Camaro-inspired styling. As a two-row midsize crossover SUV, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer doesn’t have to worry about being a spacious vehicle for the family. Instead, it can focus on being stylish and sporty. From the outside, that’s exactly what it is.

The Blazer doesn’t look like any other Chevy model because it takes a lot of styling cues from the Chevrolet Camaro sports car. From the front, it’s easy to spot the Camaro in the Blazer’s grille and sharp headlights.

Along the side, the Blazer’s C-Pillar has the same upward flair and sharp crease over the rear fender. A wide stance, large wheels, and razor-sharp lines give it a unique design from other midsize options.

On the inside, the Blazer features a similarly striking design. The dashboard has a wing-like layout that outlines the central touchscreen, while the circular vents, button layout, and center console design all give it a look that’s more sports car than midsize crossover.

A trio of engines. Unlike a lot of the competition, Chevy decided to offer the Blazer with three different engines. We applaud the decision, but it creates a gradient in the powertrain lineup from mediocre to great.

The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 193 horsepower. For a vehicle this size, 193 hp simply isn’t enough. The engine is also loud and not that efficient, returning an EPA-estimated 23 miles per gallon combined.

The better starting point and the best choice is the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s rated at 230 hp. The turbo engine is considerably punchier than the base, and it's the most efficient in the lineup at 25 mpg combined.

If you’re really looking for performance, the available 3.6-liter V6 is the best choice. It puts out 308 hp and, with an available package, helps the Blazer tow up to 4,500 pounds – the most in the lineup. Unfortunately, the V6 gets the worst fuel economy out of the bunch at 22 mpg combined.

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Easy-to-use tech features. Every Chevy Blazer comes with an 8-inch touchscreen as standard equipment, which includes wi-fi hot spot capability, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. The system itself is easy to use, while the touchscreen has crisp graphics and is quick to respond to inputs.

Available tech features include navigation, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and satellite radio.

The Blazer doesn’t have the largest screen, the most cutting-edge tech features, or the most high-end audio system, but its list of tech features is average for the class.

Safety features not included. While some of the Blazer’s competitors offer suites of standard safety features standard, the Chevy doesn't get one. The only items the Blazer comes standard with are a rearview camera and a Teen Driver system. Beyond that, everything is saved for higher trim levels and expensive packages.

The IIHS hasn’t crash-tested the Blazer yet, but the NHTSA has. In the latter’s testing, it earned a five-star overall safety rating. It’s a good rating for the class, though we’re waiting to see what kind of scores it'll earn from the IIHS.

Final thoughts. In the crowded midsize crossover segment, the 2021 Chevy Blazer stands out for its athletic design, V6 engine, and sporty handling. It looks like a high-performance sports car, which is enough for some consumers.

Finding vehicles that don’t have a lot of standard safety features for the 2021 model year is a challenge, but the Blazer only carries the bare minimum. Frankly, it’s just not enough. We also think Chevy should get rid of the base four-cylinder engine, as it’s woefully underpowered and not exactly fuel efficient.

The Honda Passport is a rugged, two-row crossover with more off-roading chops than the Blazer. It’s not as stylish, but comes with a more powerful V6 engine as standard and has a more spacious cabin.

Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is a more luxurious, more spacious, and more stylish than the Blazer. It’s also offered with more high-tech features and nicer interior materials.

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