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Eric'a Autos: 2019 Chevy Blazer

Eric Peters on

It's called Blazer, but it looks more like Camaro -- especially the front clip. This was GM's intention: to conjure the current Camaro's sportiness as much as the original Blazer's utility.

There are several ways in which the new Blazer is more useful than the original -- beginning with its four doors ... and more than two seats. And its 64.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seats, covered and carpeted, with easily a foot more legroom -- and headroom -- than in the sexy but hugely impractical Camaro, which also does not offer snow-day capability.

All trims, even the base L, come standard with 18-inch wheels -- larger wheels than are typically standard in this class. And if you want the largest wheels available in this class, Chevy has you covered. The RS offers a 21-inch wheel/tire package.

The Rest

The Blazer offers a Teen Driver feature that lets parents program in a maximum speed/radio volume as well as a buckle-up-or-it-won't-start seatbelt interlock.

Another mention-worthy tech item is the Blazer's Hitch Guidance/Hitch View system, which helps you hook up (and back up) a trailer without bumping into things.

 

The Bottom Line

If you don't need to go off-road -- but like the idea of a Camaro that can haul your family and a trailer -- then check out the new Blazer!

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