2021 Chevrolet Blazer

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Once upon a time, the Chevy Blazer was a big, serious, truck-based answer to the Ford Bronco. It certainly isn't today. While the Bronco has been reborn and sticks to its original off-roading roots, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer follows a completely different path. It's a car-based crossover for one, and rather than putting on pseudo-rugged airs, it taps into the performance branch of the Chevy family tree. Specifically, its styling and driving experience were inspired by the Camaro. In many ways, it's a successful approach. It's distinctively attractive for the midsize crossover segment, which is generally bereft of driving pleasure and eye-catching styling. It's also a bit zestier to drive than the segment norm. Only a bit, however, and some will lament that it comes at the expense of ride quality -- especially with the available 21-inch wheels. Value is also an issue with the Blazer, even if prices went down for 2021. The upper trim levels don't provide enough of a performance or luxury enhancement to justify their sky-high price tags, while lower trims offer less space and equipment than cheaper compact models like the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5. So while it's OK that the Blazer isn't true to its roots, what it actually is could ultimately be better (or at least cheaper). What's new for 2021? Advanced safety tech is now more widely available for 2021, bringing the Blazer more in line with competitors. The Safety Assist package, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, a following distance alert and automatic highbeams, is not only available on the 2LT and 3LT trim levels, but standard as well. It's also standard on the RS and Premier. Adaptive cruise control, however, remains exclusive to those top trims and is grouped with a variety of other items in the Driver Confidence II package. There are myriad other packaging and feature availability changes, plus the leather-wrapped steering wheel is no longer standard on the L, 1LT or 2LT. That's definitely a slide backward. So too is the Blazer's more advanced all-wheel-drive system no longer being offered on the top-of-the-line Premier. Surprisingly, prices actually went down for 2021 by about $1,100 for each trim level.     What's the Blazer's interior and in-car technology like? On the one hand, the Blazer interior impresses with its Camaro-inspired design elements — note the rotary air vents/climate controls in particular — that make it look as special inside as it does on the outside. Unfortunately, the quality of materials used is disappointing given the Blazer's price point. That's especially the case with the Premier and RS trims that can top $50,000, but even lower trim levels are no nicer than compact SUVs (Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4) that cost much less when similarly equipped. Quite simply, the Blazer either needs a lower price or a ritzier interior. At least the Blazer's infotainment offerings are better and more abundant than most. Every version gets an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE in-car …
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Once upon a time, the Chevy Blazer was a big, serious, truck-based answer to the Ford Bronco. It certainly isn't today. While the Bronco has been reborn and sticks to its original off-roading roots, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer follows a completely different path. It's a car-based crossover for one, and rather than putting on pseudo-rugged airs, it taps into the performance branch of the Chevy family tree. Specifically, its styling and driving experience were inspired by the Camaro. In many ways, it's a successful approach. It's distinctively attractive for the midsize crossover segment, which is generally bereft of driving pleasure and eye-catching styling. It's also a bit zestier to drive than the segment norm. Only a bit, however, and some will lament that it comes at the expense of ride quality -- especially with the available 21-inch wheels. Value is also an issue with the Blazer, even if prices went down for 2021. The upper trim levels don't provide enough of a performance or luxury enhancement to justify their sky-high price tags, while lower trims offer less space and equipment than cheaper compact models like the Toyota RAV4 and Mazda CX-5. So while it's OK that the Blazer isn't true to its roots, what it actually is could ultimately be better (or at least cheaper). What's new for 2021? Advanced safety tech is now more widely available for 2021, bringing the Blazer more in line with competitors. The Safety Assist package, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, a following distance alert and automatic highbeams, is not only available on the 2LT and 3LT trim levels, but standard as well. It's also standard on the RS and Premier. Adaptive cruise control, however, remains exclusive to those top trims and is grouped with a variety of other items in the Driver Confidence II package. There are myriad other packaging and feature availability changes, plus the leather-wrapped steering wheel is no longer standard on the L, 1LT or 2LT. That's definitely a slide backward. So too is the Blazer's more advanced all-wheel-drive system no longer being offered on the top-of-the-line Premier. Surprisingly, prices actually went down for 2021 by about $1,100 for each trim level.     What's the Blazer's interior and in-car technology like? On the one hand, the Blazer interior impresses with its Camaro-inspired design elements — note the rotary air vents/climate controls in particular — that make it look as special inside as it does on the outside. Unfortunately, the quality of materials used is disappointing given the Blazer's price point. That's especially the case with the Premier and RS trims that can top $50,000, but even lower trim levels are no nicer than compact SUVs (Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4) that cost much less when similarly equipped. Quite simply, the Blazer either needs a lower price or a ritzier interior. At least the Blazer's infotainment offerings are better and more abundant than most. Every version gets an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE in-car …
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Retail Price

$28,800 - $44,900 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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$427 - $1,173 Nat'l avg. savings off MSRP
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Engine 2.5L I-4
MPG 21 City / 27 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 9-spd w/OD
Power 193 @ 6300 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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