2021 Chevrolet Blazer Review: Expected Price, Release Date, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow 

Automotive Journalist

July 27, 2020  at 7:25 AM

The Chevrolet Blazer manages to be the most striking looking crossover out of the bunch but one does have to bear with the cramped rear and shallow cargo area as a result of that. All the competitors are far superior to the Blazer when only practicality is put into perspective but form over function is a theme for Chevy.

The new Chevy Blazer might not be what the bow tie once used to offer in the past, but it is still a very capable product today. Yes, the modern iteration could very well come under a new moniker as it bears no resemblance mechanically, physically, or spiritually to its predecessor but we would still ask you to give Chevrolet a chance to explain.

The Blazer dives deep into a segment so cutthroat that we feel that it wasn’t really necessary for another offering in here but looks like there is still meat left on the bone. Yes, Crossovers are all the rage right now which gives the Blazer a good start but with the number of fishes in the pond, staying strong might just prove a little too challenging for this Chevy.

What’s New with the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer?

  • Redesigned bumpers
  • Updated Infotainment
  • New Wheels

Expected Price and Release Date of 2021 Chevrolet Blazer

The Chevy Blazer is expected to soldier on with no distinctive price or mechanical changes for the 2021 MY and should more or less be identical to its 2020 counterpart. The 2021 MY might have been delayed sue to COVID-19 but it should be available at dealerships by Fall.

What’s under the hood of the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer?

The engine lineup on the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is quite a comprehensive one and we do expect the lineup to remain unchanged for the 2021 MY as well. The Base 2.5 liter 4 Cylinder in the Blazer produces a very modest 193 Bhp and 188 Pounds feet of torque which in our opinion is just about adequate for this vehicle. This engine is not something we would term as slow or sluggish but it isn’t anything much more than that anyways. 

The 2021 Blazer will reportedly feature a 9-speed automatic transmission unit that has been used by Chevy for years and years. Over the years, it has proved itself to be smooth, reliable,  efficient. There are minimal jerks while gearshifting and it goes through all the gears with ease. The upgraded 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that is standard in the 2LT and 3LT trims is the definitive engine for the largest consumer base as it maintains a great balance between economy and performance. The 230 hp and 258 ft-lbs of torque produced by this turbocharged motor do liven up the Blazer experience substantially and do in fact do justice to its price tag. The 9-Speed Automatic that comes mated to the various engines is somewhat of a stickler as it does jerk a bit at slower speeds but irons out its imperfections as the speed progresses.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer L (Expected)

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.0T

2020 Nissan Murano s

MSRP

$28,800

$31,100

$34,500

$31,530

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

3.5L Regular V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Continuously variable-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

193@6,300

245@5,500

235@6,000

260@6,000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

188@4,400

275@3,000

260@1,450

240@4,400

The 3.6-liter V6  engine that is standard on the Premier trim and optional on the 2LT and 3LT is the hot rod of the trio and is going to put on a massive grin on the faces of the performance purist. The 308 ponies that live inside this engine block provide for a massive thrust boost in comparison to the base engine and make the Blazer a rival to be reckoned in the segment. The V6 might be a little too expensive and reserved on the higher end of the trim ladder for some but it does lend a very different character to the otherwise humble Blazer. 

The standard engine on the Blazer might get dusted by the competition but the moment you go for the higher trims or the optional engines, you shall be the last one laughing!

How many miles to the gallon does the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer deliver?

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is just about in the middle of the pack when it comes to EPA estimates as even with its base engine that is the most fuel-efficient it manages a lukewarm 27 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in the city. Since the mechanical changes in 2021 are nonexistent, we expect the fuel economy numbers to carry on as well. It is to be duly noted though that even though the base engine is the most fuel-efficient, the more powerful engine, especially the V6 don’t deter much from these EPA estimates even with AWD tacked on.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer L

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.0T

2020 Nissan Murano S

MPG (City)

21

22

20

20

MPG (Highway)

27

29

27

28

MPG (Combined)

23

25

23

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.4

18.5

18.8

19.0

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

407/524/446

407/537/470

376 / 508/432

380/532/437

For some perspective, the base 2.5-liter 4-banger is no strong performer and it yields results that are right on par with our expectations but if you get the V6 under the hood of the Blazer, things let's just say get a little tricky real fast.  In fact, both the V6 and 2.0-liter turbo manage 20 mpg in the city and 26 out on the highway which does beg the question-Do you really need the slowest engine of the bunch?  The V6 might not be the most practical of all the engines, but if drag times in your family crossover is your thing, get the V6!

