A 228-hp turbo four-cylinder is the base engine of the 2022 Chevrolet Blazer, and all models offer front- or all-wheel drive, but no combination is very fuel-efficient. Still, compared with most of its two- and three-row classmates, the Blazer is better to drive thanks to accurate steering, confident cornering stability, and strong brakes.

Although the 2022 Chevrolet Blazer boasts lots of space for people and cargo, the cabin suffers from some cheap bits, and outward visibility is compromised. With pricey upper trim levels that hoard the most desirable features, the 2022 Blazer also isn’t a great value.2022 Chevrolet Blazer

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 Chevrolet Blazer features a standard a 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and an optional 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6. Both pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The front-drive, turbo-four version has sufficient power for getting around town and highway duty.

However, the V-6 delivers impressive acceleration and provides added confidence when passing on the highway. Quick as the last Blazer RS we tested was, the automatic transmission was slow to downshift when we wanted a quick burst of acceleration. The four-cylinder can tow up to 1500 pounds, while the V-6 version can handle up to 4500 pounds. With steady composure and accurate steering, the Blazer is easily the best-driving crossover to wear the Chevrolet bow tie.

it was confident and responsive on twisty sections of road, especially the RS model, which has exclusive steering and suspension tuning. Even without the sportier setup found on the RS, the Blazer is more engaging than many competitors. Its standard 18-inch wheel-and-tire combo provided a smoother and quieter ride than the RS model that wore large 21-inchers, which thudded over bumpy roads. Thankfully, both models remained hushed on even surfaces and at highway speed.

The steering’s precise feedback was satisfying during spirited sessions yet fluid at low speed. The firm brake pedal immediately responded to our inputs, and the brakes brought our Blazer RS test vehicle to a stop from 70 mph in an impressive 165 feet.

e standard turbo four is rated at up to 22 mpg city and 29 highway. The V-6 version is slightly thirstier, with estimates up to 20 mpg city and 27 highway. We haven’t tested the four-cylinder version on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, but the all-wheel-drive, V-6 Blazer earned 24 mpg during our real-world test. The Honda Passport and Hyundai Santa Fe both earned 27 mpg in the same test. For more information about the Blazer’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the Blazer design is heavily inspired by the Chevy Camaro, with an intuitive climate-control system that features round air vents below the center stack. These vents can be twisted to adjust the temperature settings.

The visual flourishes include soft-touch plastics and a two-tone color scheme. While the fancier models receive leather surfaces and flashier materials, our mid-level test car had several cheap pieces and mostly grayscale colors. The Blazer also offers desirable content, such as ambient interior lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.

The front seats on our test vehicle had small cushions that lacked support, but the back seat had plenty of stretch-out space that should comfort everyone on long trips. With 31 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 64 with the seats folded, we were able to fit 11 and 26 carry-on suitcases, respectively.

There are several storage solutions for small items, including ledges on the front-door panels that are perfect for smartphones. There’s a decent-size cubby at the front of the center console, too, and the bin has good space, albeit without organization. The back seat is less remarkable, with a bin at the back of the center console and small door pockets.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Chevy equips every Blazer with standard driver-assistance technology that includes forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, automatic high beams, and more. There are also other optional driver assists, and the top trims come with the most standard content.

For more information about the Blazer’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

Full Specifications

2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS AWD

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, front/all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$50,765 (base price: $44,695)

ENGINE TYPE
DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement
223 cu in, 3649 cc
Power
308 hp @ 6700 rpm
Torque
270 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.6-in vented disc/12.4-in vented disc
Tires: Continental CrossContact LX Sport, 265/45R-21 104V M+S TPC Spec 3115MS

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 112.7 in
Length: 191.4 in
Width: 76.7 in
Height: 67.0 in
Passenger volume: 108 cu ft
Cargo volume: 31 cu ft
Curb weight: 4293 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.0 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 29.7 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.4 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.1 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 94 mph
Top Speed (C/D est, governor limited): 130 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.87 g

C/D
FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 16 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 21/18/25 mpg

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