The 2020 Chevy Blazer has been a very controversial entry into the SUV market. It might be a Blazer to the modern Chevrolet, but not to those that remember the brand and what it represented. Forget what it used to be, it’s a straight-up crossover today.
It also became a symbol of what the UAW saw as GM’s attack on them. They said that while GM was closing American plants it was sending new vehicle assembly to Mexico, and pointed to the Blazer as the prime example. So, when you saw Blazers on strike placards, they weren’t advertising. Instead, they were sending a message. But enough about the cultural downsides to the new Blazer, let’s talk about what it is and isn’t.
Blazer SUV fits nicely between Equinox and Traverse
First, the Blazer fits in somewhere between Chevy’s compact SUV Equinox and it’s three-row Traverse. It’s sort of like an intermediate SUV. Whereas the Blazer name represents a rugged off-road trailblazer much like a Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco, Consumer Reports pegs it differently.
CR called it, “…a modern SUV that focuses on styling, tech, and convenience features more than on ruggedness.” In its review, it felt the Blazer fell into the segment that includes the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano crossover SUVs. While capable vehicles, they are not considered anything more than car-based crossovers.
In comparing the two models to the Blazer, CR says the Blazer is overpriced. But in reviewing both the Murano and Edge the Blazer comes in pretty much at the same prices per trim level, give or take $100. So, we’re confused as to what CR is comparing. And, the base Blazer is a thousand dollars less than either the base Edge and over $4,000 less than a base Murano.
Here’s a clear breakdown of models and prices between the three SUVs
To show you what we see, the Blazer price range is $29,995-$45,600. All prices include destination charges. The Ford Edge price range is $30,990-$43,350 for the ST which includes all-wheel drive. The average economy is 25 mpg for the Edge whereas the Blazer comes in shy at 23 mpg, and only 21 mpg in higher trim levels. The Nissan Murano price range is $34,440-$43,530, with an additional $1,600 for all-wheel drive, bringing the top model up to $45,130. The average fuel economy is 22 mpg.
Yes, the top Blazer is about $500 more than the top Murano and over $2,000 more than the top Edge, but option packages are a funny thing. Depending on what is on the lot, you should be able to get comparable crossovers at the same price. So it’s a little deceptive.
Reviews suggest passing on the base Blazer
Other reviews show you probably want to move up from the base four-cylinder Blazer. Underpowered, you can go with a turbocharged four-cylinder for more power and torque. A V6 is also available in two different packages.
There are many features worth investigating with any segment you choose to look at. These figures and prices are only a quick stab into comparisons. Even then, a crossover adding up well on paper may not feel right once you test drive it. Dealers will have different models with options to spread out over several price ranges.
So, know your price limit and don’t forget to include tax and license in the process.