2019 Chevrolet Blazer Review, Release Dates, Prices

Chevrolet is raising the bar on crossover design with the introduction of the 2019 Blazer as the newest member of the industry’s broadest, freshest crossover and SUV lineup since 2015. The all-new contemporary midsize SUV is rooted in attention-grabbing design with seamlessly integrated customer-focused technologies and superb functionality. Slotting between the Equinox and Traverse, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will offer unique design elements on each model, appealing to customers seeking distinctive styling and outstanding utility.

Highlights include:

  • Bold styling that features a strong grille and muscular proportions.
  • Driver-centric interior and distinctive looks on all models.
  • Model range includes sporty RS and up-level Premier models.
  • Five-passenger seating with up to 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) of max cargo space with second-row seats folded flat.
  • Adjustable sliding rear seat.
  • Available Chevy-first cargo management system with a rail system and cargo fence.
  • Available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof.
  • Suite of available active safety features.
  • Standard 2.5L I-4 and available 3.6L V-6 engines, each backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Advanced twin-clutch AWD system available.
  • 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) estimated max trailering with the available 3.6L V-6.
  • Available Hitch View feature that helps the driver aligns the hitch with the trailer.

EXTERIOR

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is the boldest, most progressive expression of the Chevrolet crossover design theme. A wide stance, tight proportions, a high beltline and dramatic sculpting give it toned, athletic appearance from all angles. Each model in the lineup offers a unique look with distinct styling to suit different customers’ tastes, including unique grille appearances, additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS.

The front end featuring a strong grille, athletic hood lines and low-placed HID headlamps distinguishes all models. The design also features a distinctive lighting execution that separates the headlamps and LED daytime running lamps. Long, lean and sculpted body sides lead to a rear end highlighted by LED-illuminated Chevy-signature dual-element tail lamps, dual exhaust outlets and an integrated tailgate spoiler. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer also offers a range of stylish wheels, starting with standard 18-inch aluminum rims and expanding to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier.

INTERIOR

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer offers many of the key creature comforts that drivers expect in a family crossover today. You also get a standard sliding-and-reclining rear seat, which helps alleviate the tight headroom that 6-foot passengers riding in the back will encounter. Oddly, the Blazer interior isn’t much larger than the compact Equinox. The Blazer offers only slightly more headroom, legroom and cargo space than the Equinox, but its wider body does create more elbow room — something families with growing siblings will appreciate.

The quality of interior materials is high. The leather upholstery on the top Blazer trim isn’t luxury-grade, but it’s soft and pliable and feels durable. The same can be said for the materials and plastics that line the dash and door panels. They aren’t up to Cadillac levels but are just fine for the heavy family use that most Blazers will face. Other features include an electronically locking glovebox and active noise cancellation to help quiet the cabin out on the road.

The infotainment and connected tech are the real stars here. A new 8-inch touchscreen is the main interface, and it provides crisp graphics. You also get a high-resolution rearview camera with multiple angles, four USB ports, onboard Wi-Fi, and iPhone and Android smartphone integration. An upgraded system — available on the Blazer and RS trims and standard on the Premier — includes navigation, Bluetooth audio streaming for two devices, and the ability to save user profiles for different drivers. Each driver in the family can save various audio and climate control preferences and even smaller details like duration of entry and exit lighting. It’s a nice touch that allows some of the personalization we’ve come to expect in the personal device era.

Other options include wireless device charging, a slick digital gauge cluster display, two extra USB ports (including USB-C), a 120-volt household-style power outlet, a hands-free liftgate, heated rear seats, and a cargo management system with floor rails and a cargo fence. The latter may sound like something you won’t need. But consider that the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer offers just 64.2 cubic feet of space with its 60/40-split folding seats down and a little less than half that in the upright position.

TRIM LEVELS & PRICING

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a five-passenger SUV that available in four trim levels: L, Blazer, RS and Premier.

The L trim level starts at $29,995 (include the $1,195 destination charge). It comes with a decent amount of standard equipment including 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker stereo.

The Blazer trim (also called the LT) and has three different specifications: 2.5L Cloth, 3.6L Cloth and 3.6L Leather. The 2.5L Cloth costs $33,495 and adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, rear privacy glass and a spare tire. The 3.6L Cloth costs $34,495 and gets the 3.6-liter V6 engine as well as the option to upgrade to all-wheel drive. The 3.6L Leather starts at $38,695 and adds black roof rails, a power liftgate, remote start, heated power-adjustable mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, lane keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors.

