2019 Chevrolet Blazer exam drive: It’s back, though not a one we remember


2019 Chevrolet Blazer exam drive: It’s back

The Chevrolet Blazer is behind for 2019, though it’s not like we remember it says Fox News Autos editor Gary Gastelu.

Ford did it with a Explorer. Nissan did it with Pathfinder. Honda did it with a Passport.

Is even a large understanding that Chevrolet transplanted a Blazer name from a lorry onto a crossover?

Based on a strong sales of all of a above, substantially not. Especially deliberation that a last-generation Blazer went out of prolongation in 2005. Likely unsatisfactory usually those holding out wish for a K-5 or S-10-style aspirant to a arriving Ford Bronco, that is a dedicated off-roader formed on a Ford Ranger pickup, a 2019 Blazer was built for a street.

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It’s front-wheel-drive and facilities styling that creates it resemble a Camaro more than a Colorado. That’s also loyal on a inside where a dashboard, round vents, meridian controls and infotainment shade all demeanour like they were sourced from a Camaro’s tools catalog. Dressed in a sportiest RS trim, a Blazer has presence.


Priced during $41,795, it also has a nine-speed involuntary delivery and a 308 hp V6 in place of a 193 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder that comes in a entry-level indication for $29,995. The Blazer is accessible in 5 versions, with a Premier station subsequent to a RS during a tip of a list in classier clothes.

The Blazer Premier starts during $41,895.

The Blazer sits in Chevy’s lineup next a Traverse and has seating for only five, though with tons of room everyone. That includes a back center passenger, who is treated to a prosaic building instead of a hump. The load space is only a hair incomparable than a smaller Chevy Equinox’s, however, interjection in partial to a Blazer’s steeply raked roof.


While a installed Blazer can design $50,000, it does come with flattering most each underline possible in an try to clear a price, including adaptive journey control, a 360-degree camera, video rearview mirror, exhilarated and ventilated seats and a wireless charging pad for smartphones. I’m not certain it pulls it off, though a marketplace will shortly confirm how most income needs to be placed on a hood. (As of this essay you’ll find adult to $2,000 sitting there.)


The Blazer sits low for a application vehicle, so most so that it can feel like a sedan from a driver’s seat. The RS isn’t utterly as jaunty as it looks, even with discretionary all-wheel-drive and a mode selector set to “checkered flag,” though it handles and rides good adequate for a car that competes with a likes of a Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. The Blazer is built on a same height as a Cadillac XT5 and some of that oppulance excellence has clearly trickled down. Not that far, as a XT5 has a bottom cost of $41,690.


There is an off-road mode in a expostulate settings that tips a shawl to a Blazers of yore, though zero about a car suggests we should try onto any aspect that isn’t as prosaic as a paved highway you’re branch off of. If a campground is as distant into a forest as we typically venture, keep in mind that all-wheel-drive models can draw a healthy 4,500 pounds.

The TrailBlazer is built on a lorry chassis.

You can still get a loyal successor to a aged Blazers if we unequivocally wish one. You only have to conduct south of Mexico or abroad where Chevy sells the pickup-based TrailBlazer SUV.


2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Base price: $29,995

As tested: $50,765

Type: 5-passenger, 5-door all-wheel-drive SUV

Engine: 3.6-liter V6

Power: 308 hp, 269 lb-ft

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

MPG: 18 city/25 hwy

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