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Chevrolet Trailblazer - Orlando / Florida Guide

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On my last trip to Florida I chose to use Budget to supply my rental car for our 2 week stay and was lucky enough to be upgraded to a Chevrolet Trailblazer, Budget’s standard sized SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle). With my wife and two teenage daughters luggage capacity is one of necessities that has to sit right at the top of my list, especially for the journey to and from the airport. This vehicle’s does not disappoint in this area and is capable of easily taking the 4 large suitcases and 4 large pieces of hand luggage that we had travelled with.

Over the last few years I have been lucky enough to be able to try many different models and makes of car and have rarely been given the same one twice. The Trailblazer was a very comfortable vehicle for a family of 4 ‘adults’ and easy to manoeuvre with its elevated driving position and huge rear view mirrors. Coupled with the use of a portable satellite navigation unit (which can be hired via this web site), we found it the perfect car for getting around locally and for those slightly longer journeys to places like the Kennedy Space Center .

We were supplied with the 2 wheel drive LT model with an inline 4. 2 litre six cylinder engine producing 285 horse power. Apart from just one or two occasions the engine was very smooth and refined running perfectly well on the lowest graded unleaded petrol. There are 4x4 versions of this vehicle available in the US but the 2wd models are more fuel efficient which is preferable for most vacationers. The vehicle came with 8 way power adjustment for the drivers seat, dual zone air conditioning (very useful), automatic lighting (with manual override), alarm system, cruise control and a very good quality in car stereo. There were even air conditioning controls for the rear passengers.

Driving the vehicle was very pleasurable indeed and both my wife and myself could easily find comfortable seating positions with a good view of the road and easy access to all controls. The transmission provided very smooth transitions from gear to gear. Coupled with its traction control system this allowed the vehicle to feel very confident on the road indeed, despite the absence of the four wheel drive.

My only criticism of the vehicle is that some elements of the design felt a little dated. The interior design is probably 5 years behind the times and the exterior design is what I would call ‘safe’ rather than inspiring and exciting. Having said this the car is still fairly good looking and has a good road presence about it. I would certainly rent another one.

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