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2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS AWD Review – Everybody’s Talkin’

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer front quarter

2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS AWD

three.6-liter V6, DOHC (308 hp @ 6700 rpm, 270 lb/ft. @ 5000 rpm)

9-velocity auto transmission, all-wheel drive

18 metropolis / 25 freeway / 21 mixed (EPA Score, MPG)

22.7 (noticed mileage, MPG)

12.7 metropolis / 9.5 freeway / eleven.three mixed (NRCan Score, L/100km)

Base Worth: $forty four,695 US / $forty eight,295 CAD

As Examined: $50,765 US/ $fifty five,485 CAD

Costs embrace $1195 vacation spot cost in america and $1995 for freight, PDI, and A/C tax in Canada and, due to cross-border gear variations, can’t be immediately in contrast.

As I’ve been reviewing automobiles for this venerable publication for almost three years, I’ve observed how straightforward it’s to grow to be jaded about new automobiles. Whereas I’m not like some journalists, getting handed keys to 6 determine exotics each week, I’m relatively fortunate to expertise automobiles on a regular foundation that often value greater than I’d probably ever spend with my very own cash.

I’m reminded of this most frequently when one thing uncommon graces my driveway, and a neighbor strikes up a dialog — or once I’m strolling again to the car from the grocery store and somebody is ready to ask concerning the car. It doesn’t occur typically — however this new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS seemingly compels dialog.

Plan your journeys accordingly.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer profile

The styling is definitely polarizing. The brand new Blazer has been so ceaselessly known as a “Camaro however as a crossover” that it’s turning into a bit cliché. From my angle, I see a Camaro that one can truly see out of.

I’ll be right here all week. Make sure you attempt the meatloaf.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer front

However actually, because of Chevrolet for constructing a crossover that doesn’t mix in. Most rivals are visually interchangeable save for the preponderance of hideous company grilles — I’m taking a look at you, Lexus.

Right here, the type goes past the entrance hubs. Blacked-out A-pillars, a cool D-pillar creating an virtually-floating roof impact, and a dramatic upward sweep to the rear quarter panel make this one of the crucial distinctive crossovers available on the market.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer rear

My solely gripe with the styling is on the rear, the place a extremely-polished black panel sits under the tailgate, with one other black panel of a barely totally different sheen makes up the decrease bumper. The mismatch is distracting, but when one have been to pick a darker colour than the brilliant Purple Scorching hue discovered right here, the panels would possible not be as incongruous.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer interior

Inside, the Camaro affect continues with the central HVAC ducts dominating the sprint. I really like the novel technique of controlling temperature by spinning the outer rim of the duct — twin-zone local weather management is necessary as my ordinary entrance-seat passenger sometimes units her aspect about ten levels greater than mine. Nevertheless, the situation of the duct outlet itself isn’t ideally suited. I’d favor it’s set larger within the sprint to permit heat or chilly air be blown towards the driving force’s face as wanted — on an extended night street journey, I’ll typically hold chilly air blasting my schnoz paired with loads of caffeine to assist with alertness. With these nozzles, my proper hand, proper knee, and the ahead-most cupholder will get the majority of the airflow.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer center stack

In any other case, the interior is completely practical, with clear controls for HVAC in a single row above these massive ducts, and a fast-reacting touchscreen for audio and telephone controls. The plastic on the decrease half of the sprint is a bit exhausting to the contact, however the prime half is properly completed in stitched leather-based(ish?) materials, with physique-colour stitching. Entrance and rear consolation is sort of good, as the youngsters had loads of head and legroom within the second row with out kicking me. The seats are supportive sufficient — the decrease cushions are a bit flat however, until one takes this huge Blazer nook carving, you’ll by no means discover.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer front seat

No, I’m not saying that the Blazer leans towards the “sports activities” aspect of the SUV formulation. However the driving dynamics are excellent for what it’s. Steering is mild however responsive and cornering within reason flat. The journey is a contact agency however managed over frost heaves and potholes. A few of the harshness possible comes from the elective 21-inch alloy wheels, included on my tester as a part of the creatively-named “Solar and Wheels” ($2,495 MSRP) package deal that provides the panoramic sunroof and the bigger (versus standard on the RS trim 20 inch) wheels.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer rear seat

308 horsepower is a stunning factor. Nevertheless, because the Blazer is provided with a naturally aspirated V6, the facility is available in comparatively excessive on the tachometer. Many different rivals use a turbo 4 cylinder, which produces energy decrease within the range. Nonetheless, I really like the character of the V6 — with a pleasant delicate growl beneath load. I’ve usually discovered the V6 to extra persistently meet fuel financial system expectations than a turbocharged engine. I used to be pleasantly stunned to beat the EPA mixed score of 21 mpg in my week of driving principally in typical metropolis circumstances.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer gauges

It’s truthful to say that I just like the Chevrolet Blazer. It’s expensive for what it’s, definitely, nevertheless it’s truthful to say that the standard incentives provided on most Common Motors merchandise will make this a extra interesting purchase.

Have been I to spec a Blazer, I’d have to pick the V6, however I’d draw back from the RS trim merely to deliver the price down. I’m taking a look at one other artistic trim identify, “Blazer Material” with all-wheel drive, material seats, the V6, including the $1,845 Comfort and Driver Confidence package deal (distant begin, heated entrance seats, energy liftgate, rear cross-visitors alert, and blind zone monitor amongst different issues) for a delivered MSRP of $39,040 earlier than any money on the hood. And this one should journey even higher on meaty 18 inch wheels. I’d need to think about that this can be a spec that may steadily be stocked by sellers, and thus permit for extra aggressive discounting.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Screenshot

Make mine the weird Sunlit Bronze Metallic, and once more thank Chevrolet for making quite a few fascinating colours a no-additional-value choice.

At that quantity, the Blazer will proceed to show heads and spark conversations. Yeah, a couple of of these convos will deliver up the “ruined heritage” of the Blazer identify. Regardless of. As an proprietor of a Chevrolet TrailBlazer, I can assure you the “heritage” of that identify was obliterated by the GMT360 platform in 2002. Don’t fear concerning the identify — this Blazer is sweet sufficient to make most individuals overlook.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer rear quarter
[Images: © 2019 Chris Tonn, screenshot courtesy Chevrolet.com]

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