The history of SUVs has come a long way. Chevrolet is bringing back the Blazer as a midsize SUV crossover. Instead of merely adding on a badge on any old SUV, Chevrolet created a completely new Blazer with a style and feature suited for today’s drivers.
The Blazer is a nice middle-ground between the smaller Equinox and the larger Traverse. It shares a platform with the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia. The new Blazer has interior inspiration from the new Camaro.
Standard on the entry-level Blazer 2.5L Cloth (the actual trim name) is 18-inch aluminum wheels, lower body-side molding, Body-color door handles, heated exterior mirrors, high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED taillights, and active aero shutters that open and close at different speeds to assist aerodynamics or engine cooling.
The Blazer uses a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 193 horsepower and has 188 lb-ft of torque. It shares a nine-speed automatic transmission with the more powerful V-6, the four-banger pairs exclusively with front-wheel drive. It tows up to 1500 pounds, but the V-6 with all-wheel drive handles up to 4500.
In caranddrivers.com instrumented track testing, the four-cylinder Blazer went from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds. It closes the gap between 50 and 70 mph in 5.8 seconds. The V-6 AWD version is a considerable 1.9 and 1.3 seconds quicker.
The EPA estimates the four-cylinder Blazer earns 22 mpg city and 27 highway. Chevy’s powertrain uses stop-start technology to improve fuel efficiency, but the system cannot be deactivated. The four-cylinder Blazer returns 26 mpg on the 200-mile highway fuel-economy test route.
With accurate steering and steady composure, the Blazer is the best-driving crossover to wear the Chevrolet bow tie. Even the four-cylinder version is more engaging than many competitors. Its 18-inch wheels provided a smoother and quieter ride than the RS model, which wears 21-inch wheels.
A LOT OF TECHNOLOGY:
The 2019 Blazer RS AWD has a lot of technology. There are different on every trim level. Not all features are available in every trim level.
The screen in the center is an 8-inch touch display that controls the Blazer’s climate system (although there are separate climate control buttons under the screen) and the entertainment system. There’s also an audio system which has an AM/FM/SiriusXM along with Bluetooth, which allows you to pair your phone to make phone calls and play music. Connecting an iPod or non-Bluetooth device is a 3.5mm aux-in port.
The entertainment system has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. To enable the CarPlay, you’ll need to connect it with the USB cable. The Blazer has three sets of USB inputs that include a standard USB-A port and the USB-C port, which is new.
There are USB ports on the dashboard below the screen, inside the console storage compartment and there’s even one on the back of the console so that passengers in the back can use it. Inside the console, you’ll find the aux-in port. The entertainment system also has apps which include iHeartRadio and many others you can stream from in the car.
The Blazer is equipped with 4G-LTE, which provides internet access for passengers to get online but it comes at an extra cost. At the bottom of the center controls, it features a storage cubby that can hide the wireless charger that’s big enough for an iPhone XS Max. Included is also a 120-volt AC outlet for plugging in things that require electricity.
The Blazer has cameras on all sides of the vehicles, and it can stitch those images together to show pretty crazy angles. Passengers can control the camera views through the main screen, changing the view as needed and all the angles are helpful, which helps when trying to center yourself in a parking space. The rearview mirror also has an embedded screen to show the view out of the rear camera.
The Blazer has forward-collision alert and forward-automatic braking. The Rally Sport comes with an all-wheel drive, and a dial on the console lets the driver choose from driving modes including two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, sport mode, off-road mode, and tow/haul mode. The Blazer technology keeps the driver engage enough without being a distraction.
The car has a fit and finish of a luxury vehicle. Driving the Blazer is a comfortable ride. The cargo area is significant, and the split back seats fold down with the pull of a lever on each side.
The automatic tailgate raises and lowers quickly and quietly. Chevrolet has a rail system in the cargo area with a flexible cargo partition which can be adjusted from the front to back to keep boxes or golf clubs from sliding around. Overall, the Blazer is an excellent addition to the Chevrolet SUV family, especially if looking for a sportier design.
The 2019 Blazer starts at $28,800 (plus destination fee).
You can search the inventory of Chevrolet Blazer’s 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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