2022 Chevrolet Blazer

By February 18, 2022

In contrast to its competitors, the 2022 Chevy Blazer is a five-seat crossover SUV that has donned a stylish suit. With a choice between turbo-4 and V-6 power, the Blazer offers up a sporty driving flair to go with its trendy looks.

This year, Chevy consolidated the 2022 Blazer lineup by dropping a formerly available inline-4, but otherwise this crossover carries over unchanged.

Power comes from a 228-horsepower turbo-4 on most trim levels, paired with either front- or all-wheel drive and a 9-speed automatic transmission. Blazer RS models live up to their “rally sport” name with a hefty 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 306 hp. Regardless of engine underhood, the Blazer delivers sharper handling and a sportier ride than any vehicle to ever bear this historic name.

The EPA rates the turbo-4-powered Blazer at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined, or 22/27/24 mpg with all-wheel drive. Blazers powered by the V-6 rate 19/27/22 mpg with front-wheel drive and 19/26/21 mpg with all-wheel drive.

A five-star overall rating from the NHTSA is paired with largely “Good” scores from the IIHS when it comes to safety, though “Marginal” or “Poor” headlights, depending on the trim level, hold the Blazer back from a Top Safety Pick score. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and automatic high-beam headlights are standard across the range. A surround-view camera system, a rear camera mirror, and adaptive cruise control are optional.

Model Lineup

At $34,595, the Blazer 2LT serves as the gateway to the lineup – though it’s hardly a basic crossover with its 8.0-inch touchscreen featuring wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, power-adjustable driver’s seat, quartet of USB-A and USB-C ports, and dual-zone automatic climate control. All-wheel drive costs $2,700 extra.

Moving up to the $38,795 3LT trim level adds remote start, rear cross-traffic alerts, parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather-upholstered seats with power adjustment for the passenger. This trim level is also the gateway to more options such as a Bose audio system and navigation.

Blazer RS models cost $42,295 and build on the 3LT with sportier exterior trim plus the 3.6-liter V-6. That same money buys the Blazer Premier, which swaps back in the turbo-4 but adds Bose speakers and a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

Optional extras vary by trim level but can include a sunroof, a cloud-based navigation system, cooled front seats, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.

Exterior

The Blazer shrugs off its rugged past with a decidedly city-slicker look inside and out. A big grille and narrow LED headlights up front give way to a dramatic side profile with blacked-out pillars that help the roof appear to “float” above the rest of the body. At the rear, Camaro-inspired taillights flank a large opening for the license plate.

RS versions slap on bigger wheels and unique front and rear bumper treatments with dual exposed tailpipes hinting at all that underhood power, while Premier Blazers have more color-matched exterior trim.

Interior

Chevy didn’t just slap a stylish bod on the Blazer. Inside, this crossover SUV has just as much design flair with its swoopy, Camaro-like dash. The 8.0-inch touchscreen stands proud of the dash, with a few controls flanked below. All those lines mean some secondary controls are tucked away out of sight, but they’re easy enough to find after some acclimation.

Nifty touches include round climate control vents with rotating outside rings to control air temperature.

Narrow front seats wrapped in cloth or leather upholstery offer heating and cooling in higher trim levels. Rear-seat passengers will appreciate good leg room and wide door openings. Cargo space is better than the swoopy body might suggest. With 30.5 cubic feet behind the second row and 64.2 cubic feet with the seatback flopped forward, the Blazer is a bit more spacious than the Chevy Equinox.

Driving Impressions

The Blazer lives up to its sporty looks with willing powertrains and a well-tuned chassis.

The turbo-4 in most trim levels has a lively feel that builds power quickly and generally works well with the 9-speed automatic transmission. Blazer RS models swap in a big 3.6-liter V-6 rated at a hefty 306 hp, which has a brawny snarl matched by quick moves from any speed. With the V-6, Chevy upgrades the Blazer’s towing rating from 3,500 to 4,500 pounds, too.

More steering heft than is typical for a five-seat crossover endows the Blazer with sporty moves backed up by a firm, but not stiff, suspension. Even with the 20-inch wheels fitted to higher-trim versions, the Blazer has a good ride.

The optional all-wheel-drive system on 4-cylinder models will only engage the rear wheels when it detects slip. V-6 models fitted with AWD have a more sophisticated setup that quickly sends power rearward, making it a stronger choice for wintry climates.

Final Word

With its zippy styling matched to strong engines and sharp handling, the 2022 Chevrolet Blazer is the antidote to anodyne crossovers.

 

—by Andrew Ganz, with driving impressions by The Car Connection

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