The Blazer is available in six distinct trim levels, L, LT, RS and Premier, with several different equipment packages available on the LT trim. Power for the base model is provided by a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine making 193 hp while LT models receive a turbo-charged 2.0L 4-cylinder producing 230hp. An optional 3.6L V6 provides 308 hp and comes standard on the Premium and RS models, though it's also optional on the base model, provided the buyer springs for the correct option package. With each engine choice, power is sent to the wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available and comes standard on any Blazer also equipped with the turbo 4 cylinder and the bigger V6.
The Blazer is available with a ton of options, but even the most basic Blazer comes pretty-well equipped. Standard infotainment features include a 6-speaker stereo with an 8-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth audio streaming, voice commands, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SiriusXM satellite radio, 4 USB charging points and 4.2-inch screen for the driver. Additional standard features include an electronic locking glovebox, keyless entry with push button start, a rearview camera, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and HID headlights.
The Blazer RS gives buyers a bunch of other features, headlined by an improved infotainment system that adds navigation, an audio input jack, 6 USB ports and an SD card reader. Also standard on the RS include a bigger 8-inch screen in the driver's instrument panel, nicer interior ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 120-volt power outlet, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a built in garage door opener, a powered rear liftgate, 20-inch wheels, as well as a suite of driver assistance and safety programs, such as a blind spot monitoring system and a rear cross traffic alert system.
The top of the line Premier trim comes with a Bose surround sound system with 8-speakers, memory settings for the front seats, heated rear seats, heated and cooled front seats, a powered tilt and telescoping steering column and lots of chrome exterior body accents.
Did Chevrolet really need to jam the two-row Blazer between the three-row Traverse and the smaller Equinox? Probably not. Did Chevrolet really need to wedge a third engine option between the base I4 and the upmarket V6? Probably not. But buyers shopping for a two-row crossover with ample space and power will probably be happy the automaker did, since this new-for-2020 combo feels like a winner. Mostly.
I wasn't originally sold on the idea of adding some sportiness to GM's crossover portfolio, but both on paper and in person, the Blazer works. The sharp angles up front play very well and the rear end even manages to snag a bit of the Camaro's character without overemphasizing it. Throw in a dash of ruggedness by way of the dark-gray trim around the bottom of the body and boom -- you've got one seriously good-looking SUV.
The interior, on the other hand, has a few more downs to counteract the ups. From five feet, the cabin looks great -- the angles on the dashboard are interesting and the bit of leather on the 3LT trim's dashboard adds a premium touch. The Camaro-like climate controls are always interesting, with the ring around the front vents used to set the temperature. There's a good amount of storage in the center console and while I appreciate the unique dual-level layout of the door panel cubbies, the higher trays aren't large enough to hold anything appreciable.
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