When we explore new vehicles, we normally attach a video that goes through the specs, offers insights, or performs a test drive and walkaround. With the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, we’ve attached a video that lets the SUV speak for itself. Why? Because this is the most visually stunning SUV Chevrolet has released in years.
Starting at $28,800, the crossover is well within the price range of most new vehicle buyers. Now that it’s hitting showrooms, we’ll see how well the low price and amazing design sparks sales.
To go with the theme of letting the vehicle speak for itself, here’s a quick promotional video from Chevrolet. We’re not usually fans of such videos, opting to let independent video producers tell the story, but the beauty of this ride demanded a high-definition look at its wonders:
While the functionality of the base model is worth considering, buyers may want to step up to the Premier trim. It’s almost an entirely different vehicle with premium leather and sueded microfiber that gives it every bit as much of a luxurious feel as its more expensive competitors. Car buyers can also start from the base and select from a wide variety of optional features to build just the right level of luxury and comfort.
But let’s focus on the real appeal of this SUV. Chevrolet has hit a home run with their exterior design. Reviewers are nearly universal with their praise of the contours that give it more of a car-like appearance than the truck-like stance that many SUVs still enjoy today. Their roots were as converted trucks, after all, though most manufacturers have made them seem like large cars instead of pickups with more seats and a roof. The Blazer is no different, but takes the design aesthetics to a new level.
As is the trend in the industry, the 2019 Chevy Blazer includes many options for driver assistance as well as teen driver limitation features. When kids (or an aggressive spouse) gets behind the wheel, owners can receive alerts when they’re driving too fast or even playing the stereo too loud. It even gives an in-vehicle report card to use as a teaching tool for new drivers.
Automatic braking and collision avoidance features help drivers stay on course. These features go nicely with the Blazer’s blind-spot warning system, a lane-keeping assist system, and a rear cross-traffic alert system.
If there’s one complaint we’ve seen from reviews, it’s that the crowded segment didn’t need a new competitor and Chevrolet already has plenty of SUV options. But that complaint assumes the costs to add the model were greater than the potential benefits of giving buyers more options. Chevrolet has been fiscally responsible in recent years, so it seems best to trust they know what they’re doing with the Blazer. Time will tell.
Under the hood, we have to instantly call for buyers to go for the upgrade. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not against the economical ECOTEC® 2.5L engine. 27 mpg on the highway is nice for a midsize SUV, but here’s the thing. The 3.6l engine offers 26 mpg on the highway while delivering 305 hp and a towing capacity of up to 4500 lbs. There’s no need to save a little money on the smaller engine when the bigger one is so much better.
Our verdict: Chevrolet has knocked it out of the park with the 2019 Blazer. Naysayers can complain all they want about the crowded segment. We expect to see this vehicle do very well in the sales arena. You’ll be seeing plenty of these on the road soon enough.