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First Look: The All New 2019 Chevy Blazer
Chevy provided a new 2019 Blazer to drive for one week. We were not compensated in any other way, and all words and opinions are my own.
First Look: The All New 2019 Chevy Blazer
The last time that the Chevy Blazer nameplate was offered, both the world and vehicle were very different things. The headlines back then were dominated by the bird flu and hurricane Katrina, and the Blazer was an SUV based on the old S-10 pickup chassis. My how times have changed. After more than ten years, Chevy has reintroduced the Blazer. Gone is the bland looking SUV based on a pickup platform. The new 5 seat Blazer sports a bold look that absolutely turns heads.
This I know for a fact, because in the week that we drove the vehicle, I was stopped many times by strangers wanting a look at this new machine. Be it at the gas station or in a parking lot, the Blazer got attention. “What is that?” was a very common question, and when people found out it was the Blazer, they were blown away. “That's a Chevy?” was a very common response; people just could not believe how good the Blazer looked in person. Now it's not a look for everyone. It's not conservative or boring; Chevrolet went big, and the Blazer looks aggressive. But enough about how it looks. Let's instead take a look at what's inside and how the thing drives.
The Chevy Blazer Interior
Chevy sent us the RS variant of the Blazer, meaning our review vehicle was pretty much maxed out in terms of options. The review Blazers interior was wrapped in leather with red stitching that matched the exterior. Additionally, accent pieces like the air conditioning vents had a metal finish in that same color. I found the drivers seat quite comfortable and adjustable, and the controls all easily accessible.
The vehicle had quite a bit of tech as well. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist with lane departure warnings, and rear cross traffic alerts were all present. The rear cross traffic alert was one that was pretty cool, although it did freak me out the first time it went off. I was pulling out of a parking space and had no visibility as large trucks had parked on either side of the Blazer. As I backed out of the spot, a vehicle came speeding through the lot, moving from right to left behind us. I didn't see that car….It was not possible. But before I backed out into danger, alarms went off on the dash, and my seat gave me a surprise.
One of the ways that the Chevy Blazer alerts you to rear cross traffic danger is with the use of vibrations in the seat. So as the speeding car approached from the left, the left rear side of my seat began to vibrate. I hit the brakes, and as the offending vehicle passed behind me, the vibrations followed….literally. As the car passed our rear, the vibrations moved to the center back of the drivers seat, and as the car continued on to the right, the vibrations followed to the right. Pretty cool, but it did freak me out as I was not ready (and did not realize) that the Blazer would do this.
I have to say that I really enjoyed driving the Blazer. Steering was responsive, and body roll was minimal. The 308 horsepower V6 engine in the RS was snappy, and the transmission smooth.
Our vehicle was equipped with multiple driving modes, from normal 2 wheel drive to a all wheel sport mode. The field of vision for the driver is also expansive, especially when you turn on the rear view mirror. Yup, you read that right.
The rear view mirror has two modes. Mode one is just like what you would find in any vehicle…it's a mirror. But flick a switch and the rear view mirror becomes a rear view screen, showing what is behind you via a camera. This was very helpful when I filled the back of the SUV with boxes, blocking the rear window view….you could still see!
Cargo space, while not class leading, was a plentiful 30.5 cubic feet with the back row up. Stowing the rear seating more than doubles the cargo area. Additionally, Chevrolet also included an adjustable cargo management system that helps to keep things from sliding around.
The Blazer surprised me. I was not expecting such a sporty, stylish SUV from Chevrolet. This was a fun vehicle to drive, and it's at least worth a look and test drive if you are in the market for a new mid-sized SUV. If you are interested in learning more, you can check out the vehicle over at Chevrolet.