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2020 Chevrolet Blazer

$28,800 - $45,600
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2020 Chevrolet Blazer Review: Sharp Handling Meets Sharper Styling

by Gabe Beita Kiser

The Chevrolet Blazer recently returned to the GM model lineup, and that news got fans of the late '90s and early 2000s models quite excited, many of whom hoped for a body-on-frame SUV revival of the nameplate, but we've since become accustomed to the fact that the Blazer is now a crossover and a damn good-looking one at that. The disappointment that is the base model's sleepy 2.5-liter engine has now been minimized thanks to the addition of a 2.0-liter turbo-four to supplement the range-topping 3.6-liter V6. The engines produce 193, 230, and 308 horsepower respectively, while torque outputs are 188, 258, and 270 lb-ft of twist. Combined with dynamic handling and a stunning design inside and out, the disadvantage of compromised rear headroom is minimized, providing a worthy adversary to the likes of the Ford Edge and Honda's Passport. The Blazer may be different to what it once was, but in its latest incarnation, it's become a crossover that takes more than a little influence from the Chevrolet Camaro.

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2020 Chevrolet Blazer Changes: What’s the difference vs 2019 Blazer?

The biggest update this year comes in the form of the turbocharged engine option that adds good power at an affordable price point. This also necessitated the renaming of each trim to better suit the slots that the more powerful engine options are available in. Other updates include a new trailer hitch guidance system with the tow package, and a small but welcome software change - start/stop can now be deactivated if that sort of thing irritates you. Three colors have also been dropped but two new shades stand in their place.

Pros and Cons

  • Stunning exterior design
  • Numerous available convenience features
  • Diverse engine lineup, with powerful V6
  • Comfortable ride
  • Surprisingly usable cargo space
  • Fun handling for an SUV
  • Underpowered base engine
  • Rear headroom is poorer than in most rivals
  • Rivals offer more space
  • Poor cargo volume

Blazer Exterior

The 2019 Blazer design borrowed heavily from the Camaro, with headlights and angular lines that were purposefully influenced by the pony car. Thankfully, that hasn't been messed with; the ultra-thin LED daytime running lights, large hexagonal grille and LED taillights all remain and carry over the muscular inspiration of the sleek sports car into this crossover adaptation. A panoramic sunroof and LED headlights are available on upper trims, with a choice of wheels in either 18 or 20-inch variations on most trims, while a set of 21s are available on the Premier.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Front Angle View
2020 Chevrolet Blazer Front View
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Dimensions

The Blazer occupies the mid-sized crossover SUV segment, and the dimensions support this with a length of 191.4 inches and a wheelbase of 112.7 inches. Height measures in at 67 inches, while the maximum width excluding mirrors is 76.7 inches. Ground clearance isn't exceptional, as is expected for the class, with a minimum measurement here of 7.4 inches. Curb weight varies depending on which engine and drivetrain are selected. The base model with FWD measures in at 3,782 lbs. The turbocharged motor adds 138 lbs, and if you option AWD, the Blazer weighs in at 4,123 lbs. The heaviest engine, the V6, weighs 4,043 lbs in front-wheel-drive form and 4,253 lbs with the four-wheel-drive layout.

Exterior Colors

The Blazer was originally launched with a choice of 10 colors, but for 2020 that has been cut to nine and there have been two color changes as well. Sunlit Bronze, Oakwood, and Kinetic Blue are three metallic colors that have been removed from the options list. In their place are Midnight Blue Metallic and the $995 Iridescent Pearl Tintcoat. Cajun Red Tintcoat is the other extra-cost color option, at $395. Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Graphite Metallic, Nightfall Gray Metallic, and Black all return. Our favorite is by far the gorgeous Red Hot shade that accentuates the Camaro design cues and highlights the sporty undertones of the crossover.

Blazer Performance

The quickest Blazer will go from standstill to 60 mph in around six and a half seconds in front-wheel-drive guise with a few tenths of a second being sacrificed to all-weather capability in the heavier 4WD versions. This is thanks to a 3.6-liter V6 producing 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Top speed is limited to 130 mph. The maximum towing capacity is rated at 4,500 lbs, but this will drop depending on the powertrain, drivetrain, and other options. Although it is designed to resemble a Camaro, don't expect a massive shove in the back when accelerating. The Blazer's output is better likened to a smooth and constant wave of power that makes taking off and overtaking effortless, rather than eviscerating. The Ford Edge ST is more of a sporty crossover in terms of sheer grunt, and no SS version of the Blazer is in the pipeline to challenge the blue oval just yet. However, the Blazer is more than adequate, particularly if you're accustomed to the "regular" crossover offerings, and does manage to denote sportiness through its drive, as long as you steer clear of the base model.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Front Angle View
2020 Chevrolet Blazer Badge
2020 Chevrolet Blazer Engine Bay

