2019 Chevrolet Blazer Introduction

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer revives a nameplate that hasn’t been seen at GM since 2005. The new version is not a truck-based SUV; the 2019 Blazer is a comfortable mid-size crossover SUV with a front-drive foundation. In Chevrolet’s lineup, it fills the gap between the five-passenger Equinox and the seven- or eight-seat Traverse.

Blazers come in four trim levels – L, base (LT), sporty RS, and upscale Premier – with a 4-cylinder or V-6 engine.

Standard engine is a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder, developing 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 generates 308 hp and 270 lb-ft. All Blazers use a 9-speed automatic transmission.

All-wheel drive is offered on all but L trim, but only with the V-6 engine. AWD comes in two forms. The basic setup, installed on lower-trim models, can disconnect power that would otherwise go to the rear wheels. Drivers must remember to return the selector to all-wheel-drive mode when it’s needed.

RS and Premier trim levels can get a more sophisticated AWD system with a twin-clutch rear differential. This version can shift torque between the rear wheels, to improve handling and traction. In addition to AWD mode, these Blazers offer three other choices: Sport, Off-Road, and Tow/Haul.

A V-6 Blazer can tow up to 4,500 lb; the 4-cylinder manages only 1,500 lb.

No Blazer has standard automatic emergency braking – an active-safety feature that’s standard on many less-expensive vehicles. Blind-spot monitors and rear parking sensors are available for LT trim.

LT trim and above can be fitted with a rear camera mirror, which projects an uninterrupted view from behind the car onto the inside mirror. Getting used to it takes a while. Adaptive cruise control and a surround-view camera system are extra-cost options, offered only on top trim levels.

A warning chime alerts the driver to check the back seat for infants and children in car seats.

Only RS and Premier can be fitted with trailer-sway control, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, forward-collision warnings, and automatic emergency braking.

Because it’s new, the Blazer has not been crash-tested by the IIHS. The NHTSA gave it five stars overall.

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