The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer can trace its roots all the way back to 1969, making it one of the oldest names in sport utility vehicles. This was one of the first SUVs designed for use by commuters and suburban parents who wanted a more rugged vehicle, carving a path into American automotive history. However, in 2005, Chevy decided to discontinue the Blazer for a short spell, opting to focus on other members of its extensive SUV lineup. Fortunately, this proved to be a short break and not a final farewell as Chevrolet brought the Blazer back in time for its 50th anniversary in 2019.
The current Blazer is a major update on a classic vehicle, featuring lines that look back to the past but with modern systems, features, and performance, giving drivers the best of both worlds and creating a modern classic in the process. This 2021 Chevy Blazer gives you options and choices that the older models never could, including six different trims, three great powertrains, and plenty of available active safety features. One thing you are sure to notice in this five-passenger midsize SUV is that while it resembles the older Chevy Blazers you grew up with, it has a more aerodynamic stance, giving you a more efficient performance. This is one SUV that looks to the future while paying tribute to the past.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer is offered in six different trim levels, starting with the Blazer L with an MSRP of $28,800. The Blazer L rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels and features the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system on an 8-inch color touchscreen. This system combines key vehicle information with entertainment features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. The Blazer 1LT adds some additional available features, such as heated front seats and safety systems, for an MSRP of $32,300. Both the L and 1LT are front-wheel drive only.
The Blazer 2LT has an MSRP of $33,100 and brings standard Chevy Safety Assist as well as optional all-wheel drive. The Blazer 3LT adds perforated leather-appointed seats and other premium features for an MSRP of $37,300. The sporty Blazer RS rides on 20-inch wheels and adds black exterior accents as well as red accents to the black leather interior, coming in at an MSRP of $40,800. The top trim level is the Blazer Premier, which has an MSRP of $42,500 and is truly fully loaded. The Blazer Premier’s exterior features a unique grille, roof rails, and extra chrome accents, while its interior has perforated leather seats in a jet black and maple sugar color scheme.
Chevy has equipped every model of the 2021 Blazer with a number of excellent standard safety features. Every Blazer has seven airbags, an HD Rear Vision Camera, LED daytime running lights, a tire pressure monitoring system, and Chevy’s Teen Driver System, which helps you keep track of any young driver in your household. The Blazer also comes with OnStar & Chevrolet Connected Services, giving you this valuable service in the event of a collision.
Finally, Chevy has made its suite of Chevy Safety Assist safety features standard on the Blazer 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier trims. The suite is even available as an option on the 1LT trim. This combines a number of great active safety features like rear Rear Cross Traffic Alert or Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert to keep you and your passengers safe on the road. For example, Lane Change Alert will let you know if there is another vehicle in your Blazer’s blind spot before you change lanes on a highway. By providing so many standard and available safety features on the 2021 Blazer, Chevy is showing its commitment to keeping you and your loved ones safe on the roads.
Chevrolet offers the 2021 Blazer with a choice of three different engines. The Blazer L and 1LT trims come equipped with a 2.5-liter EcoTec four-cylinder gas engine. This engine has a dual overhead camshaft design with variable valve timing and direct injection to produce 193 horsepower and generate 188 lb-ft of torque. This engine is unique to the two base trims and is their only option.
The 2LT, 3LT, and Premier trims come standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that can produce up to 227 horsepower and generate 258 lb-ft of torque. By combining a smaller engine with a turbocharger, Chevy allows the higher trims of the 2021 Blazer to enjoy both improved performance and greater fuel economy. This engine can also be paired with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
There is also a larger engine available on all models of the 2021 Blazer except the L and 1LT trims. This is a 3.6-liter V6 gas engine that produces 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. While it may not be as fuel-efficient as the 2.0-liter turbo, this engine is the best choice for raw power. It is also the standard engine for the sporty RS trim.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer provides exceptional fuel economy no matter which trim or powertrain you choose. For example, the front-wheel drive only Blazer L and 1LT with the 2.5-liter EcoTec I-4 engine will give you an estimated 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. This is similar to the Blazer with the 2.0-liter Turbo I-4 engine and optional all-wheel drive, which gives 22 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.
The best fuel economy can be found on the Blazer with the 2.0-liter Turbo engine and standard front-wheel drive, which will provide you with an astounding 22 MPG in city driving and 29 MPG in highway driving. If you opt for the larger 3.6-liter V6 engine on your 2021 Blazer, you will see only a slight dip in overall fuel economy. This model with front-wheel drive will provide an estimated 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway, while opting for the available all-wheel drive will give you 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer is fairly nimble for a midsize SUV. Its 112.7-inch wheelbase will help you with cornering as well as getting into and out of tight parallel parking spaces. The traction on the Blazer is also excellent and includes the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control standard. This system uses the Blazer’s brakes and engine torque to adjust to wheel slippage, especially during inclement weather.
In addition, opting for the available all-wheel drivetrain on your Blazer will improve traction. The RS trim includes an even more capable advanced twin-clutch all-wheel drive system that uses computer control to transfer power laterally between the rear wheels as needed. This type of system was previously only found on high-end sports cars, and you can feel the difference when you drive the Blazer RS.
The Blazer has surprisingly good acceleration, with even the base Blazer L and 1LT able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.1 seconds. This model has a top speed of 120 miles per hour. The 2.0-liter Turbo and 3.6-liter V6 have even better overall speed and acceleration, with the RS trim being able to hit 60 miles per hour in just 6.1 seconds.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer is a very roomy and luxurious midsize SUV that will provide your five passengers with a great deal of space to stretch out and enjoy the ride. It features a full 107.8 cubic feet of passenger space efficiently apportioned between its two rows of seats. The front row passengers will enjoy having 39.8 inches of headroom and 41 inches of legroom. Fortunately, there is plenty of room in the back seat as well, and your passengers are sure to appreciate having 38.6 inches of headroom and 39.6 inches of legroom.
Many midsize SUVs provide roomy interiors for passengers but then shortchange their owners by providing very little cargo space. This is not the case with the 2021 Chevy Blazer. Opening up the Blazer’s hatchback will give you easy access to 30.5 cubic feet of space for your belongings. If you need more room, the rear row of seats easily folds down to provide up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear seat is 60/40 split, so you can fold down one side to fit large objects and leave the other side up for an extra passenger or two.