Engine and Transmission

The Blazer's transmission is a nine-speed automatic throughout the range, but you do have a pick of engines. The auto 'box shifts smoothly and finds the correct gear well, regardless of engine choice, which is a testament to the tuning of the transmission, each engine being utilized well with the same gear set. The front-wheel-drive only 2.5-liter four-cylinder Ecotec in base models develops a reasonable 193 hp and a paltry 188 lb-ft of torque. Unrefined and frankly underpowered for the vehicle's weight, this is not a terrific engine. However, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger is the savior of mid-range models, generating 230 hp and 258 lb-ft. A much more enjoyable powertrain, this engine is not going to have you sweating bullets every time you attempt to pass a slow-moving truck. For ultimate bragging rights and the best performance, you'll want the 3.6-liter V6 that is standard on the RS and Premier models. This has an output of 308 hp and 270 lb-ft and is excellent for all duties you may subject it to. It's lively, responsive, and powerful enough to outpace most run-of-the-mill SUVs in this segment, although it does struggle a little to overcome its inertia from a standstill.

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

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Blazer is available with Traction Select, which, as the name implies, helps to distribute power more efficiently depending on a number of variables. 'Tour' will switch to front-wheel-drive for better fuel economy, Tow/Haul - well it's obvious what that's for, Off-Road adjusts the chassis control systems and throttle to better handle rougher roads, All-Wheel-Drive is best used for snowy or slippery conditions, and Sport beefs up throttle response to maximize performance. Each mode is noticeably different and actively enhances the driving experience to help make the most of the power at your disposal but it's worth mentioning that this is no off-road machine and the four-wheel-drive system is there more for added traction in adverse weather conditions.

The unique variant in the lineup is the RS, which is already more sporty before you switch to that mode. Its steering and suspension have been tuned to be sharper and firmer respectively. Body roll is minimized on this model and the RS is genuinely entertaining to drive, not just a pretty trim option. Braking is strong and predictable, while the chassis remains composed over bumps. Be warned, though: front-wheel-drive models are prone to torque steer, so hang on to the steering wheel firmly if accelerating hard out of turns is your thing.

Blazer Gas Mileage

The Blazer's base 2.5-liter Ecotec is paired with a 19.4-gallon tank and returns 21/27/23 mpg on the EPA's combined cycles. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is available with the same size fuel tank on front-wheel-drive models and is fitted with a 21.7-gallon tank on all-wheel-drive versions - this applies to the V6 too. The mid-range turbo engine returns an estimated 20/26/23 mpg in FWD guise and 18/25/21 mpg with AWD. The AWD V6 returns 18/25/21 mpg as well. The highest range will be achieved on V6's with their larger fuel tanks, with a total estimated range of 455.7 miles, while the FWD turbo will manage around 446.2 miles per fillup.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    19.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/27 mpg
* 2020 Chevrolet Blazer L FWD

Blazer Interior

Stepping into the Blazer is a wonderful experience. Immediately you are greeted by a familiar array of instruments and design cues, lifted almost directly from the Camaro. The layout is clean too, with the center console and some of the controls being reminiscent of BMWs of recent years, which is no bad thing. Build quality appears to be great, with solid panels all over. Soft-touch plastics and leather trimming help to set the Blazer apart from many crossovers, but base models do come standard with cloth upholstery. Overall, it's a well-equipped and good-looking place to be. The looks are stunning, but it's not perfect, as the layout, rear storage, and rear headroom are not as great as that in rivals.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Dashboard
2020 Chevrolet Blazer Steering Wheel
2020 Chevrolet Blazer Central Console
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Seating and Interior Space

The Blazer seats five and is as spacious as you'd expect in this segment, but rear headroom is compromised by the modern design. The sloping roofline is the main cause, but the optional sunroof further eats into potential comfort for the taller among us, and six-footers will have to duck on their way into the back. Only two of them can comfortably sit in the back too as shoulder room is also affected by the sporty design. A flat floor improves rear legroom though. Getting in and out is easy enough in front, and an air of roominess permeates the front half of the cabin, due in part to the horizontal design of the dash. The driving position is also simple enough to adjust for comfort, which is a good thing, as outward visibility is not the best. Optional blind-spot monitoring is all but critical to a stress-free drive.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Textured fabric upholstery is dominant over the lower half of the range, with the L, 1LT, and 2LT featuring the trimming. The dash, however, does feature leather with aluminum accents and a leather shift boot lifting the interior quality. A leather-wrapped steering wheel also features across the range. Upgrading to the 3LT will enhance the seating, adding leather upholstery. The top-trim Premier model gets faux suede trim too. The RS is a stand-out trim, with perforated leather, red accent stitching, and red air vent accents. Some of the aluminum trims have also been chromed here, and the impression is definitely one of sportiness. Premier models have the option of brown perforated leather.

