Fast Family Hauler – 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS

  • November 13, 2020
Why We Like It

Lots of families run through life at break neck speed, but some even want to go faster, and Chevrolet made their day when they introduced the Trailblazer SS in 2006. A really well thought out package, the Trailblazer SS looked remarkably sinister compared to more conservative Trailblazers. The excess body cladding was gone, chrome was shaved to a bare minimum to allow the 20-inch polished aluminum wheels to steal the show. Inside it was all business too, with front bucket seats embroidered with the “SS” logo, and dark charcoal black throughout. Simply put, the SS looked lean, trim, cut, and ready for any street rumble, but still neutral enough so as not to immediately attract the highway patrol. Chevy pulled no punches either, using the 6.0L LS2 V-8 engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, and a 4:10 rear end to set the tone. Packing a 395 HP wallop and 400 lb-ft of torque it would sprint from 0-60 mph in under 6-seconds and clip the ¼-mile in 14.3-seconds at 97 mph. Featuring a lowered suspension with rear airbags, it was a lot more than just an appearance package.

fast-family-hauler-2007-chevrolet-trailblazer-ss7f8b849db04c4516cd8ff2d528e66367Surprisingly, all that chassis engineering and horsepower was actually semi-affordable: compared to other performance SUVs of the day like the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and Mercedes-Benz ML63, Chevy pricing was downright cheap considering the performance. An entry level Trailblazer SS would command just under $30,000 – a veritable bargain considering its capabilities. The SS also boasted some real-world features that most SUV owners appreciated, like being able to tow nearly 7,000 pounds. It was hitting the market at the right time too – the SUV craze raging in full steam and showing no signs of slowing down, it was time to offer the people who started out in Camaros and Firebirds, Mustangs and Challengers something more responsible for when they got married and expanded their family lineage.

Less than 2% of overall Trailblazer production bore the SS moniker, but because they were so popular, that number still wasn’t small: just over 26,000 were built between 2006 and 2009. That said, a low mileage, clean example is actually kind of a rare brute, a vast majority of them run into the ground, if not given (frighteningly) to high school aged kids once they had higher miles. Couple that with the dads who beat them up from new, and the chances of finding a remarkable example gets lower and lower. Interestingly though, values have not really begun to pull too hard, rather seemingly continued to dwindle a bit. We don’t think this is a trend that will continue much longer, but it does leave a lot for the rest of us.fast-family-hauler-2007-chevrolet-trailblazer-ss6a27468eb019ac206fd3b1ff61b6cf38

Take this 2006 SS for example: bone stock, with only 47,879 original miles, the Trailblazer is in seemingly exquisite condition, painted in the rarely seen deep red color. Featuring the cloth upholstery interior, it’s well equipped with a power sunroof, power windows, power brakes, power steering, cruise control, tilt-tele steering wheel, and WeatherTech all-season rubber floormats to protect the carpeting. Rolling on the factory polished aluminum wheels, Hankook Dynapro HP2 tires provide the grip. The seller does admit there’s a small scuff on the rear, but other than that – this SS seems like a beautiful find and while we think it might be a slightly rich, we don’t think the ask is unreasonable considering what the next driver will be getting.

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