2020 Chevy Blazer Turbo Price Tag Could Make It A Tough Sell

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Those looking for more variety in their next 2-row SUV may find the Chevy Blazer an appealing choice. For 2020, the model gains a 2-liter turbocharged engine promising a better blend of performance and efficiency. However, our analysis finds that some consumers may find the V6 to be a smarter upgrade.

According to Chevy's order guide, the turbo is rated at 230 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque and available in 2LT & 3LT grades. It slots between the model's 193 hp 2.5-liter base engine and the 308 hp V6. Oddly, even though it sits between those engines in terms of output, Chevy has priced it just $500 lower than the V6.

With the turbo, the 2020 Blazer 2LT has an MSRP of $33,995 with destination. With the V6, the same vehicle costs $34,495. The better-equipped 3LT starts at $38,195 with the turbo and $38,695 with the V6. As a result, buyers may find the additional 78 hp and 12 lb-ft of torque to be well worth the extra $500.

So why even offer a turbo in the first place?

"To provide Blazer customers more choice," a Chevy spokesperson explained to us via email, adding that the brand considers it "a great alternative" to the 2.5-liter mill in terms of performance and efficiency. But is it the best choice? That may depend on your priorities.

In terms of fuel economy, the V6 is rated at 21 mpg, just 2 mpg less than the 2.5-liter base engine. Ratings for the turbo aren't available yet, and using the 25 mpg rating of the 2-liter Equinox turbo may not be all that helpful given the difference in output (252 hp vs. 230).

As far as towing, Chevy's order guide indicates that the V6 remains the only way to achieve the model's maximum capacity of 4,500 lbs with an all-wheel-drive configuration. With front-wheel-drive, the turbo, V6, and base 2.5-liter mill are all limited to just 1,500 lbs.

Other considerations may affect buyers in everyday driving. For example, the turbo requires premium gas whereas the V6 does not. It's also possible that the turbo could offer different driving dynamics, although we won't know for sure until we can get behind the wheel of one ourselves.

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Editor's Note: 2019 Blazer pictured

, Senior Pricing Analyst

As CarsDirect’s resident pricing analyst, Alex offers must-know analysis of pricing & incentives to those looking to buy or lease a car. His consumer-oriented coverage of the latest trends and breaking news has been featured in publications such as Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Automobile Magazine and Autoblog.

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