Chevrolet Blazer is a five-passenger midsize crossover utility
vehicle, which brings back an iconic Chevy nameplate that
hasn't been seen since 2005.
Now on sale at
Chevrolet dealers nationwide is the all-new five-passenger midsize
Blazer crossover utility vehicle, which brings back an iconic Chevy
nameplate that hasn’t been seen since 2005.
The 2019 Blazer comes
in six different models, beginning with the entry-level L version,
starting at $28,800 (plus $1,195 freight) with front-wheel drive and
a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and ranging up to the 3.6-liter
V-6 powered Premier, $42,700 with front drive or $45,600 with
In between are the
Blazer 2.5 Cloth ($32,300, front drive only); Blazer 3.6 Cloth
($33,300, front drive only); Blazer 3.6 Leather ($36,500, front
drive; $40,200, AWD); and the sporty RS ($40,600, 3.6-liter, front
drive; $43,500, 3.6-liter, AWD).
The new Blazer is
different from Ford’s Bronco revival for 2020, as that vehicle
will be more of an off-road-capable SUV like its original, while the
Blazer is a family crossover similar to the midsize, five-passenger
Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
For about 30 years,
the Bronco and Chevy K5 Blazer — both built on the chassis of
their full-size pickup counterparts, the F-series and Silverado —
were in head-to-head competition. There was also a smaller version
of the Blazer, designated S10 instead of K5, to reflect that it was
built on the chassis of Chevy’s S10 compact pickup. That vehicle
was essentially replaced in the Chevrolet lineup by the TrailBlazer,
introduced in 2002 and discontinued after 2009.
The bigger K5 Blazer
morphed into the Chevrolet Tahoe, which remains one of the staples
of the Chevy truck/SUV lineup.
This newest Blazer is
slotted between the full-size Chevy Traverse three-row crossover and
the compact five-passenger Equinox, which is about the same size as
the early 2000s S10 Blazer SUV. There is also a subcompact crossover
in the Chevy lineup, the Trax.
Chevrolet has never
had a crossover in the midsize class, as the Traverse, introduced
for 2009, has been marketed as a large crossover. The Blazer
correspond in size and mission with the Edge, Grand Cherokee and
other midsize five-passenger crossovers, while the larger Ford
Explorer has a third-row seat and competes with the Traverse.
Ford’s Escape is a compact that goes up against the Equinox, and
the new Ford EcoSport is the counterpart to the Trax.
The base engine is a
normally aspirated 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder with 193
horsepower and 188 foot-pounds of torque, connected to a nine-speed
automatic transmission. EPA ratings are 22 mpg city/27 highway/24
all-wheel-drive tester came with the 3.6-liter V-6, which is like
the one used in the Chevrolet Camaro and several other Chevy models.
In the Blazer, it produces 308 horsepower and 270 foot-pounds of
torque. It also comes with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
EPA ratings for the
V-6 are 20 city/26 highway/22 combined (front drive) and 18/25/21 (AWD).
We averaged 19.3 mpg with our AWD V-6 Premier model.
twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system is used on RS and Premier trims.
As with most crossovers, the Blazer’s all-wheel drive does not
have low-range gearing for serious trail use. It does have
driver-selectable settings for 2WD, automatic AWD, and various
Blazers with all-wheel drive are capable of towing trailers weighing
up to 4,500 pounds; the front-drive V-6 models and the 2.5-liter
models are limited to 1,500 pounds.
There is 30.5 cubic
feet of cargo space behind the rear seat, and 64.2 cubic feet with
the second-row seatback folded flat. The second-row seat can slide
fore and aft to increase leg and knee room or boost cargo space
behind it. Also is a cargo-management system with rails and a cargo
panoramic-view sunroof is available in the Sun and Wheels Package
($2,495), and was included on our tester. It also brought 21-inch
pearl-nickel aluminum wheels and all-season blackwall tires,
replacing the Premier model’s standard 20-inch alloy wheels.
Standard on lower-priced models are 18-inch wheels.
The RS and Premier
models each has unique styling cues, including different grilles,
bright chrome exterior trim on the Premier, and a blacked-out look
for the RS.
