The latest Chevrolet SUV introduced into the family is here with bold, sophisticated styling inside and out. The RS features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes it the perfect two-row midsize SUV to fuel all of your journeys. Without a doubt, whether it’s a night out on the town or your daily commute, the RS can meet all of your needs.
The name was first used in a vehicle in 2005, and it’s been revived for this new car platform. The new crossover is new both inside and out. This time around the midsize vehicle is based more on Chevy’s car platform as opposed to it being based on their truck platform.
The Blazer RS has a more aggressive appearance thanks to its unique elements. The RS-specific items include dual exhaust outlets with rectangular chrome tips and hexagonal black mesh grille with RS badging. Other features are standard to the Blazer but not exclusive, such as the black roof rails, black window trim, and black badging.
There are 20-inch wheels with 21-inches as an option as well. The “blacked out” theme continues in the interior with the black perforated leather-appointed seats with suede microfiber inserts and red accents. The available engine is the 3.6L V6 LGX engine with a nine-speed automatic transmission making it for 306 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.
Included in the Blazer RS are backup camera, airbags, stability control system, tire pressure monitoring system, and a tire inflator kit. In the all-wheel-drive, there is an electrically heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a power programmable liftgate, an automatic rearview mirror, a keyless entry system, and rear parking assist system. The Blazer RS has adjustable sliding rear seats that seat 5.
As for entertainment, front and center in the dashboard is a standard, 8-inch Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. The Infotainment 3 navigates and is very responsive to taps and swipes. For example, there is a shortcut bar along the bottom of the screen which links back to the home screen and if you tap the 4G LTE bar which quickly jumps to the OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot controls.
A new feature that is subtle for the Infotainment 3 is the ability to register and save individual profiles such as storing radio presets to software preferences to application logins on a per-driver basis. That means Spotify playlist, shortcuts and, addresses can be kept separate from the rest of the divers since multiple driver profiles can be saved. There’s also an available wireless Qi phone-charging pad if you don’t want to plug in.
So how does the 2019 Chevy Blazer do in the gas department? The Blazer’s base engine is EPA-rated at 22/27/24 mpg city/highway/combined, and it’s available only in front-wheel-drive form. The optional V-6 can come with front- or all-wheel drive and the front-drive models are rated at 20/26/22 mpg, while the AWD version is 18/25/21 mpg.
With the Blazer RS being named a “sporty” vehicle it should win over buyers who have been skeptical about switching to an SUV thanks to its responsive handling. Hamodia.com is stating that it’s “fun to drive” just like the front-wheel drive and large sedans automakers are ditching in favor of SUVs. The main competitors to The Blazer are most likely the Honda Passport, Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.
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All Blazers come equipped with essential safety features, teen driver tools, LED daytime running lights, OnStar, and a government-mandated rear-view camera. The basic trim levels can be upgraded with a Driver Confidence package that includes blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, lane change alert, and rear parking proximity alert. Chevrolet offers a three-year, or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty on the 2019 Blazer, and coverage on the powertrain is five years or 60,000 miles.
The 2019 Chevy Blazer RS has a starting base price of $40,600 (plus destination fee).
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