2022 Chevrolet Blazer

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2022 Chevrolet Blazer Test Drive Review: Blazing Ahead With Confidence

Not much has changed for the Chevrolet Blazer since its reintroduction to society in 2019, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The attractive styling and surprisingly sporty handling have helped the crossover win the hearts of fans new and old. The capable turbo four-pot and V6 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.

This is not the first time we've driven a V6-powered Blazer but it was nice to get behind the wheel once again to see how this hot-selling crossover has stood the test of time. Our week-long tester was a fully-equipped 2022 Blazer RS AWD. Having power going to all four wheels was a huge plus following several inches of snow falling to the ground. We also found ourselves impressed with the Blazer's generally solid overall build quality, slick styling inside and out, strong V6, and an array of standard safety features. But, the competition continues to improve and the Blazer's upcoming mid-life facelift should address this. Without question, the 2022 Blazer remains a solid choice but, once optional features are added, gets expensive very quickly.

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  • Exterior Design 10 /10
  • Performance 8 /10
  • Fuel Economy 7 /10
  • Interior & Cargo 9 /10
  • Infotainment & Features 10 /10
  • Reliability 8 /10
  • Safety 9 /10
  • Value For Money 9 /10
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New 2022 Chevrolet Blazer Changes: What’s the Difference vs the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer?

Last year, we complained about the wimpy 193-hp 2.5-liter base engine and Chevrolet has taken heed by dropping it altogether, along with the L and 1LT trims it came with. The previously mid-tier 2.0-liter turbocharged engine now becomes the new base engine. AWD models with this engine get the Trailering package as standard this year too; the package remains optional for the FWD versions. The Enhanced Convenience package can now be optioned on the Premier trim as well. There have also been changes to the exterior paint colors with two new metallic shades joining the palette: Blue Glow and Nitro Yellow. 2LT, 3LT, and RS trims can now be had in two-tone paint finishes with a contrasting roof color. The Premier gets new wheels and dark wheel-arch moldings, lower fascias, and rocker panels.

Pros and Cons

  • Two engine options with a powerful V6
  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Handles well for an SUV
  • Decent list of standard tech
  • Fuel economy not great
  • Somewhat overpriced
  • Subpar interior quality
  • Slightly subpar cargo space

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2022 Chevrolet Blazer Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
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
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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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. Complementing each of the engines 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 drive-mode selector 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 V6-only 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, something we almost immediately noticed.

Verdict: Is the 2022 Chevrolet Blazer A Good SUV?

The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just a sexy piece of machinery. It offers a choice of two good engines, 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 decent fuel economy for the segment, you'd be hard-pressed to fault it for a shortcoming or two. The latest updates have also dropped last year's underpowered and under-specced base trims.

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. However, the one key area where Chevy hasn't delivered on - and it should - is value. A fully-loaded V6 Blazer RS AWD is not cheap. Read more about this below.

2022 Chevrolet Blazer Comparisons

Ford Edge Ford
Honda Passport Honda

2022 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 $2k more than the top-tier Blazer. However, even when looking at the base guises, the Edge ST 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 competitive gas mileage of 19/25/21 mpg against the Blazer V6 AWD's 19/26/21 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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2022 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 maximum 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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