They say if something is too good to be true, then it probably is. The prospect of a crossover SUV with outstanding capability that also has the style of a fighter jet at an affordable price seems like one of those things you shouldn’t get your hopes up for. There is no way, after all, that you could get that lucky. It turns out, actually, that luck happens to be on our side. The new 2021 Chevy Blazer is all this and more.
This SUV looks like the fusion of a spaceship with a sports car but performs like a truck with powerful towing and confident driving experience. It has enough cargo for big and small items and enough technology to make the exterior spaceship appearance feel authentic from the inside. This crossover SUV is a top contender, and we can break down what it has to offer from engine options to technology and the advanced safety features that make this vehicle an attractive option in 2021.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer comes with three available drivetrains across the various trim options. All of these engines prove to be exceptionally capable, especially for the average needs of a driver who would be interested in owning a sporty-looking crossover.
The base trim, the L, which starts at $28,800, comes with an impressive 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission and is standard front-wheel drive. This configuration can achieve a respectable 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. For many drivers, this engine will provide a sufficient punch of power and performance to carry most cargo and smaller trailers. You’ll have a fun driving experience with some exceptional fuel efficiency at a combined average of 23 MPG. This is not too shabby considering this SUV's capabilities.
The next two engines are available on the higher trim level, the 2LT, which starts at MSRP $33,100. Starting off is a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with available all-wheel drive. This engine immediately is a noticeable upgrade. You’ll feel the extra oomph and power under the hood with 227 hp and 258 lb-ft torque. You’ll find it is also quite efficient with an EPA estimated 25 MPG combined with FWD models and 24 MPG with AWD models.
An added option on the 2LT trim is the super powerful 3.6L V6 engine. This is for drivers who want the luxury and comfort of the 2021 Chevy Blazer but don’t want to sacrifice on any performance. This engine provides 308 hp and 270 lb-ft torque with up to 4,500 lbs of trailering with proper loadout. These are some mid-size pickup numbers for the Blazer, which is impressive, to say the least.
This amped-up performance is impressive. But even the lower trim options for the Blazer’s engine provide more than enough capability with room for upgrades for those of us that won’t settle for anything less than the highest performance package available.
These days, SUVs are expected to come jam-packed with loads of advanced tech to make the driving experience fun and easy. The 2021 Chevy Blazer does not disappoint. The interior is equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System. The standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment center features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to give you instant connectivity to your devices for music and navigation. It also comes with an available 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, so you are never disconnected no matter where you travel.
A super cool new feature in the 2021 Chevy Blazer comes from Amazon. For the first time ever, you can have Alexa built into your vehicle. She can bring all your Amazon favorites like music libraries, shopping lists, and even connect to your smart home devices. This feature truly brings the Blazer into the future.
But one of our favorite technology features in the 2021 Chevy Blazer is the drive mode dial. This easily allows the driver to change the traction and driving performance of the vehicle in order to adapt to changing conditions or specific circumstances like carrying heavy loads in order to maximize efficiency and vehicle performance. With this feature, there are five driving modes featured.
The first option is called Tour. This mode switches the drivetrain to front-wheel drive for fuel efficient travel on easy terrain like a highway. This is a great option for long trips. The second mode is Available AWD. This engages the all-wheel drive on available models. Ideal for slippery or unreliable terrain; this mode maximizes traction and enhances your drive to keep you confident no matter what the conditions are.
Then there is the Tow/Haul mode. The Chevy Blazer can haul quite a bit; with the available V6 engine, it can tow close to 5,000 lbs. These abilities are enhanced by the tow/haul driving mode, which prioritizes pulling performance. Next is the Off-Road Driving mode, which is perfect for when your journey takes you off the beaten path. This uses throttle and chassis control systems for tackling difficult terrain, so traction is placed wherever it needs to be most.
Last on the dial is Sport Mode. Thankfully the designers put in a driving mode that is in line with how sleek the Blazer looks. With sport mode, you won’t be wasting any of the formidable style and flair designed in this vehicle. Dial into Sport Mode, and you'll feel a more responsive and fun drive. With all of these options, technology takes the Blazer to the next level and really allows it to stand out on the market.
It will be no surprise that Chevy has spared no expense, ensuring the 2021 Blazer is equipped with their suite of advanced safety features. The 2021 Chevy Blazer will constantly provide you with information to help keep you aware of your surroundings even before you see them and utilizes all of the latest technologies to ensure the safest ride. Let's take a closer look.
Part of the safety features package is the Chevy Blazer’s forward collision alert system. This advanced sensor package detects when an imminent collision is coming and can apply automatic hard braking in order to prevent an accident. It can give you a heads up with a vibrating steering wheel if you are following too closely, and the vehicle detects a possible collision. It also uses automatic emergency braking with the front pedestrian braking. This senses if someone unexpectedly steps out in front of you by assisting with hard braking and automatically hitting the brakes.
It also has an available lane-keep assist, which warns you when you are drifting out of your lane and can even help steer you back. Additionally, it has intelligently designed systems, so it doesn’t warn you when you are intentionally leaving your lane, such as when you have your turn signal engaged. This can be life-saving in those small moments when you don’t realize you are being distracted; it helps to have the car acting as a conscientious co-pilot.
The Chevy Blazer even comes with an available rear cross-traffic alert that engages with traveling in reverse. It warns you if it detects traffic coming from the left or right and may cross during your backing up. So when you are trying to reverse in a crowded parking lot and can’t see if anyone is coming, the Blazer has your back.
All of these safety features work incredibly well together to keep you safe and out of accidents. Unfortunately, accidents do still happen; which is why OnStar safety and security is also an available safety option. Drive with peace of mind that even if things go wrong, you won’t be alone. At the push of a button, you can have an OnStar advisor ready to help 24/7. From helping to keep you safe on the road to assisting you when things go awry, the 2021 Chevy Blazer has your back.