The subcompact SUV segment has become so intensely popular that it’s seeing more models than ever enter the fray – all hoping to be considered by drivers looking for a reliable vehicle with a small footprint that also fares well in inclement weather and has the capability they need to turn weekends into adventures. The 2021 Kia Seltos is Kia’s run at this increasingly-popular class. It’s not, however, the only new model to chase this elusive buyer.
Debuting this year, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer resurrects an old nameplate to offer drivers a vehicle that is slightly larger than the Chevrolet Trax, a vehicle the Seltos is significantly better than on paper. How does the slightly larger Trailblazer do against the upcoming 2021 Kia Seltos? Let’s find out!
2021 Kia Seltos
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder (146 hp)||Standard engine (horsepower)||1.2-liter turbo (137 hp)|
|1.6-liter turbo (175 hp)||Available engine (horsepower)||1.3-liter turbo (155 hp)|
|AWD||Standard drive type||FWD|
|41.4 inches||Front-row legroom||40.9 inches|
|26.6 cubic feet/62.8 cubic feet||Cargo volume (seats up/folded)||25.3 cubic feet/54.4 cubic feet|
|8-inch standard||Infotainment screen||7-inch standard|
|10 years/100,000 miles||Engine/powertrain warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|Yes||Reclining rear seats?||No|
It’s pretty obvious to see which of the two models is set to become the champion of the class. While the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer offers a few compelling upgrades over the smaller Trax, namely its interior space and available 1.3-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, the Kia Seltos offers more.
With the base model 2021 Kia Seltos, you get more interior space, more passenger room, standard all-wheel-drive capability, a larger infotainment screen and reclining rear seats.
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer also can’t match Kia’s standard 5-year/40,000-mile advantage on the engine/powertrain warranty, which you’re less likely to need on the 2021 Kia Seltos than other manufacturers due to the brand’s status as J.D. Power mass-market reliability leaders.
Finally, although the Trailblazer starts with a lower MSRP, Friendly Kia pricing – the lowest in Tampa Bay – all but guarantees that the 2021 Kia Seltos will be a superior value when it arrives next month.
If you’re in the market for a small SUV with plenty of standard capability, you’ve found it in the 2021 Kia Seltos. Contact us today to schedule a test drive or reserve this small SUV.