2021 Chevrolet Blazer

2021 Chevrolet Blazer Review: Continues To Impress

Not much has changed for the Chevy Blazer since its reintroduction to society, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. If you look past its wimpy base engine, the attractive styling and surprisingly sporty handling have helped the crossover win the hearts of fans new and old. Luckily, you can opt for the more capable turbo four-pot or V6 powertrains, which develop 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft and 308 hp and 270 lb-ft, respectively. And while it may go toe-to-toe with competitors like the Honda Passport or Ford Edge on the road, it falls a little behind in terms of passenger and cargo space. That said, it is a highly capable automobile that has what it takes to go the distance in the USA, where the brand is already eminently popular.

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New 2021 Chevrolet Blazer Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 Blazer?

While it may not be all-new for 2021, the Chevy Blazer has received a number of minor updates. Firstly, several color options have been deleted. These include Nightfall Gray, Graphite, and Cajun Red, which have been replaced with Pewter, Iron Gray, Cayenne Orange, and Cherry Red Tintcoat. Several of the standard and available features have also been shuffled around between the trims. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is no longer standard across the range, with the L through to 2LT getting a urethane variant instead. The 3LT no longer comes standard with the Infotainment 3 Plus suite, either, and must now spec it on as part of a package. Counteracting a lot of these deletions, Chevy Safety Assist is now standard from the 2LT up, and can be optioned onto the 1LT. This adds forward collision avoidance technology, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and IntelliBeam headlights. A trailering package is now available on V6-engined variants with FWD.

Pros and Cons

  • Multiple engine options with a powerful V6
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Handles well for an SUV
  • Decent list of standard tech
  • Slightly subpar cargo space
  • Underwhelming base engine
  • Somewhat overpriced
  • Subpar interior quality

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2021 Chevrolet Blazer Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive

Blazer Exterior

Chevy certainly hit the nail on the head when designing the Blazer, so it is no surprise that the automaker opted not to mess with success. Drawing inspiration from the ever-popular Camaro, it has a large grille intersected by a middle bar hosting the Chevrolet golden bowtie (black on the RS). The Premier gets a lighter signature grille and silver mounted roof rails, instead of the standard black. This bar meets with the innermost points of the aggressively slanting headlights, which are supplemented with LED taillights and LED daytime running lights. The L and 1LT get HID headlights, while the upper half of the range gets IntelliBeams, instead. The RS and Premier have the option of upgrading to LED headlights, while a power panoramic sunroof is available on all upper trims. The wide wheel arches house 18-inch alloys as standard, but these can be upgraded to 20- or even 21-inch variants via the available appearance packages. A power programmable liftgate is also on offer.

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The dimensions of the Blazer are pretty standard for the midsize segment, with a length of 191.4 inches accommodating a 112.7-inch wheelbase. It can fit into most parking bays without too much fuss thanks to its width of 76.7 inches, while the height of 67 inches offers a relatively good view of the road. But, like many more crossover-style vehicles, it is not the greatest off-roader with a ground clearance of just 7.4 inches. The curb weight differs depending on the trim, drivetrain, and engine, ranging from 3,782 pounds on the front-wheel-drive L up to 4,043 lbs on the all-wheel-drive RS.

  • Length 191.4 in
  • Wheelbase 112.7 in
  • Height 67.0 in
  • Max Width 76.7 in
  • Front Width 66.4 in
  • Rear Width 66.2 in
  • Curb Weight 3,782.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

There have been some deletions and additions to the exterior palette for the new year. Still, there is a decent selection of ten colors across the range. The entry-level L has the least choice, with only Black, Summit White, and Silver Ice Metallic comprising the options. The 1LT through to the 3LT get access to all but one option, expanding the base palette with Iron Gray Metallic, Pewter Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, and Red Hot, while offering several premium paints, including Cayenne Orange Metallic ($395), Cherry Red Tintcoat ($495), and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat ($995). The Premier and the RS have access to most of the same choices, although they drop Summit White. The sportier RS does add a choice though, Bright Blue Metallic ($395), which certainly looks good in the promo photos.

