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2019 Chevrolet Blazer Video: Not Exactly the Blazer We Hoped For

The new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has arrived in dealerships, and we recently had the opportunity to drive it in and around San Diego. Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman had the honor, and he came away impressed if not blown away.

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It should be said that what the new Blazer is — a four-door, two-row crossover SUV — is not what reviving the Blazer name made us hope for — a 4×4 off-roader that could take on the Jeep Wrangler or upcoming Ford Bronco. Instead, the Blazer will take on competitors like the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge.

The styling of the Blazer is sometimes quirky and sometimes derivative, but it combines for what Bragman feels is an overall attractive package. Having the front headlights situated below the LED running lights is a look we maybe wouldn’t have replicated from the pre-facelift Jeep Cherokee or the current Hyundai Kona, and the Blazer’s floating roof is nothing new, but adding a more unique color like bronze or red makes the design look especially good.

Materials quality is best described as acceptable, though it does fall off along the door panels and in the second row. Bragman also noticed right away how much of the interior is influenced by Chevrolet’s Camaro muscle car — particularly the circular air vents that also control temperature.

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While the cheapest Blazer — with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive — starts at less than $30,000, the lowest-priced all-wheel-drive Blazer starts at almost $35,000, and it’s not difficult to option the higher-priced RS or Premier models into the low-$50,000 range.

To find out the rest of Bragman’s thoughts on the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer — including how it drives — watch the video above.

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