With the turbo, the 2020 Blazer 2LT
has an MSRP of $33,995 with destination. With the V6, the same vehicle costs $34,495. The better-equipped 3LT starts at $38,195 with the turbo and $38,695 with the V6. As a result, buyers may find the additional 78 hp and 12 lb-ft of torque to be well worth the extra $500.
So why even offer a turbo in the first place?
"To provide Blazer customers more choice," a Chevy spokesperson explained to us via email, adding that the brand considers it "a great alternative" to the 2.5-liter mill in terms of performance and efficiency. But is it the best choice? That may depend on your priorities.
In terms of fuel economy, the V6 is rated at 21 mpg, just 2 mpg less than the 2.5-liter base engine. Ratings for the turbo aren't available yet, and using the 25 mpg rating of the 2-liter Equinox turbo
may not be all that helpful given the difference in output (252 hp vs. 230).
As far as towing, Chevy's order guide indicates that the V6 remains the only way to achieve the model's maximum capacity of 4,500 lbs with an all-wheel-drive configuration. With front-wheel-drive, the turbo, V6, and base 2.5-liter mill are all limited to just 1,500 lbs.
Other considerations may affect buyers in everyday driving. For example, the turbo requires premium gas whereas the V6 does not. It's also possible that the turbo could offer different driving dynamics, although we won't know for sure until we can get behind the wheel of one ourselves.