a mouse. When connected to the Mylink info system, it was handsfree taking calls or choosing the playlist. It even displays the track’s artist, title, album & artwork on the 8″ touch screen display.
- It is now equipped with safety features such as collision & lane departure alerts.
What I don’t Like
- No sunroof option – for me, a car made for the outdoors should have a sunroof. Driving on the open roads with the fresh air flowing inside the car & seeing the clear skies is one of the best road trip experience.
- No paddle shifters – while you can manually shift gears using the lever, a paddle shifter lets me shift gears more quickly when traversing mountain roads.
- The Hood Sticker – I’m just not a fan of stickers….
What I’ll Do (if I owned one)
The Trailblazer is an SUV that I would want to own. It’s fun to drive in any road condition and capable of getting me to my destinations. If I did own one & if budget will allow, the only thing I will consider doing is changing the wheels & tires (and probably install a snorkel) for added off-roading capabilities.
* I am not a professional car writer so everything written in this blog is based on my experience & personal views. For more information about the Trailblazer, click this link