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2021 Chevrolet Blazer Review

Powerful Midsize Family SUV

Price From $24,995 – To $43,895

Source: www.chevrolet.com

by | Nov 11, 2021

Overview

2021 Chevrolet Blazer is the ideal mid-size crossover SUV with a five-seater capacity. With three engine variants, you get a decent EPA-fuel economy rating. Though Blazer comes with a stylish and attractive exterior, the interior is unsatisfactory with lackluster materials.

However, the Chevrolet Blazer has a reasonably spacious rear seating area and cargo space. This new Chevy variant has attractive paint color options like Cayenne Orange, Cherry Red, Pewter, and Iron Grey.

The infotainment part of the Chevrolet Blazer has both Android Auto and Apple Carplay integration. A pair of standard USB ports and a wireless charging option makes it ideal for long travel stretches.

Thanks to its advanced features, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has received great reviews from both critics and consumers. J.D Power’s average consumer reliability rating for the Blazer stands at an impressive 84/100.

Pros
Three engine options
Smooth driving and control mechanism
Spacious cargo space and rear seating
Stylish exteriors
Cons
Lackluster materials in the interiors
Unsatisfactory performance of the base engine

Performance, Engine, and Comfort

(4/5)

2021 Chevrolet Blazer gives you the option to choose between three engines. But you have to keep in mind that the performance of the RS model’s base engine is non-reliable. The speed is enough for both highway travel and rough terrain maneuvering. With added safety mechanisms and robust suspension systems, you can have a smooth ride with your family or friends.

Engine & Performance

(4/5)

There are three engine options for Chevrolet Blazer. First, you have a regular 2.5 liter 4 cylinder engine that gives you 193 horsepower. If you want an enhanced speed of 230 horsepower, you can use the turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine. Lastly, there is an optional 3.6 liter V6 that produces a high speed of 308 horsepower. This speed is sufficient to get on a highway with high acceleration.

For the Blazer RS model, downshifting is a challenge with automatic transmission. Getting that high level of acceleration is something that you need to watch out for.

Engine and Gear

Chevrolet Blazer has an impressive nine-speed automatic gear shifting mechanism. The gear change is smooth in any situation.

Suspension

The front suspension system is made of MacPherson Strut, while there are five-link independent rear suspensions. These front and rear suspensions ensure that you can have a smooth drive on uneven roads. Significantly, the RS model of the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer offers the best suspension with smooth steering.

Handling

Trendy and smooth, the steering mechanism in Blazer comes with advanced features. You can ride on smooth highways or uneven roads with equal comfort levels. The leather-wrapped steering wheel comprises safety elements like rear park assist, lane-change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. The brake pedal performance is impressive as one can smoothly bring the car to a halt. The four-cylinder turbo engine and the V6 engine have been given all-wheel drive, and the rest are equipped with standard front-wheel drive.

Vibration

The 2020 version of the Chevrolet Blazer reported vibration issues while starting the vehicle. This issue was due to the unbalancing of the three cylinders. But, the latest 2021 model has not reported any vibration-related complaints so far.

Ride

Blazer models with 18-inch wheels provide a smoother ride, when compared to the RS variant with 21-inch wheels. The latter one gets rough on bumpy roads. But both the models have a quiet ride on even surfaces.

Safety & Reliability

(4/5)

The 2021 model of Blazer has a reliable safety mechanism with anti-brake locks, four varieties of airbags, an attractive infotainment system, and a sturdy pretensioner. It has earned a 5-star rating from NHTSA after crash test, but it failed to secure the Top Safety Pick accolade offered by IIHS.

Some of the primary safety features offered with this vehicle are adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automated emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keep assist.

Brake

Chevrolet Blazer comes with an anti-brake lock mechanism. Sometimes, the car’s tires stop rotating with extreme braking incidents. In such scenarios, the anti-brake lock mechanism gets activated and allows the vehicle to take a turn.

Airbags

There are four types of airbags in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer: overhead, front-impact, side-impact, and knee airbags. 

