Besides their bold style and sporty performance, the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer and Toyota 4Runner put a modern spin on family transport. These midsize SUVs have so much in common that choosing just one might pose a problem. But our comparison guide is here to help you sort them out.
Sporty Style: 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
The Blazer is the better looking of the pair, with a sculpted front end that will remind you more of the Chevy Camaro than a family-style crossover. Indeed, there aren’t any segment competitors that put as much emphasis on sporty exterior style. By comparison, the 4Runner’s blocky lines seem almost frumpy. To turn heads, it’s easy to see which crossover will do the trick.
Best Tech Lineup: 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
The Blazer makes sure you stay connected – and that you can do so without getting distracted. Every trim model comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, smartphone integration that displays apps on the Blazer’s 8-inch touchscreen – which also comes standard. Press and hold a button on the steering wheel to access your phone’s voice controls. The Blazer even comes standard with a Wi-Fi hotspot, which comes in handy when your phone is down to its last bar.
The Toyota 4Runner is a close second. It, too, comes standard with helpful Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so you can use apps without actually picking up your phone. The new infotainment system is the first in the 4Runner lineup to include this technology. However, the 4Runner doesn’t offer a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Off-Road Capabilities: 2020 Toyota 4Runner
Since most of its trim models come standard with four-wheel drive, the 4Runner is the most capable of the pair. If you’re looking for more in off-road adventure, this Toyota SUV might just be your best bet. In addition to four-wheel drive, the 4Runner comes standard with skid plates and foglights. Use the power-sliding rear window to give your off-road adventures a little extra flavor.
The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer offers sporty style, but it’s designed to impress on the pavement rather than off-road. Add all-wheel drive to your Blazer to really stick those corners and winding roads. The Blazer’s steering is sharp and it’s handling is athletic, adding to your driving experience.
Thriftiest Performance: 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
If you’ve got a lot of driving to do, the Blazer can help you save money doing it. Depending on equipment, the Blazer can earn up to 24 mpg combined. The best the 4Runner can do is 17 mpg combined – not exactly an ideal commuter.
The 4Runner definitely delivers a rugged performance, but the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is the ultimate midsize crossover SUV. Not only is it loaded with high-tech goodies, but its best-in-class exterior style and sporty performance will take your breath away.