The 2022 model year is shaping up to be a banner year for Chevy fans; this is no truer than with the newly updated 2022 Chevy Blazer. This iconic nameplate returns with a revised lineup designed for all kinds of buyers, including price-conscious shoppers looking for a stylish alternative to the typical midsize family crossover. Variety is the keyword, with four available trims ranging in price from the low $30,000 range to well over $40,000.
What do we love about the Blazer? It features one-of-a-kind angular exterior styling that echoes the high-performance Camaro but adds a twist of its own with an available two-tone roof that adds to its individuality. New for 2022, there's even an eye-popping Nitro Yellow metallic exterior paint option if standing out and making a bold statement is the goal.
Buyers in this segment may be drawn to the Blazer for its low starting MSRP of under $35,000, but if swift acceleration, available all-wheel drive, and a touch of luxury are on the list, the Blazer is definitely one to test drive. With seating for five and plenty of cargo space, it's a great choice for busy families and doesn't sacrifice style.
If you're looking for a midsize SUV with a dash of cayenne pepper, check out the head-turning 2022 Chevy Blazer.
Headlining the 2022 Blazer's list of desirable attributes is its substantial performance capabilities, brought to life by two available powertrains: a base 228 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and an available V6 that puts out 308 horsepower. Equipped with the turbo-four, the Blazer can tow up to 1,500 pounds. The V6 elevates that number to a very capable 4,500 pounds, plenty for towing the boat to the lake for a weekend road trip.
Either engine delivers enough power to make daily driving more fun, but Chevy's 3.6-liter V6, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, gives it just a little more thrust without significantly impacting fuel economy. When comparing engines, the two factors to consider are how much power you need and whether you'll be towing. Because the base engine is turbocharged, acceleration is swift, and the horsepower and torque are more than sufficient for town and highway driving. The decision to move up to a V6 should be largely based on personal preference and the amount of utility you'll need.
Fuel economy is also part of the mix for most buyers, so those with a budget in mind can feel confident that keeping the tank full won't break the bank. The four-cylinder turbo reaches fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, while the V6 comes in at a slightly lower 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Either way, both engines deliver numbers that are well within the average range in the midsize SUV category.
The Blazer is available in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations, making it a great choice for regions like Albany with wet or wintry weather conditions. It bears repeating that this iteration of the Blazer was designed with the sporty Camaro in mind, which is probably why Chevy opted to drop the base I-4 2.0 liter engine altogether for the 2022 model year. What's left are two powerful engines and two different powertrain options.
As for trailering, Chevy's trailering package is now available across the entire trim range for 2022, and it's standard on all Blazers equipped with all-wheel drive. There's even an available hitch-view camera and a cooling system for V6-equipped models. With its max towing capacity of 4,500 pounds, the V6 Blazer is ready to haul campers, boats, and other cargo effortlessly.
Buyers looking for additional sporty features will want to vector in on the RS trim. Featuring 20-inch wheels and a unique twin-clutch all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring that evens out the ride regardless of weather or road conditions, the RS distinguishes itself significantly from other Blazer trims. Visually, the RS features rectangular dual exhaust tips, while other trims' are round in shape.
As you move through the trim range, the Blazer's interior transforms from well-equipped in the generously appointed 2LT and 3LT trims to sporty in the dynamic RS, and ultimately to luxurious and loaded in the Premier. Whichever trim you choose, the 2022 Blazer seats five comfortably, with plenty of room leftover for sports gear or luggage, making it a perfect choice for active families.
First off, the 2022 Blazer is roomy for all three rear-seat passengers, even the kid that's stuck in the middle. It offers a spacious 39.6 inches of rear legroom, nearly as much as the front seat passengers enjoy. The rear headroom is also generous, at 38.6 inches. If you're planning a lot of weekend trips to the big box home store, you'll have plenty of cargo space for your haul. Fold down the rear seats, and there are 64.2 cubic feet of room available.
All Blazer trims are equipped with a generously sized 8-inch infotainment touchscreen (HD on the Premier) with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, so you can stream your favorite podcast or playlist or use voice commands to phone a friend. The touchscreen's intuitive layout and advanced Infotainment 3 operating system make toggling through features easy. All Blazers are also equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as a smattering of intuitively located USB ports to keep everyone's devices charged.
The top of the line Premier trim adds a few extra electronic bells and whistles, including onboard navigation for easy turn-by-turn directions displayed right on the screen and an upgraded 8-speaker Bose premium audio system. Also unique to the Premier is a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, ventilated front seats, a power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, heated rear seats, and interior ambient lighting. There's even an available HD Surround Vision camera that displays a bird's eye view of the vehicle and surrounding area right on the screen.
The Premier also receives some exterior styling enhancements, including unique 20-inch wheels and special dark trim pieces along the front and rear fascias that differentiate it from the other Blazer trims. Busy parents juggling armloads of groceries or gear will also appreciate the hands-free programmable power liftgate. Add the available Driver Confidence II Package, and the Premier receives a rear camera mirror with a washer, LED headlights, a safety alert seat, and a wireless phone charger.
One thing buyers can count on when they slide into the Chevy Blazer is a full suite of safety systems, all designed to help them avoid collisions, stay alert and aware, and protect their passengers while on the go. All Blazer trims come standard with forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, IntelliBeam automatic high beams, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and a following distance indicator.
These features are part of Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of driver-assist systems that were optional on lower-end trims prior to the 2022 model year. Chevy's decision to add them across the lineup is a testament to the company's commitment to enhancing the overall safety of every vehicle in its lineup without asking consumers to spend more.
These systems work via sensors placed around the vehicle to detect potential hazards, sending audible alerts to the driver and triggering emergency intervention – like automatically braking if a collision is imminent – when they sense the driver needs assistance. Features like the following distance indicator keep the driver cognizant of the vehicle's position relative to the car ahead.
Also available on all Blazers for 2022 is the subscription-based OnStar system. OnStar offers in-vehicle access to live operators who can provide help with everything from roadside assistance to tracking and recovering your vehicle if it's stolen. The system also supports vehicle occupants by dispatching emergency services automatically if the airbags deploy and a call to the vehicle goes unanswered. OnStar's advisors can also help with directions and even provide concierge services, such as finding a nearby restaurant or gas station.
The myChevrolet app is a companion system that turns your smartphone into a remote key. You can lock and unlock the doors, sound the horn, and locate your vehicle, all from within the app. Chevy also built in a vehicle status capability that lets you check how much gas is in the tank, your tire pressure, odometer reading, and more.