Chevrolets are mid-size SUVs that’re best for people who love to drive in vehicles that stand out. While it has a generous amount of cargo and passenger space, the quality of its cabin materials can’t match similarly priced rivals like the KIA Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Some of the Blazer’s top options are also reserved for the most expensive models, which impacts its value proposition.
As enjoyable as the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer can be to drive, it can’t match the overall skill set of competitors such as the Honda Passport and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Blazer features a standard 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an optional 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6. Both pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The front-drive, turbo-four version has sufficient power for getting around town and highway duty.
However, the V-6 delivers impressive acceleration and provides added confidence when passing on the highway. However, the automatic transmission is slow to downshift when in need of a quick burst of acceleration.
The four-cylinder can tow up to 1500 pounds, while the V-6 version can handle up to 4500 pounds. With steady composure and accurate steering, the Blazer is easily the best-driving crossover to wear the Chevrolet bow tie.
Even without the sportier setup found on the RS, the Blazer is more engaging than many competitors. Its standard 18-inch wheel-and-tire combo provided a smoother and quieter ride than the RS model that wore large 21-inches, which thudded over bumpy roads.
Thankfully, both models remained hushed on even surfaces and at highway speed. The steering’s precise feedback was satisfying during spirited sessions yet fluid at low speed.
The Blazer with the standard turbo four is rated at up to 22 mpg city and 29 highway. The V-6 version is slightly thirstier, with estimates up to 20 mpg city and 27 highway. The all-wheel-drive, V-6 Blazer can manage 24 mpg in a real-world test. Besides, the Hyundai Santa Fe earned 27 mpg in the same test.
The Blazer design is heavily inspired by the Chevrolet Camaro, with an intuitive climate-control system that features round air vents below the center stack. These vents can be twisted to adjust the temperature settings.
The visual flourishes include soft-touch plastics and a two-tone color scheme. While the fancier models receive leather surfaces and flashier materials, our mid-level test car had several cheap pieces and mostly grayscale colors. The Blazer also offers desirable content, such as ambient interior lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.
With 31 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 64 with the seats folded, we were able to fit 11 and 26 carry-on suitcases, respectively. There are several storage solutions for small items, including ledges on the front-door panels that are perfect for smartphones.
There’s a decent-size cubby at the front of the center console, too, and the bin has good space, albeit without organization. The back seat is less remarkable, with a bin at the back of the center console and small door pockets.
Chevy equips every Blazer with standard driver-assistance technology that includes forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, automatic high-beams, and more. There are also other optional driver assists, and the top trims come with the most standard content.
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