Trucks & SUVs

The Chevy Blazer Is Getting Too Popular for Its Demand

SUVs are very popular options on the market nowadays, and Chevy seems to have made a hit new SUV. The Chevy Blazer is a midsize crossover and it debuted in the 2019 model year. Since then, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chevy Blazer has continued to sell extremely well. 

How well as the Chevy Blazer been selling?

According to GM Authority, really well. In 2019, when it debuted, Chevy sold a total of 16,059 in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with 14,795 of those sales coming from the U.S. Perhaps due to word of mouth, or perhaps due to a great ad campaign, the Blazer’s sales have skyrocketed in 2020, even despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a big toll on the American economy.

While sales of the Blazer are significantly down in Mexico, the SUV has been gaining popularity in the U.S. and Canada. So far in 2020, Chevy has sold 43,920 Blazers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. 41,870 of those sales came from the U.S. alone, and that represents a massive 173% spike in sales compared to 2019. 

In fact, GM Authority said that the Blazer may be selling a bit too well, as dealership’s supply of the SUV is getting smaller compared to the demand that customers have for it. 

A possible shortage

A new Chevy Blazer on display at an auto show
A red Chevy Blazer | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

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GM Authority said that typically speaking, dealerships want to keep about 60 days worth of inventory of a car. Anything below that number indicates that the car is either in high demand, in low supply, or there’s a combo of both going on. GM Authority wrote that many automakers experienced a supply problem since factories had to be shut down in order to fight the virus.

However, GM Authority also said that the Blazer doesn’t necessarily have a supply problem so much as it has a demand problem. That’s because, due to the massive growth in sales compared to 2019, the most likely explanation for the Blazer’s relative shortage is because people are buying a lot of Blazers. 

Right now, this is a good thing, as Chevy is probably alright with the fact that a lot of people want a Blazer. However, if Chevy can’t make enough Blazers for everyone, then that high demand could turn into a bad thing.

And, like GM Authority said, the Blazer’s low supply can be a bad thing already. GM Authority wrote that, if dealerships had more Blazers available, then that could lead to higher sales due to customers having more choices to choose from.

What’s so good about the 2020 Chevy Blazer?

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Like U.S. News wrote, there’s a lot to like about the 2020 Blazer. It starts at just under $29,000, which makes it relatively affordable for a midsize SUV. On top of that, it comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that gets about 193 hp. That’s more than adequate for an SUV of its size, but that engine also gives the Blazer a great fuel economy.

That standard four-cylinder engine gives the Blazer 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on highways, for a combined 24 MPG. Since the Blazer can seat five people comfortably while still having some decent cargo space in the back, those fuel economy figures drive home the point that the Blazer is a very practical SUV to own. 

Not only that, but U.S. News also said that the Blazer has “athletic handling,” which is a great thing for an SUV to have. While the standard engine is powerful enough, Chevy offers more powerful engine options that, when combined with the Blazer’s great handling, will turn the Blazer into a very sporty SUV.