Styling ripped from the Camaro. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer isn’t like any other Chevy crossover SUV, at least when it comes to looks. Several styling elements were taken from the Chevy Camaro, giving the Blazer the sportiest look of the lot.
The key Camaro elements include its front fascia, particularly the upper grille with the narrow LED lights. From the rear, the taillights are also Camaro-inspired, although they seem too small for this model. The Blazer’s high stance, uptick beltline, and big wheels and tires enhance its muscular persona.
Inside, the Blazer advances a wing-like design that’s a welcome departure from earlier crossovers from the brand, including the Chevrolet Equinox. We’re not sold on where Chevy placed some of the cabin controls, especially the climate control switches, which form a running band across the dashboard. Otherwise, the cabin delivers an acceptable blend of restraint and practicality.
Good, better, and best engine choices. Chevy could have offered one engine choice for the Blazer and left it at that. That’s the approach taken with the Nissan Murano, a Blazer competitor. Instead, Chevy offers three engine choices.
The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 193 horsepower does a good job in fuel efficiency, although its EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon combined isn’t the best among the three. The winner here is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 230 hp, which delivers 24 mpg combined.
The best engine of the bunch is the 3.6-liter V6 with 308 hp. Moreover, the V6’s twin-clutch rear differential can shift torque across the rear axle, supplying better traction and handling. It can also tow up to 4,500 pounds.
We laud the Blazer for its crisp handling and assertive and firm ride across the lineup.
Safety is a mixed bag. We don’t have all the crash test data for the Blazer from the IIHS yet, although it's showing some promise in initial testing. It does, however, carry a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
What surprises us is a lack of standard active safety features. They're available, but you won’t find them on every trim. Chevrolet does offer automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and more, but they’re bundled within expensive packages in the RS and Premier trims only.
Laudable infotainment features. We may be disappointed with how Chevy presents its safety offerings, but that’s not the case with infotainment. This is one area where the Blazer excels.
The standard Blazer comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, four USB ports, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The list of options includes a surround-view camera system and wireless smartphone charging.
Final thoughts. The 2020 Chevy Blazer is a fine midsize crossover offering, with sporty styling, good engine choices, and a nice feature set. It's held back by a lack of active safety features and below-average fuel economy. It doesn't help that the competition is fierce, either.
Skip the base engine and head for the turbo-four or the V6. Both engines deliver ample power, just what you’d expect for a midsize model.