Carolin Adie was afraid by the 2020 Chevy Blazer. It defied her expectations.
“I was shocked, actually,” the Calgary disciplinarian admits. “I ample a Blazer would be affectionate of bland, but this was absolutely far from bland.”
Reintroduced to the Chevrolet band of cartage in 2019, the Blazer nameplate absolutely dates aback 50 years to 1969, aback the automaker aboriginal launched a adventurous truck-based agent to attempt with the Ford Bronco. Several iterations followed, some proving acutely popular, but Chevy abdicate Blazer assembly in 2005.
Aimed to fit amid the beyond Traverse and the abate Equinox in Chevrolet’s accepted ambit of SUVs, the newest five-seat midsize Blazer takes some of its architecture cues from the Camaro. The Blazer has a advanced stance, affluence of absorbing breadth metal and a rather alpine beltline.
“A lot of SUVs assume to accept a agnate anatomy style,” Adie says. “But, the Blazer had lots of appearance and I admired the auto on it, they absolutely helped accord it a different look.”
Adie spent time abaft the caster of the 2020 Blazer RS AWD that comes with beyond 20-inch rims Chevy calls “Dark Android”. This accurate rig is able with a 3.6-litre V6 agent that puts out 308 application through a nine-speed automated transmission. Depending on the drive approach selected, that can be through aloof the advanced auto or to all four corners — added on that later.
The abject Blazer LS, however, appearance a 193 h.p. 2.5L four-cylinder powerplant, additionally with a nine-speed automatic, that puts ability to the advanced auto only. In added models, a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder is available.
Adie’s RS AWD tester had several options, including the ability across-the-board sunroof, fair acrylic and RS Plus Package that adds niceties such as a Bose exceptional complete system, anamnesis settings for the driver’s ability seat, mirrors and council cavalcade and aerial advanced seats. All in, not including taxes, the SUV amount abutting to $56,000.
The Blazer didn’t abort aback Adie slid into the driver’s seat, either.
“I was wowed by it,” she says. “But, it ability not be everyone’s cup of tea, either. The punch controls for the heating and cooling arrangement were ample and red and they absolutely added to the all-embracing adventurous look. All of the abstracts seemed to be high-end, and there was annihilation plasticky about the autogenous at all.”
She says it took alone abnormal to get adequate in the eight-way ability adjustable driver’s bench akin in leather, while the ability angry and telescoping council cavalcade adapted with a leather-wrapped council caster accepted automated to dispense to a ambience of her liking.
In fact, all of the controls were automated to use, Adie says, and the barometer array was awful visible. The centre console, with a continued lid to awning the accumulator bin to the rear, had the accessory about-face aural accessible ability alongside a brace of cupholders.
The ability across-the-board sunroof added $1,695 to the total, but Adie abstracts it’s account it.
“It’s so nice to accept all of that added ablaze in the berth with the adumbration back,” she says.
Power from the V6 agent didn’t disappoint. Adie collection the Blazer to Banff and up the Mount Norquay road. It never struggled at any time, with affluence of jam to beat cartage on the highway. Of the nine-speed automated transmission, Adie says it was “seamless” and about absurd to acquaint aback it was absolutely alive gears.
The AWD Blazer is able with a rotary disciplinarian approach ascendancy knob, amid aloof aft of the accessory about-face batten in the centre console. It offers bristles positions; Tour places the agent in advanced caster drive mode; Sport improves administration and dispatch and engages all-wheel drive; AWD puts ability to all four auto aback traversing glace surfaces; Tow/Haul for affairs a abundant amount and finally, Off-Road for what GM refers to as ‘off-road recreational driving’.
“I spent the all-inclusive majority of time in Tour mode,” Adie confides, but she did abode it in Sport approach to analysis the feature. While it should acclimatize steering, alive and abeyance settings, Adie couldn’t ascertain any affecting changes in performance.
“It rained a lot during my analysis drive, and sometimes it poured. The absorption ascendancy was working, and I consistently acquainted able-bodied affiliated to the road,” she says. “On alluvium or on pavement, I never had any clue of not actuality in control. It was confidence-inspiring.”
On the road, Adie says the Blazer was actual quiet in the berth and the all-embracing ride was smooth.
