Chevrolet decided to bring the Blazer nameplate back to life for 2019, and for good reason.
Everything old is new again (well, that’s what I was told last time I was in Palm Springs….) and for many men, the Blazer name invokes a sense of ruggedness and reliability, and with the 2019 Chevy Blazer, which is now a midsized SUV of sorts, you will get something rugged and reliable but you will also get a car with which you can have a little fun.
Tradition, I think, is the key here if you are considering buying a Chevy Blazer. To be sure, there are snazzier and more tech-savvy SUVs out there on planet earth. But for some men, like those of you in middle America (i.e. bears), this is your kind of city vehicle.
The Blazer is fully redesigned from its last incarnation, and for those of you who do not need the latest and greatest computer on board but do need something reliable, the dashboard system is easy to operate and easy to use, provided you have simple requests like I do: find the nearest street taco vendor, play RuPaul’s You Better Work, where is the closest 24-hour free clinic?
(Shameless local plug here: Congratulations to Denver’s own Yvie Oddly, who was just crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar on Season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Yvie, darling, I need an interview…)
When driving, the Blazer gets up to speed fast and handles all those bumps and grinds incredibly well. You really do get a sense of confidence and control behind the wheel. The Blazer isn’t the biggest SUV on the road nor is it the smallest. Its beauty and its prowess are considerable, and given that it is a classic American car, that truly is sayin’ somethin’. I found the 2019 Blazer easy to park and also fairly easy to haul stuff around town in. Hey, you never know when you will be pressed into service…..
Prices start at $28,800, which ain’t cheap and there are cheaper, more capable midsized SUVs out there with similar features, so you might want to make a list first of things you want in your dream vehicle and then start shopping. Mileage comes in at an average 25 mpg. Towing capacity is 1,500 to 4,500 pounds US. There are four different trims and prices can easily double depending upon all the optional equipment you decide to get.
I had the privilege of testing the top-tier trim, the Premier AWD, which was a real beauty to drive. This one has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out more than 300 horsepower, while the base engine is 2.5-liter inline-4 that will give you 193 horses. Throw in sunroof, sunshade, Bose sound, leather-appointed seat trims – and the total for this Jet Black / Maple Sugar baby (as seen here) comes to $49, 290. But who’s counting?
For you shopping list, other similar vehicles to consider in this category are the Ford Edge, Subaru Outback and the Toyota 4Runner. But by all means, get in and give the Chevy Blazer a whirl. It’s got a stance and an attractiveness that might just get you snappin’.
And have fun this Pride month, fellas. I know I will……