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2020 Chevrolet Blazer Review

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer offers a user-friendly infotainment system, strong fuel economy estimates, and agile handling, but it sits near the bottom of our midsize SUV rankings because of its small cargo hold and a ride that can be too firm at times.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Great fuel economy
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Less cargo room than class rivals
  • Tight rear-seat headroom

New for 2020

  • Available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • LT trim replaces Blazer trim

Rankings & Research

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer's #19 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Blazer has a score of 7.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 15 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.7
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 6.1
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.2 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 3.5 for reliability is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD

 Is the Chevrolet Blazer a Good SUV?

The Chevy Blazer is an OK midsize SUV. Its infotainment system is a breeze to use and features standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Blazer’s base engine delivers some of the best fuel economy in the class, and a more powerful V6 is available. Sporty styling helps the Blazer stand out, but it also makes it less practical because of a sloping roofline that limits rear headroom.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Blazer?

The Blazer appears to be a solid value, thanks to its below-average base price and generous list of standard technology. However, there are many more well-rounded competitors in this class, including the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe. Both of these midsize SUVs come with more cargo space and more standard safety features than the Blazer.

Compare the Blazer, Edge, and Santa Fe »

Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Blazer?

The 2020 Blazer is part of a generation that started with its reintroduction for the 2019 model year. It might share the same name, but this crossover is nothing like the Blazer of the 1980s and mid-’90s.

For 2020, Chevy introduces an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's stronger than the base power plant and gets better fuel economy than the available V6. Also, a new LT trim joins the lineup.

If the new turbo-four engine interests you, stick with a 2020 Blazer. Otherwise, consider shopping for a 2019 model, which is otherwise nearly identical to a new Blazer but likely less expensive.

Be sure to read our 2019 Blazer review to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

Compare the 2019 and 2020 Blazer »

We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 15 Chevrolet Blazer reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This 2020 Blazer review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Blazer Cost?

The base 2020 Chevrolet Blazer L starts at $28,800, which is low for the midsize SUV class. The top-of-the-line Premier trim starts at $42,700. All-wheel drive costs an additional $2,000 to $2,900, depending on the trim.

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.

Chevrolet Blazer Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Blazer or Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge lacks the Blazer's athletic handling, but it has quicker acceleration and a more powerful base engine. And while the Blazer only comes standard with a rearview camera and a rear-seat reminder, the Edge comes with the Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety features. This package includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Also, the Ford has more cargo and passenger space than the Chevy. You'll pay more for the Edge, but it's the better choice.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Blazer or Hyundai Santa Fe?

The Hyundai Santa Fe is one of the top vehicles in the midsize SUV class. Its base engine and acceleration are underwhelming, but the Santa Fe does offer a comfy ride, loads of cargo and passenger space, lots of standard safety tech, and a nicer cabin than the Blazer. Better yet, it has a lower base price than the Chevy. The only reason to go with the Blazer over the Santa Fe is if a sporty appearance and performance are your priorities.

Compare the Blazer, Edge, and Santa Fe »

Blazer Interior

How Many People Does the Blazer Seat?

Up to five people can fit inside the Blazer's cabin. The supportive front seats have plenty of head- and legroom, but the rear seats are a mixed bag. While there's a good amount of legroom, the Blazer's sloped roofline gives it less headroom than that of some class rivals. Its available panoramic moonroof further limits rear headroom.

Blazer and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Blazer’s rear outboard seats.

Blazer Interior Quality

The Blazer's cabin has a Camaro-inspired design, with circular air vents, a hexagon-shaped infotainment system, and available red accents. Most of the interior materials are soft to the touch, but there are some hard plastics, even in upper trim levels.

Blazer Cargo Space

This Chevy doesn’t have much cargo room for the class. Behind the rear seats, there's 30.5 cubic feet of space, and folding down the back row expands the capacity to 64.2 cubic feet. Its high liftover height makes it tricky to load heavy objects.

There is an available cargo management system with a floor-mounted rail that keeps cargo stable while the vehicle is moving and a sliding fence that separates the cargo area. A hands-free liftgate is available.

Blazer Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Blazer comes standard with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. It includes an 8-inch touch screen that has crisp graphics, responsive touch controls, and a handy shortcut bar.

It also comes standard with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a six-speaker audio system. Wireless device charging, navigation, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system are available.

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

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Blazer Performance

Blazer Engine: Solid Engine Lineup

A 193-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine comes standard. This engine has a decent amount of muscle, but it feels a bit underpowered when merging and passing on the highway. You'll find this engine in the base trim as well as the 1LT sub-trim.

You have two choices if you want more power. There's a new-for-2020 turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 230 horsepower. This midlevel engine is more potent than the base power plant and has nearly identical fuel economy estimates. This engine is standard in both the 2LT and 3LT sub-trims.

