Old-school Chevy Blazer fans were pleased to see it return for the 2019 model year. No, the rebooted midsize crossover isn’t as off-road-worthy as its SUV predecessor, but some liken the Blazer RS to a Camaro. However, the 2019 Blazer’s lack of safety features on its lower trims concerned some consumers.
Fortunately, Chevrolet has changed its tune for the 2021 model year. MotorTrend reports the 2021 Blazer boasts a standard Safety Assist package for some trim levels. So, which safety features are included?
The 2021 Chevy Blazer boasts more options than before
The new safety package comes standard starting on the Chevy Blazer 2LT, which usually retails for around $33,100. It has automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, following distance monitors, forward-collision alert, automatic high-beams, and front pedestrian braking. And the Blazer 3LT offers an optional 360-degree backup camera.
Adaptive cruise control is still available only on the RS and Premier trims via another package. And there are still no advanced safety options for the base trim besides Teen Driver and a rearview camera. Lane-changing alerts, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors are optional equipment on the Blazer 1LT.
Other Blazer packages make driving safer and easier
The three top trims gain additional technology features through convenience packages. In addition to the surround-view camera, the Chevy Blazer 3LT can also incorporate a digital rearview mirror. This technology package also includes a larger center touchscreen, a traditional 120-volt power outlet, navigation, and a new audio system.
An Enhanced Driver Confidence package for the Blazer RS includes heated rear seats and ventilated front seats. Also included is an adjustable steering column, useful for taller drivers who need more legroom. Both the Blazer RS and Premier trims offer the optional Driver Confidence II bundle.
This package adds extra safety features, such as LED headlights and a rear-seat reminder. And an upgraded version of standard automatic emergency is optimized for braking at higher speeds. A cargo organization system and wireless device charging are also part of this package.
Is the 2021 Blazer a good buy?
The Chevy Blazer offers plentiful standard infotainment tech to make up for its lack of base safety features. It boasts smartphone integration, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The center stack doesn’t include many physical buttons, but the large touchscreen makes it easy to see digital control options.
However, the Blazer’s interior leaves something to be desired. It looks nice enough at a glance, but a closer inspection reveals flimsy and cheap-feeling materials. With real leather trim and shiny metal accents, the higher trim levels give you a little more bang for your buck.
The Blazer can seat only five passengers on either cloth or leather upholstery. Both rows are spacious enough for most riders, but the sloping roofline could restrict headroom for taller drivers. Thirty cubic feet of cargo space sits behind the rear seats, below average for a midsize crossover.
A mediocre 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine makes 193 hp. The top trims come with a 308-hp, 3.6-liter V6, providing better acceleration and strength for hauling or towing. No matter which engine you get, the Blazer’s handling is surprisingly athletic for its size. It also comes with a terrain management system, but all-wheel drive is available only on certain trims.
The Chevy Blazer is a pretty safe SUV, but many rivals offer more cargo space and passenger room. And the fact that you have to pay extra for a better engine and more safety features detracts from the 2021 Blazer’s value.