Chevrolet Trailblazer vs. Toyota Fortuner - The better 7-seater SUV
Don’t you think that the 7-seater SUV segment has seen tremendous growth in the last few years? Today, the number of options we have in this segment is, most probably, the highest ever. And benefitting the most out of that is us, the consumers, who are at an advantage as there are various options to pick from.
Trailblazer vs. Fortuner: Dimensions
Being full-grown 7-seaters, both the Trailblazer and the Fortuner are undoubtedly quite large vehicles in size. However, it is the former which is bigger in each aspect than the latter, i.e., the Trailblazer is longer, wider,
and taller than the Fortuner. It also has a longer wheelbase. As a result of its large size, the Trailblazer has more interior space. We have also mentioned two heights for the Trailblazer because it varies for some variants.
Trailblazer vs. Fortuner: Exterior
When it comes to the looks, both of these SUVs will make sure that you get noticed on the road. However, it is the Fortuner that looks a bit more modern and flamboyant. Its large LED headlights with LED DRLs do make a difference.
Also, the glossy front grille adds to all the bling. On the other hand, the Trailblazer appears to be more mature and rugged, like it means business. Chevrolet hasn’t updated it recently and thus features like LED lighting is missing.
Trailblazer vs. Fortuner: Interior
On the inside of both the SUVs, there is seating available for 7 people. Space and comfort are also quite similar. We feel the dashboard design of the Trailblazer looks more engaging, perhaps, that’s because it has a bigger touch screen and vertical AC vents.
While the Trailblazer specs already supported Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Fortuner got it recently.
Trailblazer vs. Fortuner: Engine
Chevrolet Trailblazer specs have two engine options, 2.5L and 2.8L that produces 163 bhp / 380 Nm and 200 bhp / 500 Nm respectively. Both of them are diesel engines. The former comes with a 6-speed manual with only 2WD whereas the latter gets 6-speed AT and is also available in 4WD.
On the contrary, Toyota Fortuner specs are a bit diverse in this department as it has three engine options - 2.4L, 2.7L, and 2.8L - with one being petrol. Even the most powerful engine of the Fortuner is not as powerful as that of the Trailblazer’s. The torque is low, too.
Trailblazer vs. Fortuner: Safety
Toyota is usually known for providing as many safety features as possible in its cars. Take the Toyota Vios for example. However, when we look at the Fortuner, it seems lacking some active safety features like front collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, etc., which the Trailblazer has. So, if you look from a safety point of view, Chevrolet stands just a step ahead than the Toyota.
Trailblazer vs. Fortuner: Price
Now, let’s talk about money. Both the SUVs here have 5 variants. Chevrolet Trailblazer price starts at Php 1.62 million whereas Toyota Fortuner price starts just a step below at Php 1.60 million. However, it is the latter whose top-end model costs more, PHP 2.26 million.
Making a buying decision is quite difficult, especially when you have to pick from the best options available. The Trailblazer and Fortuner are among the best 7-seater SUVs that we have in the market right now and when we bring price and features into the equation, it appears that perhaps the Chevrolet would be a good choice for people looking for not-so-flamboyant looks but doesn’t want to miss out on power or safety.
Toyota Fortuner, on the other hand, has a huge fan following and there must be some really good reasons why it has sold in such unbelieving numbers all over the world. We think that perhaps the Fortuner would be the SUV for someone who likes modern-looks and doesn’t really count the number of horses packed under the hood.