Blazer Performance

Since there are three power plants to choose from, performance varies quite a bit across the Blazer range. However, the base engine - only compatible with FWD - is hardly worth a mention since it takes everything it can muster just to move the hefty midsize SUV. The Blazer only really starts feeling half as sporty as it looks once you spec on the turbocharged four-cylinder, which develops 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and adds the availability of AWD. But this just brings the Chevy from barely adequate to decent. With either of the two four-cylinder engines equipped, the crossover can tow up to 1,500 lbs.

If you're after a little fire, you should not settle for anything less than the 3.6-liter V6 engine. With 308 hp and 270 lb-ft on tap, the Blazer can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 6.5 seconds, according to independent testing. And, while top speed is limited to 130 mph, the stronger power plant allows for a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 lbs. Overall, while Chevy's sporty crossover is zippier than your run-of-the-mill competitor, there are still several alternatives that deliver more thrills, such as the Ford Edge ST.

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Engine and Transmission

There is quite a bit of choice when it comes to powering your midsize Chevy. As standard, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder does duty under the hood. Developing just 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, it is restricted to front-wheel-drive setups. It gets the job done, if only just, but it is unrefined and should definitely be traded up, given the option.

The 2LT, 3LT, and Premier replace the base power plant from the L and 1LT with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot. It can be paired with either the front- or all-wheel drivetrains and develops a more impressive 227 hp and 258 lb-ft. It may not thrill those seeking something as sporty as the high-rider's styling suggests, but it is a huge improvement.

Standard on the RS and available to the 2LT, 3LT, and Premier, the 3.6L V6 engine is the top pick for those who want the most fun from their Blazer. Producing 308 hp and 270 lb-ft for your choice of the front or all four wheels, it will get you where you need to go, lickety-split. While its base-line acceleration is nothing to write home about, it provides plenty of power on the move and feels right at home on the highway.

Mated to every available powertrain is a nine-speed automatic transmission. It is expertly tuned to deliver smooth shifts and never seems to struggle to find the correct gear for the situation. Of course, it can only do so much, and the choice of motor will have a big impact on overall performance.

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.5L Inline-4 Gas, 3.6L V6, 3.6L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Designed to be more fun to drive than your average SUV, the Blazer certainly delivers, so long as you spec it correctly. Skip over the wheezy base engine, and you have a choice between the adequate turbo four-pot or the throaty V6. Complementing each of these are responsive handling dynamics and a well-tuned nine-speed auto gearbox - definitely a recipe for success.

The steering is light and responsive around town, but it gains some pleasing heft at higher speeds, and feedback is better than we've come to expect from many modern crossovers. As for comfort, there is room for improvement, but only harsher road imperfections should cause any real problems for the suspension.

However, all of this is subject to change, depending on the drive mode you select when you opt for the AWD setup. The Blazer's Traction Select offers five choices in this regard. Tow/Haul is pretty self-explanatory, as is Off-road, which tweaks the chassis control systems for better grip over uneven terrain. The AWD option also improves grip but focuses on slippery road conditions. Tour mode will likely be your go-to option when commuting since it sends all the power to the front wheels only to optimize fuel economy. But, if you want a little fun around town or through fast sweeps, Sport mode increases steering effort and recalibrates the gearbox's shifts for more engagement.

If that last part sounds particularly appealing, then the RS trim might be right up your alley. It naturally comes with sport-tuned steering and suspension, offering firmer feedback and sharper responses. It also suffers less from body roll.

Blazer SUV Gas Mileage

With no mechanical changes made for the new year, the Blazer still boasts the same attractive gas mileage. However, how much you save or spend depends largely on how you configure your vehicle. The base four-cylinder engine can only be paired with FWD, returning an EPA-estimated 21/27/23 miles per gallon city/highway/combined. The turbocharged four-pot pairs with the front-wheel drivetrain to return 22/29/25 mpg, while AWD drops these figures to 22/27/24 mpg. The V6 offers the same configurations but does not come close to boasting the same efficiency, with the FWD getting 20/27/22 mpg and the AWD 19/26/21 mpg. However, since the FWD configurations receive a smaller 19.4-gallon tank in comparison to the AWD's 21.7-gallon tank, the maximum range is achieved by the AWD turbo four-pot, which can travel up to 520 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/27 mpg
* 2021 Chevrolet Blazer L FWD

