So Chevy handed me the keys to a Trailblazer 4×2 SUV over the long weekend.
It’s the meanest thing anyone’s done to me in a while. Wanna know why?
Because I love this dang car. And now it’s gone. If you saw this picture on my IG, I’m telling you guys, the struggle was real. Basti wanted to set up camp at the back of the car and live there forever.
But let me tell you why. Before I do that, please don’t expect any talk of transmission or horsepower or torque or whatever. As long as it has gas and it’s running, I’m good. I am fiercely dependent on my dad and younger brother for engine maintenance. The most I can say about how the car is, performance wise, that it drives beautifully, handling it is a breeze and it’s so comfortable to drive. I learned how to drive on a similarly-sized car and drove an SUV during my college days, so being in one again felt awesome. I’ve been driving a sedan way too long.
Here’s a funny story. I had to call Juancho of Chevy to ask why the gear wasn’t kicking in even if it was automatic. Turns out there’s this option that makes the car semi-automatic and I had it on there. HELLO. It’s called Active Select and the feature allows you to out the engine into high or low gear as needed. Useful for those uphill-downhill drives to, say, Baguio.
So aside from the cupholders found in every corner you need it in this car (important for me, I don’t know about you), let’s get on with why this car makes me cry.
First off, what the hell is going on with this screen. It makes me geek out like you won’t believe.
It’s connected to the internet. CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET. So we have Waze on board, we’ve got our Spotify playlists and we can search for information right there. Please don’t judge my song choices. I love pop, so there.
This connection alone solves one of the biggest questions known to cause strife in relationships and among friends – WHERE ARE WE GOING TO EAT? Fire up Zomato, Looloo or Booky and you’ll be on you’re way. If you don’t want to put in a simcard for it, you can always tether it to your phone or your WiFi device because this thing detects WiFi. It’s also Bluetooth capable, so connect your phone and answer your phone calls over the car speakers.
One more hi-tech feature of the Trailblazer is this built-in screen on the rearview window.
When driving, it’s a dashcam. When backing up, it’s a rear cam. That rear cam, along with the proximity sounds, makes reversing and parking a breeze. Even if you’re not used to driving a car of this size, you’ll be able to handle it easy.
So on a gloomy Sunday morning, the Trailblazer, its full tank and I drove out with Kris and Jen to test it out on the road to Tagaytay.
It was a mommy’s weekend off! And with no kids, what do we do when #TitasGoWild?
We eat chips for breakfast. So wild.
Jen caught me driving with chips on my lap. Isn’t that Trailblazer’s interior so cool?
We play games on our phones without guilt on a foggy open balcony with no scarves. Living dangerously. (Kris: “I am playing games on my iPhone without guilt oh my gad the luxury.”)
We ate red meat. To hell with our blood pressures.
And we slept with the balcony doors open wide with all this fog. We are not afraid to catch our death of cold.
But seriously, it was good to get out of the humdrum of the city and work and responsibilities with two great friends and two other friends I really like. Meet Nikka and Abbie. As in Absolut.
And I got to do it driving a really good car. Truth be told a drive to Tagaytay was so bitin for me. I would have wanted to take it somewhere really far. Like Bicol, or Ilocos. Somewhere that requires at least 8 hours of driving.
Here was Basti when the driver came to pick up the Trailblazer.
And up to now when we see one on the road, he says, “Trailblazer!!! Come back to meeeee!”
Thank you Chevrolet for letting me experience the Trailblazer. Short, sweet, but it really left a dent in my memory. #cargoals
Check out your nearest Chevrolet dealer and check out the Trailblazer! If you’re looking for a new vehicle for yourself or for your family, this is an awesome choice.