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What’s new for the 2021 Chevy Blazer? Safety is No. 1

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When a brand re-uses the name of a well-loved favorite for a new vehicle that is nothing like its namesake, it takes a while for fans to calm down and accept the fact that this new car is not what they imagined it would be. Fans of the old Chevy Blazer faced this challenge a few years ago, and some of us still haven’t quite accepted it — even though the 2021 Chevy Blazer is a beautiful little crossover vehicle.

Publisher Tim Esterdahl recently got to drive one and he seems to have enjoyed the experience. He said the new Blazer offers a very comfortable ride and the 3.6-liter V-6 engine has plenty of power for get-up-and-go.

A trim level for every driver

The 2021 Chevy Blazer comes with a multitude of choices when it comes to trim levels: L, 2LT 3LT, RS or Premier. Of course, there are certain features that are only available on some of the higher trim levels. Some of these include AWD, a power programmable liftgate and a heated steering wheel. Premium paint colors such as Cayanne Orange Metalic and Cherry Red Tincoat cost extra, while the Pewter Metalic and Iron Gray Metalic do not.

Safer than ever & more tech, too

The Chevy safety assist package comes standard on all models from the 2LT and up. This includes the standard HD rear vision camera, automatic braking, pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, following distance indicator, forward collision alert and automatic high beams. While we’ve come to expect many of these features from new cars, it’s not always common to find them included as standard features on so many models.

One of Esterdahl’s favorites is the camera for the rearview mirror, which allows you to see everything behind you, regardless of your car’s blind spots, passenger’s heads or a very full cargo area. The birdseye view camera is another favorite feature.

The 8-inch infotainment screen comes standard on all models, but navigation does not. This is an optional feature for the 3LT trim and comes standard on the RS and Premier trims. Personally, I think navigation should be an option on any trim. If you’re willing to pay for it, you should be able to add it. My two cents.

Like or dislike?

Sometimes cars have little quirks that drivers either love or hate. And sometimes they’re just things you get used to after a while and never think about again. Esterdahl is guessing the large adjustable air vents in the 2021 Chevy Blazer fall into the latter category. Having the vehicle for just one week he didn’t have the time to get them adjusted just right.

Be sure to watch the video for the rest of Tim’s thoughts on this great little crossover.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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