The Chevy Blazer hasn't altered much since it was reintroduced to community, but that isn't necessarily a negative thing. The crossover's appealing appearance and unexpectedly sporty handling have enabled it win over new and old enthusiasts. The competent turbo four-pot and V6 produce 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, or 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, respectively. While it may compete on the road with competitors like as the Honda Passport and Ford Edge, it lags behind in respect of passenger and luggage space. That said, it's a powerful vehicle capable of going the distance in the United States, where the brand is already well-known.
Last year, we bemoaned the 193-hp 2.5-liter basic engine, and Chevrolet has responded by eliminating it, as well as the L and 1LT models that came with it. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, which was formerly considered mid-tier, is now the new basic engine. The Trailering package is now standard on AWD cars with this engine; the item is still available on FWD variants. The Premier trim now has the option of adding the Enhanced Convenience package. The exterior paint colors have also been updated, with two new metallic tones, Blue Glow and Nitro Yellow, entering the range. Two-tone paint treatments with a contrasting roof color are now available on the 2LT, 3LT, and RS trims.
Chevy nailed the nail on the head when creating the Blazer, so it's no wonder that the company didn't tinker with a winning formula. It sports a big grille crossed by a center bar hosting the Chevrolet golden bowtie, drawing influence from the ever-popular Camaro (black on the RS). Instead of the normal black roof rails, the Premier receives a lighter trademark grille and silver- mounted roof rails, as well as dark rocker panels, front and rear fascias, and wheel-arch moldings this year. The forcefully slanting headlights are reinforced with LED taillights and LED daytime running lights, and the chrome horizontal grille bar joins with the innermost points of the aggressively slanting headlights. HID headlights are standard on all trims, with LED headlights available as an option on the RS and Premier. Except for the 2LT, all grades come with a motorized panoramic sunroof. The broad wheel arches come standard with 18-inch alloys, but the various cosmetic kits may increase them to 20- or even 21-inch options. On the 3LT, a power programmed lift-gate is standard, and on the trims above it, a hands-free, gesture-controlled lift- gate is available.
The Blazer's proportions are fairly conventional for the midsize sector, with a length of 191.4 inches and a wheelbase of 112.7 inches. Its width of 76.7 inches allows it to fit into most parking spaces with ease, while its height of 67 inches provides a decent perspective of the road. However, with a ground clearance of only 7.4 inches, even on AWD variants, it is not the best off- roader, as are many other crossover-style cars. The curb weight varies according on the trim, transmission, and engine, with the front-wheel-drive 2LT weighing 3,907 pounds and the all- wheel-drive Premier V6 weighing 4,310 pounds.
Anyone who has bought a Camaro or taken one for a test drive will feel right at home in the Chevy SUV's interior. The Blazer is designed with the driver in mind, with aesthetics that is primarily influenced by the aforementioned automobile. The controls are all easily accessible, and the center console evokes thoughts of athletic competitors such as BMWs from the past. While the lesser trims are more modestly equipped, the build quality is consistent throughout the spectrum. Most high-traffic surfaces are coated in soft-touch materials, so there aren't many harsh plastics on show. The Chevrolet Blazer, on the other hand, isn't ideal, having less interior passenger and storage capacity than some of its competitors.
The inside of the midsize crossover seats five people, although the elegantly sloped roofline sacrifices some headroom for passengers in the rear. Even yet, there is plenty of legroom, and only individuals with a little gigantic DNA in their genome should have trouble fitting in. The process of getting in and out is easy, however taller people may have to duck a little due to the
lack of headroom. The optional sunroof reduces headroom even more, yet it provides a touch of class. The driver's seat is electrically adjustable in eight directions across the board, with seat heating and ventilation options available as well.
This year, there are two power plants to select from, since the asthmatic basic engine from previous year has been dropped. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and is available in FWD or AWD, makes the Blazer feel half as dynamic as it looks. On the 2LT basic model, it's the sole engine available. The crossover can tow up to 1,500 lbs without the Trailering kit and 3,500 lbs with it with this engine.You should not settle with anything less than the 3.6-liter V6 engine if you want a little fire. According to independent testing, the Blazer can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds with 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. While top speed is limited to 130 mph, the more powerful engine provides for a maximum towing capability of 4,500 pounds with the Trailering package and 1,500 pounds without. Overall, while Chevy's sporty crossover is faster than the competition, there are still a few options that provide more thrills, such as the Ford Edge ST.
The Blazer is designed to be more enjoyable to drive than your normal SUV, and it does so if you specify it well. Each engine has snappy handling qualities and a well-tuned nine-speed auto transmission, which is a surefire prescription for success.
Around town, the steering is light and responsive, but at higher speeds, it adds some nice weight, and feedback is better than we've come to expect from many modern crossovers. In terms of comfort, there is space for improvement, but only the most severe road defects should cause the suspension to fail.
All of this, however, is subject to vary depending on the driving mode you choose when opting for AWD. In this way, the Blazer's drive-mode selection gives five options. Off-road, which modifies the chassis control systems for increased grip over rough terrain, is self-explanatory, as is Tow/ Haul. The AWD option enhances grip as well, although it concentrates on slick roads. When commuting, Tour mode will most likely be your go-to option because it transfers all of the power to the front wheels exclusively, maximizing fuel economy. Sport mode, on the other hand, boosts steering effort and recalibrated the gearbox changes for greater engagement if you want to have some fun in town or on rapid sweeps.
If that last aspect appeals to you, the RS trim with its V6 engine could be exactly up your alley. It has sport-tuned steering and suspension, which provides harder feel and quicker reflexes.
While the Blazer's crash test results aren't the finest, it does come with a variety of passive and active safety systems. ABS, stability and traction control, and seven airbags (dual front, driver knee, front side, and side curtain) are among the former. A rearview camera, a young driver system, forward-collision alert, pedestrian recognition, automatic emergency braking, a following distance indicator, lane-keep assist, and lane-departure warning are among the active features on the 2LT. Blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-change alert, and rear parking assist are standard on the top-tier models, with a surround-view camera, upgraded automated emergency braking, and a safety alert seat available as options.