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Chevrolet's midsized SUV seats five passengers but is focused more on styling and luxury and less on utility. The base 193-hp four-cylinder engine comes only on front-wheel-drive versions.
The all-wheel-drive ones get a 305-hp V6. The Blazer rides and handles well, it's quiet, and the V6's power delivery is smooth. Controls are easy to use, but the low dash vents direct air to front occupants' elbows. For advanced safety features beyond blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning, buyers have to pick an expensive option package that's available only on the high-end versions. Getting automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assistance bumps the price up considerably. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is also available.
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2019-2020
2019 Redesign Year
The Blazer name was resurrected for an all-new SUV that slots between the compact Equinox and three-row Traverse. This midsized crossover model takes aim at the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano, five-passenger midsized SUVs that focus more on styling and luxury and less on utility.
The base 193-hp four-cylinder engine only comes on front-drive versions. The AWD ones get a 305-hp V6. The Blazer rides and handles well, it's quiet, and the V6's power delivery is smooth. Controls are easy to use but the low dash vents hurt air distribution. For advanced safety features beyond blind spot and rear cross-traffic warning, buyers have to pick an expensive option package that’s only available on the high-end versions. That brings automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist but that bumps the price considerably.
$25,925 - $39,150
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$24,375 - $36,850
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1995-2005
The Blazer's brakes were inferior and the body leaned a lot in hard cornering in CR testing. The 1998 models received better brakes, but still had cumbersome handling, a so-so ride, and sloppy fit and finish.
The Blazer also received a "Poor" rating in an IIHS offset-frontal crash test. The 4.3-liter-V6 engine feels lively, but fuel economy is poor even by the paltry standards of the class. The newer TrailBlazer, which essentially replaced the Blazer, arrived in 2001. More recent Blazers were mostly in rental fleets.
$2,750 - $3,925
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$2,750 - $3,625
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$2,750 - $3,400
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$2,750 - $3,275
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$2,750 - $3,175
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$2,750 - $3,150
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