2020 Chevrolet Blazer Turbo Review: Is It Worth It?
Do not do half of your Blazer. Chevrolet’s charismatic mid-size SUV shines most in RS form, where it really is Is act like the V-6 Camaro SUV. But the new 2020 turbocharged Blazer does not appeal in the same way. Although the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer 2.0T in 3LT version is especially pleasant to drive, this mid-level model left us wanting more. Here’s what the Blazer does and what it could do best.
The first problem with the 2020 Blazer is the Equinox, or the fact that the two spacious SUVs have roughly the same amount of cargo space. Let’s be honest, however; you probably want the Blazer at least partly for its design. We understood. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer seduces much more than the Equinox that we evaluated last in a large comparison of compact SUVs. The Blazer is trying to win its price premium with a bold and daring design from all angles. And as we have seen, the RS V-6 version of $ 41,795 and more saves its elegant look with sporty performance. It’s great, but not everyone wants to spend that much on a mid-size SUV.
How does the Chevrolet Blazer Turbo 2020 work?
Although it only offers 230 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque from the 2.0T turbo-four compared to the 3.6-liter V8 with 308 hp and 270 lb-ft, the 2020 Blazer Turbo still shows traces entertaining RS movements. The precise steering makes the Blazer remarkably easy to follow on the highway and yes, as capable as you would expect from a mid-size SUV on a winding road. Perhaps thanks to the 18-inch wheels of our 3LT (compared to the RS 20 or 21), the Blazer even provided a compliant ride. Just like we found with the nine-speed automatic transmission paired with the Blazer’s V6, the transmission performs well with the 2.0T engine as well. One of the only dynamic drawbacks is a brake pedal that requires a little too much effort to be applied.
As for this engine – now the intermediate step between a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter I-4 and the 3.6-liter V-6 – don’t be fooled by the allure of turbocharged power. The Blazer’s turbo-four offers perfectly satisfactory acceleration; Maybe the 22 additional horses of the Equinox 2.0T would help. Oh, and given the way the tires squeak as they struggle for traction in FWD mode, keep the Blazer in AWD mode if you want to avoid the stinky eye of pedestrians.
The biggest surprise of the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer Turbo comes from the pump. Going from the base 2.5L of the Blazer to the 2.0T actually means slightly improved fuel economy (21/28 mpg to 2.5L 21/27, comparing the front-wheel drive models). Opt for a Blazer Turbo AWD model like our tester, and you have a theoretical autonomy of 586 miles on the road; no Blazer can match this, thanks to the combination of the efficiency of 2.0 T and the additional fuel capacity of 2.3 gallons of the AWD.
What about the interior of the Blazer?
Inside, the Blazer’s rear seat makes a positive first impression. The rear passengers will have plenty of space, and there is no transmission hump to obstruct the space in the central seat. On our 3LT tester, the set is completed by two USB sockets, a 120-volt socket, an easy-to-use backrest tilt lever and two-tone seats. Pleasant.
Going to the front seat reveals too many disappointing compromises. Maybe you’re digging the Camaro-style central air vents – they’re cool, right? It is a unique design feature. But there may be a reason for that: rotate the vent to redirect the flow and tell me it didn’t take a little more effort than you thought. Then press the lock / unlock buttons on the side furthest from the door handles. Why are the buttons awkwardly turned towards the driver, making them more difficult to press? In addition, the air recirculation button is too difficult to find and more difficult to say during the day if it is engaged.
We want the story to end there. As we noticed after driving the 2019 Blazer at the launch of the stylish SUV, we are still unhappy with Chevrolet’s decision to limit automatic emergency braking to versions below $ 45,000. As much as we appreciate the incredible clarity of the screen provided by the 360-degree multi-camera system on the 8.0 inch touch screen, we would exchange it in a second for what some MotorTrend editors consider this to be one of the most important safety features available today.
Our $ 41,595 Blazer also doesn’t have an adaptive cruise control. While some adaptive cruise control systems may not work well enough, you will only use them once, the best versions of technology can reduce the stress of a traffic trip by accelerating and decelerating for you. While we dream of the changes we would like on the Blazer 2021 or 2022, Chevy, consider moving the electric parking brake button somewhere near the speed rod and adding tactile release doors. (Some cars unlock when they feel your hand on the door handle instead of requiring the extra step of pressing a button.)
Hmm, OK. Is the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer worth it?
Despite all these little problems, we still love the Blazer. In RS version, it could even be one of our favorite Chevys on the road today, but the overall SUV package is too uneven elsewhere in the range. At the price of the Prime Minister’s fancy pants, from $ 45,000 to $ 50,000, we could consider an Acura, Volvo or Lincoln. At the $ 40,195 MSRP of the 2.0T 3LT AWD Blazer before the incentives, the value is hard to discern. If you absolutely have to have the Blazer style but can’t handle the high price of the RS with the desirable options, stick with the 2.0T engine and try a 2LT Redline edition. You will find part of the visual attitude of the RS, but at a lower price.
|2020 Chevrolet Blazer AWD (3LT)|
|STARTING PRICE||$ 40,195|
|DISPOSITION||Front engine, all-wheel drive, 5-pass SUV, 4-door|
|ENGINE||2.0L Turbo DOHC / 230 PS / 258 lb-ft DOHC|
|EDGE WEIGHT||4150 lb (MT is)|
|L x W x H||191.4 x 76.7 x 67.0 inches|
|0-60 MPH||7.5 s (MT is)|
|EPA FUEL ECON||21/27/23 mpg|
|ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY / HIGHWAY||153/102 kWh / 100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.75 lb / mile|