The 2022 Chevy Blazer makes a splash with its fourth model, all but guaranteeing this midsize crossover category leader will continue drawing buyers seeking sports car-like looks and all the utility they could need. The Camaro-inspired Blazer seeks to bridge the gap between race car fun and utility vehicle practicality. In the ultra-competitive midsize crossover category, the 2022 Blazer is hard to beat.
Chevy made a few tweaks to the Blazer for this newest model year, but because it’s still so new, they’re mostly minor. You’ll no longer find the base L or LT1 trims as part of the model lineup, in part because Chevy recognizes the importance of making the shopping process easier and less confusing. It’s a move that not only simplifies the lineup but also equips all Blazers with more standard features, including Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of advanced driver-assist safety systems.
These changes result in a Blazer that speaks directly to buyers in the midsize segment where it counts: performance, value, utility, and even luxury. In its four-year model run, the Blazer has already established itself as an anchor in the Chevy SUV lineup, drawing buyers from multiple backgrounds because of its versatility in these key areas. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle - even if a crossover wasn’t on the list - the 2022 Chevy Blazer might still tick all your boxes.
One of our favorite things about the 2022 Blazer is the logic of its trim lineup. Where most SUVs and crossovers offer a dizzying list of options, Chevy keeps it simple, letting buyers zero in on the best mix of price and features without getting buried in confusing lists of specifications. Trims include the 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier. Each offers something a little different, including an affordable price even at the top end of the range.
The 2LT is Chevy’s base model Blazer. Despite an affordable starting price, the 2022 Blazer 2LT features way more standard equipment than the base model 2021 Blazer did. Standard features include Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of six driver-assist safety systems, cloth seating with an 8-way power driver’s seat, a 6-speaker audio system, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Move up to the 3LT trim, and standard features expand to include a 6-way power passenger seat and heated front seats. An auto-dimming rearview mirror is also included, as well as a handful of additional driver-assist safety features. Opting for the 3LT also unlocks access to more available features, including an 8-speaker Bose premium sound system and an enhanced infotainment system with navigation and an HD touchscreen.
The Blazer RS will grab the attention of performance seekers with its standard V6 engine and special steering and suspension settings. The RS trim features special rectangular dual exhaust tips, standard 20-inch wheels with even larger 21-inch wheels available as an upgrade, a hands-free power liftgate, and special RS-specific exterior enhancements, including a signature grille and black roof-mounted side rails. Choose the Enhanced Convenience Package and add an 8-speaker Bose stereo system, driver memory settings, ventilated front seats, and heated rear outboard seats.
The top-of-the-line Premier trim benefits from a whole host of standard luxury features. The 8-speaker Bose audio system is included, as well as heated rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and upscale perforated leather seating. Memory settings for the seats, exterior mirrors, and power steering column are also standard, as well as exclusive exterior enhancements such as a unique grille, body-colored moldings with chrome inserts, and silver roof rails.
All Blazer trims feature angular lines and sporty exterior styling in the image of Chevy’s iconic Camaro muscle car. All Blazer trims except the Premier are also available with a signature two-tone roof for even more standout good looks. Car and Driver’s description of the 2022 Blazer’s styling is perfectly stated. The revered review site refers to its “fierce face and chiseled bodywork,” calling it the “most assertive-looking” vehicle in its class.
The 2022 Blazer is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive, with either a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or an upgraded V6. Standard 18-inch wheels outfit the 2LT and 3LT trims, while the RS and Premier trims benefit from upgraded 20-inch wheels. The Blazer RS allows buyers to upgrade to even larger 21-inch wheels for a small additional cost, maximizing handling. The RS is also the only trim in the lineup that features the larger V6 engine as standard equipment.
Chevy’s hardworking 2.0-liter turbocharged DOHC I-4 engine offers direct fuel injection and start/stop technology for enhanced fuel economy. Don’t let its smaller size fool you though, because this four-cylinder engine produces a peppy 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft torque, allowing it to tow up to 1,500 pounds. It’s the most fuel-efficient engine in the Blazer lineup, delivering an estimated 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
Upgrade to the 3.6-liter DOHC V6, and you’ll get an 80 horsepower boost, for a total of 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft torque, plenty of power to tow up to 4,500 pounds. Fuel economy takes a small hit with the upgraded engine, with ratings coming in at 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, but buyers seeking more performance and capability will likely make peace with that small sacrifice. The RS trim is the only Blazer in the lineup that comes standard with the V6 engine.
When equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive system, Blazers receive a larger 170-amp alternator and revised gear ratios to take advantage of torque at lower gears. The upgraded twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system on the Blazer RS is tuned for improved performance, offering more stability and better traction in all kinds of weather and road conditions. The twin-clutch system can isolate a single rear wheel when it senses a traction differential and sends power to the wheel that can best use it.
Chevy Safety Assist is standard on all 2022 Blazers and includes Automatic Emergency Braking to assist with stopping when the system senses an imminent collision. Standard Front Pedestrian Braking acts as a second set of eyes to detect potential accidents and provide braking assistance to keep pedestrians safe, while Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning will mitigate drifting out of your intended lane of traffic. Finally, the Following Distance Indicator allows drivers to set preferred distance from the vehicle ahead and sends an alert when that distance is shortened.
The Chevy Safety Assist suite of driver-assist systems also includes IntelliBeam automatic high beams, designed to take the drudgery out of nighttime driving. The system will automatically adjust the high beams when it senses oncoming traffic, removing a hassle that most drivers dislike managing. Lastly, the system includes Forward Collision Alert, which audibly alerts the driver when it senses a collision is imminent. Sometimes our attention drifts away from the road, and this system is designed as an extra set of eyes to mitigate potential disasters.
All Blazers include a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, and the RS and Premier trims receive an upgraded HD touchscreen with connected navigation as standard equipment. Those trims also receive a standard HD backup camera, and HD Surround Vision is available as part of an optional Enhanced Convenience Package. HD Surround Vision is a 360-degree camera system that’s displayed on the central touchscreen, giving drivers a view of the area around the vehicle. It’s handy for parallel parking, backing out of tight spaces, or even hitching up a trailer.
The 2022 Blazer includes a built-in 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot that is activated via Chevy’s Connected Services. There you can buy a data plan that works for several devices at once, making road trips more enjoyable for everyone. The onboard infotainment system is powered by Chevy’s latest operating system, providing lightning-quick response times and access to your favorite smartphone apps via standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. That means easy streaming of your preferred playlists and podcasts, as well as the ability to display turn-by-turn directions.
The myChevrolet app opens up a range of app-based convenience features via subscription-activated plans. Your smartphone acts as a remote key fob, letting you lock and unlock the doors, sound the horn, locate your vehicle in a crowded parking lot, and even send directions right to the onboard navigation system. You can remotely start your Blazer and preset the climate control, so your commute kicks off comfortably. The system is also compatible with Amazon Alexa smart home devices for seamless audio streaming and voice commands that augment home services, such as activating smart home thermostats.
The Marketplace feature connects drivers with local merchants by way of the infotainment touchscreen. You can easily perform a variety of convenience tasks on the road, including paying for fuel at participating gas stations without ever leaving your vehicle, ordering takeout at restaurants like Applebee’s and IHOP, as well as storing your favorite selections, and booking a dinner reservation at more than 4,000 restaurant locations via Chevy’s partnership with Yelp.