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2021 Chevrolet Blazer Performance


#18 out of 22 in Midsize SUVs

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2021 Chevrolet Blazer Performance Review

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Performance: 7.4

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has playful handling and great gas mileage estimates. Its base engine is suitable for city driving, but it’s best to upgrade if you do a lot of highway driving. The ride is typically comfortable, but it can feel a bit harsher in models with larger wheels.

  • "Pleasingly, there's some substance behind the Blazer's looks. It has agile handling for an SUV, and its optional V6 engine provides robust acceleration." -- Edmunds
  • "The Blazer RS we tested hustled from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and bridged the gap between 50 and 70 mph in 4.6 seconds, which is speedy for this class. Quick as that may be, the automatic transmission was slow to downshift." -- Car and Driver (2020)
  • "A Camaro-inspired center stack livens up the interior design, but – surprise, surprise – the Blazer doesn't drive like a sports car. Even so, the 3,800-to-4,300-pound crossover moves confidently, whether you're in a four-cylinder front-driver or a loaded RS AWD V-6." -- Motor Trend (2019)

Engine Options, Horsepower, and Acceleration

  • Base engine: 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque (L, 1LT)
  • Available engines:
    • turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque (2LT, 3LT)
    • 3.6-liter V6 with 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque (available in 2LT and 3LT; standard in RS and Premier)
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: nine-speed automatic

The base four-cylinder engine may seem weak, given that some classmates come standard with V6s. However, it’s more than capable of driving around town. For something with more punch at highway speeds, consider the turbo-four or even the V6, which is plenty muscular and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in a little over six seconds.

  • "In terms of engine choice, the base four-cylinder is obviously weak for a segment dominated by V6 engines. That said, we actually found it to be perfectly serviceable and not as doggedly slow in practice as we were expecting. It's pretty much in keeping with the four cylinders found in compact SUVs (of course, the Blazer's price is not)." -- Autoblog
  • "Strong acceleration and crisp handling are two of the Blazer's hallmarks. The V6-powered Blazer we tested sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. That's quick for this type of vehicle and a bit better than the Honda Passport and the Ford Edge with its turbocharged four-cylinder engine." -- Edmunds
  • "The 193-hp 2.5-liter naturally aspirated I-4 actually feels plenty powerful in town. It's only when you enter a freeway onramp or attempt a pass that you'll miss the pricier V-6. A responsive nine-speed automatic is standard and, except for a rev-hang issue experienced on a four-cylinder tester, the transmission works well with both engines." -- Motor Trend (2019)

MPG Estimates

With its four-cylinder engines, the Blazer gets great gas mileage for a midsize SUV.

  • 2.0-liter, FWD: 21/27 mpg city/highway
  • 2.5-liter, FWD: 22/29 mpg
  • 2.5-liter, AWD: 22/27 mpg
  • V6, FWD: 20/27 mpg
  • V6, AWD: 19/26 mpg

Handling and Braking

The Chevrolet Blazer generally delivers a comfortable ride, although opting for the larger wheels can make it a bit harsher. Handling is relatively sporty, with sharp steering and minimal body roll, and there are selectable drive modes to adjust for different terrain.

  • "For the most part, the Blazer delivers the on-road comfort you expect from a modern SUV. The ride is stable and controlled without being overly harsh." -- Edmunds
  • "It's distinctively attractive for the midsize crossover segment, which is generally bereft of driving pleasure and eye-catching styling. It's also a bit zestier to drive than the segment norm. Only a bit, however, and some will lament that it comes at the expense of ride quality -- especially with the available 21-inch wheels." -- Autoblog
  • "There’s a pleasant balancing act of absorbing bumps while keeping body roll in check and bringing some life to the steering. Selectable driving modes include Sport, Tow and Off-road (probably the one that will be used the least). They change the responses of the steering, throttle and transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book (2020)
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