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2021 Chevrolet Blazer Review: The Camaro's Pragmatic Cousin

by Aiden Eksteen

A long time ago, the Chevrolet Blazer was a commanding, body-on-frame pickup truck and a genuinely capable off-road adventure vehicle but it was discontinued in 1994. The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer is still part of the first-generation revival of the nameplate, now as a midsize crossover. After three years, it brings with it a small but meaningful array of updates to keep it fresh and relevant in the excessively popular segment. Chevrolet is admired throughout the USA, but with so many esteemed competitors such as the Ford Edge and Honda Passport, the Blazer crossover's underwhelming performance, subpar build quality, and relatively cramped interior really hurt its standing in the rankings. Fortunately, the 193-horsepower entry-spec 4-cylinder gas motor that holds it back so much can be replaced by either a turbo-four or V6, both of which improve performance significantly, but is it enough to mask its other flaws?

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2021 Chevrolet Blazer Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Chevrolet 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

  • The top-spec V6 engine is authoritative
  • Commanding and contemporary design
  • Impressive handling for a midsize SUV
  • Extensive list of inclusive specifications
  • Entry-spec four-pot is dreadful
  • Cabin reveals the car's shoddy build quality
  • Cargo space is relatively cramped

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2021 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
$32,600
2LT
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$33,400
3LT
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$37,600
RS
3.6L V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$41,100
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2021 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

2021 Blazer Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • 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

2021 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

2021 Blazer Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Blazer Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

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

Verdict: Is the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer A Good Crossover SUV?

If you avoid the entry-spec L and 1LT, then there's a lot you'll be able to enjoy from the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer. Mid- and top-spec Blazers come with either the turbo-four engine or the V6, both of which imbue the midsize crossover with the pep it needs to feel rather pleasant to drive and up to the task of regularly hauling passengers and cargo. The turbocharged motor even offers superior fuel economy than the base engine, you need to opt for one of the stronger units to power the all-wheel drivetrain. Nevertheless, the Blazer carries a really cool and novel crossover aesthetic that even bears some of the Camaro's design cues, outside and in. It may not be the most spacious crossover in the segment, but its cabin is comfortable enough and comes outfitted with a good selection of creature comforts, conveniences, and safety technology. The latest NHTSA review of the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer resulted in an exemplary safety rating, which is augmented with a proven reliability record. If you're looking for a pragmatic 5-door crossover ideal for a small family and running daily errands, the Blazer is an excellent choice.

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