All-New 2023 Chevrolet Blazer – Starting at $35,000 Est.
2023 Chevrolet Blazer – OVERVIEW
The 2023 Chevy Blazer is a 2-row, average-sized SUV that appeals to those who enjoy driving and want to do so in a unique vehicle.
In addition, some of the Blazer’s best features are only available on the most expensive variants, reducing its value compared to more desirable competitors.
Nevertheless, the Chevy shines, turning, braking, and riding well on the broad road. Front-wheel drive is standard, and either a 228-hp turbo-four or a 308-hp V-6 engine is available.
Both machines have all-wheel drive, but we favor the six since it accelerates faster and can tow up to 4500 pounds.
Chevy offers the Blazer a redesign for 2023, making the mid-size SUV even more distinct. In addition, the front part has been updated, with a new grille design and additional lighting features.
Outback, the taillights have been updated, and new wheels in sizes 18 to 21 inches have been added.
In addition, more paint colors have been added to the exterior of the Blazer, including Fountain Blue, Sterling Gray, Copper Bronze, and Radiant Red, as well as Nightshift Blue on the RS trim level.
The Blazer’s interior design is primarily influenced by the Chevy Camaro, with an easy-to-use climate-control system that includes round air vents beneath the center stack.
The temperature settings can be adjusted by twisting these vents. Soft-touch plastics and a two-tone color scheme are among the visual niceties.
Ambient inside lighting, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated back seats are among the features available on the Blazer.
The front seats in our test vehicle had small cushions with little support, but the back seat had plenty of room to spread out, which should make long trips more comfortable for everyone.
Small objects can be stored in various places, including ledges on the front-door panels ideal for smartphones.
There’s also a good-sized cubby in front of the center console, and the bin has plenty of room, albeit without organization.
The back seat is less impressive, with a compartment at the back of the center console and modest door pockets.
Every Blazer is equipped with a 10.0-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as wireless charging for compatible smartphones.
Although the system’s interface is appealing and simple to use, a rotary controller would be beneficial in reducing distractions.
A pair of USB ports are standard on the front and rear of the center console, with a 120-volt outlet available on select models.
A Wi-Fi hotspot, an eight-speaker Bose music system, and built-in navigation are all available options for the Blazer.
A 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is standard, with a 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine available as an option.
It is offered with a 9-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive options.
The front-drive turbo-four variant offers enough power for both city and motorway driving. The V-6, on the other hand, provides outstanding acceleration and more confidence when passing on the highway.
Even though the last Blazer RS we tested was quick, the automatic transmission was reluctant to downshift when a short burst of acceleration was sought.
The V-6 engine can tow 4500 pounds, while the four-cylinder engine can tow 1500 pounds.
As a result, the Blazer is easily the best-driving crossover to wear the Chevrolet bow tie with steady, serene, and precise handling.
It was confident and responsive on curvy road portions, especially the RS model with specialized steering and suspension calibration.
As a result, the Blazer is more engaging than many competitors, even without the sportier configuration offered on the RS.
Its standard 18-inch wheel and tire combination delivered a smoother and quieter ride than the RS variant, which thudded over uneven roads with its big 21-inches.
Both versions, thankfully, were silent on flat ground and at motorway speeds.
During aggressive sessions, the steering’s accurate input was pleasing, but at low speeds, it was smooth.
The firm brake pedal responded quickly to our inputs, and the brakes brought our Blazer RS test vehicle to a halt at an impressive 165 feet from 70 mph.
Fuel Range, Mileage
The Blazer’s base turbo four-cylinder engine gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the interstate. The V-6 version consumes significantly more fuel, with estimations of up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
The Honda Passport and the Hyundai Santa Fe got 27 mpg in the same test.
Get more info on Blazer’s fuel efficiency on EPA’s website.
2023 Chevrolet Blazer – Safety Features
Every Blazer comes standard with a forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking, automatic high beams, and other driver-assistance features.
Other driver aids are available as options, and the top trims come with the most standard features.
The following are important safety features:
- Adaptive cruise control is an available feature.
- Lane-departure warnings are included.
- Lane-keeping assistance is included.
- Blind-spot monitoring.
- Rear cross-traffic warning.