By on May 26, 2021

The Chevrolet Blazer will be dumping its base engine for the 2022 model year. The naturally-aspirated, 2.5-liter motor always felt as though it would have been more at home in a vintage Plymouth Acclaim or original S-10 Blazer, however. Removing the 193-horsepower unit from the modern crossover, which can be optioned to weigh in excess of two tons, probably isn’t going to make anyone’s eyes well up.

In exchange, the manufacturer has seen fit to expand the color palette.

The top-trimmed Blazer RS now comes with a new two-tone paint option that can be applied to less flashy models. Chevy is also adding Nitro Yellow metallic and Blue Glow metallic to its roster of hues. While we’ve seen neither covering the crossover’s exterior, they sound as if they’ll be difficult to miss. But those changes are small potatoes, and don’t impact the driving experience beyond potentially garnering some added attention on the road.

Most crossovers offer a competent but totally forgettable driving experience. The Blazer’s big advantage was its eye-catching, Camaro-inspired looks and actually having decent handling — something the 2.5-liter motor failed to build upon. But the more-powerful engines did, which is a large part of why they’ll be sticking around.

For 2022, base models will come equipped with the 228-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Blazer shoppers wanting even more power, and the ability to tow up to 4,500 pounds, can opt for the 3.6-liter V6 pushing 308 ponies. Front wheel drive remains standard, though all-wheel drive can be had on every trim level.

Unfortunately, this means prices are definitely going up. The base Blazer L starts a hair under $30,000, whereas the LT models typically sticker couple bucks below $35,000. The latter figure will be much closer to the crossover’s new entry-level price moving forward, though General Motors has not confirmed anything official regarding pricing. We’re just hoping the manufacturer doesn’t go crazy, because some trims already felt a bit too steep for our tastes.

[Images: General Motors]

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24 Comments on “2022 Chevrolet Blazer: Fewer Engines, More Hues...”


  • avatar
    smicallef427

    That’s great news! The loser LCV engine was slow in the 2013 Malibu… I can’t imagine how bad it would have been in something weighing 500lbs more!

  • avatar
    dal20402

    What is the deal with that GM 2.5 engine? I’ve driven several rental cars equipped with it and it has felt weaker than the numbers suggest in every single one.

    Toyota’s and Honda’s engines of the same type feel far more powerful in cars of similar weight.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Posky

      I felt like the transmission played a factor but haven’t spent enough time in the 2.5-liter Blazer to make any concrete claims and the turbo (which I liked better) uses the same gearbox.

  • avatar
    conundrum

    I wouldn’t know a Chevrolet Blazer if I tripped over one. Haven’t got a clue what size class it is, and couldn’t care less. It’s just anonymous blob #79 out of a class of 162. Or whatever. Not in the slightest bit interesting and must be usually purchased by the anonymous gray person, the one who just wants something that moves after whatever engine it has starts. How’s that for how well Chevrolet and GM in general have penetrated the mind of someone who used to know the make and model of any vehicle on the road at a glannce? Just pure blah.

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      I’ve got a 2020 and love the ride/handling combination. The 9-speed trans is a gem, significantly smoother than the Honda Passport I drove. 18 months ago Chev had extremely aggressive lease deals, hoping 18 months from now those will be back, my wife will definitely want another one.
      As for quality, no warranty issues at all.

    • 0 avatar

      Had a bad day conundrum? In person it looks good especially in dark color. May be they should call it Camaro SUV since it is more sporty utility thing than off-road thing.

    • 0 avatar
      wolfwagen

      Agreed. TrailBlazer, Blazer, Equinox, Traverse all essentially look the same to me just different sizes, Especially the TrailBlazer & Blazer.

      This thing is not a Blazer. A Blazer is a full-size 6 or 8 cylinder vehicle that can go off-road with the best of them.

  • avatar
    Joseph Kissel

    I drove a 2.5 Blazer last night and found it to be very enjoyable. For anybody who doesn’t care about specs or numbers, it’s a perfectly fine engine. And personally, I love the feel and look of the Blazer (it’s gorgeous in the red and not at all anonymous). The new 2.0l is a second faster to 60 (6.6 seconds) without giving anything up in fuel economy, which while not stellar is average for the class.

  • avatar

    In other countries 2.5L is a big engine. Living in Russia I did not and did not want to drive anything bigger than 2.0L. And Europe was the same. Because of taxes and gas prices.

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      Well despite a VAT, the Russian Federation sports 13% flat income tax so as dumb as a tax on a 2.5 I4 vs a 2.0 I4 is I’d pay it and be happy I’m not being robbed to the tune of 25%+ as in the West.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Zzzzzzzzzzz, wake me when they start making interesting things again.

  • avatar
    bunkie

    The real story here is the apparent end of the monochrome era in car “colors”.

    It’s about time.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    I am going to go check this vehicle out (soon, I promise), for two reasons:

    A) Part of me desperately wants to know all the goodness that Mary Barra’s team of experts have packed into this vehicle. Goodness which weighs ~750 pounds more than my daily driver, in a smaller package. [Peak Automobile, teach me your secrets!]

    B) “outward visibility is compromised” – What is he on about? [And why would I possibly need (or want) to see *out* of a vehicle that I am driving?]

    https://www.caranddriver.com/chevrolet/blazer

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      Service weight of the 3.5L V6 on my car is something like 359 pounds. Which means I could stash another 3.5L in the backseat of my car, and a third 3.5L in the trunk (decklid open perhaps?) and the shorter Blazer would STILL have a higher curb weight. [Note that curb weight is curb weight – no horsepower- or MPG-style methodology changes muddying the waters.] I must know why.

      And speaking of have to know, why does 2021-vintage BEHR PREMIUM PLUS® “Paint & Primer” INTERIOR FLAT make a noise when you pour it out of the can? (Very distinct, very repeatable). [Nanotechnology?]

      (If you want to see Non-Peak Consumer-Facing Website Implementation, try searching for Behr paint on Home Depot’s website. “Behr Paint” yields 31,594 results. It gets worse from there.)

      • 0 avatar
        bunkie

        The “search” function of the Home Depot website is utterly useless in that, no matter how specifically you enter the keywords or search phrase, you get hit with hundreds of useless results and have to load page after page to locate your desired item.

  • avatar
    TheEndlessEnigma

    Doesn’t matter what engine they put in it, it’s a GM product. That’s a hard stop.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    This little POS would probably be interesting in the 3.6, otherwise completely forgettable.

  • avatar
    Norman Stansfield

    The problem with the Blazer is that all style, no real performance. Peel the skin, it’s just a fancy Equinox.
    What GM should do is build a “Muscle Crossover SUV” based on the Alpha platform, call it the SS.

  • avatar
    GoFaster58

    Nothing like the old classic Blazer.

  • avatar
    GoFaster58

    Nothing like the old classic Blazer.

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