The 2020 Chevy Blazer offers more tech and features than ever before. Check out if this is the right SUV for you.
The Chevrolet Blazer is one of the most iconic SUVs and SUV names of all time. Back in the late 60s, it was a total revolution, despite the fact it started out as a small, two-door pickup. Designed to compete with the Ford Bronco and the International Scout, the Blazer slowly evolved into the rugged, compact SUV that everyone loves and modifies today.A couple of years ago, General Motors brought back the iconic Blazer nameplate. But, rather predictably, it was for a different kind of vehicle; a sporty compact crossover. Though this was quite a polarizing move, the new Chevy Blazer is full of cool features that might just mean it’ll find a spot on your shortlist.
Pretty much all compact SUVs nowadays look the same, and with a few worthy exceptions, not many of them seem to experiment with unique styling. The Blazer takes a different and rather cool approach to styling.
As seems to be the general consensus, the new Blazer looks like a beefy, four-door SUV version of the Camaro. As the Camaro is another highly recognized General Motors nameplate that has evolved into a fantastic muscle car, that’s a definite plus point. What’s more, unlike other car-inspired compact SUVs, the Blazer does the job surprisingly well.
One of the biggest selling points of just about any car nowadays is the tech available on-board. Thankfully, the Chevy Blazer offers tech in bucket loads. Every Blazer gets an 8-inch infotainment display as standard, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto across the board.
The phone connectivity systems are quite important, as navigation is not offered on the lower trim levels. It also gets plenty of safety tech like adaptive cruise control, forward collision alerting, a rear-view camera and lane keep assist.
The cool, Camaro-inspired design of the Blazer is continued into the interior as well, with a cabin bearing some resemblance to General Motors’ famous muscle car. The most notable area is the air vents, which seem to be taken directly from the Camaro.
Elsewhere, the interior seems to be very well laid out, with the infotainment system placed right on top, and a partially digital gauge cluster seemingly inspired by Cadillac models, which we don’t really see in General Motors’ other SUV offerings. There also seems to be a good air of quality, with soft materials and silver accents about the place, particularly on the steering wheel.
More and more automakers these days are equipping their vehicles with artificially intelligent voice assistants, most of which are developed in-house. The Blazer, meanwhile, makes use of a proven and successful AI assistant; Amazon Alexa.
GM is slowly rolling out Alexa across most of their models, and the Blazer is one of the few vehicles available in North America. As well as available at any time through the car’s infotainment system, you can download a myChevrolet skill for Alexa if you have a compatible device (Amazon Echo) for example, and you can control some functions of your vehicle through said device.
One of the most important aspects of an SUV is the interior space, cargo, and passenger. While you won’t find as much space as you would in bigger offerings, such as the Ford Explorer, there’s plenty of room inside the new Blazer for stuff and people.
North America doesn’t get the China-exclusive three-row Blazer, but even then, there’s significant space in the back for three adults, 31 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats up and 64 with them down.