2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Performance


#16 out of 22 in Midsize SUVs

$28,800 MSRP
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2019 Chevrolet Blazer Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 7.9

On the performance spectrum, you'll find the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer just across the line on the sporty side. This midsize SUV is more agile than most of its classmates. When outfitted with the optional V6 engine, it has brisk acceleration and a snarly exhaust. The fuel-efficient base engine is a respectable choice for mild-mannered drivers. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on select models.

  • "Is Blazer the new Camaro? Not for enthusiasts who drive cars like the Camaro the way they're meant to be driven. But mainstream consumers who purchase such crossovers to break out of midsize-sedan or compact-SUV monotony will discover enough Camaro in the Blazer's design -- if not its handling -- to find some equivalency. And I'll admit it is more fun to drive than most utilities." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "In base form with the standard naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four, the Blazer impresses with its quietness and its compliant suspension tuning, if not its quickness -- no surprise given that this engine makes only 193 horsepower. Blazers with the optional V-6 have …a fair amount of forward gusto. … A nine-speed automatic is the only transmission offered, and it mostly operates unobtrusively, although it's a bit slow to kick down during more enthusiastic driving. …" -- Car and Driver
  • "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. 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 … the transmission works well with both engines." -- Motor Trend

Acceleration and Power

Blazers equipped with the standard four-cylinder engine are agreeable around town, and more fuel-efficient than most midsize SUVs. Shoppers in search of brisker acceleration, a higher tow rating, or optional all-wheel drive will find the available V6 engine to be a better match. This is especially true with the sport-tuned RS, though this edition falls a little flat when it comes to spine-tingling performance.

While the nine-speed automatic transmission is agreeable most of the time, this gearbox hesitates to downshift during sporty driving. There are also no paddle shifters in any edition.

The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Its 193-horsepower rating and 1,500-pound maximum towing capacity are both on the low side for a midsize SUV. The biggest bonus of this engine is its efficiency: its fuel economy rating of 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway is one of the highest in this segment.

A 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine is available in the midlevel Blazer trim, and it comes standard in the Blazer RS and Blazer Premium. The V6 engine greatly increases the Blazer's towing abilities, though its 4,500-pound tow rating is still on the low side for an SUV of this size. It returns 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway, which is typical for this class.

  • "The base engine in the Blazer is a 2.5L four-cylinder … given its meager 193 horsepower rating, we doubt performance is blistering. The Blazer's 3.6L V6, however, is a different story. It produces 305 horsepower and makes the Blazer a seriously quick SUV. … A nine speed automatic is the only transmission available in the Blazer, and it's kind of a mixed bag. During normal driving the nine-speed works well, shifting quickly and smoothly in the background. However, when you summon more power with the stab of the gas, the nine speed is reluctant to downshift with any immediacy." -- Left Lane News
  • "The front-wheel-drive, V6 RS model impresses with its strong acceleration. The gearbox feels -- in its default setting -- tuned for efficiency, and is fairly quick to upshift through its nine gears. That can make the Blazer feel a little lazy to accelerate during passing maneuvers while the transmission sorts itself out, but it also means that the SUV has a relaxed and quiet character, both around town and on the highway." -- CNET
  • "… the new Blazer feels plenty powerful and offers a smooth, steady launch from a stop -- though without the Edge ST's kick in the backside." -- Automobile Magazine

Handling and Braking

All Blazer trim levels come standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available with select models. There are three standard drive modes (Tour, Sport, and Snow/Ice), and all-wheel drive Blazers feature additional Tow/Haul and Off-Road drive modes.  

The Blazer's sporty personality is evident in its handling. This SUV is pleasantly poised and nimble. Its firm ride does a good job of keeping body roll in check, but it may feel too firm for some, particularly with the larger optional wheels.

  • "Out on the road, the Blazer feels solid and nimble. Its reactions aren't quite as immediate as those of Mazda's SUVs, for example, but it bends into curves with surprising sharpness and does a good job damping the usual pitch and roll of a car with a high center of gravity. The steering feels firm but slightly artificial; there's not a lot of road feel or a clear sense of what the tires are doing. Even so, the Blazer still tracks straight and true at highway speeds." -- Edmunds
  • "Ride quality is a Blazer strong suit -- the overall ride is comfortable but still somewhat athletic. The Blazer doesn't beg you to push it through turns, but the suspension does a good job of keep everything flat and in control. The Blazer's steering was better than we were expecting. There's some vagueness on center, but the overall feel and weight is very good. You can tell that Chevy designed the Blazer to be somewhat of a driver's mid-size SUV." -- Left Lane News
  • "Even the Blazer on 18s had a firmer ride than we've come to expect from GM's crossovers, but damping is quite good, and it's perfectly acceptable for a vehicle with sporting intentions. On the other hand, the 21-inch-equipped RS grew tiresome when driving between 25 and 50 mph on anything but perfect pavement. We couldn't see the bumps, but we could sure feel them. It was admittedly more livable at highway speeds." -- Autoblog
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