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Sport utility vehicles encompass a wide variety of models. Some SUVs focus more on the sport aspect, while others prioritize utility. Others attempt to achieve a perfect balance of both traits. This reasoning explains why the 2021 Chevy Blazer and 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe are so different.

The Blazer – in true American fashion – is a robust, capable SUV that delivers rugged performance. Meanwhile, the Santa Fe is one of the most compelling daily drivers on the market.

The Santa Fe might be one of the best midsize SUVs on the market, but it’s not the right choice for every buyer. The Blazer might be the better choice if you want a companion for your wild weekend adventures.

Well-equipped 2021 Chevy Blazer models deliver incredible capability

A red 2021 Chevrolet Blazer driving down a city road
The 2021 Chevy Blazer in action | Photo via Chevrolet

Nothing beats loading up your camper or boat for a remote getaway. However, you’ll need the proper equipment to make that happen. Thankfully, Chevrolet offers the necessary hardware on the 2021 Blazer so that you can experience the ultimate journey.

Decked-out Blazer models even deliver high-end capability that rivals some Jeeps

The available 227-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is decent enough for your daily driving needs. However, it doesn’t quite beat out the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe’s available 277-hp 2.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Instead, adventurous drivers will want to opt for the 2021 Chevy Blazer’s most potent powerplant. The 3.6-liter V6 – optional on 2LT and 3LT trims and standard on RS and Premier models – will leave any Santa Fe in the Blazer’s dust. 

This engine kicks out 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Most importantly, it gives the 2021 Chevy Blazer an incredible max towing capacity of 4,500 pounds. 

Meanwhile, all other Blazer models are only capable of hauling 1,500 pounds. And the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe’s towing capability ranges between 1,650-3,500 pounds, depending on its equipment.

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe’s base model offers better value

A white 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy parked on display next to a wall
The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy on display | Photo via Hyundai

Ignore the 2021 Chevy Blazer if you’re looking to buy a new midsize SUV on a small budget. The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe offers insane value in comparison to its rival. The Korean-made model has a starting MSRP of $26,850, making it $1,950 cheaper than a base Blazer.

Plus, Hyundai offers an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Comparatively, Chevrolet’s coverage only lasts for five years/60,000 miles.

Additionally, you won’t enjoy a significant amount of extra capability when choosing a budget Blazer. A 193-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine powers the 2021 Chevy Blazer. That’s only two more horsepower than that offered in the Santa Fe’s standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant.

Meanwhile, the Santa Fe achieves better fuel economy. According to the EPA, it gets 26 MPG city/highway combined compared to the Blazer’s 23 MPG.

Hyundai holds an advantage over Chevrolet in technology

Does your idea of a family vehicle have lots of entertainment features and cutting-edge smart safety systems? If so, the Santa Fe is the right model for you.

Hyundai’s midsize SUV comes standard with an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen compatible with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A 10.25-inch display is optional on the budget-friendly SEL model and standard on the Limited trim and above.

Plus, it’s absolutely loaded with standard driver-assistance technologies. These include automatic emergency braking, driver attention monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. Additionally, its standard stain-resistant cloth seats are ideal for families with young children.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Chevy Blazer’s eight-inch touchscreen only works with the wired versions of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. That means you’ll have to remember to bring along your phone cable for every drive.

Unfortunately, the Blazer doesn’t have a larger infotainment display. And it only comes standard with two driver-assistance technologies – a rearview camera and a Teen Driver system. Notably, more advanced safety features are available via packages and higher trim levels. But why pay extra when you could get these features standard in the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe?


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