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2021 Chevrolet Blazer Review

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer lands in the bottom third of our midsize SUV rankings. Its tight rear seats and small cargo hold limit its practicality compared to other models in the class, and it has a firm ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Spry handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • Strong engine options
  • Lots of standard tech features
  • Small cargo hold
  • Tight rear-seat headroom
  • Some low-rent plastics in cabin
  • Firmer ride than some rivals

Rankings & Research

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer's #18 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Blazer has a score of 7.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 17 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 5.9
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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Is the Chevrolet Blazer a Good SUV?

Despite its ranking, the Chevy Blazer is a good midsize SUV. It offers a user-friendly touch screen, energetic engine options, and superb fuel economy. This crossover also sports an above-average predicted reliability rating. However, its meager cargo hold and passenger space fail to impress. Additionally, this Chevy has some cheap cabin materials and a firm ride in some trims.

Why You Can Trust Us: 17 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make shopping for your next car as easy as possible. You'll find everything you need to know about this SUV in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data like horsepower ratings, gas mileage, and cargo space dimensions with 17 professional Chevy Blazer reviews.

This review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Blazer?

The Blazer is a fine SUV, but there are better options in the class. The Ford Edge is more practical than the Blazer, with more room for passengers and cargo. If you want a three-row midsize SUV, consider the Kia Telluride or Hyundai Palisade.

Compare the Blazer, Edge, and Telluride »

2020 vs. 2021 Chevrolet Blazer: What's the Difference?

For the 2021 model year, Chevrolet made driver assistance features such as pre-collision warning and braking standard in the 2LT and higher trims. Previously, they were options in the RS and Premier trims. Otherwise, there were no major changes.

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Here are the key changes for the Chevrolet Blazer over the past few years:

  • 2019: reintroduced as all-new SUV
  • 2020: turbocharged four-cylinder engine added to lineup
  • 2021: midtier trims gain several standard driver assistance features

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2019 Blazer and 2020 Blazer reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Chevrolet Blazer Cost?

The entry-level Chevy Blazer has a starting MSRP of $28,800, which makes it one of the most affordable SUVs in its class. Prices for the top-of-the-line Premier start at $43,000.

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Chevrolet Blazer Versus the Competition

Chevrolet Blazer vs. Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevrolet Traverse is the brand’s other midsize SUV, and in most respects, it’s superior to the Blazer. Not only does the Traverse have more cargo space, it also comes with a third row of seats, meaning it can carry more people as well. Additionally, the Traverse has a gentler ride and a stronger base engine.

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Chevrolet Blazer vs. Mazda CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is one of the best SUVs in the class. Its agile handling helps make it fun to drive, and its updated infotainment system rivals the Chevy’s with a large touch screen and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The CX-9’s turbo-four engine is stronger than the Blazer’s base offering, and the Mazda is one of the few vehicles in the class to rival the Chevrolet’s fuel economy.

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Blazer Interior: Not so Hot

Blazer Cargo Space

With 30.5 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 64.2 cubic feet behind the front seats, this vehicle has less cargo room than most of its competitors. However, there’s still a good amount of space for your stuff.

The levers that are used to fold the rear seats are located right in the cargo hold, and there a few nifty options, such as a power liftgate, a hands-free liftgate, and a cargo management system that uses a floor-mounted rail and a sliding fence to separate and secure your belongings.

How Many People Does the Blazer Seat?

The Chevy Blazer is a two-row SUV with seating for five. Up front, there’s plenty of space, but its Camaro-like styling results in a sloping roofline that can make taller passengers sitting in the rear feel cramped. The seats are supportive, and it’s easy to find a good driving position. Entering or exiting the vehicle is also simple.

Cloth upholstery is standard. Available seating features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and heated rear seats. You can also get a steering wheel with heating or power adjustments.

Blazer and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Blazer’s rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat

Blazer Interior Quality

With its Chevrolet Camaro-inspired styling, the Blazer has some eye-catching materials, but it also has a lot of gray, drab-looking plastics. That’s disappointing in a near-$30,000 vehicle.

Blazer Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

For the most part, the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system is easy to use. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs, and its bright graphics make it easy to see while driving. However, a few critics note that the physical controls are placed in positions that are hard for the driver to reach.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, four USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto
  • Available infotainment features: navigation, wireless device charging, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system
  • Additional standard features: proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Other available features: a panoramic sunroof

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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Blazer Performance: Fuel-Sipping Cruises

Blazer Engine

You have a choice of three engines in this Chevy. Standard is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. You can upgrade to a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque by moving to the 2LT or 3LT trims. The base four-cylinder is fine for city driving, but get the turbo-four if your commute regularly takes you down the freeway.

A 3.6-liter V6 is available in any trim with the turbo-four, and it’s standard in the RS and Premier trims. This engine makes 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It’s powerful enough for most driving scenarios.

Critics are mixed on the nine-speed automatic transmission that’s paired with each engine. Some say it’s fine, but others complain about its hesitant shifts.

Blazer Gas Mileage

With its base engine and front-wheel drive (FWD), this vehicle returns an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy improves with the turbocharged engine, up to 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. These figures dip a bit with all-wheel drive (AWD) to 22/27 mpg. Those are stellar ratings for the midsize SUV class.