Blazer Trunk and Cargo Space

The crossover is usually a car chosen by prospective buyers for its practicality, so a decent trunk is a good start. 30.5 cubic feet accommodating four medium suitcases with ease isn't exactly poor, but in this class, most rivals offer more. It is, however, nice to see usable amounts of cargo space in something that appears from the outside to be designed predominantly with aesthetics in mind. Fold the rear seats down in their 60/40 configuration and you'll find a flat surface, which expands storage area to 64.2 cubes, more than what you'd find in a Volvo XC60 or Buick Enclave. In this layout, the Blazer can comfortably house four golf bags, but the really smart feature of the trunk is its floor-mounted rail system, which slides into place where you need it, preventing your groceries from rolling about and introducing you to a mess of soda and milk when you get home.

Storage bins are not quite so useful, though, with narrow door sleeves and not much more than an average center console bin and glovebox. A pair of medium cup holders each for the front and rear are included.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Maximum Cargo Space
2020 Chevrolet Blazer Trunk Floor Storage
2020 Chevrolet Blazer Trunk Space

Blazer Infotainment and Features

Features

Standard features abound here, with keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, a rearview camera, and dual-zone climate control with rear air vents fitted. A power-adjustable and heated pair of front seats, remote start, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert feature in the mid-level trim, while top trims get a hands-free tailgate, heated steering wheel, navigation, ambient lighting, and a 120V power socket. The top-spec Blazer includes ventilated front seating with the driver's chair gaining memory and the rear cushions earning heating, while a power-adjustable steering wheel rounds out the extras that the Premier model is treated to. A multitude of USB ports is available for the front and rear occupants too, as well as auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, a 360-degree parking camera, and wireless charging. Other extras include Safety Alert Seat, lane departure warning, forward collision alert with auto braking and adaptive cruise control.

Infotainment

An intuitive and easy to use eight-inch touchscreen system with OnStar capability is fitted to all models, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included and satellite radio available. This is hooked up to six speakers throughout the cabin. Higher trims do not get an upgraded audio system unless you opt for the top-of-the-range Premier, which gets eight Bose speakers. Connecting to the infotainment is simplified by the inclusion of a regular USB plus a USB-C port, one of each in the front and in the rear. The highly-favored RS model doubles this number for both sections of the cabin, with the more expensive Premier trim also receiving the additional ports. Rear screens with DVD players can also be specced.

Blazer Problems and Reliability

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer has thus far not been affected by any recalls, nor has it been rated by J.D. Power for reliability, but the 2019 model received an excellent score of 84/100 for this category, albeit without the new engine variant. However, Chevrolet offers one free scheduled maintenance visit in the first year of ownership and a standard three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty with corrosion coverage. The powertrain is covered for five-years/60,000 miles, and roadside assistance with courtesy transportation is covered for the same period.

Blazer Safety

The Blazer is well-designed to cope with tests thrown at it by the IIHS and NHTSA and managed to score the best possible rating of Good from the former while earning the highest available rating of five stars from the latter.

Key Safety Features

Fitted with seven airbags as standard, the Blazer has dual front, front side, and all-round head curtain protection. The driver also gets a knee airbag, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward collision alert with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, Safety Alert Seat are available too. Safety Alert Seat will cause the driver's seat to vibrate in conjunction with the activation of other safety warnings, to immediately revert focus back to the road. This is great for long trips where the driver may exceed recommended stints behind the wheel, becoming drowsy. In addition, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is also available and comes highly recommended due to the high shoulders of the Blazer.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer a good SUV?

Its staggeringly good looks are already reason enough to make you the hot topic at the block party, but the Blazer is, all-in-all, more than just a design study to make your neighbors gawk. It's more comfortable than the Ford Edge, comes laden with tech and safety features, and has an interior that is beautiful to look at. The infotainment system is easy to use too, while the air conditioning vents are smartly designed and work well. Fuel economy is competitive and with the optional V6 engine, this is one smart-shifting SUV, with impressive handling for a vehicle of such lofty dimensions. The trunk area is also smartly packaged and the gearbox smooth. These days, you want more than just something to lug people and "stuff" around in - you want a stylish all-rounder that will look just as good on the seaside as it would on the red carpet, while still delivering practicality. The Chevrolet Blazer may divert slightly from its grandfather's original path, but it blazes its own trail brilliantly.

What's the Price of the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer?

