Is The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer The Medium-Sized SUV Of Choice?

Fancy the look of the Camaro but are more of an SUV person? In that case, the new Chevrolet Blazer might be just the ride for you.

Besides resurrecting an iconic moniker after more than a decade, the new Blazer has nothing in common with its predecessors. Instead, it focuses on modern tech and convenience features, wrapping everything up under a bold new design and targeting those who are in the market for a mid-size SUV.

Camaro-style influences can be seen inside, too, yet the overall vibe is a stylish one. It features the company’s most recent infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is easy to use according to ConsumerReports. Space on the rear bench is somewhat tight for a mid-size SUV, but cargo area is good. Also, picky users will notice some cheap plastics, but nothing that cannot be ignored in the end.

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On the go, the new Blazer feels just the way it looks: modern. The handling is good and the suspension does a fairly good job at absorbing most bumps, yet the ride is bound to get bouncier on irregular surfaces.

The 3.6-liter V6 provides sufficient pulling power. It pushes out 305 hp (309 PS / 228 kW) and 269 lb-ft (365 Nm) of torque, and the 9-speed automatic transmission that comes with it provides smooth gear shifts. Base models are, however, offered with a 193 hp (196 PS / 144 kW) and 188 lb-ft (255 Nm) of torque 2.5-liter inline-four.

The 2019 Blazer starts at just under $29,000. This makes it about $1,000 cheaper than the entry-level Ford Edge and $4,500 more expensive than the Hyundai Santa Fe. Go for the V6 and all-wheel drive system, though, and add a few options, and the price exceeds the $40k mark – which puts it into Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC territory.

 

  • charlotteharry57

    The answer to the headline question is, apparently, an emphatic yes if you are an automotive journalist. As far as Consumer Reports, et al, and the general public, only time will tell. Hurdles are looks, outward visibility and some ergonomic glitches. Maybe others. Including possible reliability.

  • Rocket

    I don’t put as much faith in comparison tests as I once did, but I’m curious to see what results we’ll see from the many Passport vs Edge vs Blazer vs Santa Fe comparos coming our way. I wouldn’t own one myself, but I have a feeling the Passport is going to come away as the media favorite, with the Santa Fe presenting the greatest threat.

    • brn

      Really depends on what you’re looking for. Passport is more off road (nothing like Jeep, but more than the others). Edge is more about handling, etc.

      It’s good news that they’re not clones of each other.

  • ErnieB

    Pass and wait for the Bronco..

    • MayTheBestCarWin05

      This vehicle isn’t aimed at that Bronco’s demographic.

      From reports, Bronco appears to be a Wrangler competitor? If I’m wrong feel free to let me know.

  • MarkoS

    The 2019 Chevy Travesty. What the Equinox should have been. What a waste of the historic name.

  • Liam Paul

    built in mexico, keep it in mexico. Building your cars , suvs and pickups in mexico and china , alright then Hey GM you can Kiss my American Back Tailgate in the rear bumper

  • PhilMcGraw

    The biggest problem with the Blazer is that you have to buy the top trim with almost all the options checked for it to look good both inside and out.

    That basic model that is featured as the headline for this article just looks really cheap like a rental car.

  • Aelwyn

    From the outside, pretty sharp looking. But at that price point, the interior and its acres of cheap-looking plastic are simply unacceptable in 2019.

  • John Doll

    GM has to up its game in regards to interiors. I wonder why they have not figured that out yet?

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    Hideous, overpriced GM junk.

  • Rani

    I’d rather spend a little more and get the Telluride with a V6 instead.

    • EM1

      And it is made in the US, figure that one out, lol

  • EM1

    For a Mexican made car, they have the audacity to charge that amount? And they think we’re stupid to pay that after we bailed those turds out.

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