The 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer seemingly provides something for everyone. All trim levels provide a comfortable ride for five passengers, good towing capability, and ample cargo space.
There are two trim levels available: LT and the SS. The LT trims come standard with a 4.2L inline six-cylinder engine that makes a healthy 285 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 277 ft-lbs of torque at 4600 rpm. The optional 5.3L V8 engine is available and makes 300 horsepower at 5300 rpm and 321 ft-lbs of torque at 4000 rpm. The 5.3L V8 sports the impressive active fuel management feature that deactivates four of the eight cylinders and propels the vehicle on just four cylinders in instances where extra power is not needed. The transition from eight to four cylinders and back is virtually undetectable and helps boost fuel economy.
Standard equipment includes 17-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, power windows and locks, OnStar, cruise control, air conditioning, a CD player with XM satellite radio, and StabiliTrak stability control system.
The LT trim adds features such as a roof rack, fog lamps, power mirrors, power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, and automatic dual-zone climate control.
For those wanting a sporty SUV, the TrailBlazer offers its SS trim level in either 2WD or AWD versions. The SS TrailBlazer includes a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, heavy duty front disc brakes, a limited-slip rear differential, quicker ratio steering, and the Corvette-based LS2 6.0L V8 engine, as well as other changes. These enhancements create an aggressive look outside and some serious acceleration with sub six second 0-60 mph times. Power reaches 390 horsepower 6000 rpm and 400 ft-lbs of torque at 4000 rpm.
Notable options on all trim levels include a rear seat DVD entertainment system, Bose premium speaker system and power sunroof.
At less than $28,000 the 2WD LS offers impressive standard equipment for the price. A loaded 4WD LT V8 TrailBlazer can push just past the $38,000 mark. Pricing for the 2WD SS TrailBlazers start at $31,990 with destination charge. An AWD SS TrailBlazer will run a minimum of $34,090.
For 2008, the Chevy TrailBlazer carries over largely unchanged. It does receive a boost in standard equipment in the form of XM satellite radio and side curtain air bags in the front and rear.