The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Is No Retro Ride | Edmunds

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The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer revives a classic nameplate; only now it's a midsize SUV with a Camaro-inspired design rather than the rugged adventure truck you may remember from the 1970s and '80s.

Edmunds Reviews Editor Dan Frio drove the new Blazer around the hills of inland San Diego to see how Chevy has reinvented it for a new era. Of course it's sportier, more comfortable and more connected than the last Blazer to bow out in 2005. It's roomy and it has a large cargo area, making it ideal for families and drivers with active lifestyles. But does it still have that strong power and go-anywhere spirit of the original?

Q: What engine and transmission does the Chevrolet Blazer have?
A: The Blazer offers two engines — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (193 horsepower) and a 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp). Both pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Q: Does the Blazer offer four-wheel drive like the older ones?
A: Not quite. Today's Blazer does offer an optional all-wheel-drive system, two of them actually. Both will be useful for improving traction in wet weather and on tame off-road areas, while the more advanced system is designed to offer sportier, performance-oriented handling in dry conditions.

Q: How many doors does the Blazer have?
A: Four. It has four doors.

Q: How many doors did older Blazers have?
A: Two. Older Blazers — real Blazers — had two, and only two, doors.

Q: Why are you so emphatic about the door situation?
A: The details matter.

Q: What are some of the Blazer's competitors?
A: The all-new Honda Passport is a primary rival, as is the redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe. The Kia Sorento is another strong midsize SUV pick, much like the Nissan Murano and the long-running Ford Edge.

Q: How much does the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer cost?
A: The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer starts at $29,995 for the base L trim (including destination fee). You're more likely to find the Blazer 2.5L at dealers, however, starting at $33,495. Opting for the V6 engine pushes up the starting price to $34,495, while the Premier starts at $43,895.

Read our First Drive of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer here:

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