The Chevrolet Blazer was one of the most highly anticipated new models unveiled this year. For 2020, it gets a new engine.
The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer will therefore have three engines to offer consumers with a new four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter bridging the wide gap between the current entry-level 2.5-liter four-cylinder and the 3.6-liter V6. This may not seem important, but adding a third engine the Blazer lineup is probably the best decision Chevrolet has made this year.
The entry-level 2.5-liter makes 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, hardly impressive unless the only thing you care about is fuel economy. That engine was offered in the base Blazer starting at $35,100 with front-wheel drive, but if you wanted all-wheel drive and actual power under your right foot, you had to tick the box for the 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 which increased by price by over $8,000.
We don’t yet know how much this new turbocharged four-cylinder with 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque will cost, but it will surely cut the margin between the base engine and the V6 in half. It should also be the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer’s most popular powertrain. No word yet on towing capacity. The V6-powered Blazer can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
Let’s take a look at what the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer does well and what it doesn’t do so well.
What the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer Does Well
- It’s a blast to drive with the V6. It’s fast, agile, sharp in its handling and has plenty of power.
- The good news is that this performance doesn’t come at the expense of comfort. There are some exceptions here (see below) but ultimately the Blazer in its base, AWD, True North and Premier versions are refined and quiet on the road with a suspension that works well on broken roads.
- Towing capacity is rated at 4,500 pounds with the V6 engine which is useful and impressive.
- The design of the RS version is agressive enough to turn heads on the road. The 21-inch wheels may not be practical, but they sure look good.
- Although we haven’t driven it, the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will be a game changer. It will bring towing capacity, efficiency and power at a price that will be more reasonable than the V6 (hopefully).
- V6 is more fuel-efficient than the Honda Passport’s V6.
- More powerful V6 than the Honda Passport.
What the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer Doesn’t Do So Well
- With only 864 liters of cargo space, the Blazer can’t measure up to the Honda Passport or the Ford Edge.
- The base four-cylinder is underpowered.
- The V6 isn’t exactly fuel-efficient.
- The RS version isn’t practical for daily use with its uncomfortable 21-inch wheels.
- The top-of-the-line versions are rather expensive.
- More expensive than the Ford Edge with less space.
What We Tell Our Friends About the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
It’s the best-looking five-seat SUV in its segment and pricing-wise, it makes sense compared to the Honda Passport although the Ford Edge has it beat in terms of value. The Blazer RS is nice, but the Ford Edge ST is faster and easier to drive everyday. Towing capacity is good, but the Passport has it beat.
In other words, we would tell our friends that the Chevrolet Blazer is much more engaging to drive and fun than its competitors, its comfort is good (except the RS) and we are big fans of the Blazer. That said, space in the cargo area is lacking and we’d wait to see what the 2.0-liter turbocharged has to offer before making a final decision.