“Sporting a 2.8litre Duramax 4cylinder turbo diesel that pushes out a class leading 132kW and 440NM, the high spec top of the range LTZ comes out punching. With only 5 gears, there’s ample torque that pulls hard through each gear, and in gear acceleration is good considering the weight and size of the Trailblazer. I would have liked to see a 6th gear, as it sits quite high up in the revs at highway speeds. Clutch action is quite springy (could just be the test unit) and the brakes were very spongy, but could be due to this being a test unit that has seen better days. The Duramax diesel is also a lot noisier than the competitor units, and gear lever rattles like an old Isuzu bakkie, which detracts a bit.
What is possibly the closest competition the Fortuner has seen yet, the Trailblazer is a solid competitor. Those looking for an alternative with substantially more towing ability (2950kgs), unique looks and more torque will find the Trailblazer the winner at the same price. Reliability and durability is still to be seen but due to the solid link to Isuzu I doubt we’ll have issues on the mechanics. Looking for a 7 seater 4×4 SUV – this has to be on your list.”
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