2021 Chevrolet Blazer: A Trim Comparison
The 2021 Chevy Blazer line is back, and we’re excited. If anyone knows how to build a beautiful and functional SUV that can fit the family and their luggage, it’s Chevrolet! This vehicle went back into production in late 2018 and was released as an all-new 2019 model. Chevy previously released a Blazer back in 1969, but it was a two-door SUV based on a truck platform. You may be most familiar, however, with the ’90s update based on the compact Chevy S-10 truck. The newest vehicle is now a four-door mid-size crossover SUV.
Breaking Down the Blazer Trim Levels
If you’re a hardcore Chevy or classic car enthusiast, you may be disappointed that the new Blazer is a crossover instead of being more similar to its truck-based predecessors. However, we found lots to love on this updated SUV. We love the aggressive styling cues taken from the Camaro that are featured both inside and out. The Blazer’s handling is taught and responsive, too. The one drawback is that things can get pricey quickly, which is why we’re breaking down each trim level.
The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer L includes a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, all-wheel-drive isn’t an option for this model. The 2WD powertrain is the only option. You’ll have to look at higher trims if you’re looking for a 4×4.
Active noise cancellation, an HD rear vision camera, tire pressure monitoring, and stability control, are all standard. However, many of the safety alerts we would suggest opting for aren’t even available as extra add-on options at this trim level. Furthermore, you’ll only have a choice of a few paint colors paired with the black cloth seating. The starting MSRP is $28,800.
The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer 1LT trim retails for $32,300 and features an eight-way power-adjustable seat, tinted rear windows and satellite radio. You can add options like the Convenience and Driver Confidence package, which includes features like blind spot monitoring and lane change alert.
The Chevrolet Blazer 2LT trim starts at $33,100 for the FWD version, and an AWD powertrain is also available for $2,000. The 2LT trim comes with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, but you can opt for a 3.6-liter V6 with 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque for another $1,150. A Redline Edition package for $1,895 provides sporty styling to the exterior.
Chevy Safety Assist features, included as standard features, are lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, automatic high-beams, pre-collision warning and a following distance indicator among other features designed to make you safer out on the road. And who doesn’t need a little help in that department?
The 3LT trim is where things start to get really interesting. The standard engine on this trim is the four-cylinder but you can upgrade to the 3.6L V6 that comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The FWD version starts at $37,300, while the AWD will set you back at least $38,300.
Those prices come with leather seating (obviously), heated front seats, a power programmable liftgate, and a suite of advanced safety features. This includes such things as rear cross-traffic alerts, rear park assist, and lane change alert with side blind zone alerts. Turn indicators also come standard on the side-view mirrors.
With these features, this is honestly where buyers should first begin their search. But with the price creeping up toward $40,000, competitors might offer more compelling options that provide more bang for your buck. The Honda Passport is well-equipped with safety features for under this price. The Ford Edge has more space in this segment at this price point. However, the Blazer edges ahead of both in the styling department, if that’s more important to you.
Speaking of looks, if you really want your 2021 Chevrolet Blazer to be sleek, then the RS trim is the way to go. This trim level is light on the tech additions and heavy on cosmetic changes. Though you can choose other exterior paint colors, we would recommend going with either Nightfall Gray Metallic or, especially, Black. That’s because the Blazer RS trim has unique black accents that set it apart from the other trim levels.
The Chevrolet bowtie on the front and the back of the vehicle (as well as on the steering wheel) are now blacked out instead of the typical gold color. Furthermore, the front grille loses its metallic accent in favor of a black one. The interior black leather seating features red RS accent stitching, and the air vents have red accents as well. Even the wheels feature a dynamic serrated design and are larger at 20 inches.
The few tech upgrades include a gesture power liftgate and the addition of navigation to the infotainment system. A FWD version starts at $40,800 while an AWD powertrain is $43,700. The 3.6L V6 remains the only engine offering.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer Premier is the top-of-the-line trim. The starting MSRP for the FWD version is $43,000, and the AWD offering comes in at $45,800. Some of the standard features are chrome-trimmed horizontal front grille, chrome roof rails, heated and ventilated seats front seats, and heated rear seats. While we’re mentioning seats, a Premier trim-only color is offered that features “Maple Sugar” tan seats and door panels with some corresponding accenting on the black dash. The engine remains unchanged from the RS trim.
(featured image via Chevrolet Pressroom)