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Eric'a Autos: 2019 Chevy Blazer

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Standard 2.5-liter engine isn't turbocharged -- and so isn't strong enough to pull more than 1,500 lbs.

V6 is thirsty -- 18 MPG in city driving when paired with AWD.

Under the Hood

Crossovers have become very generic-looking, so it's nice to find something functionally different under the new Blazer's hood -- or rather, to not find it.

Neither the standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder (which makes 193 hp) or the optional 3.6-liter V6 (which makes 305) relies on a turbocharger to boost its output. The Blazer's engines are simpler engines -- with fewer parts to potentially wear out or break down over time -- which ought to give the Blazer a long-term reliability advantage over turbocharged rivals as well as reduce maintenance/repair costs.

On the Road

 

The new Blazer is an on-road SUV.

It doesn't have a two-speed transfer case or 4WD Low range gearing -- as the original Blazer did. So it's not the ticket for scrabbling up rutted unpaved roads.

But its optional AWD system keeps you going when it snows. And its fully independent suspension gives it the car-like handling that has made crossover SUVs far more popular than off-road-adept SUVs ever were.

At the Curb

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