Safety features become more common for 2021: Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Departure Warning and IntelliBeam (automatic high beam switch) are now standard on RS and Premiere instead of optional, and are now available on LT, too (2LT and 3LT packages).
Fuel mileage for the optional 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder improves by 1 MPG city and highway on front-wheel driev models and 1 MPG city on all-wheel drive models.
Trailering Equipment is now available on front-wheel drive V6 models. Previously only offered with all-wheel drive, now the trailering package can deliver 4500 pound towing capacity to front-wheel drive Blazers.
A limited production option for a keypad to unlock the Blazer without keys is available on LT, RS and Premier. It will be unlikely to find it on a dealer lot, but could be ordered.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard; you can access it without plugging into USB. Wireless phone charging, previously only on the ZL1, is available on LS and SS.
And what would a new year with Camaro be without a random special design package? This year's is "Wild Cherry Design Package" (not pictured.) It includes Wild Cherry Tintocoat exterior paint, black hash marks, "Camaro" logo wheel center caps, polished 20" wheels and premium logo floor mats. The "Wild Cherry Design Package 2" also includes black suede knee pads, a black fuel filler door with carbon fiber insert, ground effects and a black center stripe. No word on whether it includes lifetime free cherry Icees®.
2021 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, courtesy GM Media
The mid-sized pickup gets a complete refresh, with each specific trim (WT, LT, ZR2, Z71) getting its own specific look. The new look will include a new Chevy Bowtie, placed off-center. The base trim level is discontinued, leaving Work Truck, LT, Z71 and ZR2. The Bison and other special editions are stil offered, but not the RST performance version, which is discontinued along with its 20-inch wheels.
The ZR2 gets an increase in ground clearance, now able to pass over 10-inch obstacles.
17-inch wheels and 255/65R17 tires are now standard, replacing the 265/70R16 tires.
Satellite radio is now standard on all models.
Suprisingly, GM doesn't use this refresh to make safety features like forward collision warning or lane departure warning standard, and still doesn't offer blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert or automatic braking.
Magnetic Ride suspension is now a stand-alone option. It is still also part of the Z51 performance package.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is the newest upgrade, and its standard. Previously, to gain access to your smart phone's select apps through the infotainment, you had to plug it in through a USB. This wasn't too inconvenient since the phone charged at the same time. With wireless charging as an option, it's more convenient to be able to just toss your phone onto the charging pad.
The digital display now presents a graphic denoting the chosen drive mode when drive modes are changed. It also has a new digital tachometer (graphical, not numbers) when in track mode.
Lots of new colors and striping packages are also offered for 2021.
The Teen Driver menu now has a programmable Buckle-to-Drive feature that will prevent the transmission from being shifted into gear unless the seatbelt is fastened. Unlike 1974 government mandated seatbelt interlock, this system defaults to "off" and has to be activated by the owner before it interferes.
Pricing remains the same.
The Equinox was due for a refresh for 2021, but that's been pushed back to the 2022 model year due to interruptions from COVID-19. The 2021 model year will undoubtebly be a short one.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder is discontinued for 2021, leaving only the 170-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo.
Leather seats are now offered in the LT, part of the new Leather Package which also includes automatic dimming rearview and side view mirrors, memory driver's seat and memory mirrors.
A new 6.6-liter V8 with variable valve timing and direct fuel injection replaceds the old 6.0 V8. With 401 horsepower, the new engine, which first saw duty in the new 2020 Silverado HD, outpowers the old by 60 HP. It is still coupled with the 6-speed automatic.
Malibu rides out the anti-sedan storm that cleared Ford's deck and claimed the Cruze, Impala and Sonic as its victims.
A buckle-to-drive feature can be programmed to not allow the transmnission to be put in gear without the seatbelt being fastened.
Malibu LS now offers as optional the power driver's seat standard on RS, LT and Premier. LS and RS also now offer the Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Brakingblind spot warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Intellibeam (automatic high beams), Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard; you can access it without plugging into USB.
Silverado High Country offers a new optional adaptive suspension, with shocks that adjust electronically to conditions.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are offered; you can access it without plugging into USB. It is standard on LTZ and High Country, optional on LT, RST and LT Trail Boss.
Ventilated front seats and heated rear seats are now standard on LTZ; previously part of the Convenience Package, they are still standard on High Country.
Steering wheel audio controls, previously only available as standard on higher trims, are now optional on lower models, too. SiriusXM is now available on Work Truck.
Heated telescoping steering wheel is now standard on LT.
Safety equipment is easier to come by for 2021: Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking are now also optional on Work Truck and Custom in addition to LTZ and High Country.
Availability of Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking is expanded; they are now also optional on Work Truck and Custom. Strangely, the only trim not offering these features is the middle one: LT.
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto stadnard on LTZ and High Country, optional on LT.
SiriusXM is now available on Work Truck.
HD Surround Vision cameras with two extra cameras to mount on a trailer are now standard on High Country; still optional on LTZ.
Power-retractable side steps are now optional on High Country.
No changes except two new colors: Cayenne Orange and Mystic Blue.
The new Traverse is being delayed until the 2022 model year, mostly due to COVID-19. In the meantime, a universal remote is now offered as a limited production option on Traverse LS.
The Trax has lost its top-level "Premier" trim, leaving only LS and LT. Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, previously standard on Premier, are no longer offered.
Satellite radio is now standard on all trims. Remote start is now optional on LS—still standard on LT. Heated front seats, previously standard on Premier, are now an option on LT.
New Midnight and Sport editions are avilable on Trax LT. Both packages incluse 18-inch gloss black alloy wheels, front and rear black skid plates and blacked out trim.