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Pick of the Day: 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS

High-performance “sleeper” SUV


A grocery getter doesn’t have to be boring. Check out this souped-up version of one of Chevrolet’s most popular sport-utility vehicles. Not only does it have a stealthy black-on-black color scheme and 20-inch wheels, but it also receives momentum from a Corvette powertrain.

The Pick of the Day is a 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS listed for sale on by a dealer in Pleasanton, California. (Click the link to view the listing)

“All original TrailBlazer SS, runs and drives perfect,” the listing begins. “Previous owner took very good care of the vehicle.”

Even though the TrailBlazer name itself first debuted as a trim level for the compact S-10 Blazer in 1999, the Trailblazer that arrived on the scene a few years later in 2002 as a standalone model is the focus of today’s highlight. This sport-utility vehicle rode on the truck-based GMT360 platform. It featured an independent front suspension and a five-link rear suspension, and it stayed in production through 2009.

A variety of trim levels were offered, including LS, LT, LTZ, and the high-performance Super Sport (SS). This go-fast version had the heart of a sixth-generation Corvette: a 6.0-liter LS2 V8. Ratings for this drivetrain were 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Since getting all that power to the pavement was critical, the SS came with an available all-wheel-drive system. The model also received distinct polished aluminum wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and special embroidery.

The odometer on today’s TrailBlazer shows 135,127 miles, so it has been driven some, but based on the photos, it looks to have been well-kept. The Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires are new according to the listing.

The TrailBlazer was replaced with the Traverse in 2009. Even though performance-tuned sport-utility vehicles are still a thing (see Acura ZDX Type S), we are already seeing that internal combustion V8 powertrains are a thing of the past, as manufacturers move toward electrification and earth-friendliness. That being said, I consider the 2002 to 2009 TrailBlazer SS to be a definite future collectible.

“Probably not a cleaner Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS to be found,” the listing concludes. This would make a great entry to the upcoming Future Collector Car Show hosted by Barrett-Jackson. It will be taking place on Sunday, January 21 at Westworld of Scottsdale. Registration is available online at this link

The asking price is $26,000. To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. Nice pick, Tyson! My mother has one of these in a dark red. Great performance and neat features throughout. Very enjoyable to drive!


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