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7.9

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Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.6
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2019 Chevrolet Blazer Review

For 2019, Chevrolet revives its Blazer nameplate with an SUV that offers driving enjoyment and appealing technology, but limited cargo space and modest cabin materials. This 2-row midsize SUV ranks in the bottom third of its competitive class.

Pros & Cons

  • Responsive, user-friendly infotainment system
  • Accommodating second-row seats
  • Fuel-efficient base engine
  • Agile handling
  • Questionable value of upper trim levels
  • Small cargo area

Is the Chevrolet Blazer a Good SUV?

Yes, the 2019 Chevy Blazer is a good SUV. Though it shares the same name, this crossover SUV bears no other resemblance to the truck-based, high-riding, blocky Blazer of the '80s. It's also miles away from the ho-hum midsize SUV that debuted in the mid-'90s. In comparison, the 2019 Blazer is leaner, lighter, and more athletic on the road. Professional reviewers love its sporty exterior design and Camaro-influenced interior elements, which help distinguish the Blazer from the many other SUVs on the market. Its infotainment system comes standard with favorites such as Apple CarPlay and lots of USB ports. Even grownups can get cozy in the back, with the Blazer’s sliding and reclining rear seats.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Blazer?

The base Blazer has a lot to offer. It combines above-average fuel economy and a below-average starting price with an attractive list of standard features and a comfy back seat. However, this SUV's value starts to wane as you move up to the higher trim levels, and the disparities magnify, particularly alongside some top competitors. For these reasons, we recommend considering a few other midsize SUVs instead. The Mazda CX-9 offers performance that is more invigorating. Plus, the CX-9 has an upscale interior, comes standard with a third-row seat, and offers more cargo space behind the second row. The Ford Edge is another roomy alternative. This 2-row SUV comes with lots of standard safety features and the choice between two energetic turbocharged engines.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Blazer?

While the Blazer name has been around for decades, the 2019 model year marks the beginning of a radically different SUV, so you can't currently buy a used Blazer that's similar to the 2019 model. Still, you can consider a used model of one of its close cousins. The GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 – also within the General Motors family – share a platform with the Blazer and are available as used models. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on other used cars.

We Did the Research for You: 8 Reviews Analyzed

Our Chevrolet Blazer review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from eight sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

 

How Much Does the Chevrolet Blazer Cost?

Prices for the 2019 Blazer start just under $29,000, which is one of the lowest base prices in the midsize SUV class. A handful of trim levels and configurations are available, including the 3.6L Cloth AWD ($36,000), RS ($40,600), and Premier ($42,700). For more information on vehicle pricing and features, see our Which Chevrolet Blazer Model Is Right for Me? section below.

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Chevrolet Blazer Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Blazer or Honda Passport?

Like the Chevy Blazer, the Honda Passport returns for 2019 after a long hiatus. Its homecoming is more triumphant than the Blazer's, though, as the Passport is one of our top-ranking midsize SUVs. Its standout qualities include a bevy of standard safety features, plenty of passenger and cargo space, and a handsome interior. In this head-to-head comparison, the Passport is the victor.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Blazer or Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge bests the Chevy Blazer, whether you’re looking for spirited acceleration or family-friendly accommodations. If the Edge’s standard turbocharged engine isn't animated enough for you, consider the optional twin-turbocharged V6 that puts out 335 horsepower. The 2-row Edge also has more rear-seat legroom, a much larger cargo area, and an impressive amount of high-tech standard safety features.

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Blazer Interior

How Many People Does the Blazer Seat?

The five-seat Blazer isn't extraordinarily roomy, but it is reasonably comfortable and spacious. The second row has more legroom than the average midsize SUV. Adults will enjoy this zone's wide accommodations and the sliding, reclining second-row seats. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Luxe options are available, such as perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

Blazer and Car Seats

The Blazer has a full set of LATCH connectors on both second-row outboard seats.

Blazer Interior Quality

The Blazer draws a few interior design elements – such as its circular air vents – from the Chevrolet Camaro. Some professional reviewers appreciate how these types of sporty touches and attractive materials distinguish the Blazer from its rivals. The cabin doesn't receive universal accolades, however, with some critics calling out interior materials that are downmarket for this price point, especially in the upper trim levels.

Blazer Cargo Space

For a midsize SUV, the Blazer doesn't offer a lot of cargo space. Its 30.5-cubic-foot hold is one of the smallest in the class. You can fold the second-row seats flat to create a 64.2-cubic foot cargo area, a measurement that is also below average. The optional cargo management system comes with a cargo fence and a floor-mounted rail system, which makes loading things like backpacks and bags of groceries more convenient.

Blazer Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Blazer comes with an 8-inch touch screen and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 interface. This system earns lots of praise for its uncomplicated layout, responsive display, clear graphics, and convenient shortcut bar. Appealing elements such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and four USB ports are standard. Lots of high-tech upgrades are available, including a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless charging for enabled smartphones, a navigation system, and a premium Bose sound system. The uplevel interface is also capable of remembering different user's climate, ambient lighting, and audio preferences.

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

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Blazer Performance

Blazer Engine: Peppy but not Potent

With its raked roof lines and Camaro-inspired styling, the Blazer presents itself as a sporty SUV. Drivers looking for blistering sports car-like acceleration won't find it here, but those in search of a solid, energetic SUV will be satisfied. Of the two engines, the uplevel 308-horsepower V6 will likely be the most popular. Blazers equipped with the V6 are not only quicker off the line than those with the base engine, but they can also tow more. The 193-horsepower four-cylinder that comes standard in the lower trims is well-suited for most daily driving duties, though it does take a little longer to get the Blazer up to speed. Its advantage is an above-average fuel economy rating. Both engines come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which does a decent job despite some noticeable hesitation when pressed to downshift quickly.

