Are you looking for style and substance, be it a way to transport the kids, the dog, and a teardrop camper while still turning heads when parked downtown for happy hour? Or are you looking to haul a small trailer for work? For whatever your needs are, the 2021 Chevy Blazer can do the work and look good doing it.
Since its return in 2019, the Chevy Blazer is the perfect blend of SUV, sitting comfortably between a compact and a full-sized vehicle. The 2021 version is not just a scaled-down pickup like its predecessors, but a true sport utility vehicle that can do it all. With seating for five, three different engines to choose from, and a flexible cargo area, whatever kind of work you need done, the 2021 Chevy Blazer is ready for it. On top of that, its sleek lines help it stand out visually in the crowded midsize SUV market.
The entry-level 2021 Chevy Blazer models all come with a four-cylinder engine. The L and 1LT have 2.5-liter engines coupled with front-wheel drive and nine-speed automatic transmissions. This can produce up to 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy with this engine is estimated at 21 city/27 highway.
The 2LT and 3LT have a 2-liter turbocharged engine with optional all-wheel drive. These LTs have a 2.0-liter V6, which produces up to 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. With the standard front-wheel drive, fuel economy is estimated at 21 city/28 highway, which is even better than the base L model. Fuel economy does drop with the optional all-wheel drive to 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.
The RS and Premier versions come standard with 3.6-liter V6 engines, an engine option also available for the 2LT and 3LT. This engine provides 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. It also adds a bit of pep, going 0-60 in under seven seconds. Thanks to a new and improved towing package, both the all-wheel drive and the front-wheel drive 2021 Chevy Blazers with V6 engines can haul up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped with the new tow package, which is a major upgrade from the four-cylinder's 1,500-pound limit.
This new tow package includes a powerful cooling system and improved hitch guidance. The basic Hitch Guidance is a camera showing what’s directly behind your vehicle with projected guidelines. The RS and Premier models also come with Hitch View, which allows you to look directly down on the hitch to guarantee whatever you’re hauling is snug and secure. Thanks to these camera views, you can get whatever you want to tow, attached that much more quickly and with even more peace of mind.
When it comes to handling, even the four-cylinder models perform smoothly on the road, and their 18-inch wheels add to that easy ride. Admittedly, the higher-end models may echo the road a bit more on their 21-inch wheels, but at both levels, highway noise is at a minimum. Altogether, the 2021 Chevy Blazer offers responsive steering and brakes, making it not only pretty and powerful but also fun to drive.
The interior of the 2021 Blazer draws strongly from its sporty sibling, the Camaro. This family resemblance includes copying the Camaro’s rounded air vents that you can turn to adjust the temperature.
The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer infotainment options help it sprint ahead of the midsize SUV pack. Each iteration of the 2021 Blazer has an eight-inch touchscreen with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4G LTE in-car WiFi, OnStar access, and four USB ports, including the smaller USB-C port that is well on its way to becoming the charging industry standard. Some models also have a 120-volt outlet and a wireless mobile phone charging option. The touchscreen in the Chevy Blazer is much more user friendly than its competitors, both in icon size and menu logic. The touchscreen system comes standard with Navigation on the RS and Premier versions. Navigation is also an available option for the 3LT.
In addition, the 2021 Chevy Blazer can even have Alexa available at your beck and call. With this capability, you can stream your favorite saved Amazon music, add to shopping lists, and even control your smart home appliances from the road. It’s possible that you could preheat the oven before you even get home from the grocery store or have the perfect ambient lighting and mood music set when you walk in after date night.
The L, 1LT, and 2LT models have cloth seats, with heated driver and front passenger seats available in the LT trims. Perforated leather-appointed seating surfaces with heating appear from the 3LT on. The RS’s leather trim features red accents, and those in the Premier version are of maple sugar. Both the RS and Premier trim packages include an automatic heated steering wheel.
Storage-wise, the 2021 Chevy Blazer offers 30.5 cubic feet of storage space. This space more than doubles to 64.2 when the second row of seats is lowered completely. There are available cargo nets, a flexible cargo partition, and a floor-mounted rail system complete with an adjustable cargo fence to make the most of the space.
Despite all that cargo room and the fact that it’s easy to adjust, the rear seat of the 2021 Chevy Blazer is a bit more comparable to compact SUVs than to its direct competitors. Legroom in the back is at just under 40 inches, 39.6, to be precise. The sleek rooflines come at an interior price, with headroom in the rear seat measuring just 38.6 inches. If you’re regularly using your new Blazer for just yourself or the kids, you’ll never notice any issues. Both the driver’s seat and front passenger seat are well-sized and have plenty of storage at hand.
Overall, the 2021 Chevy Blazer earned a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, scoring highly in frontal crashes, side crashes, and rollovers. For the 2021 model year, the Chevy Assist Package is now standard on the 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier Blazers.
The Chevy Assist Package includes automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, and IntelliBeam. IntelliBeam can automatically adjust the Blazer’s high beams when conditions change. For instance, if the high beams are on and another car suddenly approaches, IntelliBeam will turn them back down.
In addition, the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package comes standard on the 3LT, RS, and Premier models. This package includes lane change alert with side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, and rear park assist with an audible warning. The Convenience and Driver Confidence Package is also an available option to add to the 1LT and 2LT trims.
All vehicles in the Chevrolet family come with GM’s patented Stabilitrak. This Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is more than just basic traction control where the anti-lock brakes are applied when tires start slipping. An ESC can use both engine power and brake pressure to adjust lateral skids, often faster than the driver themself can even process what is going wrong.
Standard on all Chevy Blazer models are seven airbags. The driver’s side has frontal and seat-mounted airbags in case of a side-impact collision, as well as a knee airbag. There are frontal and seat-mounted side-impact airbags on the passenger side, as well, and both the front and rear seats are protected by head-curtain airbags. Also standard on the 2021 Chevy Blazer are a tire pressure monitoring system, including a tire fill alert and an HD rear vision camera.