Specifications of Chevrolet Blazer (facelift 2022) 3.6 V6 (311 HP) Hydra-Matic
General characteristics of Chevrolet Blazer (facelift 2022) 3.6 V6 (311 HP) Hydra-Matic
The dimensions of the Blazer are pretty standard for the midsize segment, with a length of 191.4 inches accommodating a 112.7-inch wheelbase. It can fit into most parking bays without too much fuss thanks to its width of 76.7 inches, while the height of 67 inches offers a relatively good view of the road. But, like many more crossover-style vehicles, it is not the greatest off-roader with a ground clearance of just 7.4 inches, even on AWD models. The curb weight differs depending on the trim, drivetrain, and engine, ranging from 3,907 pounds on the front-wheel-drive 2LT up to 4,310 lbs on the all-wheel-drive Premier V6.
There are two power plants to choose from this year, last year's asthmatic base engine having been dropped. The Blazer feels half as sporty as it looks with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which develops 227 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and can be had in FWD or AWD. It's the only engine offered on the 2LT base model. With this engine, the crossover can tow up to 1,500 lbs without the Trailering package and 3,500 lbs with it.
If you're after a little fire, you should not settle for anything less than the 3.6-liter V6 engine. With 308 hp and 270 lb-ft on tap, the Blazer can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a respectable 6.5 seconds, according to independent testing. And, while top speed is limited to 130 mph, the stronger power plant allows for a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 lbs with the Trailering package - or 1,500 lbs without it. Overall, while Chevy's sporty crossover is zippier than your run-of-the-mill competitor, there are still several alternatives that deliver more thrills, such as the Ford Edge ST.
There is less choice when it comes to powering your midsize Chevy this year, but that's a good thing, as the weak 193-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine used last year has been dropped. The standard engine on the 2LT, 3LT, and Premier this year is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot. It can be paired with either the front- or all-wheel drivetrains and develops a decent 227 hp and 258 lb-ft. It may not thrill those seeking something as sporty as the high-rider's styling suggests, but it is powerful enough to get out of its own way.
Standard on the RS and available to the 3LT and Premier, the 3.6L V6 engine is the top pick for those who want the most fun from their Blazer. Producing 308 hp and 270 lb-ft for your choice of the front or all four wheels, it will get you where you need to go, lickety-split. While its base-line acceleration is nothing to write home about, it provides plenty of power on the move and feels right at home on the highway.
Mated to every available powertrain is a nine-speed automatic transmission. It is expertly tuned to deliver smooth shifts and never seems to struggle to find the correct gear for the situation.
How much you save or spend depends largely on how you configure your vehicle. The base four-cylinder engine can be paired with either FWD or AWD, returning an EPA-estimated 22/29/25 mpg or 22/27/24 mpg city/highway/combined, respectively. The V6 offers the same configurations but does not come close to boasting the same efficiency, with the FWD getting 19/27/22 mpg and the AWD 19/26/21 mpg. However, since the FWD configurations receive a smaller 19.4-gallon tank in comparison to the AWD's 21.7-gallon tank, the maximum range is achieved by the AWD turbo four-pot, which can travel up to 520 miles.
The midsize crossover has room for five within the cabin, but the stylishly sloping roofline comes at the cost of some headroom for those in the back. Still, there is loads of legroom to go around, and only those with a little giant DNA in their genome should struggle to fit comfortably. Getting in and out is a relatively simple affair, but the lack of headroom means taller folks may have to duck a little. Speccing on the available sunroof further compromises headroom, but it adds a certain level of stylish ambiance. The driver's seat is eight-way electrically adjustable across the board, while seat heating and ventilation can be added along the way, too. Outward visibility is good, and is further enhanced with the addition of blind-spot monitoring technology.
The new Chevy Blazer is certainly fit for purpose as a practical crossover, with 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space provided behind the rear seats. This is more than enough for most daily requirements, but it falls a tad short of some rivals, like the Ford Edge, which presents buyers with a more spacious 39.2 cubic feet. If you do need more room for larger items like camping gear, then you can fold the rear seats down in a 60/40 split to free up a total of 64.2 cubic feet. Of course, this reduces overall passenger capacity to two.
Around the cabin, there is about as much small-item storage as you would expect from a crossover. Each row of seats gets a pair of cupholders, but the four dour pockets are a bit too narrow to service most needs, such as holding water bottles. The center armrest cubby and glove box can hold larger items, but they are not more than average in size.