The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer isn’t a behemoth off-roader. Instead, Chevrolet has produced a sharp, road-focused midsize SUV that gets a few design cues from the Camaro. The Blazer is long on style, on par with its Edge stablemate. But a crossover can’t make it on looks alone; the Blazer features sporty driving dynamics that separate it from its humdrum rivals. Now in its second year, all indications are that the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer will continue to be a popular model at dealerships like the Saint Maries Chevrolet dealer.
The Chevy Blazer was an all-new model for 2019, so there were only a few changes of note. The most important addition is the new available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which slots between the base 2.5-liter unit and the optional V6. Buyers looking for a midsize crossover with great handling and lots of curb appeal should place the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer at the top of their shopping list.
The folks at the Saint Maries Chevrolet dealership pointed out that although the Blazer has only been around for a short time, it already has its devotees. Automobile Magazine wrote: “I enjoyed its responsive handling, powerful engine, and eye-catching style. To the latter point, this Blazer revival—it's technically the fifth-gen model—has adapted design elements from the Camaro, particularly in RS spec, but it manages to pull it off and avoid looking like some sort of genetic experiment gone wrong. ... I found the steering to be precise and the body motions very nicely controlled at both lower and higher speeds.”
The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer can seat up to five passengers in two rows. Buyers can choose from L, LT, RS and Premier trim levels. The LT has three subtrims: 1 LT, 2LT and 3LT. The Blazer L and 1LT are equipped with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder powerplant that develops 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The 2LT and 3LT trims are equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit that produces 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood of the RS and Premier trims is a 3.6-liter V6 that puts out 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is available on the 2LT and 3LT models. All engines are connected to a standard nine-speed automatic gearbox, and all Blazers get standard front-wheel drive. Blazers equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and the V6 are eligible for all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Blazer’s steering is accurate, and the handling is composed. It takes curves and twisting roadways confidently. Even with the base four-cylinder engine, the Blazer is more engaging to drive than many of its rivals. The brakes are firm and responsive. According to Car and Driver, the Blazer RS was able to stop from 70 mph in 165 feet, a great showing.
Safety is an important consideration when you buy a new vehicle. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is very safe, with the NHTSA awarding it with its highest rating of five stars. The RS and Premier offer the most advanced driver-assistance features. Optional safety features include lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning automated emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control.