The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer revives a name from the past and applies it to a modern crossover of the present. The new Blazer isn’t the rugged, go-anywhere model some off-road fans hoped it would be. What the resurrected Blazer does is go from a practical, family-friendly sports sedan to an equally capable, sporty SUV.
The Blazer appeals to SUV shoppers who value performance and technology over an all-terrain prowess. Available with a four-cylinder or optional V-6 engine, the acceleration is rapid with either engine. The ride and handling are more than a match for rivals of the like such as Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Passport, and Nissan Murano.
Things To Like
- It’s the Camaro of Crossovers
You don’t have to be a muscle car fan to see that the Blazer has similarities with the Chevrolet Camaro and it got transplanted to a mid-size two-row SUV. The Blazer is undeniably brash and bold; it even has a more hostile exterior style. “An RS trim in bright red is without a doubt the sportiest looking crossover SUV in the class,” says Bragman. “While other competitors go for the rugged off-roader look, the Blazer makes no apologies about being an on-road warrior.”
- Performance and Power
The Blazer has the entry-level 2.5-liter four-cylinder delivers 193 horsepower and 188 pounds-feet of torque. Despite not being available with all-wheel drive, the light weight of the four-cylinder model gives the Blazer “a nimble feel.” The 3.6-liter V-6 is optional and, like the four-cylinder, it comes paired with a nine-speed automatic.
The other engine available, the V-6, delivers a total of 308 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque. The generator supplies a “muted growl” and an “extra grunt.” Not to mention it also adds towing capacity and the option to add an all-wheel drive.
- Dashboard Design
If you think the exterior looks familiar, it resembles the Camaro, it does. The dashboard of the Blazer looks precisely like Chevy’s sports coupe. “The dash design is appealingly sporty from the placement of the multimedia screen to the round vent rings that also control temperature settings,” Bragman says.
- Upgraded AWD
When choosing the V-6 engine, you also have the choice of two all-wheel-drive systems. The version that is an option is the dual-clutch AWD system which can transfer power between the front and rear wheels and side to side. These can be added to the Premier and RS trims.
- Ride Control and Comfort
Chevy engineers deserve all of the credit for hitting a sweet spot when it comes to the riding and handling. “The steering has weight to it and body control is excellent,” Bragman says. The V-6 vehicles are about 400 pounds heavier than the four-cylinder FWD Blazer, it adds to this SUV’s solid feel and plants stance.
- Sport-Tuned Handling
Desire sharper steering in your SUV? The Blazer RS comes with a quicker steering ratio which provides more immediate responses. Bragman states the difference when it comes to the way it feels between the two steering systems is “barely noticeable.” Although the sporting character of the RS is still entertaining and impressive.
- Flashy RS Trim
Maybe the RS trim won’t attract all of the admirers’ attention. Credit this SUV’s look-at-me exterior, which includes unique trim and wheels that range up to 21 inches in diameter. It looks like a Camaro on stilts — and we mean that as a compliment.
- Interior Room
The front seats have enough room, and the rear seats can slide front and back for free extra legroom. It can also provide a little more cargo space if needed. Technically, there is room for five on the Blazer, but Bragman says three in the backseat “might be a pinch.”
- Cabin Tech
Chevy has good track records for offering easy-to-use infotainment systems, and the Blazer is no exception. Features also included are Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which is also standard. Its add-ons include a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless charging for smartphones, and a powerful Bose audio system.
- Towing Capacity
When it’s adequately equipped, the Blazer gives the towing capacity of 4,500 pounds. That’s not class-leading, but it places this Chevy right in the competition.
You can search the inventory of Blazers at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.
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