Blazer Interior

The cabin of the Chevy SUV will feel like home to anyone who has owned a Camaro or taken one for a test drive. With styling drawn heavily from the aforementioned car, the Blazer is laid out with the driver in mind. The controls are all placed well within reach, and the center console creates images of sporty competition like BMWs of yesteryear. While the lower trims are a little more conservatively outfitted, build quality remains good all the way through the range. Not too many hard plastics are on direct display, with most high-traffic surfaces finished in soft-touch materials. However, the Chevrolet Blazer is not perfect, with less interior passenger and storage space than some of its rivals.

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Seating and Interior Space

The midsize crossover has room for five within the cabin, but the stylishly sloping roofline comes at the cost of some headroom for those in the back. Still, there is loads of legroom to go around, and only those with a little giant DNA in their genome should struggle to fit comfortably. Getting in and out is a relatively simple affair, but the lack of headroom means taller folks may have to duck a little. Speccing on the available sunroof further compromises headroom, but it adds a certain level of stylish ambiance. The driver's seat is six-way manually adjustable on the base model, but this is upgraded to eight-way power-adjustability on the remaining trims, while seat heating and ventilation can be added along the way, too. Outward visibility is good, and is further enhanced with the addition of blind-spot monitoring technology.

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 39.6 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.6 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The interior of the Chevy is not overly lavish, at least not until you get up to the pricier trims. The entry-level L is restricted to premium cloth in Jet Black, while the 1LT and 2LT add the option of Dark and Light Galvanized combination hues. The 3LT retains the same palette but upgrades to perforated leather upholstery. The RS trim dresses its seats in leather in Jet Black only, although it does add red stitching to the seats, and red trim to several dash elements, such as the air vents. The Premier offers Jet Black or a combination Jet Black/Maple Sugar perforated leather. For the most part, the dash and door panels are covered in soft-touch materials and trimmed in aluminum.

Blazer Trunk and Cargo Space

The new Chevy Blazer is certainly fit for purpose as a practical crossover, with 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space provided behind the rear seats. This is more than enough for most daily requirements, but it falls a tad short of some rivals, like the Ford Edge, which presents buyers with a more spacious 39.2 cubic feet. If you do need more room for larger items like camping gear, then you can fold the rear seats down in a 60/40 split to free up a total of 64.2 cubic feet. Of course, this reduces overall passenger capacity to two.

Around the cabin, there is about as much small-item storage as you would expect from a crossover. Each row of seats gets a pair of cupholders, but the four dour pockets are a bit too narrow to service most needs, such as holding water bottles. The center armrest cubby and glove box can hold larger items, but they are not more than average in size.

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Blazer Infotainment and Features


The list of standard features certainly is not lacking, even on the cheap L trim. You'll find staples like a rearview camera, keyless entry and push-button start, cruise control, power accessories, and dual-zone climate control. The 1LT does not add a whole lot more standard tech, but it gets access to an array of optional packages. However, an eight-way driver's seat does expand the base offering. From the 2LT upwards, advanced safety features become the norm, like forward collision avoidance, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. The 3LT adds a six-way power passenger seat, heating functions for both front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and even more safety features, like blind-spot monitoring, lane change alert, rear park assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. The RS expands on this with an eight-inch driver-information center, a 120-volt power outlet, and more optional tech than the lower-level trims get access to. This includes the ventilated front seats and heated rear outboard seats and power tilt-and-telescoping steering column that come standard on the Premier.


Chevrolet's patented infotainment suite is remarkably easy to use, and it comes programmed with loads of features even on the base model. Accessed via an eight-inch touchscreen, the system includes Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. The base-level audio setup comprises a six-speaker sound system. The 1LT adds SiriusXM, but you have to upgrade all the way to the RS before anything else changes. This model has the Infotainment 3 Plus system which adds navigation to the mix, along with voice command functionality and an HD color touchscreen. The Premier upgrades to the available eight-speaker Bose premium audio system while a rear-seat entertainment center can be opted on. Two USB data ports and two charging ports come standard, but you can add an extra two along with an SD card reader, and a wireless charging pad via the available packages.

