2019 Blazer New Car Test Drive
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer revives a nameplate that hasn't been seen at GM since 2005. The new version is not a truck-based SUV; the 2019 Blazer is a comfortable mid-size crossover SUV with a front-drive foundation. In Chevrolet's lineup, it fills the gap between the five-passenger Equinox and the seven- or eight-seat Traverse.
Blazers come in four trim levels ? L, base (LT), sporty RS, and upscale Premier ? with a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine.
Standard engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, developing 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 generates 308 hp and 270 lb-ft. All Blazers use a 9-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel drive is offered on all but L trim, but only with the V-6 engine. AWD comes in two forms. The basic setup, installed on lower-trim models, can disconnect power that would otherwise go to the rear wheels. Drivers must remember to return the selector to all-wheel-drive mode when it's needed.
RS and Premier trim levels can get a more sophisticated AWD system with a twin-clutch rear differential. This version can shift torque between the rear wheels, to improve handling and traction. In addition to AWD mode, these Blazers offer three other choices: Sport, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul.
A V-6 Blazer can tow up to 4,500 lb; the 4-cylinder manages only 1,500 lb.
No Blazer has standard automatic emergency braking ? an active-safety feature that's standard on many less-expensive vehicles. Blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors are available for LT trim.
LT trim and above can be fitted with a rear camera mirror, which projects an uninterrupted view from behind the car onto the inside mirror. Getting used to it takes a while. Adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system are extra-cost options, offered only on top trim levels.
A warning chime alerts the driver to check the back seat for infants and children in car seats.
Only RS and Premier can be fitted with trailer-sway control, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, forward-collision warnings, and automatic emergency braking.
Because it's new, the Blazer has not been crash-tested by the IIHS. The NHTSA gave it five stars overall..
Prices do not include $1,195 destination charge.
L ($28,800) comes with front-wheel drive and the 4-cylinder engine, including cloth seat upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Base (1LT) Blazer ($32,300) has front-wheel drive and the 4-cylinder engine, along with a power driver's seat and compact spare tire.
Base (2LT) V-6 ($33,000 with front-drive, $36,000 with all-wheel drive) substitutes the V-6 engine, adding trailer sway control and hitch guidance.
Base (3LT) V-6 ($37,500 with FWD, $40,200 with AWD) adds a power liftgate, lane-change assist, blind-spot monitors, rear parking assist, heated front seats, power front passenger seat, and leather upholstery.
RS ($40,600 with FWD, $43,500 with AWD) has the V-6 engine and features a distinctively sporty appearance with blacked-out elements, including a black hexagonal mesh grille. Standard features include navigation, a cargo-management system, 120-volt outlet, seatback storage pockets, and 20-inch wheels.
Premier V-6 ($42,700 with FWD, $45,600 with AWD) adds more metallic body trim, eight-speaker Bose audio, cooled front seats, heated outboard rear seats, memory mirrors, 21-inch wheels, and a power tilt/telescopic steering column..