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Driving the 2021 Chevy Blazer Has Its Pros and Cons

Are you interested in the 2021 Chevy Blazer? Despite straying from its classic boxy and off-roading roots, the Chevy Blazer is still an excellent SUV option. Check out the potential pros and cons involved with buying this revived SUV. 

Is the 2021 Chevy blazer a good SUV? 

Yes, the 2021 Chevy Blazer is a great SUV option that’s comfortable and fun to drive. However, no vehicle is perfect. It has a few excellent features to brag about and a few potential drawbacks to consider. 

The all-new Blazer SUV from Chevrolet on display at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California
The 2021 Chevy Blazer | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

According to Car and Driver, one of the possible cons involves its price. The Chevy Blazer begins at about $28,800. This is a higher starting price compared to rivals. For example, the 2021 Toyota RAV4 starts at about $26,250. These prices are listed before the dealership fees, and destination fees have been added.

Also, the New Chevy Blazer isn’t the best option for saving on fuel. It gets an EPA estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The RAV4 gets an EPA estimated 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. 

How does the Chevy Blazer perform? 

According to Edmunds, the 2021 Chevy Blazer has a weak base engine. The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. But you can upgrade to the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. 

But Edmunds recommends going with the optional 3.6-liter V6 engine with 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, they could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which brings us to our first pro. 

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The Chevy Blazer is fun to drive with its peppy acceleration. It feels agile and confident through turns with limited body roll. The Blazer offers a steady composure with responsive steering. You can pass people with confidence on the freeway. 

All-wheel drive is available with the turbo and V6 engine. The four-cylinder variants can only tow up to 1,500 lbs, but the V6 models can tow up to 4,500 lbs. So, the V6 seems to be the best way to go. 

The models equipped with 18-inch wheels provide a smoother ride than the RS model that’s equipped with 21-inch wheels. The cabin is fairly quiet, but there is noticeable wind and road noise at highway speeds. 

Chevy Blazer features 

The 2021 Chevy Blazer has spacious seats in the front, but the rear seats are a little tight. Depending on how tall your passengers are, only two adults may comfortably fit back there. The Blazer offers 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat with up to 64.2 cubic feet total. 

The base model trim and mid-level options have plastic and cheap materials in the interior, but you can upgrade to high trim levels with leather surfaces. Convenience features include heated and ventilated seats. 

The 2019 Chevy Blazer driving down the street
2019 Chevy Blazer | chevy

It comes with a standard 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interface looks great and is easy to use. Also, plenty of USB ports are in the front and rear. A 120-Volt outlet and wireless charge pad are optional. 

But not many safety features come standard. Optional features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control.