Few automakers can boast a lineup of great SUVs that compare to Chevrolet. Chevy currently offers seven different SUVs ranging from the compact Trax to the full-size Suburban. But right in the middle of this group is the sporty and versatile 2021 Chevy Blazer. This midsize SUV seats up to five passengers and is the perfect nexus of form and function with above-average performance and plenty of room for family or cargo.
Chevy re-introduced the Blazer in 2019, and it has quickly raced to the head of its segment. This is because Chevy has combined ruggedness, dependability, versatility, and luxury into one fantastic model that is still very affordable when compared to its competitors. With six different trims and three different engine choices, Chevrolet has put you in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding what you want out of your midsize SUV.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer incorporates a handful of improvements to the model, but overall it remains the same great vehicle, with solid fuel economy, plenty of luxury features, and an awesome infotainment system. The Blazer comes standard with front-wheel drive and has available all-wheel drive, resulting in great handling that won’t hurt your wallet at the pump. Let’s take a closer look at the 2021 Chevy Blazer to explore many of its great features.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer comes in 6 different trim levels, so you should have little problem finding a model that is just what you are looking for. The base model Blazer L has an MSRP of $28,800 and comes with an 8-inch infotainment screen and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Blazer 1LT carries an MSRP of $32,300 and adds numerous packages and options such as heated driver and front passenger seats. Both the L and 1LT are only available in front-wheel drive.
The Blazer 2LT has an MSRP of $33,100 and adds many safety features as part of the Chevy Safety Assist system. These include automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane-keep assist with lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, and IntelliBeam headlights, which automatically engages your Blazer’s high beams in poorly lit areas at night. The 3LT brings luxury features such as perforated leather seats for an MSRP of $37,300.
The two top trims of the 2021 Chevy Blazer are the RS and Premier. Both models feature their own unique grilles and 20-inch wheels. The RS has sporty black exterior accents, including blacked-out Chevy bowtie logos. The top-of-the-line Premier goes the other way with bright chrome accents. The interior of the RS features black perforated leather seats with red accents, while the Premier offers the choice between stunning jet-black or maple sugar leather seats. The Premier is truly where luxury meets ruggedness. The Blazer RS has an MSRP of $40,800, while the Blazer Premier has an MSRP of $43,000.
Chevrolet offers the 2021 Blazer with a choice of three different engines. All of them are double overhead camshaft designs with variable valve timing and direct injection for improved performance. They also feature stop/start technology to increase efficiency. The stop/start technology turns the engine off when you come to a full stop either at a red light or when you are in traffic, reducing fuel consumption and the vehicle’s overall emissions. The engine will then automatically restart when you take your foot off the brake.
The Blazer L and 1LT models come equipped with an EcoTec 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine. This produces 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque. If you want a slightly more powerful engine, you should consider buying a Blazer 2LT or 3LT, both of which are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder gas engine. Although smaller than the engine on the L and 1LT trim levels, this engine utilizes its turbocharger to produce 227 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
The largest engine on the 2021 Blazer is a 3.6-liter V6, which produces 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard on the RS and Premier trims and is available as an option on the 2LT and 3LT. But no matter which engine you choose for the 2021 Blazer, it will be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The extra gears make for a smoother ride and help the Blazer’s engine will operate in the most efficient manner possible.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer gets some pretty amazing fuel economy for an SUV of its size. If you opt for a Blazer L or 1LT with the 2.5-liter engine, you can expect to get 21 MPG in city driving and 27 MPG on the highway. If you decide on the 2LT or 3LT with the 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive, then you can expect an even better 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. The Blazer with the 3.6-liter V6 gets slightly lower figures depending on your choice of drivetrain. If you opt for front-wheel drive, you will get an estimated 20 MPG in city driving and 27 MPG on the highway. Choosing all-wheel drive will result in roughly 1 MPG less than the more efficient front-wheel drive versions.
One of the nicest surprises of the 2021 Chevy Blazer is its ability to tow light trailers. All versions of this SUV come standard with the ability to tow up to 1,500 lbs, which is a solid number for most recreational uses. However, if you want to do some serious trailering, then you should consider getting a Blazer with the 3.6-liter V6 engine. When equipped with this engine and the optional trailering equipment, the Blazer can tow up to an astounding 4,500 lbs of trailer. Previously this option was only available with all-wheel drive, but for 2021 you can now get the trailering equipment on a front-wheel drive Blazer.
The designers at Chevrolet have given the 2021 Chevy Blazer a very efficient design, maximizing the 107.8 cu.ft. in the passenger compartment to ensure that you and all of your passengers are as comfortable as possible. Front-row passengers will enjoy 39.8 inches of headroom, 41 inches of legroom, 59.1 inches of shoulder room, and 55.6 inches of hip room. Don’t worry - your rear-seat passengers won’t be complaining either with 38.6 inches of headroom, 39.6 inches of legroom, 58.6 inches of shoulder room, and 54.2 inches of hip room.
One of the issues most folks have with midsize SUVs is the lack of space for luggage and stuff. With many other midsize SUVs, you have to decide whether to carry cargo or passengers since they have such little trunk space that you are constantly folding down the rear seats to fit your stuff. Thankfully, this is not the case with the 2021 Chevy Blazer. You have a full 30.5 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats. In those rare cases when you need more space, simply folding down the rear seat will provide 64.2 cu.ft. of space. That should be more than enough room for even your largest loads.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer features one of the best infotainment systems on the market today - the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with an 8-inch color touchscreen. Even better, it comes standard on every trim of the Blazer, so you don’t have to pay a premium for a premium feature. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system integrates key information and entertainment features, including Bluetooth connectivity, a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, a rear vision camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, USB data ports, and OnStar and Chevrolet Connected Services. If you love SiriusXM satellite radio, this feature comes with a free trial subscription on all models except the Blazer L.
The Premier and RS models take things to the next level with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System with Navigation and an 8-inch HD color touchscreen. This navigation system works with voice commands so you won’t be distracted pushing buttons while you drive. This system is available as an upgrade on the Blazer 3LT. The Premier also features a Bose premium 8-speaker audio system, also available as an option on the RS and 3LT models, that will turn your Blazer into a mobile concert hall. And to top it off, the Premier and RS trims also add a trial of the amazing SiriusXM 360L service.