Models with the V6 engine get 20/27 mpg with FWD or 19/26 mpg with AWD.

Blazer Ride and Handling

The Chevy Blazer provides a good blend of comfort and sportiness. Its lively steering helps it take turns with ease, and its suspension smooths out most flaws in the pavement. That said, when equipped with the larger alloy wheels, this crossover can ride a bit more firmly, especially in the performance-oriented RS trim.

There are several drive modes available, including Tour, Sport, and Snow/Ice, as well as available Off-Road and Tow/Haul. Front-wheel drive is standard, and Chevy’s twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system is available.

Blazer Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, this Chevrolet can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

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Blazer Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Blazer Reliable?

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five.

Chevrolet Blazer Warranty

Chevrolet covers the 2021 Blazer with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Blazer Safety

Blazer Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not evaluated the 2021 Blazer.

Blazer Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver (lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers)

Available Advanced Safety Features:

  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane change alert
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection
  • High-speed automatic emergency braking
  • Rear camera mirror
  • Surround-view parking camera system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Safety alert seat

Read more about safety »

Blazer Dimensions and Weight

The Blazer is about 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,782 to 4,078 pounds.

Where Is the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer Built?

General Motors builds the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico.

Which Chevrolet Blazer Model Is Right for Me?

Chevrolet makes the 2021 Blazer in six trim levels: L, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier. The L and 1LT have a 193-horsepower inline-four engine. The 2LT and 3LT have a 230-horsepower turbo-four, and the RS and Premier have a 308-horsepower V6. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard throughout.

It’s worth upgrading to at least the 2LT to get the stronger turbocharged engine, more safety features, and available all-wheel drive.

All-wheel drive is available in every trim except the L and 1LT. The same holds for a rear-seat infotainment system, with or without a DVD player, which goes for between $1,750 and $2,000.

Chevrolet Blazer L

The Chevy Blazer L has a starting MSRP of $28,800. Standard equipment includes the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a six-speaker stereo, four USB ports, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a rearview camera, and alloy wheels.

There are no notable options for the L trim.

Chevrolet Blazer 1LT

Retailing for $32,300, the 1LT picks up an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, satellite radio, and tinted rear windows.

Most of the 1LT’s additions come as options. The Convenience and Driver Confidence package costs $1,845 and adds remote start, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert, and heated front seats. There are also several styling packages available that add features like sport pedals, a black grille, and roof rails.

Chevrolet Blazer 2LT

The 2LT starts at $33,100 and adds Chevy Safety Assist, which consists of pre-collision warning and braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, automatic high-beam headlights, and a following distance indicator.

This is also the first trim with the turbo-four engine. The V6 engine is available for $1,150. Adding all-wheel drive (AWD) costs $2,000. The 1LT’s packages are available, along with a Redline Edition package ($1,895) that offers a sportier exterior style.

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

With a starting MSRP of $37,300, the 3LT gains a six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather-appointed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the contents of the Convenience and Driver Confidence packages.

The $1,400 Sound and Technology package comes with navigation, a Bose eight-speaker stereo, a 120-volt household-style power outlet, a surround-view parking camera system, and a rear camera mirror. AWD can be added for $2,000, and a panoramic sunroof costs $1,595.

Chevrolet Blazer RS

Chevy Blazer RS models (MSRP: $40,800) gain the V6 engine, as well as an 8-inch driver information display, a navigation system, a heated steering wheel, and a hands-free liftgate. AWD costs $2,900.

You can add the Enhanced Convenience package for $1,660. It features heated rear outboard seats, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and an eight-speaker Bose stereo. The Driver Confidence II package costs $1,650 and comes with wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control, a safety alert seat, high-speed automatic emergency braking, and the driver assistance features in the Sound and Technology package.

Chevrolet Blazer Premier

The Premier trim has a retail price of $43,000. It adds the Enhanced Convenience package and a cargo management system. AWD costs $2,800.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has sporty styling and sharp handling for a midsize SUV. It backs up that driving appeal with strong engine options and great mpg estimates. Adding to its charm is its bounty of standard tech features, all for an affordable price. However, this crossover trails its rivals in cargo and passenger space, and it has several low-rent cabin materials.

Don't just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Blazer would be more fun if it drove like the Camaro that inspires it. Instead it's a mildly sporty SUV that's more playful in turns than most of its competitors. Strip away the big front grille and the bold exterior styling, and the Blazer is an average midsize SUV. But that styling counts for something, especially in a class prone to anonymity." -- Edmunds
  • "The two-row, mid-size Blazer thus falls on the stylish end of the segment that includes the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano. It is further distinguished from boring, everyday crossovers by its sporty driving characteristics. Want to stand out while still hauling your family around in a roomy, useful vehicle? The Blazer is worth a look." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "The design and the resulting enthusiasm of its engineers gave the 2019 Chevy Blazer such a solid foundation for success. Yet it frankly seems like the bean counters prevented the extra effort that really could've made the Blazer something special in the segment – or at least worth its high price." -- Autoblog (2018)
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