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2018 Holden Trailblazer Z71 review – the other Z71

Holden Trailblazer review from AutoCar


Like Aussies who followed our trend, kiwis are big ute buyers. But what if a ute doesn’t quite suit?

Anything relegated to the tray is hardly secure if you leave the vehicle parked up for a time. Nor is it weatherproof unless you add some form of hard lid, around $2500 (do they ever close and lock easily?), or a canopy and then you’re looking at about $4000 extra.

Even then the load area isn’t going to be ideal for fragile goods, and unladen the suspension is hardly pampering. If you really need the load lugging/towing and off-road ability of a ute, the alternative is an SUV based on a ute, of which there are plenty, like this one, the Trailblazer Z71.

The alphanumerical, by the by, derives from a Chevy factory code for an offroad suspension package.

Anyhow, the Z71 is essentially the same (mechanicals and spec) as the top-rung LTZ Trailblazer, only it adds funky visual cues like black alloy wheels, black body side and beltline mouldings, black mirror caps and door handles, and black bonnet decals and headrests.

So it’s a dress-up special that costs $2k more than the LTZ edition ($65k vs $63k; we do the math for you). It can be had in white, black, red or grey. Ours was white which contrasted nicely with the theme of extra black.

2017 Holden Trailblazer – Car Review – Big and Chunky

Holden Trailblazer review from DriveLife


The Holden Trailblazer is a bit unusual in the large SUV market, being developed alongside the Colorado ute and Isuzu MU-X, and largely based on the same platform.

So it’s basically a truck with a big body on top, in a similar vein to the Toyota Fortuner or the Ford Everest. This is quite a departure from most modern SUVs and we were keen to find out what it was like to live with.

From a distance the Trailblazer looks a mid-sized SUV, but when you get close up it becomes apparent just how big and tall it is. It’s huge! Park it near a Colorado and it’s clear that they are close relatives. I wouldn’t say it’s exactly pretty but it’s not bad looking. The rear ¾ view is a bit tall and awkward. But overall its proportions are good and it gives a tough, rugged impression.

If you’ve been in a Colorado the Trailblazer’s dash will be a familiar sight. It’s a pretty straightforward layout, with a good-sized central touch screen and nice chunky buttons and knobs. There are physical controls for the climate control and stereo, with more detailed functions and settings operated from the screen.

Hardy SUVs: how does Holden’s Trailblazer compare with the rest?



A taste of Holden’s Trailblazer has us thinking of utes-with-boots…

Acres of internal room, good off-road capabilities, Holden’s MyLink infotainment system Driver’s seating position hard to get right, less ground clearance than competition

The updated Holden Colorado is an excellent ute that kicks into touch memories of its not-quite-there predecessor.

No, this story isn’t about the Colorado, but the SUV that sits on the same underpinnings.

The Trailblazer is (for now) Holden’s biggest SUV in terms of footprint. Its Colorado-derived chassis and four-wheel drive system also make it the carmaker’s most capable.

It has more torque than anything else in the segment (500Nm), thanks to the powerful 2.8-litre Duramax turbo diesel under the bonnet; the same unit that powers the Colorado, natch.

That torque figure is handy for towing; with a three-ton braked capacity listed, these sorts of SUVs remain popular for those for whom “recreation” is defined by something motorised on a trailer.

On-road, the Trailblazer still feels a bit truck-ish; a by-product of the ladder-frame chassis underneath the bodyshell. But that’s possibly the point. This isn’t a soft-road SUV, after all.

Yes, it has niceties, such as Holden’s excellent touchscreen-accessed MyLink infotainment system in the centre stack.

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