First released just a few years ago, the Blazer has already become one of Chevy’s most popular SUV options for a lot of drivers. With the 2022 Chevy Blazer, you will not find a complete redesign or too many major changes, which is fine because it is already such a great model to begin with. That being said, there are a few things to keep in mind if you have looked at previous models and you are interested in seeing what the 2022 Blazer has to offer. In general, the 2022 model is as good as or better than ever before, and the changes for this year simply ensure you get the best midsize SUV possible.
Perhaps the biggest change for the 2022 Chevy Blazer is the elimination of two of the starting trims, along with the removal of what was previously the starting engine. Now, a 2.0L Turbo engine that had previously been available is the new starting option, with a more powerful 3.6L V6 engine still available if you want more power. With the removal of the lower trims, the Blazer starts with great features, and there are still plenty of options to be had if you want to upgrade what it comes with for an even better time behind the wheel.
The high-end trims remain available, so you can still get fantastic interior features such as an 8-inch infotainment display with Navigation and an 8-speaker Bose premium sound system. Since there is not a major overhaul or many changes to its design for 2022, you will still find plenty of room inside the Blazer for passengers and cargo alike. That means two rows of seating for up to five passengers and up to about 64.2 cu.ft. of interior cargo space behind the front seats.
Whether you are considering a powerful sports car, hard-working truck, or a midsize SUV, the engine is always important. As the heart of the vehicle, so much of the performance and enjoyment you get from driving it will depend on the kind of engine it has. In previous years, three engines were offered on the Chevy Blazer, but for 2022 this has been pared down to just the two most powerful options.
The starting engine on the 2022 Blazer is now a 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder engine that delivers 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, rather than the previously available 2.5L 193 hp starting engine. This is a great change for this year because while the previous starting engine was fine, the more powerful option was definitely the right way to go. Now, you get a great engine to start with, and you still have an option for an even more powerful one if you want it.
Just like in previous years, there is an available 3.6L V6 engine that you can pick, which provides 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, this is a pretty impressive amount of additional power that really makes the already-excellent Blazer even better. Either engine comes paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission for a smooth driving experience that is great on all sorts of different terrain. Front-wheel drive is standard on the 2022 Chevy Blazer, but all-wheel drive is available if you prefer that.
In the past, a midsize SUV like the 2022 Chevy Blazer almost certainly would have been a gas guzzler with very poor overall fuel economy. These days, however, it is clear that the engineers at Chevy have worked hard to make their vehicles as fuel-efficient as possible. With two different engines to choose from, both of which come with front-wheel drive (FWD) standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) available, you have quite a few options for the kind of fuel economy you can get.
The standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine with FWD gets an estimated 22 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and 25 MPG combined. This is your best option if optimal fuel economy is your biggest concern. With AWD, this engine gets an estimated 22 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 24 MPG combined. If you choose the more powerful 3.6L 6-cylinder engine with FWD, then you get an estimated 20 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined. Finally, the 3.6L engine with AWD gets an estimated 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. You can see that the numbers are all pretty similar, and choosing AWD makes a difference, but not a very great one.
Towing capacity for the 2022 Chevy Blazer really depends on your choice of engine, more than anything else. The standard 2.0L engine can give you up to 1,500 lbs of towing capacity, while the more powerful 3.6L V6 engine boosts that up to 4,500 lbs of maximum towing. You can get this capability with either FWD or AWD, so if towing is a concern for you, then be sure to choose your engine accordingly.
Inside the 2022 Chevy Blazer, you will find a comfortable environment with great starting and available features. With previous years, the starting trim was the L, but this has been eliminated alongside the removal of the weaker standard engine, so the Blazer now starts with the LT trim. This includes an 8-inch infotainment display, a 6-speaker sound system, and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You also get cloth seating, an 8-way power driver’s seat, numerous USB ports, and a 4-inch digital driver information center.
Looking at the highest trim for the Blazer, the Premier, you find a number of upgrades, including a Bose premium 8-speaker sound system and Navigation for the infotainment center. The Premier also includes heated and ventilated front seats, with perforated leather-appointed seating and suede microfiber accents, with an 8-way power driver’s seat and 6-way power front-passenger seat. You get a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel in the Premier, along with an 8-inch driver display, dual-zone automatic climate control, and ambient interior lighting.
In previous years, the standard safety features for the Chevy Blazer were good but not quite exceptional. With the 2022 model, and the elimination of the lowest trim, the standard safety features for the Blazer have become quite impressive. They include Front Pedestrian Braking to help avoid collisions with pedestrians at low speeds, a comprehensive airbag system, and LED daytime running lamps. The Blazer also comes with an HD rear vision camera, Lane Keep Assist system with Lane Departure Warning, and a Following Distance Indicator.
Other standard features on the 2022 Blazer include a Forward Collision Alert that warns you of a potential collision, with Automatic Emergency Braking to assist you with hard braking to help avoid a crash. Standard features also include a tire pressure monitoring system, StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control, and a rear-seat reminder. The Teen Driver system is also standard, which makes the 2022 Chevy Blazer a great option if you have a young driver just starting out and you want to reinforce safe habits.
There are also a number of available safety features that you can choose on the Blazer, which come standard on the highest Premier trim. These include Rear Park Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to warn you when a vehicle is passing behind you, along with Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. You can also get an available rear camera mirror for enhanced visibility, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking. Finally, an HD Surround Vision system is available for even greater visibility in the area around your vehicle while you are backing up or driving at low speeds.