By on February 8, 2022

2023 Chevrolet Blazer RS

The midcycle refresh is a tool that has been used by carmakers for eons, giving them the opportunity to inject new interest into a machine that’s been on the market for a few years. Chevrolet has taken this step with the 2023 Blazer and, in the process, made it a great candidate for those old Spot The Difference games which used to appear in the Sunday paper.

Without altering expensive components such as the shape of the fenders and other hardpoints, GM has imbued the Blazer with new LED head- and taillamps, binning the old peepers which had sort of a dot-matrix effect. The comparo shot above shows more meaningful changes to its front fascia below the centreline, with different buckets for the foglamps and some extra jewelry. Viewed in a vacuum, however, it may be tough to tell the difference.

2023 Chevrolet Blazer RS

Changes are more visible inside – a place in which customers will spend the majority of their time, anyway. A new 10-inch infotainment touchscreen is now standard across the board, binning the sad-sack base unit and bringing a modern level of tech to all trims, along with the option of adaptive cruise control. Wireless device charging will be available from base to top-tier, and a natty Nightshift Blue interior color will be offered on the RS trim. Let’s celebrate the gradual return of interesting upholstery choices, shall we?

There isn’t much to be done about the shape of Blazer itself, a bone of contention in some circles. More than a few people have pointed out since the model’s introduction that the Blazer itself is a decent all-wheel-drive crossover – incorporating elements from the Camaro, for better or worse – but is hardly an appropriate use of the vaunted Blazer nameplate. They have a point.

And before any yahoo squawks that it’s impossible to graft a Squarebody-style visage onto a car-based crossover that uses a front-wheel-drive platform, we’ll remind all hands of the Mitsuoka Buddy. This machine is crafted from the bones of a RAV4, of all things, and proves Chevy probably could have evoked the K5 with their new Blazer if they really wanted to.

Powertrain choices on the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer remain familiar, starting with a 228 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four and working its way up to a 308 pony, 3.6L V6. Both are equipped with a nine-speed automatic. It’ll go on sale this summer.

[Images: Chevrolet / Mitsuoka]

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19 Comments on “Chevy Mildly Updates the Blazer...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Yawn.

    • 0 avatar
      redapple

      Massive stinking pile of sheets.
      V6 nine speed blah blah.
      BUT.
      High beltline.
      Impossible to see out of from “B” pillar back.
      Side angle parking and backing out? CRASH guaranteed.
      Should be declared a public safety hazard and banned from sale.
      Garbage
      Crap
      Buying one means you failed a basic test.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I’ve always kind of liked the Blazer. Not that I’d buy one…

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      Me, too. The biggest problem was not the vehicle itself, but the baggage that came with the name. Blazer should have been used for the appropriate vehicle (BOF probably and a harder look). I think the Camaro cues work well on the exterior.

    • 0 avatar
      wolfwagen

      Me too. The original BOF one. Not this overpriced blob of crap that looks like 30 other CUVs. They have sullied the Blazer name

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    Right before the government destroyed the economy for no useful reason I saw one of these at the buffalo auto show. It was loaded and carried a sticker of well over 40 grand. I don’t remember the exact price but I do remember it was more than the Enclave Avenir parked 30 feet away. It’s a nice enough looking CUV but it’s a two row with a four cylinder while the Enclave had three rows and a V6. I don’t see the value. After two years of useless lockdowns I’m guessing this thing fully loaded is approaching 60 large with markups. Pass

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Because GM no longer makes any worthwhile mass-market sedans, this is the most appealing midsize vehicle in the current lineup. The V6/9-speed powertrain is very good, the suspension and steering aren’t bad by midsize CUV standards, and the RS/Premier-level interior is decent.

    If I were in the market for this class of vehicle—which is unlikely, since I’d either go for a bigger three-row CUV or a sedan—I think it would come down to this, the Passport, and the Murano, unless I could afford to throw out for an Edge ST.

  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    ” A new 10-inch infotainment touchscreen is now standard across the board, binning the sad-sack base unit and bringing a modern level of tech to all trims,”

    The Sweaty Brazier, err Chevy Blazer, should have had it like this from Day-1.

    GM is still utterly oblivious to it’s fall from the dominant pedestal in the marketplace. GM still plays these content keep/give, games-gimmicks on a GM model, and between GM makes, instead of considering the competition ‘the competition.’

    I’ll never forget a GMC guy once bragging to me about how they will “kick Chevy’s butt” regarding some option package.

    Hooray for the 10″ touch peen is standard.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Ranked #1 in SUVs $35-70k by Consumer Reports.

    I like mine a lot, and zero issues first two years.

    Ramos Arizpe builds quality.

    • 0 avatar
      Imagefont

      GM is always making a new vehicle that cures all the problems of their old vehicles. Until it’s been out for a few years and then falls apart like the rest of their crap. Remember when “Quality is Job One” at Ford? That was at a time when everything they built was junk. How many times do you have to get burned by a company’s crap quality before you say no more? The only way I would ever consider a GM product is with a massive discount. They made too many bad vehicles for too many years to earn a reputation for being reformed any time soon.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    The revised Blazer! Now with an even more gaping maw designed by Toyota/Lexus!

    Just when I thought Peak Grille had been achieved!

  • avatar
    3800FAN

    Ford did it right. Gm cheaped out and cut the back off the traverse.

  • avatar
    MitchConner

    That photo of the guy with skateboard is what happens when a bunch of folks who buy their entire wardrobe at JCPenney are asked to do something “cool.” Good grief.

  • avatar
    Imagefont

    This car is too small. And it is a car. Lacks utility for what they charge. It would be okay with $5000 on the hood and that will happen again.

  • avatar
    3SpeedAutomatic

    I’m in the market for a non-turbo V6 and conventional automatic small SUV. Currently, most small SUVs have a turbo 4 cylinder and/or CVT transmission .
    The idea of a Chevy means easy to get fixed, parts readily available, and class action law suits would put pressure on GM to fix what’s wrong. Sorry to sound so negative, but GM’s implementation of new designs or engineering has a legacy which has been discussed on this web site many, many times.
    Due to the outrageous prices quoted for new and used SUVs, I can wait a year or two when prices become rational and gain more feedback as the model matures.

    PS: that Mitsuoka Buddy would sell itself just on looks alone. Something lost at GM since the late 1970’s.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    I just looked at one of these at my local Chevy dealer. It was a newly delivered 2022 2LT, which is now the base model. For over 40 grand it had a 4 cylinder engine, which is the only one offered unless you move up the price ladder, had a cheap urethane steering wheel and nasty cheap cloth seats, lacked some features that other over 40K crossovers had and barely felt any larger inside than a far less expensive Equinox sitting right next to it. Is it any wonder these aren’t lighting the sales charts on fire

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