No longer a mass pleaser. In the Blazer’s heyday, you couldn’t hit a stoplight without seeing at least one model nearby. Today’s 2022 Chevy Blazer is far more of a niche vehicle with its aggressive styling and sporty performance.

Find out below if this niche crossover can compete with today’s mass-pleasing crossovers.

Great powertrain options, but fuel economy suffers. The 2022 Blazer drops the 193-horsepower base four-cylinder, and it disappears with no fanfare. This leaves it with a base 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot that delivers all the power mist buyers need and tows up to 3,500 pounds.

The master of the engine lineup remains the optional 308-hp 3.6-liter V6. Not only does it deliver more oomph with a 4,500-lb towing capacity, but it delivers one of the sweetest soundtracks in the class. The nine-speed automatic transmission that pairs with either engine has a gear for every condition, but it tends to hunt for the right gear a little too much.

The Blazer suffers in fuel economy, as its four-cylinder delivers just 22 miles per gallon city, 29 highway, and 25 combined. The V6 is worse at 19 mpg city, 27 highway, and 22 combined. Buyers seeking a similar-sized crossover with superior fuel economy can look at the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid, which delivers up to 36 mpg city, 31 highway, and 24 combined.

Stylish look, but it’s sized too closely to the Equinox. The 2022 Chevy Blazer is nothing short of a stunner with its sharp lines, blacked-out pillars, razor-sharp headlights, and more. Around back, its Camaro-inspired taillights are a touch too small, but we understand what Chevy was going for.

The Blazer will, however, suffer some cannibalism from the cheaper Equinox. This step-down crossover also looks sharp and isn’t much smaller than the Blazer.

Some buyers may find the bold Blazer a little too much. For these buyers, we recommend the more subdued GMC Acadia or Ford Edge.

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Sleek cabin, but uncomfortable seating. Inside, the 2022 Blazer continues with bold styling with plenty of sharp lines, round air vents, and available bright accents and contrast stitching. This is more than enough to keep the average shopper’s interest, unless they find this bold look too much.

While the Blazer is plenty roomy with up to 64.2 cubes of cargo space and 39.6 inches of rear leg room, its seat cushions are too narrow and unsupportive. Buyers seeking superior seating comfort may prefer the Volvo XC60.

Final thoughts. The Blazer is no longer the fit-it-all SUV of yesteryear. Today, it’s a sleek niche crossover with a specific demographic. This leaves it out in the cold for some buyers – particularly those seeking a more traditional-looking crossover.

However, Chevy hit the mark in delivering a great-performing crossover with looks to match its performance.

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