The Blazer has a long history at General Motors. It started as Chevrolet full-size SUV truck, before moving to a smaller pickup chassis in the early 80s. After being gone for a decade and a half, it was resurrected last year, but with a modern style far different from its predecessor. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is a midsize crossover a better suited for on-road tasks than its ancestors, but loses some magic in the process.
It is undeniable that the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is one of the most distinctive SUVs on the market. The Camaro-inspired exterior stands out immediately among the long list of box-shaped competitors. The muscle car aesthetic carries over to the interior, which really feels like an expanded Camaro. If you only want a tough SUV that looks good, stop reading now and go to the nearest Chevy dealer.
But if you want a functional interior, you should consider other options. The aggressive design that makes the Blazer look really cool sacrifice the rear headroom and cargo space. The Blazer also carries one of the Camaro shortcomings: rear visibility. You will definitely want to upgrade to at least the 1LT trim with the Convenience and Driver Confidence package to get a blind-spot monitor, which we think a must-have if you plan to buy the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer.
- New turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine option
- Engine stop-start function can now be disabled
- Trailer hitch guidance included with tow package
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is a five-passenger SUV that available in four trim levels: L, Blazer, RS and Premier. The base L model comes with a decent amount of standard equipment. But you’re more likely to opt for the LT trim, which comes in three sub-trims: 1LT, 2LT and 3LT. They offer increasing amounts of safety equipment plus upgraded engines. The RS has a sporty look, while the Premier is the most luxurious Blazers.
The L trim starts at under $30,000 and includes 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB and two USB-C ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, OnStar capability with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and a six-speaker stereo.
The 1LT start from $33,495 and adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat, tinted glass, satellite radio and a spare tire. This trim opens up more exterior color options, available 20-inch rims ($1,995), and a rear-seat infotainment system ($1,995). The Convenience and Driver Confidence Package ($1,845) adds blind-spot monitoring, lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, remote start, and a power liftgate. Buyers can have a roof rack and side assist steps in the Hit the Road Package ($1,050), but it requires the previous package selected first.
The 2LT start from $33,995 and mirror to the 1LT in terms of standard equipment except for its engine. It gets the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and can have the V6 for an extra $500. The available Redline Edition ($1,895), which adds a variety of sporty red aesthetic cues. Once again, it requires the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package be selected.
The Blazer 3LT start from $38,195 and adds black roof rails, a power liftgate, remote engine start, auto-dimming driver-side and rearview mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. The Sound and Technology Package ($1,400) adds navigation alongside a Bose eight-speaker audio system, the surround-view camera, and a rear camera mirror.
The sporty looking RS start from $41,795 and adds 20-inch wheels, a blacked-out front grille, dual exhaust tips, a hands-free liftgate, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system, ambient lighting, another set of USB and USB-C ports, an upgraded driver information display, a household-style power outlet and an adjustable cargo management system. The pricey Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence Package II Package ($3,575) add advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control plus Bose audio system, wireless charging, heated rear seats, and more. A panoramic sunroof can be added for $1,595.
The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer Premier start from $43,895 and gets all of the RS version’s equipment plus some chrome exterior accents, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, faux suede cabin trim, and an eight-speaker Bose sound system. The safety features are available on their own for $2,165 through the Driver Confidence II Package, while the sunroof remains a $1,595 standalone option.
The 2020 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. An 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 2020 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.
The base engine for 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is a 2.5L four-cylinder rated at 193 hp (143 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque (255 Nm). It’s available with front-wheel drive only. New for this year is the 230-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in the 2LT and 3LT trims where front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive (AWD) becomes available as an option. Optional for the 2LT and 3LT, and standard on the RS and Premier is a 3.6-liter V6 producing 308 hp (227 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm).
All three engine 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. Luckily, this system now can be deactivated. All versions of the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer employ a competent 9-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.
Equipped with a V6, all-wheel drive and the optional tow package, the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer can tow up to 4,500 pounds. A front-wheel-drive models is rated up to 1,500 pounds with either a four- or six-cylinder engine.
193 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
188 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/27 mpg (FWD)
Test Result (LT FWD)
Zero to 60 mph: 8.1 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 24.2 sec
Zero to 110 mph: 36.1 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 8.3 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.3 sec @ 85 mph
Top speed (C/D est): 120 mph
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
230 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A
308 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (FWD), 18/25 mpg (AWD)
Test Results (RS AWD)
Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.0 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 29.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 94 mph
Top Speed (C/D est, governor limited): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft