Wards Auto recently published its 10 Best Engines’ List for 2021, and the 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine from General Motors, which powers both the 2021 and 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer, snagged a coveted spot.
“We score based on horsepower, torque, NVH management, observed fuel economy and new technology onboard. That new technology must shine to make the cut. A price cap for nominees that had been in place since 1995 has now been removed,” reports Tom Murphy, management editor of Wards Auto.
Only engines that were completely new or posted significant improvements were contenders for the 2021 list. Eighteen of the vehicles the staff reviewed utilized electrified powertrains.
“There were 14 four-cylinder engines, 11 six-cylinder engines, 10 full hybrids, eight BEVs, and three plug-in hybrids,” according to Murphy.
The 1.3-liter ECOTEC Turbo engine from GM generates ratings of 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. When under the hood of a FWD-enabled 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer, this engine earns EPA-estimated ratings of 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.  AWD is also available on the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer. With the 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, an AWD-equipped 2022 Trailblazer earns 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Test-drive the Chevrolet Trailblazer and feel the power of its notable 1.3-liter engine at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland in Portland, Maine.
 EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/34 highway (1.3L FWD).
 EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.