Chevy's venerable Blazer recently returned to the GM lineup after having been sidelined for about 15 years before being re-introduced in 2019. After starting its life as an SUV variant of Chevy's popular full-size pickup truck, the latest iteration is strikingly different than its predecessors, bearing more of a likeness to the modern Camaro. The 2020 Chevy Blazer now falls squarely in the mid-size crossover category boasting a suite of engine options matched with updated tech features and dynamic road handling.
One look at the new Blazer, and it's clear that it's one of the most distinctively-styled crossovers on the market. Its sporty exterior stands apart from the traditional boxy appearance of many of its competitors. This aesthetic also carries through to the inside, where the Camaro-styled influences fill the cabin. The Blazer is a crossover that is both powerful and looks good, qualities that are appealing to consumer preferences and unique in the crowded crossover field.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer L has a base MSRP of $28,800. This midsize SUV comes equipped with an EcoTec 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine that is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This engine can produce up to 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. The Blazer L is available in front-wheel-drive. There are plenty of safety features on the Blazer L, including seven airbags, an HD rear vision camera, LED daytime running lights, StabiliTrak with traction control, tire fill alert, a tire pressure monitoring system, and OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services.
You and your passengers are sure to enjoy the standard Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen. This easy to use infotainment system includes a 6-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth connectivity so you and your passengers can make hands-free cellular calls. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so that you can link your smartphone to your infotainment system with just the touch of a button. This allows you to stay connected in your Blazer L.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer 1LT has a base MSRP of $33,495. This luxury midsize SUV runs on an EcoTec 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine. This efficiently uses its four cylinders to produce up to 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. And, a 9-speed automatic transmission comes standard on the Blazer 1LT. The Blazer 1LT is only available with a front-wheel-drive train. However, Chevrolet has not skimped on the safety features for the Blazer 1LT, including an HD rear vision camera, StabiliTrak with traction control, LED daytime running lights, seven airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system with a tire fill alert, and OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services.
Speaking of staying connected, the standard Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen will help you and your passengers stay connected during your journeys in your Blazer 1LT. Bluetooth easily connects your phones to the Infotainment 3 System, and the standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will facilitate linking your smartphone to the system as well. The user-friendly touchscreen also comes with a 6-speaker audio system and a free, one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. You can enjoy all your favorite music, and talk shows commercial-free with SiriusXM.
Chevrolet rolls into the new decade with the 2020 Chevy Blazer 2LT. This luxury midsize SUV has a base MSRP of $33,995. It comes equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder gas engine that is paired with a standard 9-speed automatic transmission. This turbo engine provides up to 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. There is also an option to upgrade this engine to a 3.6L V6 with 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The Blazer 2LT also comes with front-wheel drive standard and all-wheel drive as an optional upgrade. In addition to being sporty and efficient, the Blazer 2LT is also safe, with plenty of standard safety features. This SUV comes with seven airbags, LED daytime running lights, an HD rear vision camera, OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services, a tire pressure monitoring system with a tire fill alert, and StabiliTrak with traction control. All of these features will work together to keep you and your passengers safe during your journey.
To keep you and your passengers entertained, the Blazer 2LT features the exceptional Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen. This incredible system efficiency integrates your key information data with entertainment and connectivity features that you desire, especially when taking your Blazer 2LT out on a long drive. Bluetooth helps you and your passengers easily connect your smartphones for hands-free calls and live streaming of your music. The system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto so you can utilize the special apps depending on your smartphone’s operating system. Finally, the Blazer 2LT comes with a free one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, so you can enjoy all of your favorite programs commercial-free wherever you may go, all playing through the Blazer 2LT’s standard 6-speaker audio system.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer 3LT has a base MSRP of $38,195. This premium midsize SUV features a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder gas engine. This engine has been rated to provide up to 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The turbo engine operates on a 9-speed automatic transmission system. There is also an option to switch out this engine for a 3.6L V6 engine that gives 308 hp and provides 270 lb-ft of torque. While the Blazer 3LT is front-wheel drive standard, all-wheel drive is available as an option. Even more important, Chevrolet has added a great many safety features to the Blazer 3LT to ensure the safety of you and your passengers. These include an HD rear vision camera, rear park assist, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, seven airbags, LED daytime running lights, StabiliTrak with traction control, tire fill alert, a tire pressure monitoring system, and OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services.
