The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a midsize SUV that’s all-new for 2019. In its previous incarnation, the Blazer name was associated with a traditional truck-based SUV that was put out to pasture back in 1999. The new Blazer rides on a platform shared with the GMC Acadia and it slots between the Chevrolet Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse at dealerships like Chevrolet Smelterville.
Some buyers who are considering buying the Chevrolet Blazer may also be looking at the 2019 Dodge Durango. We’ll compare the two and see which one comes out ahead.
Blazer buyers will save some money compared with those who choose the Durango. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,800 at the Chevrolet dealership in Smelterville and Chevy dealers around the country, while the 2019 Dodge Durango’s MSRP starts at $30,445.
Both of the Chevy Blazer’s engines are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, providing greater acceleration and better fuel economy. The Dodge Durango only offers an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Gasoline prices have been changeable lately, so it’s smart to buy a fuel-efficient vehicle. The Chevrolet Blazer with its standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine gets EPA-estimated fuel economy rated at 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The Dodge Durango has a standard 3.6-liter engine that only gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for models with rear-wheel drive and 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has lots of curb appeal, with modern styling inside and out. The interior even takes some cues from its Camaro cousin. The 2019 Dodge Durango, on the other hand, sits on an aging platform that dates back to 2011, which is the first year of its current generation. Chevrolet is certainly forward-looking, while Dodge seems happy to leave the Durango to age gracefully.
The driver and passengers will be more comfortable riding in the Blazer than the Durango. The Blazer has more front and rear legroom than the Durango, so everyone will be able to stretch out a little more. If you’re looking for a vehicle with room to store your stuff, you’ll be thankful for the Blazer’s 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space. The Durango only provides 17.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
According to J.D. Power, the predicted reliability for the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is 3.5 out of five. The 2019 Dodge Durango was rated two out of five, the lowest possible score.
The 2019 Dodge Durango is bigger and bulkier than the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, making it more difficult to maneuver and harder to park in tight spaces. The Durango is 9.8 inches longer, 8.8 inches wider and 3.9 inches higher than the Blazer. The Durango’s wheelbase is 7.1 inches longer than the Blazer’s.
There’s no denying the 2019 Dodge Durango is a good compact crossover. However, when you examine the Durango and the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer head to head, it’s easy to see that the Blazer wins this competition.