Adie accepted the rear motion-activated ability liftgate and mentioned there was affluence of allowance in the burden breadth with 30.5 cubic anxiety of amplitude with the rear bench cocked and 64.2 with the rear seatbacks bankrupt forward.
“I anticipate the Blazer would best clothing a brace or a ancestors of four or five,” Adie adds. “There’s so abundant allowance for cargo.”
During her time with the Blazer, Adie was consistently amused aback watching how added bodies reacted to the SUV.
“People would airing by, stop, and afresh airing aback about it to see what it was, and added than once, I heard a ‘Wow’ from bodies aback they apparent it was a Blazer,” she says.
Overall, Adie says she struggled to accomplish any affectionate of analytical animadversion about the vehicle, and she didn’t appetite to accord it aback at the end of the week.
“It was aloof a little beyond than what I would charge for my own use, and it ability be a little expensive,” she says, and concludes, “but it was affectionate of a dream agent for me.”
My aboriginal consequence as I absolved up to the Blazer was aloof how abundant I admired the attending of the vehicle. I was aflame to get in and see if the autogenous was as nice. (I’m blessed to address it is.) With a few adjustments, I was in a absolutely adequate active position. I anon admired the feel, complete and how it handled. I had assumption account of what a Blazer would attending and feel like and boy was I wrong. This is a exceptional agent and it acquainted actual abundant like a affluence brand. The fit and finishes were upscale, and I admired how aggregate was laid out. We went to The Saskatoon Farm (sorry about the mud), calmly fit a host of plants and two Larch copse in it and headed off aged arcade in Okotoks. Found the aback seats huge with a lot of leg room. Aback it was aqueous the absorption ascendancy automatically came on and the rain analysis wipers were a bonus. Aggregate fit me perfectly. The centre animate and the aperture armrest were sized and absorptive for comfort. The seats were actual adjustable and provided abundant support.
Another backing day so headed off to several bounded markets. The adjustable burden abuse was a benefit because it kept our purchases in place. It handled actual able-bodied on the glossy anchorage and through the big puddles.
Road trip! Off to Banff for the day. Up to the Tunnel Mountain Hoodoos, Mount Norquay (the 6km airy alley up was absolutely fun to drive), Vermilion Lakes, Bow Falls and into the townsite. It handled fantastic; bound berth noise, cool adequate and has a lot of power. While at Bow Falls, we heard addition say, “Wow, that’s a 2020 Blazer”. It absolutely turns some heads! It was assuredly a balmy brilliant day, so we got to try out the aerial seats and the A/C. No complaints here. The 360-degree camera was abundant aback abyssal the parking, too.
Just a quick drive up Deerfoot Trail today. Used the congenital 4G Wi-Fi and wireless charging which formed seamlessly. I acquisition abyssal the touchscreen and bulge accessible and intuitive. All of the assurance appearance are accepted and abating (including the attention-getting cavernous bench notification, which at aboriginal was a little shocking). Enjoyed accepting the massive across-the-board sunroof accessible today.
Another nice brilliant day and Bragg Creek was calling. Parked amidst all the added SUV’s, it absolutely stands out. My alone animadversion today is I ambition the sun affectation had an addendum allotment on it. I still adulation the big annular vents as they are so accessible to acclimatize both the temperature and the fan acceleration and you don’t alike accept to booty your eyes off the road. Yet afresh I bent bodies endlessly and walking about the Blazer to get a bigger attending at it.
I couldn’t abide addition cruise up Stoney Trail. I approved out all the disciplinarian approach options afresh about I collection in 2WD (Tour) 99 per cent of the time. Despite the V6 engine, I didn’t acquisition the ammunition burning too bad. It has a nice big gas catchbasin which is abundant for alley trips and I acknowledge that it takes approved fuel.
Today was the (sad) day I had to duke aback the keys. My all-embracing assessment is I adulation this vehicle. I admired active it and accept to accept I did acquisition myself staring out the window at it … a lot! It absolutely afflicted my assessment of Chevrolet. I am attractive for a new agent and if I had a ancestors and bare the space, this would be a agent I’d actual abundant accede buying. For me, sadly, it’s aloof a little too big and it is a little pricey.
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