Avoid the Chevy Blazer For The Equinox Instead
Chevy has entered the smaller SUV game with the Chevy Blazer and Equinox. However, how do you decide between the two? Can the Chevy Equinox do everything you need it to, or do you need the Blazer? Let’s see how these two options stack up against each other.
The Chevy Blazer VS The Equinox
Of course, it’s common to think that the Chevy Blazer is the clear winner to go with. It has the iconic Blazer name. But it’s an all-new city version of the Blazer, not the off-roading SUV we remember. That being said, it’s a midsize SUV with two rows of seating that starts around $28k.
The Chevy Equinox is also a two-row SUV, but it’s a little bit smaller. It’s more of a compact SUV, and it starts around $23k. So, unless you need more room, it provides about $5k in savings. It also gets up to 28 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The Blazer only gets 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Chevy Blazer And Equinox Power
The Chevy Blazer comes with three engine options. The base model comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. This isn’t bad, but pretty pricey at $28k. You can upgrade to the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine or the 3.6-liter V6 engine. The V6 provides 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque.
With the V6, the Chevy Blazer can go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, so that’s exciting. Also, depending on the build you choose, the Blazer can tow between 1,500 to 4,500 lb. For an SUV approaching $30k, we would like to see the ability to tow at least 6,000 lb.
The Chevrolet Equinox has three engine options as well. The base engine is a 15liter four-cylinder engine with 170 and 203 lb-ft of torque. The 1.6-liter turbo-diesel inline-four engine pumps out 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. You can also upgrade to the 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo for 242 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Now the Chevy Equinox does take 8.4 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph, and it can only tow up to 3,500 lb, but if you don’t need more power than that, why not save? The RAV4 can also only tow up to 3,500 lb, and it starts around $25k.
The Equinox has an all-wheel-drive that you can engage when you need it. Meaning when you don’t need to tackle snow and other slippery challenges, you’ll be more fuel-efficient. The Chevrolet Blazer boasts more off-roading abilities with an all-wheel drive and a twin-clutch to direct power and torque to independent wheels.
Chevy Equinox And Blazer Features
The Chevy Equinox offers up to 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is pretty good. But the so-called bigger Chevy Blazer only provides 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space. We expected there to be a more significant difference.
Also, the Chevy Equinox has more standard safety features included with the base model. You get automatic braking, blind-spot detection, forward collins alert, and more. All of these will cost extra with the Blazer. You should only go with the Chevy Blazer if you want to be able to tow up to 4,500 lb with a V6. However, both of those options will drive up the price.