At the front is a
bold grille and hood lines, low-placed HID headlights, and LED
daytime running lamps. At the rear are LED Chevy-signature
dual-element taillights, dual exhaust outlets and an integrated
Aluminum wheels come
in sizes from 18 to 21 inches.
Inside, the Blazer
has a variety of color and trim choices. That includes a padded knee
area, round air vents and grab handles on the doors. Our Premier
came with the Jet Black/Maple Sugar perforated-leather seats.
exterior was black with chrome door handles and trim. Other exterior
color choices are Sunlit Bronze Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic,
Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Graphite Metallic, Oakwood
Metallic and the premium Cajun Red Tintcoat ($495 extra).
The new Blazer has
up-to-date connectivity options, intuitive controls and a long list
of standard and available safety and convenience features. Six USB
ports are included, and wireless phone charging is available.
There is an
eight-inch color touch screen featuring Chevrolet Infotainment 3,
along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with one-month/3gb data trial), along with
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Among other features
are an electronic-locking glovebox large enough for a small handbag.
It is locked using the vehicle’s Valet Mode, accessible through
the Settings menu. A button on the dash opens the glovebox.
Included on our
Premier model were a heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated
front seats, which can be operated from outside the vehicle with the
Remote Start feature. Heated outboard rear seating positions are
The new comfort-open
feature, activated by the remote, rolls all the windows down to help
dissipate heat from the cabin before anybody gets in.
Control and a Rear Camera Mirror system are available on RS and
Premier, while a hands-free power liftgate with Chevy logo
projection is standard on RS and Premier.
Both engines have
intelligent stop/start to help maximize fuel economy in traffic.
Also standard on all
models is Traction Select, which allows for adjustments to the
vehicle’s driving mode for varying road conditions. On AWD models,
it can completely disconnect the rear axle so the vehicle operates
only in front-wheel drive mode when the extra traction is not needed
at the rear wheels.
The front bucket
seats on our Premier model were quite comfortable, and included
power adjustments. The rear seat has ample leg and knee room even
with larger people in the front seats. Three adults can sit
relatively comfortably in the rear seat, although it’s better with
two adults in the outboard positions, of course.
We had plenty of
power with the V-6 engine, even on some mountainous country roads.
We haven’t tested the four-cylinder Blazer yet. Shifting of the
automatic gearbox was smooth and predictable.
The Blazer’s cabin
was surprisingly quiet even at highway speeds, with little wind
noise. The ride was mostly smooth, although winter potholes could
make it a bit rough.
We used the all-wheel
drive for some limited off-road driving in a national forest, but of
course nothing rough or tough, as the Blazer is not really designed
for that. Even so, it performed well on dirt and gravel roads, and
there was enough ground clearance for minor obstacles.
Total sticker price
for our Blazer Premier model with all-wheel drive and the Sun and
Wheels package was $49,290, including freight.
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2019 Chevrolet Blazer
The package: Midsize,
five-passenger, five-door, front- or all-wheel-drive, four-cylinder
or V-6 powered, crossover utility vehicle.
Highlights: All new
for 2019, this is the revival of Chevrolet’s Blazer nameplate,
this time on a midsize, five-passenger crossover utility vehicle. It
has a choice of a four-cylinder engine or a more-powerful V-6. It
has lots of standard and optional amenities, and available all-wheel
drive with the V-6 engine.
third-row seat option.
inline four-cylinder; 3.6-liter V-6, gasoline, normally aspirated.
HP./188 foot-pounds (I-4); 308 HP./270 foot-pounds (V-6).
Length: 191.4 inches.
Base curb weight:
Cargo volume: 30.5
cubic feet (behind rear seat); 64.2 cubic feet (rear seat folded).
1,500 pounds (I-4; V-6 2WD); 4,500 pounds (V-6, AWD, with towing
EPA fuel economy: 22
mpg city/27 highway/24 combined (I-4, 2WD); 20/26/22 (V-6. 2WD);
18/25/21 (V-6, AWD).
19.4 gallons (2WD), 21.7 gallons (AWD), regular unleaded.
Base price range:
$28,800-$43,500, plus $1,195 freight.
Price as tested:
$49,290, including freight and options (Premier AWD).
Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus RX.
On the Road rating:
9.2 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are
manufacturer’s suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.