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Style and Technology: 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Test Drive

It was 50 years ago that Chevrolet first introduced the Blazer name on its full-size, removable top SUV, and it’s been 14 years since the name was last used on the compact S10-based Blazer. As equally different as the past two Blazers were, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer arrives on the scene as a two-row mid-size crossover to compete against active lifestyle vehicles like the Honda Passport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Murano and Ford Edge, which all display a focus on added style and technology. This segment complements the ever-growing market for family-friendly, three-row CUVs such as Chevrolet’s own Traverse, and we spent a week in the top-of-the-line 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier to see how Chevy’s latest crossover stacks up.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Exterior

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is about 13 inches shorter than the Traverse, but rather than just shortening the Traverse and calling it a day (which is what Honda did with the Pilot to make the Passport), Chevrolet penned a whole new design for the all-new Blazer. The front end is bold and polarizing with the trendy split light treatment featuring LED daytime running lights at the top, the HID headlights in the middle and turn signals down at the bottom. The aggressive shape of the grille (and accenting chrome elements) gives the Blazer a Camaro-esque face. Bold body lines are also part of the Blazer’s distinct style, and the rear of this crossover is finished with attractive LED taillights and dual exhaust outlets integrated into the fascia. This tester was also fitted with the $2,495 Sun and Wheels Package, which is appropriately named since it adds the panoramic roof and 21-inch wheels.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Interior

Chevrolet took an equally bold approach when it comes to the cabin design of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer with this CUV sporting an interior that also mimics elements from the Camaro. The center stack of the Blazer is almost identical to the one we recently saw in the 2019 Camaro SS with an eight-inch infotainment screen up top and large, circular vents lower that double as the dual-zone temperature controls (rotate the vents to raise or lower the temperature). Being the top trim level, the Blazer Premier has a luxury-minded cabin with features such as suede accents on the seats, power adjustable steering column and a soft perforated leather seats accented with a black instrument panel (with contrasting tan stitching) and brushed metallic trim. This trim comes standard with heated and cooled front seats, navigation and heated outboard rear seats.

Unlike the Traverse’s three-row seating, the Blazer only has two rows equating to a five-passenger layout with standard features that include Chevrolet infotainment system, 4G LTE with available Wi-Fi Hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The optional panoramic roof adds more ambiance to the cabin, but it nips a little bit of the headroom out, too. There’s still plenty of space for five adults and their gear, though. The cargo capacity is a bit on the small side with 30.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and up to 64.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, but the Blazer does incorporate a nifty rail-based cargo management with a divider to keep your stuff in place. It really came in handy when loading up with grocery bags to keep them from falling over or rolling around.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Powertrain

In its base form, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is powered by a 2.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder rated at 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, but the Premier and RS trim levels upgrade to the 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6 rated at 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, and all but the Blazer L are available with all-wheel drive. The V-6 AWD Blazer has EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway*, which is only a 2 mpg decrease (in city and highway) compared to the front-drive, four-cylinder models.

Despite its sporty looks, the new Blazer is your typical smooth-riding crossover. Like the Traverse, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is extremely accommodating regardless of road conditions, and the advanced powertrain combination equates to a hassle-free driving experience – no CVT droning, turbo lag or torque steer here! The Blazer can be fun to drive as well with a well-balanced suspension and steering tuning, and the Sport mode helps tighten up throttle response and shift points. Most people will probably just buy the Blazer for typical commuter duty, and they won’t be disappointed.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Safety

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has yet to be tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety features include Chevy’s innovative Rear Seat Reminder and Teen Driver, but getting the full suite of driver assistance safety features still requires a pricey option package even on this Blazer Premier. Even with an as-tested price approaching $50,000, Chevrolet still requires the $2,165 Driver Confidence II Package (only available on Premier and RS) to get Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Automatic Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking and Safety Alert Seat.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Overall

With the addition of the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, Chevy now has six crossovers and SUVs in its lineup ranging from the subcompact Trax to the full-size Suburban. The styling of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is almost as polarizing as Chevy’s revival of the Blazer name, and while it’s not the rugged off-roader that the Blazer once was, it’s exactly the stylish mid-sizer that Chevrolet needs. The Blazer hit the market earlier this year, and it received plenty of attention while being driven around town. In a crowded CUV/SUV market, that’s definitely good news for Chevrolet.

The biggest downside of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is its pricing. Sure, the starting price of $28,800** undercuts both the Passport and the Edge, but up to the Blazer Premier commands a base price of $45,600. On top of this, our tester added the Sun and Wheels Package bringing the as-tested price to $49,290 – or about $6,000 more than the fully loaded Passport Elite and an optioned-up Edge Titanium.

Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Chevrolet dealership and test drive the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer today!

* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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