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.