The first Chevy Blazers hit the roads in 1969. The road from then to now has been bumpy and unpredictable, but luckily, the Chevy Blazer has always been ready to tackle the highway head on. From its square, spartan, and formidable beginnings to the new, sleek appearance of the 2022 Chevy Blazer, this highly capable SUV has done an amazing job of fitting in with the needs of each generation. Gone are the days of the “great big box.” The 2022 Chevy Blazer has gone from K5 to Camaro with its new, more aggressive outlook on life.
However, the newest version of the Blazer is so much more than just fine-tuned good looks. With two well-considered engine options that reflect the needs of nearly every driver, it’s easy to see why drivers come back to the Blazer year after year and generation after generation. Inside, the trims have been fully considered and reimagined for the 2022 model year, with the previous base L trim dropped and the LT taking the position as the starting trim. Of course, the sport-tuned RS and elite Premier trim join the lineup again. Safety features are abundant, as are the optional packages Chevy offers drivers to truly customize their ride. Take a look at the new Chevy Blazer, with its keen handling and reimagined design for 2022.
Historically speaking, the Blazer has been a rugged vehicle, but for the past few years, off-roading with your Blazer has been discouraged. It’s not that it can’t handle some uneven dirt roads and gravel, but that it has a lower clearance than you might expect. While this is discouraging for anyone who is waiting with bated breath for the return of the beastly Blazer of days gone by, it’s great news for mid-size crossover drivers. Those who are looking for something that can go on long road trips while still being a reliable daily driver that offers all-wheel drive without standing two feet off the ground, and that can provide plenty of room for a huge variety of cargo. The 2022 Blazer offers all of the above, along with handling that has been commonly described among early test drivers as “sharp, responsive, and confident,” all of which bode well for drivers who are looking for a vehicle as adaptive to circumstances as they are.
Two engines are offered for 2022. The first is a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4. This efficient option provides 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive versions have an estimated fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon on the city streets and 29 miles per gallon on the highways. All-wheel drive versions maintain city fuel consumption but drop slightly on the highway to 27 miles per gallon. This engine is capable of towing up to 1,000 pounds, which may be exactly what the weekend road tripper might need to get away from it all in style.
The 3.6L V6 engine provides a significant boost in overall power with 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque to its credit. This engine is not only more responsive and zippy - which many fans agree matches its exterior personality - but increases towing capability to 4500 pounds. With that increase in power comes a drop in fuel economy, but nothing outside of typical expectations. The front-wheel drive version gets around 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway, while all-wheel drive Blazers with the V6 engine will get 19 miles per gallon city and 26 miles per gallon highway.
Regardless of the engine chosen, early drivers have commented that the brakes, steering, and torque response are all very clean and enjoyable, making driving the Blazer more fun than expected, even if they were “stuck” on the pavement. With all seats occupied, the Blazer provides 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 64.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
For the 2022 model year, Chevy has decided to drop the base L trim for its Blazer lineup. Instead, the Blazer will start with the LT trim and its 2LT and 3LT trims, step up to the sporty RS, and top out with the Premier model, which is just as exceptional as the name implies. All 2022 Chevy Blazers include the absolute necessities for any driver, including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system centrally located on the dash. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard, as well, along with Amazon Alexa, WiFi hotspot, and dual-zone climate control.
The 2LT will also include a power-adjustable driver's seat and USB ports for front and rear-seat passengers to enjoy. The 3LT includes all of the standard amenities and adds to that even more comfort and convenience features, such as a power programmable liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel and seating, along with heated and power adjustable front seats.
The RS trim takes the whole “based on the Camaro” tagline to heart. For this trim, the base engine is not available, making the 3.6L V6 the standard under the hood. Those who select all-wheel drive will be treated to a special RS-only twin-clutch system, along with a sport-tuned suspension. Twin exhaust, 20-inch wheels, and a specialized grille are all part of the RS package. Inside the cabin, drivers can enjoy a heated steering wheel and built-in navigation, while all passengers will enjoy ambient lighting, a 120V outlet, and a total of 6 USB ports.
The Chevy Blazer’s top Premier trim offers everything the LT trims do, only with magnified luxury. For example, the infotainment system is now attached to an 8 speaker Bose audio system. The front seats are heated and ventilated, while the rear seat outboard passengers are treated to heated seats as well. Upholstery is leather with suede inserts, and the cargo area is outfitted with an organized system of rails to prevent damage and shifting during your drive.
In addition to the regular trim lineup, the 2022 Chevy Blazer can be customized with a variety of options. From appearance packages like the Midnight and Redline Editions to robust Convenience Packages, which vary by trim and add even more comfort to the cabin with extra features ranging from additional USB ports to extra safety features, there are plenty of options.
Chevy takes safety seriously, with features that are designed to keep drivers, passengers, and others on the road as safe as possible. The Chevy Safety Assist package comes standard on all trims in 2022. This package includes a forward collision prevention collection, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking, a Following Distance Indicator, and Front Pedestrian Braking. The Chevy Safety Assist package also includes Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and IntelliBeam automatic high beams. A high-definition backup camera is also included on all 2022 Chevy Blazers.
Also standard are LED daytime running lamps, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control, and Chevy’s Teen Driver technology. Teen Driver allows parents to adjust driver settings to optimize safety in inexperienced drivers and provides a “report card” of driving behavior. This helps you keep track of your teen's driving when you are not in the car and helps to encourage good habits through features like Buckle to Drive.
Stepping up to the higher trims, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also included. You'll also gain access to features like the Adaptive Cruise Control and HD Surround Vision. There are plenty of other features you get when you choose a higher trim, but these added safety features will make you feel more confident behind the wheel.