Overhead airbags protect the passengers’ heads during an overhead rollover. In contrast, front-impact airbags protect the front-row passengers during a crash. In contrast, side-impact airbags open up during a side collision to keep the passengers’ bodies safe. Lastly, knee airbags protect the lower portion of the occupant’s body.

Electronics

There are variations in the Chevrolet Blazer lighting system with LED taillights, headlights, and LED daytime running lights.

Traction control system (TCS)

There is a robust traction control system that operates in collaboration with a StabiliTrack electronic stability control system. Also, based on road and weather conditions, you can select the suitable traction mode to vary the vehicle performance.

Seat Belt Pretensioners

In the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer model, seat belt pretensioners protect the front outboard occupants. In case of a crash, these pretensioners tighten the seatbelts. But, once used, you cannot use it again, and you need to replace the pretensioners.

Fuel Economy

(4/5)

The fuel economy gives you the distance traveled by car/unit of fuel. The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has three engine variants with decent mileage for both city and highway roads. Its gas-powered engine provides sufficient power for smooth day-to-day travel.

Engine size

Chevrolet Blazer comes in three engine sizes: regular 2.5 liters 4 cylinder engine, a turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder engine, and an optional 3.6 liter V6.

Gas per mileage consumption

Blazer gives an average mileage of 21 mpg city and 27 highway for the 2.5-liter engine. The turbocharged cylinder can go up to 22mpg for the city and 29 for highway roads. Lastly, the V-6 engine gives 20 mpg for city roads and 27 mpg for highways.

Interior

(4/5)

Though Blazer’s exterior is stylish and attractive, the interior is a letdown because of the use of cheap materials. Nevertheless, the vehicle has an impressive trunk space and towing capacity. Plus, there is a child restraint system to offer optimum convenience for new parents.

Seats

Chevrolet Blazer has heated front seats with adjustable head restraints. You have to use the buttons located on the side of the head restraints to adjust its height.

Dashboard

With an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Chevrolet Blazer has an infotainment system with Android Auto compatibility and Apple CarPlay. Also, you can connect an eight-speaker Bose audio system, access Wifi-hotspot, or use wireless charging for phones. The built-in navigation helps you to get through the streets easily. Though the infotainment system is pretty easy to use, a rotary controller is needed to reduce distractions.

Overall height and space

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has a length of 191.4 inches, while its height is 67 inches. Its overall width without mirrors is 76.7 inches.

Trunk space & towing

Blazer has sufficient trunk space for hauling cargo. The space behind the rear seats stands at 30.50 cubic feet. Upon folding the backseats, you get a cargo space of 64.2 cubic feet. Also, the vehicle has an impressive towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.

Extras

Blazer is a comfortable vehicle for five people.  It is spacious with ample legroom as well as headroom. There is an interesting feature of rear-seat reminders that gets activated when the vehicle is on/off for a maximum of 10 mins. In addition, there is also an option to attach child restraint systems to the vehicle. This feature allows you to hold your infant tightly in the rear seats, to keep them protected.

Price and Extras

(4/5)

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has five trim levels with varying pricing levels. With the pricier ones, you get premium features.

Market Price

TRIM LEVELSSTARTING PRICE
L$24,995
1LT$33,795
2LT$34,295
RS$42,295
Premier$43,895

Warranty

Blazer has standard warranty packages with free dealer maintenance for one year from the purchase date. While there is the limited warranty coverage for three years (or 36,000 miles), a powertrain warranty is offered for five years (or 60,000 miles).

Awards

Chevrolet Blazer won the 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards in the Premium Midsize XSUV category. This award reiterates the customer’s happiness with Chevy’s feature upgrades.

Verdict

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer is a perfect car for anyone looking for style combined with safety. With three engine variants, you get reliable speeds on both city and highway.

Chevrolet Blazer also has spacious trunk space. You have ample space for carrying long-trip luggage. There are minor distractions in the interiors, but the attractive infotainment system makes up for the downside. The five exciting trim models offer interesting features, allowing the customers to choose a model that matches their preference. So go for the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer if you are willing to drive in style without compromising on comfort.