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The 2020 Chevy Blazer Has a Troubling Array of Safety Features

Fans got excited when Chevy resurrected its once-popular Blazer last year. And usually, by the second model year of a new design or relaunch, consumers can expect the automaker to have perfected a few things. But the 2020 Chevy Blazer, while still exciting in a variety of ways, is proving to still fall short in other areas. The Chevrolet Blazer has a troubling array of safety features, or should we say, lack thereof instead. 

Automatic emergency braking is a given, right?

In 2020, most automakers have learned to make some safety and driver assistance features a standard across all trim levels. After all, consumers expect their chosen cars to be safe without having to pay extra for some of the more entry-level technology that seems to be available on almost every vehicle today.

But the 2020 Chevy Blazer missed the memo on a few options, including the basic need for automatic emergency braking. A feature that seems a basic requirement for today’s vehicles is only available at higher trims for the Blazer this year.

It was a significant enough of a miss for the MotorTrend critics to point it out in their recent review. The 360-degree multi-camera system is appreciated by all, but the MotorTrend gurus would trade it in a heartbeat to have the basic automatic emergency braking.

What the MotorTrend experts didn’t like about the 2020 Chevy Blazer

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The MotorTrend reviewers pointed out a few flaws to safety and practicality for the 2020 Chevy Blazer. Not everyone uses the adaptive cruise control feature in their cars. But it’s missing entirely in this year’s lower level trims for the Blazer.

It may be a deal-breaker for anyone looking to commute who relies on the automatic acceleration and deceleration technology. The reviewers weren’t happy about the location of the electric parking brake button either. They were disappointed the Blazer didn’t offer the touch-sensing unlocking door tech and were unimpressed with the air flow based on the position of the air vents. 

Balancing the Chevrolet Blazer’s good with the not so good

Despite missing the mark in a few key feature areas, the 2020 Chevy Blazer does have plenty of positive attributes. Its engine variety may be appealing to some, with its 2.5-liter I-4 and 3.6-liter V6 options. It also pleasantly surprises at the pump.

The Chevy Blazer, based on the smaller engine and FWD options, achieves an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Add an extra gallon or two for the stronger engine and AWD capability. The MotorTrend experts were happy with Blazer’s interior space and first impressions overall. 

Should you buy the Chevy Blazer?

When it comes down to configuring and buying a 2020 Chevrolet Blazer for yourself, you may wonder which trim level brings the most value, despite some of its missing features. The MotorTrend experts suggest the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, and 3LT is most enjoyable to drive.

As Car and Driver points out in their comments, if you need forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, or adaptive cruise control, you’ll need the RS or Premier level trims to get there.

The Chevy Blazer is worth a look for sure and worth getting excited about if you’re in the market for a new SUV. But it’s also worth noting that it may have missed the mark in adding a few key features that most vehicles come with standard. Before you make your SUV selection, make sure you choose the right trim level and packages to get those must-have extras.