The top-of-the-line 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 packs a strong punch and still manages to return solid fuel economy estimates. This engine is available in the 2LT and 3LT sub-trims and standard in the RS and Premier trims. The starting price of models with this engine is only $500 more than the starting price of models with the new 2.0-liter engine.

All engines pair well with the standard nine-speed automatic transmission, though this gearbox can be slow to downshift.

Blazer Gas Mileage: Just Great

Models with the Blazer's base 2.5-liter engine aren't all that energetic, but drivers will appreciate their excellent fuel economy. With front-wheel drive, the Blazer delivers 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The optional turbo-four gains 1 mpg on the highway. V6 models only lose 1 mpg in the city and on the highway.

Blazer Ride and Handling: Athleticism Over Comfort

The standard Blazer features a suspension system that does a good job of mitigating road bumps while providing a fairly sporty ride. Specifically, its handling is nimble, and body roll is minimal. However, models with larger wheels, such as the RS trim, have a firmer ride that may be too harsh for some shoppers.

Blazer Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Blazer can tow up to 4,500 pounds, which is good for a two-row SUV.

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Blazer Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Blazer Reliable?

At the time of writing, the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer does not have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Chevrolet Blazer Warranty

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer comes with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Chevrolet Blazer?

The cost of insuring a Chevrolet Blazer will depend on a variety of factors, including your deductible, the level of coverage that you want, and the type of insurance that you choose. Your age, gender, location, credit score, and driving record can also have an impact on your insurance rates. Check out our car insurance guide to find the best policy for you.

Blazer Safety

Blazer Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Blazer earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

The 2020 Blazer earned a top rating of Good in the only two tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Blazer Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera and a rear-seat reminder that alerts you to check the back seat for children or pets before exiting the vehicle.

Several safety features are available, including lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a following distance indicator. A rear camera mirror, automatic high-beam headlights, a safety alert seat, rear parking sensors, and a surround-view parking camera system are also available.

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Blazer Dimensions and Weight

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

Where Is the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer Built?

Chevrolet builds the 2020 Blazer in Mexico.

Which Chevrolet Blazer Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer comes in four trims: L, LT, RS, and Premier. The LT trim has three sub-trims: 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT.

The base L trim is a good pick for most shoppers since it has a solid amount of standard technology like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Its engine isn’t the most powerful in the lineup, but it does get the best fuel economy.

You'll want to step up to the 2LT trim if you want more power. It comes standard with the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and the 3.6-liter V6 is optional.

The RS trim is the best pick for performance-oriented shoppers. It adds features like a sport-tuned suspension system and sportier interior and exterior styling.

Chevrolet Blazer L

The base Blazer L trim starts at $28,800. It comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, a rear-seat reminder, and a rearview camera. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 interface is standard as well and includes an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a six-speaker stereo.

Another standard feature is the tire inflator kit, which can help in the event of a roadside emergency. This kit includes a compressor and sealant and can temporarily plug most small punctures in the tread.

All-wheel drive is not available in this trim.

Chevrolet Blazer LT

There are three LT variants. The 1LT sub-trim starts at $32,300 and features the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. It gains an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, satellite radio, tinted glass, and a spare tire in lieu of the base trim's repair kit.

The 2LT sub-trim starts at $32,800 with the new 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or $33,300 with the V6.

The 3LT sub-trim costs $37,000 with the 2.0-liter engine or $37,500 with the V6. It adds a power liftgate, remote start, auto-dimming outside and rearview mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

All-wheel drive is unavailable in the 1LT trim. It can be added for $2,000 in the 2LT and 3LT sub-trims with the 2.0-liter engine, and it costs $2,650 in 2LT and 3LT sub-trims with the V6.

Chevrolet Blazer RS

The sporty RS trim features a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine and sport-tuned steering and suspension systems. It gains ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, an 8-inch driver display, navigation, enhanced voice recognition, two additional USB ports, a hands-free liftgate, and a cargo management system.

The RS with front-wheel drive starts at $40,600, while the all-wheel-drive RS goes for $43,500.

Chevrolet Blazer Premier

The top-of-the-line Premier trim with front-wheel drive has a starting price of $42,700. Models with all-wheel drive start at $45,600. In addition to the V6 engine, the Premier comes with leather-trimmed seats with suede microfiber inserts, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and an eight-speaker Bose premium audio system.

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.

See 2020 Chevrolet Blazer specs and trims »

The Final Call

The 2020 Chevy Blazer has an engaging ride, sporty styling, and easy-to-use infotainment controls. However, several midsize SUV rivals offer more passenger and cargo space than the Blazer.

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

  • The Blazer isn't the off-road scrambler you may remember from years ago. Today's Blazer is better suited to on-road performance with its sharp handling and well-damped ride. There's a cost for its show-stopping, Camaro-like design: Rear headroom is severely compromised, and utility is limited given its small cargo capacity." -- 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
  • "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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