The Chevrolet Blazer Is a Stronger Vehicle for Kenmore Drivers
Although the Blazer nameplate appeared as far back as the mid-‘60s, it wasn’t until recently that Chevrolet decided to bring it back as a crossover vehicle with a sporty exterior. Placed between the compact Equinox and the three-row Traverse, the Chevrolet Blazer is decidedly a midsize vehicle and targets Buffalo customers who want an affordable and nice-looking ride with considerable amounts of interior space and tech features.
And with its second model year, the Blazer has been further refined to stand out more in an action-packed, fiercely competitive segment. The Chevrolet Blazer SUV has six different trims: the base-level L, the 1LT, the 2LT, the 3LT, the RS, and the aptly-named Premier.
The new Chevrolet Blazer relies on a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine—which has an output of 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque and is tied to a 9-speed automatic transmission—for its power. The engine includes stop/start technology, which means that it automatically shuts down when you come to a stop and turns back on when you resume driving, thus preventing unnecessary consumption of fuel. Front-wheel drive is standard.
The Blazer has two cloth-trimmed rows of seats, which face a leather-wrapped steering wheel and can accommodate up to five people. Front seating consists of a 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat and a 4-way manually adjustable passenger seat. The rear includes a bench-style seatback that can be folded down to expand cargo volume if needed. The entire cabin utilizes Active Noise Cancellation technology to block and absorb sound, as well as dampen and eliminate vibrations.
For infotainment, the Chevrolet Blazer has the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, which integrates a six-speaker stereo system, Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free calling, voice command technology, smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a trial subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio, and an 8-inch HD color touchscreen. In addition, there is a pair of USB ports for charging mobile devices.
The OnStar communications system on the Blazer enables you to subscribe to services that include automatic collision notification, remote start and lock/unlock, and wireless Internet access at 4G LTE speeds. Driver information is displayed on a 4.2-inch color screen. A keyless open and start system can lock and unlock the doors without having to use the key fob. And, dual-zone automatic climate control provides the front passenger the ability to customize his or her heating and cooling settings while you drive around Cheektowaga.
For restraint and cushioning when there’s a crash, the Blazer provides a knee airbag for the driver, a pair of frontal impact airbags, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and two roof-mounted side curtain airbags. A rearview camera flashes an HD-quality video image as a visual aid when backing out of a parking lot or your garage.
LED daytime running lights ensure that you are noticed by pedestrians and other motorists as you drive in and around Tonawanda. The four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes provide effective and timely stopping power. And StabiliTrak combines electronic stability control and traction control systems to keep your tires planted firmly on the driving surface and your vehicle on its intended path of travel.
There’s also a rear-seat reminder to double-check the backseat for any occupants and Teen Driver mode to activate customizable vehicle settings to help encourage better driving behavior. Security is provided by a theft-deterrent system to keep you and your valuables safe.
1LT: A major aspect that sets the 1LT apart from the base L trim is the availability of options to spruce up the new Chevrolet Blazer, which include front-seat heating, a rear-seat entertainment system, rear park assist to boost the rearview camera’s functionality. There are even driver-assistance technologies such as lane change alert with side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert. However, this is the trim to get if you want to get at least 8-way power adjustability with 2-way power lumbar support on the driver’s seat.
2LT: It’s at the 2LT trim level that Chevrolet replaces the 2.5-liter engine with a leaner and more powerful 2.5-liter turbo with 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and auto start/stop technology. Although front-wheel drive is standard, you can opt for an all-wheel-drive system for improved driving performance in virtually any type of weather. Regarding seating accommodations, the front passenger seat joins the driver’s seat in getting power adjustability.
3LT: The 3LT introduces heated front seats. There’s also auto-dimming ability on the rearview mirror to dim headlight glare from vehicles behind you, a universal transceiver for remote-control garage doors and security systems, and remote start for starting your vehicle before you enter it.
It’s at the 3LT trim level that Chevrolet introduces driver-assistance features as standard. Lane change alert with side blind zone alert helps you avoid lane-change crashes by providing side-mirror alerts when another vehicle is rapidly approaching you or is in a side-blind zone. And rear cross-traffic alert makes you aware of vehicles crossing behind you when moving in reverse. In addition, rear park assist is made standard to aid the rearview camera.
RS: At this trim level, Chevrolet provides the largest and strongest of the three Blazer engine choices: a 3.6-liter V6 with 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Like the 2.0-liter and 2.5-liter, the V6 has auto start/stop technology.
On the RS, Chevrolet provides a much larger, 8-inch color driver information display to replace the 4.2-inch one on the lower-level trims. Ambient interior lighting is introduced into the cabin, and the steering wheel can now be heated—just like the front seats.
For infotainment, the RS is upgraded to Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus. This system adds a navigation system, the ability to download and use in-vehicle apps and personalize and store infotainment and vehicle settings in the cloud. The SiriusXM trial subscription is upgraded to enable enjoyment of the SiriusXM 360L platform for more content variety and personalized experience. Two more USB ports, plus an auxiliary input jack, are added to connect and play media from mobile devices. And an SD card slot is present to play media from a flash memory card.
Premier: At the pinnacle of the Chevrolet Blazer lineup is the Premier. This model stands apart with several unique features. Front seats now have a cooling ability in addition to heating, and the rear seats gain heating ability. Also added is a memory system, which enables you to save preferences for up to two drivers for the driver seat, side mirrors, and steering column. Speaking of the steering column, it can now be adjusted forward or back, and the steering wheel can be adjusted up or down.
The Premier’s cargo space includes a floor-mounted rail system with available attachments that segment the area. Consequently, this cargo management system helps contain items of various sizes and restricts their movement when the Blazer is in motion.
For infotainment, the Premier gets Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium to integrate its entertainment and information features. Six speaker audio gives way to an eight-speaker Bose premier audio system.
Contact Us for More Information About the Chevrolet Blazer
Whether you are looking for a new or used Chevrolet Blazer, we are the right place in Kenmore to visit. If you are in Williamsville, don’t hesitate to call us at Paddock Chevrolet to test-drive the Blazer for yourself. In the meantime, feel free to peruse our new and used inventory.