Blazer Problems and Reliability

There is no reliability review for the Chevy Blazer from independent organizations like J.D. Power for the 2021 model year (although the 2020 model did receive a strong score of 86 out of 100). However, in the US, three recalls have already been issued for 2021, and do not inspire a great deal of confidence. The reasons for this include missing bolts in the back of the front seats, missing tire pressure information, and contamination of the sensor in the electronic boost brake. On the plus side, the high-rider boasts a great warranty plan. This comprises three years/36,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, and five years/60,000 miles of powertrain and roadside assistance coverage. A single complimentary maintenance visit is offered within the first year of ownership.


  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2021 Warranty \ 
  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Rust-Through:
    6 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance Note:
    Qualified Fleet Purchases: 5 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Maintenance Note:
    1 Year \ 1 Visit

Blazer Safety

The latest NHTSA review of the Chevrolet Blazer is as exemplary as it was last year, with the SUV earning a rating of five stars overall. Only the passenger-side frontal and rollover tests scored lower than perfect scores at four out of five stars. The IIHS gave it similar scores last year: Good in both the side-crash and moderate overlap front tests. However, there were no results for the 2021 model year at the time of writing.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

While its crash test scores may not be the best, the Blazer does come with a fair number of passive and active safety features. Among the former, there are ABS, stability and traction control, and seven airbags: dual front, driver knee, front side, and side curtain. The active features on the L include a rearview camera and a teen driver system. The 2LT adds forward collision alert, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, a following distance indicator, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. Standard on the top-most trims are blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, and rear parking assist, while a surround-view camera, enhanced automatic emergency braking, and a safety alert seat can be added.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer a good SUV?

The new Chevrolet Blazer is more than just a sexy piece of machinery. It offers a choice of three engines, of which at least two out of three aren't duds, so it has the power to deliver a few thrills. On top of that, it has much of the practicality that makes crossovers so popular, such as a spacious interior and a large trunk. That said, however, there are several rivals out there that have it beat in both areas.

But when you combine these factors with engaging driving dynamics, a decent list of standard features, and impressive fuel economy for the segment, you'd be hard-pressed to fault it for a shortcoming or two. The latest series of updates have also made picking your ideal Blazer easier than ever while improving safety and convenience across most of the range.

Often, you have to choose between practicality or fun, but Chevrolet says you can have your cake and eat it. So if you're going to throw a party, the Blazer should be your guest of honor, because very few crossovers can do as much as it does with the same degree of style and finesse.

🚘What's the Price of the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer?

Although there have been numerous minor updates for the new year, the price of the Chevy Blazer remains mostly unchanged. The base model is still the L, which leaves little to no room for customization, so it won't really go far over the base price of $28,800. Every other model comes in at over $30k, with the 1LT starting at $32,300. The 2LT and 3LT open bidding at $33,100 and $37,300, respectively, but each can be upgraded with the V6 engine for an additional $500. The athletic RS carries a price of $40,800 in its base guise, while the Premier costs $42,500, with the same $500 increase for the V6. Each of the top three trims can alter their configurations by adding AWD; the 2LT and 3LT raise their cost by $2k each in this instance, while the RS goes up by $2,900, and the Premier by $2,200. These are MSRP prices and do not include tax, registration, licensing, or the $1,195 destination fee attributed to Chevrolet vehicles like the Blazer.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer Models

There are six Chevy Blazer models to choose from in 2021: the L, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier. The only thing they definitely all have in common is the nine-speed automatic transmission. From the 2LT upwards, an all-wheel drivetrain is available instead of the base FWD only.

The entry-level L is powered by the 2.5L four-cylinder engine and rides on 18-inch alloy wheels. It is equipped with standard headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights. Cloth upholsters the cabin, while features include automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, a 4.2-inch driver-information display, and a rearview camera. The eight-inch touchscreen interface grants access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, while a six-speaker sound system channels the audio.

The 1LT upgrades to an eight-way power driver's seat, adds SiriusXM, and allows for a whole lot more customization with multiple available packages.

