The Blazer name might make it sound like this vehicle is reminiscent of the one of years past. Not really. Blazer returns to us much changed. Now it’s a compact sport utility vehicle directly competing with a couple of Jeep models but with a decidedly urban styling that makes the 2020 Blazer look just at home downtown as it does in the mountains. In this preview guide, we cover what’s great about the Blazer and what you can expect to find in the 2020 model year.
What’s New for 2020?
The 2020 Chevy Blazer is only in its sophomore year after being released as an all-new model for 2019. So the Blazer comes into this model year with only a few major changes. The biggest news is the brand-new engine: a 230-horsepower turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder. There’s been a slight shakeup with the engine offerings on trim levels, as a result. In other news, the 2020 Blazer’s Tow package now comes with trailer hitch guidance, so you can start trailering with ease.
Which Trim Level Is Best?
We’re really digging that new 230-horsepower engine option. It’s the right mix of affordability and power. To get this powerhouse, leapfrog over the first two trims and grab at least the 2LT. There you can also get all-wheel drive for better acceleration in slippery conditions or even the V6 engine that’s optional at this trim level.
With the Blazer 2LT, you get these standard features: 18-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, 6-speaker audio system, satellite radio, 8-way-power driver’s seat, deep-tinted glass, and of course, that great engine. That’s a pretty good deal for a great engine and a tidy sum of features, starting this year at $33,995. We still don’t know what the fuel economy is going to be for this mid-tier engine option, but the base engine gets 21 city miles and 27 highway miles per gallon while the 308-horsepower V6 gets 19 city and 26 highway mpg.
If you’re interested in off-roading, the Blazer can hook you up. We recommend the sport-tuned Blazer RS trim level. Its transmission has selectable driving modes that include Sport, Tow and Off-road. The RS has quicker response times and sportier suspension, along with excellent vision and superb braking. While the Blazer might not be an off-roader’s dreamboat, there’s enough to content the weekend outdoor enthusiast.
If you’re looking for a great new engine that remains affordable, an SUV confident in the city and the hills, a grab-bag of good features, and above-average fuel economy, the 2020 Chevy Blazer is a good fit for you.