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2020 Chevrolet Blazer Review: Sharp Handling Meets Sharper Styling

by Gabe Beita Kiser

The Chevy 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 new Chevy 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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🚙What’s New For the New 2020 Chevy 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

Best Deals on 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
L
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$28,800
1LT
2.5L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
$32,300
2LT
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$32,800
3LT
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,000
RS
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$40,500
See All 2020 Chevrolet Blazer Trims and Specs

2020 Blazer Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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

2020 Blazer Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L 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

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, so best keep your test drive to the urban jungle.

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.

2020 Blazer Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

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

2020 Blazer Trunk and Cargo Space

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2020 Blazer Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Warranty Note:
    Preliminary 2020 Warranty Note \ 
  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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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.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Comparisons

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CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Chevrolet Blazer308 hp19/27 mpg$33,400
Ford Edge 250 hp21/28 mpg$37,945
Honda Passport 280 hp19/24 mpg$38,370

2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs Ford Edge

The ongoing competition between Ford and Chevy rages on here, with both manufacturers offering stylish crossover SUVs, the Blazer being more exciting to look at in comparison. If you prefer a slightly more restrained image, 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 competitor of an older nomenclature in the USA, the Honda Passport is not far off from the Blazer in terms of how much it delivers in performance. If you spec the all-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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