Athletic and sculpted with undulating lines, the styling of the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer takes what might have otherwise looked like your average family hauler and morphed into a super-cool SUV that echoes what you see on the bodies of some luxury vehicles.
It might look like a Camaro, to be sure, but does it even come close to driving like one? The Blazer is actually quite agile for being a SUV, handling more like a Camaro than you might expect. If you opt for the V6 engine, you can get quite the plethora of power.
The one thing that brings the experience down a notch is the trade-off of cool exterior styling for rear seat head space. The loss of head space means that taller passengers will feel less comfortable in the rear, and even the average-sized adult might feel a bit cramped.
Another good thing? There are many driver aids that come standard on almost all of the trim levels. Automatic emergency braking and other helpful driver aids have been made standard for the model year, which makes the Blazer seem like an even more capable family vehicle.
So, is the 2021 Chevy Blazer the right SUV for you? This review will go over what is new for the model year, the style, the available trim levels, how the Blazer drives, and what kind of fuel economies its engines get. Be sure to read on through to the end to get our final verdict on the new Blazer.
What's New For 2021?
Aside from a minor shuffling about of features, the only real change to the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer that you will see is the standardization of most driver aids. The 2LT trim level gets forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. This is the third of six trim levels, so getting these features as standard on a mid-tier trim level is a nice bonus.
The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer only comes as a mid-size two-row SUV.
There are a grand total of six trim levels available, not to mention a number of packages. The base L trim rides atop 19-inch wheels and is equipped with a 4-cylinder engine that generates 193 hp. Smartphone app integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard.
The 1LT trim adds power adjustability to the driver's seat, tinting on the rear windows, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The 2LT ups the ante with a turbo 4-cylinder engine that generates 230 hp. It also has that bounty of standard driver aids mentioned above. The 3LT adds leather upholstery, a power tailgate, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, and blind spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert.
The RS trim level gives the Blazer a sturdy V6 engine with a power output of 308 hp. It also has some chic and unique black painted 20-inch wheels. The navigation system and touchscreen infotainment system get upgraded, and a 120-volt power outlet is added. Also, drivers can warm their hands on a heated steering wheel wrapped in leather.
The line-topping Premier trim level has its own 20-inch wheels. It also gets memory settings for the driver's seat, a system for managing cargo, heating on the rear outboard seats, a power tilt and telescoping steering column, and ventilation for the front seats.
In addition, the various trim levels can be equipped with certain packages. The Sound and Technology Package (which can be added to the 3LT) gives you cool tech features like a digital rear-view mirror, a 360-degree surround-view camera system, navigation with the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 120-volt power outlet.
The RS can get the Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence II Package added on. The gives the Blazer features like the ventilated front seats, the power-adjustable steering column, and the 8-speaker sound system - all of which gets standardized on the Premier trim.
The RS and Premier can both be equipped with the Driver Confidence II Package. This tacks on adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, the 360-degree surround-view camera system, and enhanced automatic emergency braking.
Driving the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer is quite enjoyable thanks to its refined handling capabilities and swift acceleration. With the V6 equipped, the Blazer makes it from 0 to 60 mph in a speedy 6.6 seconds - one of the fastest times in this segment. Athletic and aerodynamic, the Blazer is able to handle a variety of turns without experiencing any body roll. However, the steering feels bulkier than it should, and the optional all-wheel-drive system is not as off-road worthy as what you will find on many competitors.
The Blazer remains primarily comfortable, as the ride quality is smooth and compliant. Despite being flat, the backseat cushions are set at an appropriate angle and height. The front seats are bolstered and padded to perfection for long journeys. The biggest downside comfort-wise is that wind noise is always present and perturbing.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer does not seem to match its EPA estimates in real-world testing. The V6 is slated to get 22 mpg combined per the EPA rating, but it seems to get somewhere more along the lines of 19 to 20 mpg combined. Mix road tests put it slightly higher at about 21 mpg though, which at least meets the expectations set forth by the EPA rating. It isn't the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class, but it also is not the worst.
Overall, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer is a solid mid-size SUV that functions as a capable family hauler. While the rear seat space could be more plentiful, the athletic style does look really contemporary. The steering needs some serious improvement, but the rest of the driving performance kind of balances that out.
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