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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 on the entry-level front-wheel-drive versions.
Higher trims and all-wheel-drive versions get either a 305-hp V6 or a 227-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The Blazer rides and handles well, and is 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 active safety features beyond BSW and rear cross traffic warning, buyers have to pick an expensive option package that's available only on high-end versions. Getting active safety features such as FCW and AEB bumps the price up considerably.
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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. Changes for the 2020 model year included a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, available LED headlights, and a start/stop override switch.
$27,725 - $44,250
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$26,300 - $42,350
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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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