IS A CHEVY BLAZER A TRUCK OR SUV? A LOOK AT THE LATEST LINE

August 28th, 2019 by

Is a Chevy Blazer a truck or SUV? That’s a good question. Many of us remember the old Chevy Blazer pickups from the ’70s and ’80s- an iconic car of the class at that time. However, recent murmurings of an all-new Blazer line might have piqued your curiosity, particularly if you’re a Chevrolet fan.

If that’s the case, then you’re probably curious whether it’s a revamped version of the past line or something completely new.

What’s the difference between a truck and an SUV?
The good old pickup is considered to be the workhorse of the everyday man. It can be defined as a light-duty vehicle for transporting heavy goods that features an open cargo area at the back with low sides and a tailgate.

It’s called a pickup because that’s exactly what these cars are designed to do. They usually have larger maximum towing capacities than other vehicles and are designed to go off-road.

SUV is short for ‘sport utility vehicle.’ True to its name, it combines various aspects and features of different types of cars into one passenger vehicle. Hence the ‘utility.’ It’s generally for people who want to feel just as comfortable driving in the city as on the open road.

Without the rear cargo area, they are more compact than trucks but still larger than station wagons. However, they have a raised chassis so they can take on more challenging roads. Nowadays, they also usually come with sportier and sleeker designs than trucks to look more at home in different settings.

They generally don’t have less towing or hauling capacity than trucks but better fuel economy and a smoother ride.

What is the Chevy Blazer?
The Chevrolet Blazer that started selling in January of this year is an SUV. To be more precise, it’s a mid-sized crossover SUV (or CUV), meaning it’s even more compact than standard SUVs. As a result, crossovers have even better fuel-economy and are usually designed for even better comfort.

‘Crossovers’ is a pretty new concept and these cars only really started becoming popular in the last 10 years. In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, flexibility is becoming increasingly important. Crossovers are practical city cars that are suitable for a daily commute, dropping off the whole family, and even taking you on a short vacation (or a longer one, with a trailer).

Now you don’t have to wonder, “is a Chevy Blazer a truck or SUV?” any longer. But if you’re scratching your head because you remember the Chevy Blazer as a truck, don’t worry. You’re probably thinking of the Chevrolet K5 Blazer which was in production from 1969 to 1994. There were three generations starting off with a short wheelbase truck and ending at a full-sized truck.

To add to the confusion, there was also the Chevrolet S-10 SUV, based off the S-10 pickup, from 1982 to 2005.

Beyond the question is a Chevy Blazer a truck or SUV: Chevy Blazer 2019 specifications
The new Chevy Blazer is a 5-passenger car with two rows of seats and cargo space at the back. The back seat can fold down with a 60/40 configuration so that you can balance the cargo to passenger space ratio according to your needs.

The default cargo space is 30.5 cubic feet but can expand to 64.2 cubic feet with the back row seats down.

There are also a number of different trims available. First of all, you can choose between either FWD or AWD. The AWD vehicles are rated for a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 lbs., which is three times as much as the FWD’s and is close to being best-in-class.

If you go with a FWD, you can choose between the standard L, 2.5L cloth, 3.6L cloth, 3.6L leather, RS, or Premier. However, the AWD range only comes as the 3.6L cloth, 3.6L leather, RS, or Premier.

The 2.5L engine is 4-cylinder while the 3.6L is a hot-blooded V6. The fuel economy also ranges from 22 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway for the 2.5L FWD to 18 MPG and 25 MPG, respectively, for the AWD 3.6L V6.

Just like most respectable crossovers today, the Blazer also comes with all the modern conveniences. These range from smart safety and driver-assist features to an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple and Android support, a Wi-fi hotspot, and even a Bose sound system.

Who is the Chevy Blazer best for?
The whole point of a crossover is to be as versatile as possible to adapt to almost any lifestyle. That makes it hard to pin down a specific type of driver that they’re best for. From a looks perspective, the Chevy Blazer has an aggressive and sporty look that some will love and others will hate. The RS pushes this to the max, while the premier ads some bling for a luxury feel.

With 5 seats, it’s a great family car that will very comfortably seat 4, even on a long trip. It’s also great if you have to balance your life between doing groceries, dropping off kids at soccer practice, and commuting to and from work every day.

On the other hand, it can be equally great for adventurous singles or couples. It’s an extremely functional city car but provides just enough space and off-road capabilities to let you escape the city and to support your recreational activities. Particularly the 3.6L AWD model with such superb towing capacity.

To the city, and beyond!
With a number of full-blown SUVs (Suburban, Tahoe) as well as pickups (Colorado, Silverado) for die-hard Chevy fans to choose from, it makes sense that Chevy decided to add to their CUV lineup. The Blazer sits in between the smaller Trax and Equinox and the bigger Traverse in terms of sportiness, utility, luxury, and size, filling a crucial gap. So, that should answer your question is a Chevy Blazer a truck or SUV? Plus, we hope it helps you decide whether it’s the right car for you.

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