Chevy's midsize sport ute, a rival for mainstays such as the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee, has a revised lineup but no substantive changes for 2000. There is no longer a base trim level, and the lowest priced versions of both the two- and four-door models are designated LS.
Trim upgrades are, to a certain extent, dependent on how many doors you want or will settle for. For example, a ZR2 off-road package is available on the two-door. If you want a nonsport, better-equipped trim than the LS, you can upgrade to the LT trim, but only on the four-door. The four-door also has a sport trim package the Trailblazer but it is described as a sport/luxury trim package.
General Motors offers twins of the Blazer in a number of its makes: GMC offers the same vehicle in two- and four-door guise as the Jimmy, and Oldsmobile has a four-door version called the Bravada. GMC also offers the Envoy, a luxury four-door.
The four-door, which accounts for the bulk of Blazer sales, has split-bench seats front and rear for six-passenger capacity. LT and TrailBlazer trims come with front buckets, and leather is standard on the TrailBlazer, optional on the LT. The TrailBlazer is the only model on which a floor-mounted automatic transmission lever is available.
Front buckets and cloth upholstery are your only choices on the two-door. With seven inches more wheelbase and overall length, the four-door has a roomier rear seat and more cargo space (74 cubic feet vs. 67 cubic feet).
Consumers have a choice on both two- and four-door models of either a liftgate that swings up or a tailgate that drops down. With either, the rear window opens separately and flips up. The spare tire is stored beneath the rear of the vehicle, which has advantages over other options but makes tire changes more awkward.
Under the Hood
All models come with a 190-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6. A manual transmission is standard on the two-door and automatic is optional. On the four-doors, automatic is standard.
Two 4WD systems are available. Insta-Trac is standard on LS 4 x 4s and is engaged by a dashboard switch. Autotrac is standard on other 4 x 4s and automatically engages when more traction is needed.