2022 Chevrolet Blazer

 Lyons on Wheels

2022 Chevrolet Blazer

Sponsored By Mangino Chevrolet 

MSRP: $33,400 (2LT FWD)                    As Tested: $50,190 (Premiere AWD)

 

Chevy trims the trim levels in its Blazer line for 2022.  The midsize crossover dispenses with the former, entry level L.  The model tree now runs 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier.  Also gone is the 2.5L four cylinder engine.  The new, base motor on 2LT, 3LT and Premier is a turbocharged, 2.0L four, rated at 227 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.  Standard on RS and optional  elsewhere is a 3.6L V-6.  The six packs 308 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque.  Both motors are matched to a 9-speed automatic transmission.  EPA estimates for fuel economy range from 22/29/25 (2.0/FWD) to 19/26/21 (3.6/AWD).  My six cylinder equipped Premier returned 17 mpg’s in a week of mostly in-town driving.  I’ve not driven the 2.0L turbo four in this package, so I can’t comment on its performance.  For its part, the 3.6L adds substantial zoom to the Blazer’s resume, and brings a nice growl to the soundtrack when you lean into it.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer

Those who tow will want to know that Blazer’s maximum capacity is 1,500 lb. (for 2.0L and 3.6L, without the optional trailering package), 3,500 lb. (2.0L FWD and AWD with towing package), and 4,500 lb.(3.6L FWD and AWD, with towing package).  Front Wheel Drive is standard on 2LT, 3LT and Premier, with All Wheel Drive optional.  RS models are equipped solely with AWD.  The AWD system employed by the RS has an advanced, twin-clutch design.  With an automatic, locking, rear differential, it can shift power not only front to back, but also side to side, when wheel slip is detected.  Power steering assist and the suspension setup are firm enough to make handling confident, but not so much as to rattle your fillings.

 

Like the exterior, Blazer’s interior draws some cues from cousin Camaro.  All trim levels are equipped with an 8″ diagonal, color touchscreen, atop the center stack.  That, and a small pad and dial just below, handle most sound system and navigation adjustments.  A vertical strip of buttons at mid-dash cover the HVAC functions, in concert with a pair of wide-mouth air vents. Twisting the rings surrounding said vents makes the temperature adjustments – a simple and intuitive design.  An Enhanced Convenience Package ($1,660) is exclusive to Premier models, offering upscale niceties like an eight speaker, Bose sound system, memory settings, ventilation for drivers/passengers front seats, heated seat to the rear as well as front, and a power, tilt and tele steering column.  Blazer’s interior isn’t large by midsize standards, but front seats hold adults easily, and there’s room for a pair of six footers in the outboard seats in back.  The rear seat backs fold flat, allowing 30.5-64.2 cu.-ft. of cargo capacity, depending on seat placement.  Loading height in back is comfortable.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer

A 2LT with AWD looks like the best value, though the RS trim might be the most interesting Blazer.  With its model-specific, blackout trim and big rims, RS makes the best use of the sporty styling of this generation of Blazers. Backed by the lively V-6 and enhanced AWD system, it’s an interesting alternative, in a mostly conservative class.

A 40 year resident of the Capital District, Dan Lyons has been reviewing new cars for publications for over 30 years.  He is the author of six automotive books, and photographer of more than 200 calendars.