The Blazer 3LT will also help you and your passengers stay connected and entertained with the standard Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen. This system is easy to use and allows you to connect your phones with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You can also use the touchscreen to access the Blazer’s 6-speaker audio system, including a free one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. Listen to all of your favorite music and talk shows easily and commercial-free with SiriusXM on your Blazer 3LT.
The sporty and sleek 2020 Chevy Blazer RS has a base MSRP of $41,695. This midsize SUV runs on a 3.6-liter V6 gas engine that can produce up to 308 horsepower and 270 pounds to feet of torque. The engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Blazer RS is front-wheel drive standard, but you can always opt for an all-wheel-drive edition of this SUV. There are plenty of safety features on the Blazer RS, including seven airbags, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, an HD rear vision camera, LED daytime running lights, OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services, StabiliTrak with traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system, and tire fill alert. All of these smart features will keep you and your passengers safe and sound on your trips in the Blazer RS.
This SUV will also help you find where you are going with its Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with Navigation and an 8-inch color touchscreen. Adding an onboard navigation system, the Infotainment 3 Plus System on the Blazer RS eliminates the need to use apps on your smartphones for this function. Nevertheless, you still have the option of linking your smartphones through Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto. There is a standard 6-speaker audio system, but you can upgrade to an 8-speaker premium Bose audio system, the ultimate in automotive sound systems. The 2020 Blazer RS also comes with a free one-year trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio and SiriusXM 360L. This provides a greater variety of SiriusXM content than a standard subscription and specialized programming to enhance your Blazer’s navigation system.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer Premier is the top-of-the-line trim for this midsize SUV, with a base MSRP of $43,895. This luxury SUV features a 3.6-liter V6 gas engine that can produce up to 308 horsepower and 270 pounds to feet of torque. This powerful engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission to give you maximum control. The Blazer Premium is a standard front-wheel drive vehicle with all-wheel drive available as an upgrade. Chevrolet has equipped the Blazer Premier with plenty of standard safety features, including an HD rear vision camera, seven airbags, rear park assist, LED daytime running lights, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, StabiliTrak with traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system with tire fill alert, and OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services. All of these features will work to provide the best safety to you and your passengers.
One of the most significant features on the Blazer Premium is a standard 8-speaker Bose audio system. The folks at Chevrolet have worked with the music technicians at Bose to create a sound system that will be unrivaled in this vehicle class. Enjoy your favorite music on your free one-year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio. In addition, the Blazer Premium features a one-year trial of SiriusXM 360L. This provides additional content beyond a standard SiriusXM subscription, as well as specialized programming to enhance the functionality of the Blazer Premium’s navigation system. All of this is contained in the luxury Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System with Navigation and an 8-inch touchscreen. This system helps you connect your smartphone utilizing Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, depending on your smartphone’s operating system. There are also specialized in-vehicle apps that are exclusive to the Blazer Premier.
The base engine on the new Blazer, which carries over from the 2019 model, is a naturally aspirated 2.5L I4, which generates 193 horsepower with 188 lb-ft of torque and also incorporates stop-start technology. This engine is only available with front-wheel drive, and the fuel economy numbers come in at 21 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway.
Another engine the comes along from the previous model is the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 with 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available. The front-wheel drive version provides 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while going with all-wheel drive, the fuel economy comes in at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Another perk of the 3.6L engine/all-wheel drive combination is the substantial towing capacity offered - up to 4,500 lbs.