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS which has a sporty look costs $41,795 and get the 3.6L Leather equipment along with 20-inch wheels, a blacked-out front grille, driver-seat memory settings, dual exhaust tips, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, an upgraded driver information display, a 120-volt power outlet, and an adjustable cargo management system.

The range-topping Premier carries a price tag of $43,895 and include the RS equipment plus some chrome exterior accents, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system.

Most of the upper-trim-level equipment can be added to lower trim levels in option packages. Other notable options include a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection.

POWERTRAINS

The new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is powered by a standard 2.5L I-4 engine rated at 193 hp (143 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque (255 Nm). A 3.6L V-6 is also available, offering 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm). Both direct-injected engines feature intelligent stop/start technology that seamlessly shuts off the engine when power is not needed, based on a variety of driving factors, and both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Traction Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can opt to have their vehicle operates in FWD when AWD capability is not necessary.

The RS and Premier models offer a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD technology that helps optimize traction for every condition. It provides excellent performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry weather.

ENGINE

Type

2.5L I-4 DOHC VVT with Direct Injection

Bore & Stroke (in / mm)

3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101

Block Material

Lost foam cast aluminum

Cylinder Head Material

Lost foam cast aluminum

Valvetrain

DOHC iVLC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing

Fuel Delivery

High-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm)

193 / 143 @ 6300 (SAE certified)

Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm)

188 / 255 @ 4400 (SAE certified)

Transmission

Hydra-Matic 9T50 six-speed automatic

 

Type

3.6L DOHC VVT with direct injection

Bore & stroke (in / mm)

3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8

Block material

Cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners

Cylinder head material

Cast aluminum

Valvetrain

Dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing

Fuel delivery

Direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control

Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm)

308 / 228 @ 6700

Torque (lb.-ft./ Nm @ rpm)

270 / 368 @ 5000

Transmission

Hydra-Matic 9T65 nine-speed automatic

EPA-EST. FUEL ECONOMY (mpg)

2.5L

22 city / 27 hwy (FWD)

3.6L

20 city / 26 hwy (FWD)

18 city / 25 hwy (AWD)

 

CHASSIS & SUSPENSION

Front Suspension

MacPherson strut independent with hydraulic control arm ride bushing and hollow stabilizer bar

Rear Suspension

Five-link independent with auxiliary spring aids and hollow stabilizer bar

Steering Type

Electric variable-effort power steering with Active Return Assist

Turning Circle (ft. / m)

38.7 / 11.8

Brake Type

Four-wheel-disc, variable brake system with power assist; Duralife brake rotors and low-drag brake calipers

Brake Rotor Size (in / mm)

12.64 / 321 (front)

12.40 / 315 (rear)

Wheel Size

18-in. aluminum (std. L, Blazer)

20-in. aluminum (std. RS, Premier; avail. Blazer)

21-in. aluminum (avail. RS, Premier)

Tire Size

P235/65R18 ALS

P235/55R20 ALS

P265/45R21 ALS

 

 

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase (in. / mm)

112.7 / 2863

Overall Length (in. / mm)

191.4 / 4862

Overall Width (in. / mm)

76.7 / 1946

Overall Height (in. / mm)

67 / 1702

Track (in. mm)

66.1 / 1687 (front); 66 / 1681 (rear)

Headroom (in / mm)

front: 39.8 / 1011 (without sunroof)

rear: 38.6 / 980 (without sunroof)

Legroom (in. / mm)

front: 41 / 1042

rear: 39.6 / 1006

Shoulder Room (in. / mm)

front: 59.1 / 1501

rear: 58.6 / 1488

Hip Room (in. / mm)

front: 55.6 / 1412

rear: 54.2 / 1377

Base Curb Weight (lb. / kg):

3810 / 1728 (L model with 2.5L)

3818 / 1732 (1LT trim with 2.5L)

4017 / 1822 (3.6L FWD)

4246 / 1926 (3.6L AWD)

Cargo Volume (cu. ft. / L)

30.5 / 864 (behind rear seat

64.2 / 1818 (rear seat folded)

Trailering Capacity (lb. / kg)

4500 / 2041 (3.6L with avail. AWD and trailering pkg.)

1500 / 680 (2.5L FWD, 3.6L FWD)

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