The new Blazer enters the market with the LT starting at $28,800, exclusive of the $1,195 destination charge and other fees. The 1LT starts at $32,300 while the 2LT is $32,800. Next up is the 3LT and that starts at a nice round $37,000. Fitting the 2LT or 3LT with the V6 will add just $500. Four-wheel-drive costs $2,000. The RS is standard with the larger motor and costs $40,600 while the top-level Premier sets you back $42,700. Four-wheel-drive costs $2,000 and is available from the 2LT up. A fully-loaded Premier with all the best packages and options will put a $55,565 dent into your savings, before fees, taxes, and other charges. Check with your dealer, though, as numerous incentives are available.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Models

The 2020 Blazer's offerings are easier to navigate and understand than last year's model. The range is made up of six trims: L, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier.

The L is only available with the 2.5-liter Ecotec engine and features 18-inch wheels. Standard amenities include heated mirrors, xenon headlights, keyless entry and start, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear air vents, an eight-inch touchscreen, four USB ports, and Apple Carplay & Android Auto. WiFi is also fitted along with a rearview camera.

1LT models get a power-adjustable driver's seat, tinted windows, satellite radio and a spare tire instead of a repair kit.

2LTs come standard with the new 2.0-liter turbo and the 3.6-liter V6 becomes an option. They can also be fitted with four-wheel-drive.

The 3LT is where the Blazer starts to show potential as a comfortable all-rounder. It also gets black roof rails, remote start, leather upholstery, rear park sensors, a power liftgate, and heated front seats. The passenger seat is also power-adjustable, with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert added.

The sporty RS features 20-inch wheels, black accents, dual exhaust tips, a heated steering wheel, additional USB ports, a hands-free liftgate, upgraded driver info display, and most importantly for this model, retuned suspension and steering for a more fun driving experience.

The Premier sits at the top of the range and is fitted with the RS's creature comforts but utilizes chrome instead of gloss black for accents. It also gains a power-adjustable steering wheel, cooled front and heated rear seats, plus faux-suede interior trimmings. An eight-speaker Bose audio upgrade is also included.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,800
Blazer 2.5L Cloth
2.5-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$32,300
Blazer 3.6L Cloth
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$32,800
Blazer 3.6L Leather
2.0-liter Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,000
RS
3.6-liter V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$40,600
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Additional Packages

The Driver Confidence II package is a notable inclusion for added convenience and safety on the Premier and RS trims, adding the buzzing driver's seat warning, wireless charging, a rear camera mirror, advanced adaptive cruise control, auto LED headlights, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and a 360-degree parking camera. This package costs $2,165 extra but can only be had on the top two trims. A more attainable package is available on lower trims with the exception of the base model and includes remote start, rear park sensors, lane-keep assist, heated front seats, and auto-dimming mirrors. This is under the Convenience & Driver Confidence package for $1,845. Other packages include decals and styling accents, as well as cargo storage accessories.

What Chevrolet Blazer Model Should I Buy?

The RS was our favorite from last year's offerings and that remains the case today. The interior is well-appointed and looks stunning with its numerous red accents and perforated leather. In addition, you get the powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine and better suspension and steering tuning, enhancing the ride and helping to make driving an SUV fun. Numerous additional convenience features like navigation, a hands-free liftgate, a heated steering wheel, and more are fitted to this model from the factory, making it more comfortable and better equipped as a daily driver.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Comparisons

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2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs Ford Edge

The eternal feud between Ford and Chevy rages on here, with both manufacturers offering stylish crossover SUVs, the Blazer being more exciting to look at. If you prefer a slightly more restrained look, however, the Edge is better, and in ST form a genuinely cooking crossover, making it the winner in terms of outright performance. The Edge also outperforms the economy of the Blazer, if by a small margin. However, the Blazer RS is more comfortable and more capable of handling more aggressive driving. But crossovers are more about practicality and day-to-day comfort, and the Ford's cabin is better laid out and very refined. It's also more spacious and more comfortable for rear occupants. Although a little dated, the Edge is still the all-round better choice.

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2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs Honda Passport

Also a relatively new revival of an older nomenclature, the Honda Passport is not far off the Blazer in terms of performance. If you spec the new turbo engine on the Blazer, the Honda will make more power but lose out in the economy stakes. The Passport is a far larger machine and as such, can carry more people and stuff. With the seats folded, over a hundred cubic feet of volume allows you to haul almost anything, which the Chev can't compete with. Considering its far superior cargo-carrying capabilities, we have to forgive the Passport for its moderately worse gas mileage and give it the nod as a better and more practical SUV. For outright style and new-era street-cred, though, the Blazer has the Honda definitively outclassed.

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