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The newly resurrected Chevy Blazer is looking to challenge the status quo in the growing midsize crossover segment. It has been set just beneath rivals like the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano, as GM looks to diversify its crossover lineup. With a unique and bold design approach in their latest SUV, Chevy hopes the Blazer will carve out its own identity in this heavily competitive class.

In terms of price the Blazers starting MSRP of $29,995 is fairly consistent with other mainstream midsize crossovers like the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, and Jeep Cherokee. In base trim, the Blazer is slightly less than the 2019 Ford Edge which starts at $30,990 and the 2018 Nissan Murano which starts at $31,775. When compared to the two Korean offerings, namely the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, both start for about $4,000 less.

When it comes to power, the Blazers naturally aspirated 2.5l I-4 engine on the base model, is at a disadvantage. The Edge has chosen a turbocharged 2.0l inline 4 as its base powerplant and it offers 52 more horsepower. Although the Nissan Murano and Jeep Grand Cherokee have a higher starting price, they both come standard with V6 engines, making significantly more power.

Standard equipment is also an area where Chevy could make improvements as the majority of safety features and drivers aids are restricted to the top trim levels of the Blazer. They have implemented some new technology on this vehicle which includes capless fuel fill, HID headlights, a cargo management system and LED daytime running lights.

With so many alternatives in this segment to choose from, the Blazer will have to rely on its sporty design and diverse build options to succeed. If styling is important to you, that’s one thing this new crossover has in spades.
 

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What you are going to lose in power with the non turbo engine in the base model, you'll make up for in fuel economy. There will be many parents looking to get the Blazer as a smaller family friendly SUV, so performance wont be a huge priority to them. Never really liked the look of the Edge or Murano.
 

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Aftermarket support will prove to be a big factor into enthusiasts choosing them and so far Ford has the lead. How important is that aspect of ownership to you guys anyways? Some brands that specialize in Chevy products have yet to speak on the Blazer.
 

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I think if you are looking for a performance SUV, there may be better options out there. But I think as a starting point that the base powertrains have some untapped potential. Just don't know if risking the factory warranty is a worthwhile endeavor this early.
 
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