Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2005 Chevrolet TRAILBLAZER VS 2005 GMC Envoy Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2005 Chevrolet TRAILBLAZER

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2005 GMC Envoy

Safety Comparison

The Trailblazer offers available head airbag curtains which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and front passenger’s upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Envoy XUV doesn’t offer side airbag protection for the head.

Both the Trailblazer and the Envoy XUV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, available all wheel drive and traction control.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 88 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Trailblazer’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Trailblazer EXT’s optional 5.3 V8 produces 25 more horsepower (300 vs. 275) and 55 lbs.-ft. more torque (330 vs. 275) than the Envoy XUV’s standard 4.2 DOHC 6 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Trailblazer 6 cyl. is faster than the GMC Envoy XUV V8:


Envoy XUV

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

9.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.5 MPH

81.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Chevrolet Trailblazer gets better fuel mileage than the Envoy XUV:


Envoy XUV


6 cyl./Auto

16 city/21 hwy

15 city/20 hwy


16 city/19 hwy

15 city/19 hwy


6 cyl./Auto

15 city/21 hwy

15 city/19 hwy


15 city/18 hwy

14 city/18 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Trailblazer stops much shorter than the Envoy XUV:


Envoy XUV

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

147 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability the Trailblazer EXT’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Envoy XUV’s (39.6 vs. 41.3 feet). The Trailblazer’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Envoy XUV’s (36.4 vs. 41.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Trailblazer EXT has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Envoy XUV (8.1 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Trailblazer to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Chevrolet Trailblazer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 550 pounds less than the GMC Envoy XUV.

The Trailblazer EXT is .6 inches shorter than the Envoy XUV, making the Trailblazer easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces. The Trailblazer is 1 foot, 4.6 inches shorter than the Envoy XUV.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Trailblazer EXT has standard seating for 7 passengers; the Envoy XUV can only carry 5.

The Trailblazer has 5.5 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Envoy XUV.

The Trailblazer EXT has 5.5 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room and .2 inches more rear headroom than the Envoy XUV.

For the ultimate in rear passenger comfort, the Trailblazer EXT’s standard rear seats recline. The Envoy XUV doesn’t offer reclining rear seats.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Trailblazer’s cargo area is larger than the Envoy XUV’s in almost every dimension:


Trailblazer EXT

Envoy XUV

Length min/max




Max Width








Ergonomics Comparison

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Trailblazer (except LS) offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Envoy XUV doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Trailblazer owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Trailblazer will cost $1540 to $2595 less than the Envoy XUV over a five year period.

The Trailblazer will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Trailblazer will retain 60% of its original price after two years, while the Envoy XUV only retains 53%.

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