GM has renewed the Trailblazer name once again. The vehicle hasn’t been in GM showrooms since 2009. This time, it is making its return as a crossover. What makes the Trailblazer worth considering? Not much because the overall demeanor isn’t much different from the rest of the product line. GM has been slapping classic brand names like the Blazer on their new crossovers.
But the Trailblazer is nothing special. Performance is lethargic if you don’t step up to the 1.3-liter turbocharged engine. GM has done a lot to bolster the sales of the Trailblazer, but there are more appealing other options. The market for the crossover vehicle is flooded right now and the Trailblazer doesn’t stand out.
If you live in California there’s no doubt that you’ve seen the Mirai at one point or another. The car has been making waves as the vehicle of the future. But the Mirai is also sort of a science experiment, and not much is known about this type of vehicle yet. There are no trim levels to choose from and the only thing you can pick is the exterior color.
The Toyota Mirai is a great step into the future of getting away from fossil fuels. But the car isn’t enticing enough to just jump in. Instead, you get a car that is relatively unknown in terms of resale value, reliability, and maintenance. Toyota is taking a blind leap of faith with this car and the company expects drivers to also.
The Audi TT is perhaps one of the most underrated sports cars still on the market. You’ve seen them in one form or another for decades. Traditionally, people that own these cars are long-term owners who tend to hold onto their vehicles. Performance-wise, the TT is an exhilarating vehicle with a lot going for it. The style has stayed the same for decades, but that also leads to a problem.
Other sports cars on the market have been updated and provide a better value overall. Sure, you get the joy of driving a TT, but you also have the drawbacks of an aged platform. The TT is expected to be redesigned soon, and the next generation will build on what makes the platform great. For now, the TT is worth avoiding just because of the aged platform and lack of refinement.
Mitsubishi has been in a slump for the past decade. The company is trying to reposition itself as a crossover maker instead of the sports car company that it was. The Outlander has changed a lot since its inception as a Toyota Matrix lookalike. The current model has a decent-looking exterior, but the inside of the car is rather outdated. The third-row seat is very cramped, which is a major drawback.
Aside from that, the performance is also lackluster. The Outlander feels a lot heavier then it is. Road manners are clunky, to say the least, and this is a bit strange coming from a Mitsubishi model. If you’re in the market for a family-friendly crossover, it’s probably best to avoid this one.
The Lexus brand hasn’t seen a small scale wagon since the IS300 in the early 2000s. The UX 250h is a rather unique-looking car from the outside. But the problem is that this car doesn’t warrant its Lexus branding. First and foremost, interior dimensions are quite cramped, and while the front seats aren’t bad, the passenger seating is tight. Lethargic performance is something that tends to make the car dreary to drive.
Nevertheless, the overall style of the car still looks fairly decent from an exterior perspective. When it comes to choosing a compact luxury type of hatchback, there aren’t many on the market. The small liftover and limited lift over height make loading cargo a problem. The Lexus 250h certainly doesn’t stand out at this point and other options offer more in terms of value and quality.
Wagons are a dying species in today’s automotive market, but the Regal TourX is especially endangered. The wagon was designed to appeal to the same shoppers that would go onto a Volvo dealership lot. The result has been a wagon that was less than well-received. Styling is a mixed bag. The low ground clearance makes the car less versatile than a Subaru Outback, although interior dimensions are good.
The advanced safety aids are only available on top trim levels, which is a drawback in today’s automotive market. The low roofline does make it easier to load things onto the roof, but aside from that, the Buick Regal TourX is worth avoiding at this point. There are much better wagon options such as the Volkswagen Golf wagon.