New for the 2020 Chevy Blazer is a 2.0L turbocharged I4, which is only available on the mid-tier 2LT and 3LT models and is also coupled with a nine-speed automatic. This turbo beast generates an impressive 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, bringing in an estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
The Blazer is available with GM's Traction Select, which works to distribute power more efficiently based on driving and road conditions. Tour mode switches all-wheel drive to front-wheel drive in an effort to boost fuel economy, Tow/Haul mode provides more traction for hauling heavy loads, Off-Road mode adjusts the chassis control systems and throttle for better performance on rougher roads, All Wheel Drive mode is best suited for snowy or slippery road conditions, and Sport mode boosts the throttle response to maximize performance. Each individual mode is distinct from the others, and all work to actively enhance the driving experience.
Standard features are plentiful on the 2020 Chevy Blazer, including keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, rear-view camera, and dual-zone climate control. The mid-level trim sees the addition of power-adjustable heated front seats, remote start, a power liftgate, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Moving up to the top-level trim also includes a hands-free liftgate, heated steering wheel, navigation, ambient lighting, and a 120-volt power outlet.
A fully specced-out Blazer will also get you ventilated front seating and rear heated seats for the folks in the back. A plethora of connectivity options are available via numerous USB ports both in the front and rear, as is a 360-degree parking camera, auto-dimming mirrors inside and out, and wireless device charging. Available extras include lane departure warning, forward collision alert with auto braking, and adaptive cruise control.
All models of the 2020 Chevy Blazer are equipped with an intuitive and easy to use eight-inch color touchscreen display, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio is also available. A six-speaker audio system provides rich sound throughout the cabin. Connecting your devices to the infotainment system is easy via one regular USB and one USB-C port. For the kids on those long drives, rear screens with DVD players can also be configured as an option.
For seasoned Chevy drivers, stepping into the new Blazer should be a familiar experience. The array of instruments and design cues are taken from designs such as the Camaro, with a clean layout and ample center console and controls. Soft-touch features and leather trimming help to set the Blazer apart from other SUVs in its class, although to those amenities, you need to move up the trim level a bit. The base Blazer is outfitted with standard cloth upholstery. All models feature a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The RS model is the standout trim level, featuring perforated leather, red accent stitching, and red air vent accents. Some of the aluminum trimmings have also been chromed on this model, giving them a more sleek and sporty appearance.
The Blazer seats five and is fairly spacious for a vehicle in this segment, although taller rear passengers may be a little cramped with the modern sloping roofline. This is countered though by a flat floor which offers exceptional legroom. The Blazer's cabin provides enough roominess for easy entry and exit, and the driving position is aided by simple adjustability.
Buyers tend to choose crossovers for their practicality, so it's important to note the cargo area and interior space option on the new Blazer. The rear cargo area offers 30.5 cubic feet of storage space, ample enough room for a moderate amount of cargo, and deceivingly more than the exterior design of the Blazer might suggest. Folding the rear seats down provides a flat surface which expands the total storage area to more than double at 64.2 cubic feet and also allows access to the vehicle's unique floor-mounted rail system, which slides into place exactly where you need it.
Small space storage includes bins and door sleeves, along with a center console cubby and the standard glove box. Medium cup holders upfront and in the back are also included. Overall, the Blazer interior is well-crafted, good looking, and a comfortable place to be, whether you're just driving around town or on a long highway road trip.
The redesigned 2019 Blazer is heavily influenced by the styling of the Camaro, and the 2020 Blazer continues this design direction, with headlights and angular lines taken straight from that car's blueprints. The LED daytime running lights, large grille and LED taillights continue the muscle car look of the Camaro, but at the same time are updated for this crossover adaptation. The upper trim levels also get a panoramic sunroof and choice of 18, 20, or 21-inch wheels.
Originally launched with a choice of ten colors in 2019, that number has been reduced to nine for the 2020 version, and two of the previous colors have changed. Sunlit Bronze, Oakwood, and Kinetic Blue are three metallic colors that have been removed as available options and have been replaced by Midnight Blue Metallic and Iridescent Pearl Tintcoat (available at an extra cost). The other extra cost finish is Cajun Red Tintcoat. The returning colors from 2019 are Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Graphite Metallic, and Nightfall Gray Metallic. The Red Hot scheme accentuates and complements the red trim accents found in the cabin of the Blazer.