Blazer Gas Mileage: Four-Cylinder is Excellent for Commuters

With its standard four-cylinder engine, the Blazer earns an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. This is one of the highest fuel economy ratings in our midsize SUV rankings. The optional V6 engine's rating of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway is close to the class average.

Blazer Ride and Handling: Slightly Sporty

The Blazer's on-road manners are a smidge sportier than most. It has controlled body motions and nimble handling, but the suspension may feel too stiff for some. The ride in the sport-tuned RS is especially firm, and if you upgrade to the larger available wheels, it can feel harsh over bumpy roads. Front-wheel drive and three drive modes (Tour, Sport, and Snow/Ice) are standard. All-wheel drive is available only with V6-powered Blazers. The optional AWD also adds Tow/Haul and Off-Road drive modes, though you wouldn’t mistake this SUV for a serious off-roader.

Blazer Towing Capacity

When equipped with the 3.6-liter engine, all-wheel drive, and the trailering package, the Blazer can tow up to 4,500 pounds. Although that is slightly below average for a midsize SUV, it's a higher tow rating than several competing 2-row SUVs. For example, the Nissan Murano has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds. Chevrolet's optional hitch guidance system integrates with the rearview camera for easier trailer hookup, and it provides limited on-road trailer management.

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Blazer Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Blazer Reliable?

The Blazer has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Chevrolet Blazer Warranty

Chevrolet covers the 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

No crash test rating is available yet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Blazer Safety Features

The Blazer comes standard with a rearview camera. It also has a rear-seat reminder that prompts you to double check the back seat for little ones. Optional safety features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection with automatic emergency braking, following distance indicator, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear camera mirror, automatic high beams, a safety alert seat, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system, and rear parking sensors.

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Which Chevrolet Blazer Model Is Right for Me?

The Chevrolet Blazer kicks off its new generation in four main trim levels: L, Blazer, RS, and Premier. The Blazer trim name is slightly confusing, as it is broken down into three sub-trims based on upholstery type and engine size. The two lowest trims come standard with a four-cylinder engine. A V6 powers all other editions, and all-wheel drive is available with any of these models for around $3,000.

Chevrolet offers several packages for the Blazer with upgrades such as a panoramic sunroof, wireless charging for your smartphone, or advanced safety systems. Sadly, most packages are only available on the upper trim levels, pushing your purchase price to a minimum of $38,000 or so before you can add on these appealing options. The Driver Confidence II package, for example, is the only way to get adaptive cruise control, yet it's only available with the Blazer Premier. 

The good news for budget-minded shoppers is that all trim levels, including the $28,800 base L, come with an attractive set of standard features. If you want a stronger engine or a higher tow rating, plan to spend about $4,500 more to step up to a V6-powered Blazer.   

Chevrolet Blazer L

The base Blazer L trim level comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. You can connect your phone to the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 interface via Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto – and there are four USB ports onboard. This $28,800 edition comes only with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.

Chevrolet Blazer

The midlevel Blazer trim comes in three varieties, each building off the previous trim. The Blazer 2.5L Cloth ($32,300) trim features a four-cylinder engine, an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, and satellite radio. For $1,000, you can upgrade this to the Blazer 3.6L Cloth and get a more powerful engine.

The V6 engine also comes in the Blazer 3.6L Leather. Upscale amenities for this $37,500 trim include perforated leather-appointed and heated front seats, a power liftgate, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

Chevrolet Blazer RS

The performance-inspired Blazer RS has distinct exterior accents and sport-tuned steering and suspension systems. It also receives interior upgrades such as an 8-inch driver display, navigation, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, two additional USB ports, a cargo management system, and a hands-free liftgate. Prices start at $40,600 for the RS FWD and $43,500 for the RS AWD.

Chevrolet Blazer Premier

Notable additions to the top-of-the-line Blazer Premier include an eight-speaker Bose premium sound system, leather-trimmed seats with suede microfiber inserts, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Prices start at $42,700 for the front-wheel-drive Premier and $45,600 for the Premier AWD.

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

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The Final Call

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer's base trim is an attractive package that combines sporty styling, good fuel economy, and spacious seats with user-friendly technology. Moving up the trim ladder quickly pushes you to the $40,000-plus range – a region that demands quite a bit from its top entrants. In this zone, the Blazer struggles to keep up with rivals that are more rewarding to drive, can carry more gear, and have more upscale interiors. In this crowded segment, standouts worth cross-shopping include the Mazda CX-9, Subaru Ascent, Ford Edge, and Honda Pilot.

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

  • It may not be the Blazer we were expecting, but the 2019 model is actually a solid entrant into the mid-size SUV category. The Blazer is sportier than almost everything else in the segment, and you can get it with a lot of high-end features. However, pricing is the Blazer's downfall. Vehicles like the Honda Passport offer autonomous tech as standard, but you'll have to shell out close to 50-grand to get that equipment in the Blazer. That's just ludicrous, and hopefully something Chevy will address in the very near future." -- Left Lane News
  • "So, you're really not getting extra space or equipment for your money. You're also not getting enough of a premium vibe in the Premier, and as a model with performance intentions, the RS just doesn't go far enough to engage and excite. 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
  • The Blazer's biggest competition looks to come from the new Ford Edge, which is similar in scale and price. After driving both, I'd give the early advantage to the Blazer based on my very positive first impressions of the Chevy's design, performance and Infotainment 3 tech. However, the Blazer will face stiffer competition when cross-shopped with the Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda's brand-new Passport, but I think the Blazer will fare well given its competitive price and striking style." -- CNET
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