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Is the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV a Good Electric SUV? 5 Pros, 2 Cons

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The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is the latest all-electric offering from the Bow-Tie brand, joining a growing number of electric mid-size SUVs with seating for five and upscale aspirations.

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A stylish exterior and surprisingly upscale interior help make the Blazer EV ready for battle, along with sharp handling, impressive range and an excellent infotainment system. Unlike its competitors, plans call for the Blazer EV to be available with front-, rear- or all-wheel drive; for now, only RWD and AWD versions are available.

Cars.com West Coast Bureau Chief Conner Golden recently traveled to a Southern California media event to sample the new Blazer EV and came away impressed with its range, refinement and features, but not so much with its price and a few other niggling details. (Cars.com pays for its own lodging and travel when attending manufacturer-sponsored events.) Tap the link above for Golden’s full expert review; for a quicker rundown, here are five things we like about the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV and two we don’t.

Things We Like

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1. Choices, Choices

A variety of trim and powertrain choices include the base 2LT and midrange RS, both with a standard dual-motor setup with 288 horsepower, AWD and an EPA-rated 279 miles of range. The RS is also available with a range-boosting larger battery and RWD; it delivers 340 hp and an estimated 324 miles between charges. Topping the lineup will be the performance focused SS, which Chevy says will have up to 557 hp and a 0-60 mph time of less than four seconds with Wide Open Watts mode.

2. Room for Gear

The Blazer EV does without the front trunk found in some other EVs, but with a maximum storage capacity of 59.1 cubic feet behind the front seats, Chevrolet claims the Blazer EV beats all others in the category. Generously sized cabin storage areas provide room for additional items and include a large compartment under the center armrest, a covered cubby under the console and storage under the dash.

3. Surprisingly Posh

The interior is surprisingly upscale, and in the tested RS trim, the Blazer EV’s cabin proved nicer than other offerings from Chevrolet save for upper trims of the Suburban and Tahoe SUVs and Silverado pickup truck. Soft-touch surfaces abound, and materials quality throughout is better than expected. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard, and synthetic-leather upholstery looks and feels similarly impressive.

4. Tech Tour de Force

A standard 17.7-inch touchscreen dominates the center of the dash and outperforms some systems found in more expensive vehicles. Easy to use with vivid, clear graphics and quick response times, the system offers customization options and is impressive both in its design and function. The 11-inch configurable instrument panel display is similarly impressive, as well. Thankfully, there are physical controls for climate functions, along with a volume knob for audio.

5. Comfortable Cruiser

The Blazer EV delivers a generally comfortable and controlled ride not unlike what you’d find in any crossover, but with the quiet soundtrack of an EV. Steering is on the light side, but with the Blazer EV’s low center of gravity, impressive grip and smooth response, it feels sure-footed and capable, and it can be entertaining to drive on twisty two-lane roads.

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Things We Don’t Like

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1. Pricey Package

The Blazer EV is an appealing package overall, but its ambitious pricing may be off-putting to some buyers. Now that the planned entry-level 1LT trim has been canceled, the least expensive Blazer EV available is the 2LT eAWD, which starts at $56,715 (all prices include destination); stepping up to an RS pushes that beyond $60,000. Those prices put it in the range of the Cadillac Lyriq, another all-electric SUV using the same powertrain but with added luxury and more features. Even if the base FWD variant were to become available, it would be unlikely to drop the cost of entry below $50,000.

2. Google Givebacks

The Blazer EV is the first vehicle from GM to drop Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility entirely in favor of Google Built-In, the suite of infotainment features gaining popularity with some other automakers. While it works well enough, the Google system eliminates the interface users are familiar with from their phones. It also provides GM with greater access to customer data, as well as the option of a subscription model benefitting the automaker more than its customers.

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