Quite a few changes come into effect on the 2LT. For starters, it uses the 2.0L turbo four-pot as a base engine and is available with the V6. It also adds forward collision avoidance, lane keep assist, a following distance indicator, and lane departure warning.

The 3LT feels like an entirely different machine, with leather-upholstered seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, remote engine start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Several more safety features are added, too: blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change alert.

Then, there's the RS which looks a bit different, too, with 20-inch wheels, black exterior accents, and a hands-free power liftgate. The RS rounds things out with an eight-inch driver-information center, a 120-volt power outlet, and several available higher-tech features

The top-tier Premier boasts a signature grille and gives the black roof rails a bright silver makeover. Upgraded standard features include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and an eight-speaker Bose premium sound system.

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Additional Packages

The Blazer is highly customizable, at least from the 1LT upwards. Thus, there are a number of packages available across the range. A few noteworthy additions from the extensive roster include the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package ($1,845) for the 1LT and 2LT. This adds many desirable driver-assistance features, such as rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, lane change alert, and blind-spot monitoring, along with heated front seats, heated side mirrors, remote start functionality, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a programmable power liftgate. The 3LT can spec on the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 suite with navigation by opting for the Sound and Technology Package ($1,400). This also adds an eight-speaker Bose sound system, an SD card reader, a 360-degree camera, a rear camera mirror, and a 120-volt power outlet. The Bose sound system is also available to the RS via the Enhanced Convenience Package ($1,660), which further adds a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, ventilated front seats with driver-seat memory, and heated outboard rear seats.

🚗What Chevy Blazer Model Should I Buy?

Since you'll want to skip the lackluster base four-cylinder engine, you won't even want to consider the L or 1LT. But you likely won't want to skip the advanced driver-assistance tech either, so that rules out the 2LT. That leaves you with the 3LT, RS, and Premier, which are each quite close in price. You're probably going to add on the V6 engine anyway, so you might as well get the extras that come along with the RS or Premium, which have it as standard. We recommend opting for the RS, which offers the most fun with the re-tuned suspension and tighter steering. You could stop there and be more than happy with your purchase, which will cost you a smidge over $40k, but if you have a little extra cash left over in your budget, the all-wheel drivetrain helps the crossover to deal with unexpected road conditions, or you could put that two grand towards upgrading the sound system and comfort features if you live in a perpetually sunny climate.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chevrolet Blazer193 hp21/27 mpg$28,800
Ford Edge 250 hp21/29 mpg$31,100
Honda Passport 280 hp20/25 mpg$32,790

2021 Chevrolet Blazer vs Ford Edge

The Blazer feels like a gauntlet thrown in the neverending feud between Chevy and Ford. With looks to match, or even outclass, the Edge, the Blazer is up against some stiff competition in the US. Unfortunately, even with its potent 308-hp V6 engine, it can't quite compete since the Edge is available in a high-performance ST variant. Developing 335 hp and 380 lb-ft, it races ahead of the Chevy, even though it only costs a little more than the top-tier Blazer. However, even when looking at the base guises, the Edge has the edge in some areas, forgive the pun. It blows the Chevy away with its 39.2 cubic feet of trunk space, while still offering highly competitive gas mileage of 21/29/24 mpg against the Blazer's best 22/29/25 mpg. In its attempts to look cooler than the competition, the Blazer made a few too many sacrifices in terms of practicality, which is why we believe the Ford Edge is still the smarter choice.

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2021 Chevrolet Blazer vs Honda Passport

Revived from the dead, much like the Blazer, the Honda Passport is set to be one of its prime rivals. While it only offers a single engine, the power plant is almost on par with the Chevy's V6 at 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. The Blazer gets from 0 to 60 mph in around half a second less but falls short in towing capacity by 500 lbs. Similarly equipped inside, the Passport has a bit more headroom to keep occupants from feeling claustrophobic, and it offers a whole lot more cargo space - 41.2 to 77.9 cubic feet depending on seat configuration. However, it can't claim to be particularly fuel-efficient at 20/25/22 mpg. So, if you need to move loads of people and stuff around town on a regular basis, the Passport seems like the winner, but if you want to do just about anything else, we recommend the Blazer.

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