2005 Chevrolet Sport Utility Vehicles

Chevy SUVs Arranged by Size

2005 Chevrolet Equinox SUV
2005 Chevrolet Equinox SUV. © GM Media

In 2005 Chevy rolled out a number of SUVs. Here is an overview of the 2005 Chevrolet SUV Lineup, arranged in order of size.

Compact Chevy SUVs

New for 2005, The Equinox was Chevrolet’s answer to the growing popularity of imported SUVs and an attempt to add some spark to the brand’s lineup. The Equinox began life as one of the largest compact SUVs your money can buy. Rear passenger legroom is on par with what’s typically offered in a midsize SUV, and smart use of space in the front makes an abundance of compartments for your smartphones, tablets, and keys. Under the hood, the front wheel drive-only Equinox is available with only one engine--a 3.4-liter V6 engine that delivers 185 hp and 210 lb.-ft. This is simultaneously a strength and a weakness. It’s a strength because you’re starting off with a standard V6 while competitors begin with a weaker I4 offering. The weakness? The 3.4-liter is only a middle-of-the-pack competitor to the strong V6 offerings of the competition. The answer? Chevy’s five-speed automatic transmission takes advantage of its extra gear to keep the decent V6 delivering higher performance and efficiency where it should be outmatched. Other highlights of the 2005 Equinox include its notable refined interior (no more cheap plastics) and quiet cabin.

2005 marked the last year the Chevy Blazer was available, replaced by its larger TrailBlazer sibling. Out of respect for its heritage, the Blazer is offered to the public only as a two-door model. Four-door blazers are only available for fleet sales. Three variants of the last Blazer are offered, LS, LS 4WD (powered by Chevrolet’s Autotrac system) and Xtreme. Powering the SUV is a 4.3-liter V6 engine that serves up 190 hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque, available with a manual or automatic transmission in every trim. If you’re looking for an affordable and capable SUV and don’t mind a classic truck-like on-road experience, the Blazer’s low resale values make it worth a good look.

Mid Size Chevy SUVs

Like its venerable ancestor the Blazer, the 2005 TrailBlazer was available in 3 different trims: LS, LS 4WD, and LT. Unlike the Blazer, the TrailBlazer is powered by a much more advanced 4.2-liter I6 engine that’s more fuel efficient and powerful—serving up 275 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. EXT versions of the TrailBlazer’s trims extend the SUV’s body to carry an extra 2 passengers, upping total seating capacity to 7. To still be capable under the extra load, a new 5.3-liter Vortec V8 engine is available for TrailBlazer EXTs, upping the horsepower to 300 and the vehicle's towing capacity to a maximum of 7,000 pounds. Many interior refinements were noted for this year, and GM’s OnStar system was made standard on all models of the TrailBlazer.

Full-Size Chevy SUVs

  • 2005 Tahoe: For 2005 Chevy’s Tahoe received a rear liftgate with lift-up rear glass. Also new were redesigned side-sill assist steps, a standard OnStar system and a new optional stereo system that features touch-screen navigation. The 2005 Tahoe can be dressed up in 3 different trims: LS, LT, and Z71. The Tahoe begins with a 4.8-liter V8 that delivers 275 hp and features an optional 5.3-liter V8 that’s good for 285 hp. The 5.3-liter engine is also available as a Flex Fuel system that runs on E85. No matter what engine you choose, the Tahoe comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
  • 2005 SuburbanChevy’s behemoth saw many of the same enhancements as the Tahoe for 2005. Among those changes were new side steps, a new touchscreen-navigation stereo system, OnStar as standard equipment and a rear liftgate with flip-up glass on all models. One more important addition is an all-electric cooling system to reduce power loss and fuel consumption. The Suburban continues to be offered in Base, LS and LT trims, and is motivated by a 285 hp 5.3-liter V8, a 335 hp 6.0-liter V8 or a 320 hp 8.1-liter V8 (standard on 4WD models). At a total length of 219.3 inches, the Suburban and its cousin the Yukon XL are the largest SUVs in the market for 2005.

Crossover, Mid-Van

The Uplander offers drivers the look of an SUV with the convenience of a van-style interior. Chevy’s switch-hitter offers seven-passenger seating with foldable and removable second and third-row seats, plus a 50/50 split-stowable third-row bench seat that folds flat when you're hauling cargo. Furthering the mantra of configurability is an overhead rail storage system, while creature comforts include a standard DVD rear-passenger entertainment system, an optional rear convenience center, and a cargo management system. Four flavors of the Uplander are offered: Base, LS, LT, and LT AWD. Every trim is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 200 hp to the wheels through its 5-speed automatic transmission. Business owners looking for an affordable alternative to a modern work truck might want to check out the Cargo Van trim, offering an affordable, cavernous and nimble urban/suburban work machine.