CHEVROLET BLAZER RS AWD REVIEW
What if Chevrolet designed a Camaro SUV? We’d bet you
A respected name from Chevrolet’s past, this one picks up many years later and carries the ball down the field. The new Chevrolet Blazer is available at Napleton’s Chevrolet of Columbus, Wisconsin, today.
WHAT IS IT?
The new Chevrolet Blazer is a mid-sized, two-row, five-passenger Crossover Utility Vehicle that resides in the niche between the Equinox and the Traverse. It comes with a choice of engines, trim levels
It’s an angular, aggressively-styled two-box design that features slitty Camaro-styled headlamps, broad shoulders and creased flanks leading up to a floating roofline-styled rear, complete with
Even the sides have that Camaro-
The new Blazer is available with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection that produces 193 horsepower at 6,300 rpm, and 188 lb-ft of torque at 4,400
Our tester was the RS version which is powered by a 3.6-liter DOHC VVT
All-wheel-drive is an available option, but only with the 3.6-liter V6 engine.
With that extra
The Chevy Blazer shares a platform with the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia Crossovers. All three rely on a MacPherson strut independent suspension with hydraulic control arm ride bushings and a hollow stabilizer bar in the front.
The Blazer also utilizes a
The new Chevy Blazer is available in three trim levels ranging from entry-level L to the sporty Camaro-based RS and the
Still, if you don’t like placing yourself in a box, order the engine of your choice, with cloth interior and then pick and choose your most desirable options.
A LOOK INSIDE
Think of the new Chevrolet Blazer as the Camaro of SUVs. From the RS
But that’s not a bad thing because the interior layout of the new Blazer is actually quite good. Sure, the audio system is one of Bose group’s
Our test vehicle also included the Qi wireless charging system for specific
Seating in the Blazer is nicely festooned with leather-appointed, heated and ventilated seat trim. The rear seat is rather large to start with and features the added bonus of outboard
Our tester was equipped with the Enhanced Convenience and Driver’s Confidence II package, which included the Bose Audio System with Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium system, the Qi Wireless, Adaptive Cruise Control, Power Tilt and Telescopic steering column, Following Distance
This Camaro, er Blazer Crossover Utility Vehicle
We found the electrically-assisted power steering did well as it adapted to the steering input we fed
At that point, it displayed a bit of sportiness that is sadly lacking in many of the Chevy Blazer’s competition.
Chevrolet Blazer RS AWD Specifications
Type: Sport Utility Vehicle
Engine: 3.6-liter V6 with Variable Valve Timing
Power: 308 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery: Direct Injection
Transmission: Hydra-Matic nine-speed automatic
Front Suspension: MacPherson strut independent suspension and stabilizer bar
Rear Suspension: Five-link independent with spring aids and stabilizer bar
Steering: Electric variable-effort
Overall Length: 191.4 inches
Wheelbase: 112.7 inches
Width: 76.7 inches
Height: 67 inches
Curb Weight: 4,246 pounds
Cargo Space: 30.5 cubic feet behind
64.2 cubic feet behind
Towing: 4,500 pounds with 3.6 and available AWD and trailer package.
EPA Fuel Economy: 18 city / 25 highway / 21.5 average