Consumer Reports: Avoid the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer, Buy the 2021 Ford Edge Instead
When it comes to car reviews, Consumer Reports has a pretty thorough testing process. What made Consumer Reports dislike the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer so much? There are a variety of reasons listed, but the 2021 Ford Edge and the Hyundai Sante Fe were both solid replacement vehicles.
Consumer Reports didn’t love the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer
Two and three-row SUVs are having a moment right now. The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer revamps the well-loved Blazer from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. However, the new Blazer missed the mark in a lot of essential areas. Consumer Reports says that the midsized SUV seats five but focused more on style than the utility. And the style completely missed the mark, so that’s a bad sign.
Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer a score of 67 out of 100 overall. It had below-average predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction, which didn’t help. The all-wheel drive Blazer with 305 hp only racked up 19 mpg overall. The base model doesn’t offer forward-collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB). You have to upgrade to a mid-level trim, and even then, blind-spot warning (BSW) is still only optional.
Price Range: $28,800 – $44,900
Why Consumer Reports chose the 2021 Ford Edge instead
On Consumer Reports list of best SUVs under $40,000, the 2021 Ford Edge ranked reasonably high. This SUV came in second on the midsized SUVs list and scored 83 out of 100 overall. The Ford Edge had an above-average predicted reliability score and an average score for predicted owner satisfaction. In these aspects, the Edge is lightyears ahead of the Blazer already. It also gets 22 mpg overall. Consumer Reports said, “The Edge is a pleasant, well-rounded vehicle with agile handling, a steady ride, and a quiet interior that contributes to its premium feel.”
The 2021 Ford Edge has a lot of safety features that come standard. These include FCW, AEB, and BSW. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ranked all crash test ratings “good.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) scored almost all of the crash test five stars, with four stars in the rollover sections.
Price Range: $32,750 – $43,600
An under-the-radar Alternative, the Hyundai Santa Fe
Consumer Reports found the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe was a solid replacement for the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer. The Hyundai Santa Fe had above-average predicted reliability and owner satisfaction, plus 24 mpg overall. CR says the Santa Fe has powerful engines, new controls, and even a hybrid version. The cabin is roomy, and the trunk space is relatively generous. Plus, the interior refresh is stylish. The Hyundai SUV offers FCW and AEB standard. BSW and rear cross-traffic warning are standard on every trim but the base model.
Price Range: $27,000 – $42,450
The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer might have missed the mark on the Consumer Reports list, but the 2021 Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe make up for it. When it comes down to it, reliability and standard safety features are more important than style. If the Blazer was on your list, it might be worth it to check out the Edge and Santa Fe instead.