We've driven a lot of vehicles while shopping over the past year:
I've seen initial reports like that and take them with a grain of salt, that is till real world numbers roll in. On that note, the more we can share our real-world Trailblazer MPG numbers here, the better for everyone.Regarding fuel efficiency, I'm not going to hold my breath...but the Asian Petrolhead review stated highway efficiency of 17.3 km/L || 5.78 L/100km || 40.6 mpg. That will be a satisfying surprise if it can be realized in real life hwy driving. However, it's possible that they simply reset the efficiency calculation while coasting at high speed in 2wd, so I remain a bit skeptical. We certainly haven't seen any surprises with the city driving we've done so far.
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No major modifications are planned except the addition of a hitch. Some sort of cargo liner will be added, although right now there are cheap blue tarps filling that role. Before winter, some weathertech floor liners will be added to the front. The high sided floor mats have worked well for protecting from salt in other vehicles, and from what I've seen of the OEM options they just don't have that high sided coverage.
Depending on the breed, size, and personality of your dog, previously held standards of cleanliness may become...adjusted. Our dog is 110lbs and loves dirt, mud, water, etc. He rides in the back seat, with a kurgo barrier between the two front seats and two layers of hammock-style seat covers (they are rarely as water resistant as they advertise, and two layers gives the seats more of a fighting chance). He gets buckled into a seat belt with a harness and large climbing-rated carabiner.
IME, seeing a joyful dog's tongue flop in the breeze while driving down the highway with their head out the window is a small gift to anyone who sees it. We can all use a little of that joy in 2020, I think.
I haven't seen any aftermarket hitch options yet. The dealer will be installing a hitch next week or the week after. I'm expecting a 1.25" class 1 receiver based on the 1000 lb rated towing capacity. I hope they also do the proper hitch trim cover as per gmauthority.What hitch options have you seen so far?
Barriers are a must for the cargo area. Fortunately the TB seems spacious enough out back.
Do you have any tips on cleaning? Like specific products, methods, techniques, etc. that get rid of dog hair, smell, and so on?