Fortuner vs Trailblazer: Acceptable performance or better power?

Feb 16, 2019

East versus west in this SUV match-up to see which will prevail, efficiency or sheer power?

When it comes to SUVs and what it offers, it can be dicey options but in this car comparison, SUV will strut its stuff. SUVs are selling like hotcakes, and these two options are gunning for everyone’s wallets! One thing that makes them distinct is sheer size, over other cars. They are mid-sized Godzilla that stalks the streets and can pass through flooded streets too.

Smaller cars will be like wet cats, but these monstrous pickups will at home in all terrain that is passable.

Between the Trailblazer and the Fortuner, there will a specification throw down to see which is the better one for the money! Will it be the Jap SUV that is in its next version that promises a lot for this segment? Or will it be the Trailblazer that is classic robustness, in and out which is also a classic “BURLY” ride.

Both have their appeal and no doubt, the unit cost will be a sheer factor when the greenbacks come out! But, both have what it takes to the top choice for anyone.  East or west is in the house and let's get this party started.

Chevrolet Trailblazer or Toyota Fortuner?

Chevrolet Trailblazer or Toyota Fortuner?

1. Fortuner vs Trailblazer: Dimensions

Most mid-sized SUVs are usually quite bigger than most cars on the road which is why they are the “Sultans of Size”. Compared to other cars with less size and clearance they can go anywhere!

Chevrolet Trailblazer 

Good: It gets the first point and wins without a hitch. Has more size to go around in all dimensions, even a deeper wading depth.

Bad: Nothing bad noted and it’s a good all-around win!

Toyota Fortuner

Good: Overall, it is a good sized option; but the Trailblazer is way bigger!

Bad: It gives away a total of 152 millimeters to the other option, which is significant.

Verdict: The first round will go to the Trailblazer that has more than 152 millimeters of extra size over the Fortuner. A wading depth of 800 over 700 millimeters that’s a big deal to boot!

Chevrolet Trailblazer vs Toyota Fortuner: Dimensions
  Chevrolet Trailblazer Toyota Fortuner
Length (mm) 4887 4795
Width (mm) 1902 1855
Height (mm) 1848 1835
Ground clearance 230 193
Wading depth 800 700

2. Fortuner vs Trailblazer: Performance

An SUV should have a superlative performance for better mobility and power when it needs it. Maximizing all power and pull with extras that boost performance to better heights.

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Good: This SUV has everything it needs for the city or great outdoors, with humongous power and pulls too. Add up the better-tuned suspension that handles a smoother ride better, over a stiffer one!

Bad: Nothings limp in this option, so it’s a zero which is bad for it here in this round.

Toyota Fortuner

Good: Fortuner has an average performance with all the right thing needed for the city or country road!

Bad: It loses badly to the Trailblazer in key specifications, that should have been better.

Verdict: The big bad truck from the west powers through and wins by mowing down the Fortuner with ease.

Chevrolet Trailblazer vs Toyota Fortuner: Performance
  Chevrolet Trailblazer Toyota Fortuner
Engine 4 Cylinder DOHC 4-Cylinder In-Line DOHC 16 Valve
Displacement 2,776 cc 2,755 cc
Horsepower 200 174
Torque (Nm) 500 450
Transmission 6-Speed AT with Active Select 6-Speed AT with Sequential Control and Paddle Shifters
Drive train 4WD 4WD
Front suspension Double Wishbone Independent Suspension with coil over twin tube shock absorber

Double Wishbone with Coil Springs and Stabilizer

Rear suspension 5-Link with rear coil spring 4-Link with Coil Springs, Stabilizer and Lateral Rod
Front brakes Ventilated Disc Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes Solid Disc Leading-Trailing Drums
Fuel Diesel Diesel
Euro 4 Yes Yes

3. Fortuner vs Trailblazer: Safety Features

Safety is always a big deal, and most big cars are safer than smaller cars. But, other modern and newer safeties make bigger SUVs like tanks on the road.

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Good: This option has a good a good set of safety equipment, that should be the case.

Bad: Besides the dual airbags, there should be more equipped like the AEB system, more than makes up for it.

Toyota Fortuner

Good: All the safeties that matter, especially the curtain, side, and knee airbags for better passenger protection with five-star plus rating too!

Bad: It lacks more modern safeties like crash mitigation, blindside monitors, and other driver aids that make driving better.