How great is the interior of the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer?

If the interior experience is something that you deeply value in your personal car, then we would strongly suggest that you do spend a little extra and get the upper trims of the Blazer as the level of quality is substantially higher on the 3Lt and Premier variants than the others.

The interiors are heavily inspired by the Chevrolet Camaro and we have no complaints whatsoever. The Steering, Dials, Touch Screen, and other bits and bobs breathe Camaro's influence and make the cabin a very sporty affair. The center console on the Blazer is noticeably accommodating and the intuitive cargo rail system does lend an extra hand of practicality. The overall general does take a hit due to the Camaro inspired interiors but it definitely isn’t a deal-breaker.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer L

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.0T

2020 Nissan Murano S

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/59.1/41.0

40.2/60.3/42.6

41.2/59.1/44.1

39.9/59.5/40.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.6/58.6/39.6

40.3/60.5/40.6

39.2/58.3/40.9

39.8/58.9/38.7

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

30.5

39.2

35.9

32.1

The higher trims get a slathering of leather and other soft-touch surfaces but the lower trims do have a substantial amount of cheap-feeling plastic which could be an eyesore at its price tag. The space and comfort on offer are similar to others in the segment and the amount of standard and optional features is extremely impressive.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer: Infotainment and Connectivity

Chevrolet has outfitted the Blazer with an 8.0 Inch Infotainment Touch Screen that comes shod with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is plucked straight from the Camaro and gels right in. The new Chevrolet System 3 is a very well-optimized experience in our opinion and foregoes physical buttons to provide a clean silhouette. 

The UI is smooth to navigate and doesn’t involve a learning curve while even the base trim gets a great sounding 6 speaker setup which if need be can be upgraded to the 8 Speaker Bose Offering. The physical volume knob definitely makes life easier.

How does the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer look?

The moment we laid our eyes on the upcoming 2021 Chevrolet Cama…err…Blazer, see? The Blazer is just a striking Camaro on stilts! If you are familiar with what Ford has done with the styling of the Mustang Mach-E, you are going to agree that the Blazer embodies the “Camaro” spirit much more fluidly. 

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The Blazer is one hell of a looker and is arguably the most butch of its rivals. The swooping roofline might not be the best for rear-seat headroom but combine that with the chiseled front fascia and the Blazer makes for a top-notch attention grabber!

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer L (Expected)

2020 Ford Edge SE

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL 2.0T

2020 Nissan Murano S

Curb Weight (lbs)

3782

3959

3920

3823

Length (in)

191.4

188.8

187.8

192.8

Width (in)

76.7

75.9

74.4

75.4

Height (in)

67.0

68.3

67.1

67.8

Ground Clearance (in)

7.4

8.0

7.3

6.9

Wheelbase (in)

112.7

112.2

108.9

111.2

Cargo Storage might just be a downfall for the 2021 Blazer as the 2020 Blazer has a below-average cargo hold and even with the seats down, it loses out to the competition coming in at just 64 cubic feet of space. The hatch access isn’t very intuitive either with rivals offering better access and space by a long shot. The Ford Edge while having similar design cues manages to accommodate passengers with ease.

Should you go for the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer?

Looking at the Chevy Blazer, one does get a very striking looking automobile that has almost everything for everyone at different price points. The Blazer manages to lend a very thorough trim lineup with a generous equipment spread while also offering impressive handling and comfort characteristics. The Blazer might just have been one of the top picks of the segment but the fact that many modern safety features are put out of reach from an otherwise best in the business trim spread is heartbreaking. The Blazer is a great automobile, and if you have the dough you wouldn’t be disappointed but there are certainly others on the market that offer a better value package.

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