Buyer's Guide

2021 Chevrolet Blazer
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2021 Chevrolet Blazer MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Great ride and handling
  • Punchy V-6 engine
  • Cool exterior design

Cons

  • Lackluster base engine
  • Mediocre fit and finish
  • Active safety tech limited to higher trims

The Chevrolet Blazer has evolved from a truck-based SUV to a car-based model sporting a Camaro-like face and seating for five. On-road performance is now the Blazer's primary mission, to back up its distinctive looks. Midsize SUV buyers who want something a little classy can try the Premier trim. If you want a sporty and powerful option, the V-6-powered RS has you covered. Just make sure you want an SUV that will attract attention because the Blazer stands out, especially in higher trims.

What's New

  • The Trailering package is now available on FWD V-6 models
  • Chevy Safety Assist package now standard on 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier grades
  • Pewter Metallic, Iron Gray Metallic, Cayenne Orange Metallic, and Cherry Red Tintcoat have been added to the exterior color palette

What We Think

You won't mistake the Chevrolet Blazer for any other SUV. Luckily, the RS V-6 models can back up its looks with great road manners. The Blazer feels buttoned down and engaging thanks to its excellent handling yet doesn't sacrifice much in terms of ride comfort. Should you want a softer ride, non-RS models will give you that thanks to smaller wheels and different tuning for the suspension and steering.

The V-6 adds some gusto to complement the well-tuned chassis, allowing the Blazer to move without much drama. The 2.0-liter turbo-four and base 2.5-liter, however, are merely adequate with the latter struggling once you get on the freeway. Beware of wheel spin on the more powerful engines, especially on the V-6 and turbocharged models.

Get inside, and you'll find more Camaro-inspired bits, further hinting at the Blazer's sporting intentions. Unfortunately, the eye candy doesn't get backed up with quality. The cost-cutting is evident with cheap materials throughout the cabin. The switchgear doesn't feel satisfying to press, and in our testing the drive mode selector knob flexed when it was turned. At least the rear seats are roomy and even have sliding and reclining functions for extra flexibility.

Between the cool looks and engaging drive, the Blazer stands apart from most of its competitors. Too bad its interior can't back up the slick looks with good fit and finish, especially on the upper trims. If you've gotta have a Blazer, we'd recommend a turbo-four with an appearance package or, if it's within the budget, the sportier RS V-6 model.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Three engines are available in the Chevrolet Blazer.

Model: Blazer L, Blazer 1LT
Engine and Transmission: 
2.5-liter I-4 — nine-speed automatic
Power:
193 hp/188 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
21/27 mpg city/highway

Model: Blazer 2LT, Blazer 3LT, Blazer Premier
Engine and Transmission:
2.0-liter turbo I-4 — nine-speed automatic
Power:
227 hp/258 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
22/29 mpg (FWD); 22/27 mpg (AWD)

Model: Blazer 2LT, Blazer 3LT, Blazer RS, Blazer Premier
Engine and Transmission:
3.6-liter V-6 — nine-speed automatic
Power:
308 hp/270 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy:
20/27 mpg (FWD); 19/26 mpg (AWD)

Safety

NHTSA: 5 stars (out of a possible five stars)

You need to skip the base model to gain access to active safety features on the Blazer. The Convenience and Driver Confidence package on the 1LT and 2LT models include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Moving up to the 2LT trim or higher gets you the Chevy Safety Assist package, which includes forward collision warning, front automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, following distance indicator, and automatic high-beams. The 3LT, RS, and Premier grades get both packages as standard equipment.

Technology

Chevrolet's infotainment system in the Blazer features an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a six-speaker audio system, and a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display. Higher trims get built-in navigation and an 8.0-inch instrument cluster display. An eight-speaker Bose audio system is standard on the Premier grade and optional on the 3LT and RS grades as part of the Sound & Technology package and Enhanced Convenience package, respectively. Adaptive cruise control is bundled with a more advanced front automatic emergency braking system on the RS and Premier grades as part of the Driver Confidence II package.

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2021 CHEVROLET BLAZER SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 2.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (M3D)
Trim
1LT FWD
Class
Mid-Size Utility
Horsepower
193@6,300
Standard MPG
21/27
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
100,000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 3.29% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60, 72 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 3.54% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-04-2021
$0 3.79% Financing for a maximum term of 84 Months - GM announces APR rates on select models. 01-04-2021
$750 GM announces Customer Cash on select models. 01-04-2021