Real Review of the 2020 Chevy Blazer

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When you hear the word “Blazer” you might get an image of the boxlike SUV from a bygone era. However, the new Chevy Blazer is a stylish crossover that looks forward and not behind. The 2020 Chevy Blazer has everything you’d want from a crossover SUV. It has available all wheel drive, a turbo engine or V6, and automatic emergency braking. Just don’t expect those features on the base model.

There are six model trims available for the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer. There’s the base model L, 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT. Then, there’s the Premier and RS. The base model comes equipped with a rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, and LED lights. Its powertrain is rather weak though, and it lacks active safety equipment. Better to start with the mid-range Blazers and haggle for available options.

Style Points

The Chevy Blazer was once a trucklike SUV, but it’s been fully conformed to a crossover for 2020. Up front, there’s a large grille and sharp, hawkish lines near the narrow LED headlamps. It looks a bit like an older model Acura RDX minus the jeweled front lights.

The profile of the 2020 Chevy Blazer is attractive. Black roof pillars cast the illusion of a floating roof. There are deep contours in the side paneling that inspire images of Blazers in motion. The backside of the Blazer has a tight rear window and lots of rear hatch paneling. This might compromise rear visibility.

The RS model gets the most style points. It has a black mesh front grille and available 21-inch gloss black wheels and tires. Overall, the Blazer sits high above the road with slim shoulders and an urban appeal that make it a stylish standout crossover.

Performance Capabilities

There are three powertrain options for the Blazer. A mid-range turbo is new for 2020. It’s available on the 2LT and 3LT models. The new powertrain pumps out 230 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque at 1500 RPMs. The lower base model Blazers are equipped with a 2.5 Liter four cylinder engine that gets 193 horsepower and 188 lb. ft. of torque. For the 2020 Chevy Blazer’s weight, this powertrain lacks motivation.

RS and Premier models get the heavy lifting done. There’s a 3.6 Liter V6 engine under the hood that cranks out 308 horsepower and 269 pound feet of torque. When equipped with all wheel drive, the RS and Premier can tow up to 4,500 lbs. With the advanced twin clutch system, torque is automatically redirected to the wheels with the most purchase, giving you added handling and driver control. That’s a pleasant surprise for a small 5-seater crossover.

All wheel drive is available on the turbo and V6 models only. It’s not available with the basic four cylinder engine that’s on the L and 1LT. A nine speed automatic transmission manages the powertrain. It has decent programming, but only gets loose in lower gears. Independent suspension and electric power steering give the 2020 Blazer high quality handling. Even with the throaty V6 rumbling down the road, the Chevrolet Blazer has a firm grip on the road.

Interior Amenities

The interior design of the 2020 Chevy Blazer has a cockpit theme that seems to be a bit of a conceit. Air conditioning vents look like jet engines inside the Blazer, but the performance specs don’t match the motif. The space up front is somewhat narrow. There – you’re in a fighter jet. However, more care could have gone into the choice of surfaces, fabrics and layout.

The rear space is remarkably well-managed. The rear bench slides forward and folds down for a maximum cargo space of 64.2 cubic feet. You can find a rear bench configuration to suit nearly any storage need.

The Premier trim has the most sophisticated interior. There are heated front seats and steering wheel, ambient lighting, and leather. There are also more options with the cargo management system. You can equip a divider, shade, and tie downs.

Technology on Deck

One of the redeeming qualities of the 2020 Blazer’s dashboard layout is the infotainment system. Even the base model comes with the 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility and 4 USB ports. The MyChevrolet mobile app transfers some functionality of the Blazer to your smartphone. You can also upgrade the tech to include a wireless charging station, a premium Bose audio sound system, and navigation.

Safety Features

The NHTSA give the 2020 Blazer a five star crash rating. It’s a well-built crossover SUV, but the base model doesn’t have a great deal of safety equipment. You get a rearview camera, a full complement of airbags, electronic stability control and tire pressure monitoring.

It’s not that the Blazer doesn’t have advanced safety features; Chevrolet just charges extra for them. Even when you opt for the Premier or RS model, you still need to equip safety packages at an additional cost. If you’re willing to loosen your purse strings, then the 2020 Chevy Blazer becomes quite safe. These are some of the available features. You can equip lane keeping and forward collision alerts, a rearview camera display for your mirror, front pedestrian automatic braking, and a highway safety kit.

The Takeaway

There are plenty of excellent features like surround view camera and front collision alerts for the top Premier trim level, but they’re just available. That means they don’t come standard; those features come with an additional cost. In fact, the equipment list for the 2020 Blazer is full of “available” options. This makes the MSRP quite misleading.

On the plus side, the 2020 Chevy Blazer aces the exterior style of an urban crossover. It looks attractive from every angle and the sporty RS model is a head turner on the road. It’s also quite capable with a V6 engine and the ability to tow 4,500 pounds. You won’t have to hold your breath as you pull up to the trail in a 2020 Blazer either. It’s got available all-wheel drive and driving modes for different conditions. For consumers, it would all come down to price. Base model MSRP is $28,800, but the best features come at almost double the price.