In segment mostly filled with anonymous kid haulers, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer stands apart with eye-catching styling inspired by the Camaro.
Its driving experience also evokes Chevy’s modern muscle car, demonstrating a degree of handling precision not expected for this segment. Certainly, if you’re looking for something zestier and more memorable than the segment norm, the Blazer is definitely worth a look.
However, its sub-par interior quality and unremarkable space make for questionable value. Some could argue that it also doesn’t go far enough to achieve the Camaro-inspired, performance-oriented SUV its styling promises and that Chevy is most definitely capable of. Basically, we think it should be even zestier or just nicer given its price tag.
What’s new for 2019?
The Chevy Blazer is an all-new model for 2019, although it obviously carries the storied name of long-ago Chevy SUVs. Unlike those truck-based ancestors, this one is a crossover based on the same platform as a Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia.
What’s the Blazer’s interior and in-car technology like?
On the one hand, the Blazer interior impresses with its Camaro-inspired design elements — note the rotary air vents/climate controls in particular — that make it look as special inside as it does on the outside.
At least the Blazer’s infotainment offerings are better and more abundant than most. Every version gets an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE in-car WiFi, OnStar and four USB ports, including a new USB-C port (the small one). That standard touchscreen is GM’s latest, which is pretty easy to use with big, clear icons and a sensible menu structure.
What features are available and what’s the Blazer’s price?
The 2019 Chevy Blazer is available in six trim levels: L, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier.
The 1LT ($33,495) adds rear privacy glass, a compact spare tire, an eight-way power driver seat, and satellite radio. That is a massive price jump for so little equipment, but you do get access to some options and additional color choices.
The 2LT ($34,495) adds the V6 engine and is the first trim level available with all-wheel drive.
The 3LT ($38,695) adds leather seating, a power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, roof rails, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, and a six-way power passenger seat. Apart from the leather, these features can be added to the other LT trim level through the Convenience and Driver Confidence package.