Verdict: A magnificent draw which shows why SUVs are the best options, for anyone. Neither wins but are good options for everyone.

Chevrolet Trailblazer vs Toyota Fortuner: Safety Features
  Chevrolet Trailblazer Toyota Fortuner
Dual airbags Yes Yes
3-pt. ELR seatbelts Yes Yes
Pretensioner - -
Isofix mounts Yes Yes
ABS, EBD, BA Yes Yes
Power locks Yes Yes
Speed Sensing locks - Yes
HSA Yes Yes
Lane departure warning Yes -
Rear cross traffic alert Yes -
Blindside monitor Yes -
Rear camera Yes Yes
Auto lock Yes Yes
Sonar Front & Back Back
Power side view mirror Yes Yes
AEB Yes -
Cruise control Yes Yes
Immobilizer Yes Yes

4. Fortuner vs Trailblazer: Comfort Features

Another reason why SUVs in this battle get more love is that all the best comfort features are equipped! Most car makers try to out-do each other with small touches that count.

fortuner vs trailblazer interior

Small touches count and the Fortuner, does win it with a “no-pinch sensor” that shows what TLC means to Toyota

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Good: As an option, this SUV is complete with all the necessary comforts like a Ritz Carlton on wheels.

Bad: Sometimes, fingers and hands get pinched in power windows, and it has nothing to prevent it.

Toyota Fortuner

Good: Just like the Trailblazer, it’s got everything all in and with a no-pinch window sensor that is safe for children too.

Bad: A perfect car for the city or road trips with everything all in, and nothing bad except maybe a stewardess inside it!

Verdict: Small touches count and the Fortuner, does win it with a “no-pinch sensor” that shows what TLC means to Toyota.

Chevrolet Trailblazer vs Toyota Fortuner: Comfort
  Chevrolet Trailblazer Toyota Fortuner
Leather seats Yes Yes
AC Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control
Head unit Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Navigation Yes Yes
Power Mirror Yes Yes
Steering wheel controls Yes Yes
Power windows Yes Yes
Power steering Yes Yes
Power Door Locks Yes Yes
Lighted vanity mirror Yes Yes
No-pinch window - Yes

5. Fortuner vs Trailblazer: Exterior

When driving signalling and lighting the road is crucial for night driving especially. Having the right equipment is advantageous, whether it’s night or day!

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Good: A full set of equipment that is standard, plus auto-lights that come in handy at night. Plus, a rain sensor that works without activating the wiper, most of the time.

Bad: Looking for anything amiss is useless because it has everything in top-notch option.

Toyota Fortuner

Good: Just like the Trailblazer, it has full options and equipment that counts.

Bad: A rain sensor is not installed, unlike the Trailblazer which has one.

Verdict: Small stuff matter and in “Car Showdown 101: Chevrolet Trailblazer 2018 versus Toyota Fortuner 2018” that will win the point, like a rain sensor. Just add little more TLC from Chevrolet gets points too.

Chevrolet Trailblazer vs Toyota Fortuner: Exterior
  Chevrolet Trailblazer Toyota Fortuner
Head lights Halogen, LED DRLs Bi-beam LED
Auto lights Yes Yes
Third brake light Yes Yes
Fog lights Yes Yes
Rain sensor Yes -

6. Fortuner vs Trailblazer: Conclusion

Between the Trailblazer and Fortuner, both are good options, but only the Trailblazer won out in the end! This American import shows how it muscled its way, with some extra TLC for better driving points!

  • Size is king; and it’s big, burly with the power to win in all dimensions! The Fortuner is way smaller than it is.
  • Powering with fantastic performance, the Trailblazer all the right stuff to rule. It wins this round with ease.
  • Now, hit it both with equal safeties that made it a draw for both.
  • This time the Fortuner wins and does it with ease, no pinching here! Again, another win by the packed Trailblazer which is full of the good stuff.
  • Adding a rain sensor wins it for the Trailblazer which is very good.
  • Getting serious about safety, the Fortuner added a full set of all airbags!

The winner is the Trailblazer for extra modern safeties that the Fortuner lacks. All the features and specs are good with the higher torque, power, and an amazing wading depth compare to the Fortuner. Whether it’s the Burly Chevrolet of simpler Toyota, just choose what is better for you!