Test Drive: New Chevy Blazer resurrects a classic nameplate

Test Drive: New Chevy Blazer resurrects a classic nameplate

June 7th, 2019 by Mark Kennedy in Business Around the Region

Staff Photo by Mark Kennedy / The 2019 Chevy Blazer is a five-passenger SUV with an aggressive stance.

Staff Photo by Mark Kennedy / The 2019 Chevy Blazer has a plush interior.

Staff Photo by Mark Kennedy / The 2019 Chevy...

Wow! This is one hot, mid-size crossover.

And that's the point. Chevy is trying to compete for market share with such fashionable models as the swoopy Nissan Murano and the sculpted Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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The new Chevy Blazer, echoing a popular 20th-century SUV nameplate, blazes back to life with vigor in 2019, 50 years after the truck-based Chevy K5 Blazer first hit American roads in 1969.

The 2019 Blazer is a two-row, five-passenger crossover with an available 308-horsepower V-6 engine that has a max trailering capacity of 4,500 pounds. It has a sporty stance and sexy body work set atop four, 21-inch pearl nickle-aluminum wheels.

You might have seen the television commercial in which both soccer moms and dads drool over a new red Blazer. In contrast, our tester, provided by the manufacturer for a one-week tryout, is Graphite Metallic with a two-tone, black-and-maple sugar interior. If a red Blazer is sexy, a black one looks fierce.

Locally, Blazers are available at Integrity Chevrolet and Mountain View Chevrolet.



The 2019 Chevy Blazer is a two-row, mid-size crossover with seating for five. It's available with two engine options, a 2.5-liter inline four cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6. Our Premier tester has the V-6 with all-wheel-drive.



The boss 21-inch rims, chrome spears on the door panels, two-tone interior, panoramic sunroof and sculpted hood.



The back seats are too firm for our liking and some of the dash switches feel flimsy.



Our Blazer Premier tester with all the bells and whistles rings up at $49,290. A base Blazer starts at $28,800. Fuel economy is a respectable 25 mpg highway and 18 mpg city with the six-cylinder engine and all-wheel-drive. The crossover comes in three trims with ascending levels of cost: the base Blazer, sporty RS and luxurious Premier.



The front bucket seats are well-bolstered and the two-tone interior makes for a classy environment. The V-6 is strong for the class and ride and handling are impressive. Rear-seat passengers have an abundance of power sources for portable electronics.



The new Blazer is crammed with high-tech features including an 8-inch touchscreen, available 4G LTE Wi-Fi, remote start, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert and lane-keep assist.



We're guessing Chevy has a hit on its hands with the new Blazer. Older customers will be put in a nostalgic mood by the name and new customers will be impressed with its cutting-edge design and features.

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