The two-row midsize crossover segment has been neglected for a few years, but the crossover craze has started churning new entries out again. The 2019 Chevy Blazer is GM's take on the vehicle, and it's already getting lots of attention thanks to its bold, angular design. And none are bolder or more angular than the sporty Blazer RS. We gave it a cool reception in our first drive, but we wanted another, longer test here at our Michigan headquarters to see if the new Blazer makes a better case for itself. Does it drive as good as it looks, and can it support its mega-sized price? We should get that elephant of a price out of the room before we go any farther. The Blazer RS starts at $44,695, which even disregarding the competition, is a significant figure since you can get a Blazer with the same 3.6-liter V6 for as little as $34,495. The extra $10,000 gets you more aggressive body extensions, lots of black trim, 20-inch wheels and a black leather interior with red accents. It also brings a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system, heated front seats and steering wheel, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, power-adjustable passenger seat, ambient lighting, auto-dimming mirror, navigation, blind-spot monitoring and remote start. Ah, but it doesn't stop there. Our tester also came with the $3,575 Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence II Package that added adaptive cruise control, heated and cooled front seats, driver memory settings, rearview camera mirror display, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, lane-keeping assist, surround-view camera and a Bose sound system. It also had the $2,495 Sun and Wheels Package that adds a panoramic sunroof and 21-inch wheels. That's a lot of equipment, but its total price of $50,765 is a lot of money that could buy you a well-optioned Mercedes GLC-Class or BMW X3. To put it another way, it's also $6,000 more than the loaded Honda Passport Elite we recently tested. So is it all worth it? Well it certainly delivers on the styling front. Our test car's bright gloss red pops against the RS trim's black accents. The deeper front air dam and more sculpted side skirts amplify the creased and curved exterior even more than the regular model. It's a ferocious beast of a crossover from the outside, and it gets attention. While it sat in our office parking lot, someone came over to compliment the giant wheels, color and shape. That's expected when we have a cool sports car; it's practically unheard of in a family crossover. Inside, Chevy commendably tried to make the Blazer as stylish as the exterior, but it isn't as successful. It leans heavily on the Camaro stylistically, boasting similarly huge vents with bold red trim rings that are exclusive to the RS. The seats are perforated black leather with red accents in the perforations, piping and stitching. Many of the dash and door surfaces are covered in a leatherette material. It's a sporty effect, and the leather and …
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