Trucks & SUVs

How Safe Is the New Chevrolet Blazer?

Chevy may be known for its trucks or its sports cars, but Chevy’s SUVs have been popular and successful as well. The Chevy Blazer, which went out of production for a few years, is back again. Now the Blazer is one of Chevy’s latest popular offerings for the SUV market. Here’s how the Blazer scored in safety according to multiple organizations. 

What the IIHS says

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or the IIHS, hasn’t completed its entire safety evaluation of the Blazer yet. That said, the IIHS has done several crash tests on the Blazer already. The IIHS has completed two of the most important crash tests already, and these were the moderate overlap frontal crash test and the side crash test. 

Overall, the IIHS gave the Blazer a “Good” grade, which is the highest grade for safety awarded by the IIHS, in both crash test categories. When the IIHS broke it down, the Blazer also got a “Good” grade in pretty much every subcategory of those crash tests. That said, the Blazer did get an “Acceptable” grade, which is the second best grade that the IIHS gives, in one subcategory. 

That subcategory had to do with the safety of the driver’s right leg and foot during a moderate overlap frontal crash. For the right leg and foot in particular, the Blazer only got an “Acceptable” grade. Funny enough, the safety of the driver’s left leg and foot got a “Good” grade rating, so for some reason, this minor issue only affects the driver’s right leg and foot.

What the NHTSA says

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier | Chevrolet

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has done a more complete safety evaluation of the Blazer than the IIHS did. In the NHTSA’s crash tests, the Blazer did very well. Overall, the NHTSA awarded the Blazer 5 out of 5 stars for safety. That said, there were certain areas where the Blazer did a bit worse in than usual, but not by a lot. 

For example, in the front crash test category, the front driver side of the Blazer got 5 out of 5 stars for safety. However, the NHTSA only gave the front passenger side of the Blazer 4 out of 5 stars for safety. But overall, the NHTSA gave the front of the Blazer 5 out of 5 stars for its safety. 

Similar to what the IIHS says about the Blazer’s sides though, the NHTSA also says that the Blazer gets 5 out of 5 stars for how it performed in the side crash tests. Unlike the frontal crash tests however, the NHTSA gave the Blazer 5 out of 5 stars in every single subcategory of this crash test category.

But when it comes to the Blazer’s rollover safety, the NHTSA only awarded the Blazer 4 out of 5 stars. The Blazer didn’t tip over in the NHTSA’s dynamic tip test, but the rollover risk of the Blazer was simply too high. The NHTSA says that the Blazer has a 15.5% chance of rolling over, and that’s why the Blazer got only 4 out of 5 stars for this category. 

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What U.S. News says 

When taking in all of that crash test data as well as factoring in other things like the safety features that the Blazer offers, U.S. News agreed with the IIHS and the NHTSA. U.S. News gave the Blazer 9.2 out of 10 for safety.

That said, while the Blazer has some safety systems, Chevy doesn’t offer much of them as standard options on the Blazer. Modern safety features like blind spot detection and lane departure warning are only optional on the Blazer, which means that being safe in the Blazer will cost extra.