The 2021 Chevy Blazer definitely splashes a fast-paced and bold stripe into the sea of midsize SUVs. This SUV is ready to turn heads with a sophisticated design and a powertrain to match. There is a heavy emphasis on the “sport” in this model, and buyers will undoubtedly be delighted by some of the exciting new additions to the design.
There are six trim levels available, starting with the L (base) trim, followed by 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier at the top. Three engine options are available throughout the line, all of which are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is an option for two of the engines. New exterior paint colors are available, a new Safety Assist package has been added, and trailering is now an option for front-wheel drive models when equipped with the 3.6-liter engine.
If you have yet to see the new Chevy Blazer, then prepare to be impressed by not only the suave exterior style and comfortable cabin, but by how delightful this model is to drive. Conveniences and cargo space make the 2021 Blazer an excellent choice for long trips, especially if you plan to go to places where the roads may not be paved. With a variety of driving modes and a sporty experience behind the wheel, the 2021 Blazer is bound to make any driving more fun and satisfying.
If you put the 2021 Blazer next to the Camaro, definite aspects of the Camaro body have been utilized to evoke that sporty powerhouse feeling. The sculpted lines of the hood, sides, and shape of the back wheel well are clear sibling likenesses. Not only does the Blazer evoke that muscle car feeling, but it is also elegant and stylish. This model is sure to turn heads when you drive it down the street.
Speaking of sport, the new 2021 Blazer gets its sharp, sporty design from the inclusion of the Midnight/Sport Edition package. This package adds black aluminum wheels, a black grille bar, black mirrors, black roof rails, a black nameplate, and black bowtie emblems. This package really makes the Blazer look sleek and stunning.
The Redline Edition package is also here to bring style and flair. This package includes black wheels with red accents, redline decals, and black mirror caps, door handles, bowties, and grille. Several other packages are also available to enhance the exterior and interior style and technology.
Exterior features that come standard with the base trim are heated wing mirrors, LED daytime running and taillights, 18-inch all-season tires, automatic high-intensity headlights, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Upper trim options gain such features as wheel sizes up to 21 inches, a hands-free gesture liftgate, a programmable liftgate, and a keyless entry keypad. Front and rear splash guards, deep-tinted glass, auto-dimming wing mirrors, LED Intellibeam headlights, black assist steps, a panoramic sunroof, and a roof rack are also available in the upper trims.
The 2021 Blazer’s interior is spacious and unique, particularly with the attention to details like the striking lines across the dash and the round vents which control the temperature with a simple twist. Depending on the trim level and appearance package you choose, there are several options for more personalized styling, from metallic inserts to red stitching or even leather upholstery in a two-tone color scheme. This new Blazer has slick styling with a higher profile and more openness to the design.
One of the more exciting features of the interior actually deals with the cargo space in the back. Chevy has gotten clever with their space management by offering an available cargo system with a floor-mounted rail that adjusts like a shelf on a wall. A horizontal cargo net fastens to the floor like a web to hold items down to prevent rolling or sliding, and a flexible partition acts like a fence between items to keep them from shifting during travel. There is 30.5 cu.ft. of space in the trunk area with the seats up, and when the seats are folded down, you gain up to 64.2 cu.ft. in total. In terms of space for the passengers, the 2021 Blazer is exceedingly roomy with 41 inches of legroom in front, and a very generous 39.6 inches in the rear.
Standard interior features include seating for five, a 60/40 split rear seat, Bluetooth, a WiFi hotspot, and a six-speaker audio system. Active noise cancellation is in effect, and an air filtration system is linked to the dual-zone climate control. An eight-inch infotainment screen comes loaded with Chevy Infotainment 3 and the capability for Chevy Connected access. There are two charging ports in the rear of the center console, two USB streaming ports in the instrument panel, an HD rearview camera, keyless open and start, and a rear seat reminder alert, all for your convenience.
Upper trims will have an even more expansive list of features, either standard or as options to add. These features include conveniences like a universal home remote, wireless charging, and heated or ventilated seats. Leather upholstery and a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel add to the lux feeling of the interior. A Bose premium audio system provides clear sound throughout the cabin, and an available rear-seat infotainment system adds to the experience. Several packages for managing storage and adding to the interior appearance are also available for most trims above the base.
The L and 1LT trims for the Blazer come standard with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. This front-wheel drive engine gets about 21 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. When properly equipped, this engine will get you a towing power of about 1,500 pounds.
A second engine option is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 227 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This option is standard on the 2LT and 3LT trims and can tow up to 1,500 pounds when properly equipped. This is also the most fuel-efficient engine getting 22 MPG city and 29 MPG highway with front-wheel drive and 22 MPG city and 27 MPG highway with all-wheel drive.
Finally, there is the 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is standard in the RS and Premier trims. This is the most powerful engine in the lineup, producing 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. If towing a trailer is your goal, this is the engine for the job, as it can tow up to 4,500 pounds with proper equipment. This engine gets similar fuel efficiency to the 2.5-liter, with 20 MPG city and 27 MPG highway with front-wheel drive and 19 MPG city and 26 MPG highway with all-wheel. Though it comes standard only on the upper two trims, it is available for the 2LT and 3LT trim levels for buyers who want it.
For the outdoor enthusiasts looking for a vehicle that can handle tough terrain, the 2021 Blazer offers several drive mode options to switch the vehicle’s performance when desired. Tour mode switches the car to front-wheel drive, which is likely to be most used when driving on typical town and city roads to provide the most fuel efficiency. The off-road mode will engage different systems, such as the throttle control, to optimize performance on rough terrain.
Sport mode will change the vehicle transmission and throttle response to offer a sportier feeling driving experience. For Blazers prepped for towing, the tow/haul mode will engage brakes and engine function for easier towing. Lastly, the all-wheel drive mode equips traction and stability control for all four tires when equipped to an all-wheel drive capable vehicle.
New this year is the Safety Assist package. This package includes auto emergency braking to enhance braking when the driver may be distracted. Forward collision alert sends a warning when there is the danger of an impending impact, and the following distance indicator warns you when you get too close to cars ahead. Intellibeam headlights dim automatically for oncoming traffic, lane keep assist with lane departure warning to help you stay in your lane, and front pedestrian braking to prevent hitting people in front of you. This package will come standard with the 2LT trim and above.
Standard safety features for the L trim of the 2021 Blazer include seven airbags throughout the cabin and the LATCH system for child safety seats. An HD rearview camera is provided to help you back into parking spaces. Rear seat reminder to warn you a child is still in the back, and rear child safety locks keep the doors closed when they should be. Teen driver allows drivers to program settings for speed and stereo volume when a teenager is behind the wheel. Stabilitrak electronic stability and traction control, and OnStar capability are also included to keep you safer on the roads.
Upper trims will have additional safety features as standard equipment, or that can be added as packages. The driver-assisted technology like auto emergency braking, enhanced emergency braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and front pedestrian braking help keep you from running into things around your vehicle. A series of alerts are also available to help keep your attention where it should be. Forward collision alert, following distance indicator, rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and a safety alert seat are all choices available, depending on the package or trim level.