Update: The EPA released fuel economy numbers for the front-drive 1.2- and 1.3-liter Trailblazer models. Previously only the all-wheel-drive 1.3-liter numbers were available. The story has been updated with the new information.
Fuel economy numbers for the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer subcompact crossover have appeared. The EPA initially only released numbers for the top-spec all-wheel-drive model with the turbocharged 1.3-liter three-cylinder, but now the front-drive 1.3-liter and 1.2-liter engine's numbers have been added.
Interestingly, the most efficient and least efficient choices both use the 1.3-liter turbo engine, which is also the most powerful with 155 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. With front-wheel drive, it tops the Trailblazer fuel-economy charts with 29 mpg in town, 33 mpg on the highway and 31 in combined driving. Adding all-wheel drive drops that engine's fuel economy to 26 in town, 30 on the highway and 28 combined.
In the middle is the less powerful 1.2-liter engine, which makes 137 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque. With its front-wheel drive, it returns 28 mpg in city driving, 31 on the highway, and 29 combined.
The front-drive 1.3-liter model compares well with other front-drive subcompacts. Only the less powerful Nissan Kicks and Hyundai Venue top it. The Kia Seltos ties it, but with the also less powerful 2.0-liter engine, not the turbocharged 1.6-liter.
As for the least efficient all-wheel-drive 1.3-liter Trailblazer variant, it's certainly competitive with similar all-wheel-drive subcompact crossovers. The Ford EcoSport, turbocharged Jeep Renegade and turbocharged Hyundai Kona, all with all-wheel drive, have lower combined fuel economy at 25, 26 and 27 mpg respectively. Slightly better are the all-wheel-drive-equipped Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 with 29 mpg combined, and the CVT-equipped Subaru Crosstrek manages 30 mpg combined. All three are less powerful, though.