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Re-imagined Chevy Trailblazer takes on class-king Mazda CX-30

By Henry Payne, The Detroit News on

Published in Business News

Vehicle type: Front- or all-wheel drive five-passenger subcompact SUV

Price: $19,995, including $995 destination charge ($28,185 AWD LT as tested)

Powerplant: 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder; 1.3-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder

Power: 137 horsepower, 162 pound-feet of torque (1.2-liter); 155 horsepower, 174 pound-feet of torque (1.3-liter)

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission; 9-speed automatic

Performance: 0-60 mph, 9.4 seconds (Car and Driver); towing capacity, 1,000 pounds

Weight: 3,252 pounds (as tested)

Fuel economy: EPA 26 mpg city/30 highway/28 combined (as tested)

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Highs: AWD option; good interior room

Lows: Good value, but still lacks standard options offered in competitors

Overall: 4 stars

2020 Mazda CX-30

2020 Mazda CX-30

Vehicle type: Front- and all-wheel drive, 5-passenger subcompact SUV

 

Price: $23,000 including $1,100 destination charge ($29,195 AWD Premium as tested)

Powerplant: 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder

Power: 186 horsepower, 186 pound-feet torque

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Performance: 0-60 mph, 7.2 seconds (Car and Driver est.); towing capacity, 1,500 pounds

Weight: 3,388 pounds (as tested)

Fuel economy: EPA est. 24 city/31 highway/26 combined (as tested)

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Highs: Sharp handling; premium looks

Lows: Heavy black cladding; tight rear legroom

Overall: 4 stars

Henry Payne is auto critic for The Detroit News. Find him at hpayne@detroitnews.com or Twitter @HenryEPayne.

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