2005 Chevrolet Blazer

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Chevrolet Blazer. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Proven powertrain
  • Manageable size
  • Easy to drive
  • NHTSA five-star side-impact crash-test ratings

The Bad

  • Aging design
  • Trucklike experience
  • Low resale value

Notable Features of the 2005 Chevrolet Blazer

  • Available Autotrac 4WD
  • Sporty Xtreme model
  • 190-hp V-6
  • Two-door body style
  • Optional ZR2 Wide-Stance Package

2005 Chevrolet Blazer Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Some vehicles seem to hang on indefinitely despite the emergence of an ostensible replacement. After launching its new TrailBlazer midsize sport utility vehicle for the 2002 model year, and even though GMC dropped its equivalent of the Blazer (the Jimmy), Chevrolet chose to keep the smaller, prior-generation Blazer in its lineup. The TrailBlazer name had previously been used on higher-end Blazers.

Now that the subcompact Tracker has left the lineup, the compact Blazer is Chevrolet's smallest traditional SUV. Chevy Marketing Director Russ Clark acknowledged the Blazer's revised role and noted that "we have repackaged option groups to provide Blazer buyers with everything they could want in a compact while also offering them a lower price range."

Only two-door models continue into 2005, though four-door versions are available for fleet sale. A Smoker's Package (an ashtray and lighter) is now standard on all models. Blazers come in LS trim.


Exterior
The two-door Blazer rides a 100.5-inch wheelbase and measures 176.8 inches long overall. The rear window opens separately from the liftgate and flips up. Five-spoke 15-inch aluminum wheels are standard.

A ZR2 Wide-Stance Sport Suspension Package for four-wheel-drive models features a 3.9-inch wider track, P265/75R15 tires and Bilstein shock absorbers. Heavy-duty components on the ZR2 include a specifically tuned rear suspension, a rear-axle track bar and a skid plate package.


Interior
Four people fit inside t...
Vehicle Overview
Some vehicles seem to hang on indefinitely despite the emergence of an ostensible replacement. After launching its new TrailBlazer midsize sport utility vehicle for the 2002 model year, and even though GMC dropped its equivalent of the Blazer (the Jimmy), Chevrolet chose to keep the smaller, prior-generation Blazer in its lineup. The TrailBlazer name had previously been used on higher-end Blazers.

Now that the subcompact Tracker has left the lineup, the compact Blazer is Chevrolet's smallest traditional SUV. Chevy Marketing Director Russ Clark acknowledged the Blazer's revised role and noted that "we have repackaged option groups to provide Blazer buyers with everything they could want in a compact while also offering them a lower price range."

Only two-door models continue into 2005, though four-door versions are available for fleet sale. A Smoker's Package (an ashtray and lighter) is now standard on all models. Blazers come in LS trim.


Exterior
The two-door Blazer rides a 100.5-inch wheelbase and measures 176.8 inches long overall. The rear window opens separately from the liftgate and flips up. Five-spoke 15-inch aluminum wheels are standard.

A ZR2 Wide-Stance Sport Suspension Package for four-wheel-drive models features a 3.9-inch wider track, P265/75R15 tires and Bilstein shock absorbers. Heavy-duty components on the ZR2 include a specifically tuned rear suspension, a rear-axle track bar and a skid plate package.


Interior
Four people fit inside the two-door Blazer, which has front bucket seats and a split-folding rear bench. A floor-mounted automatic-transmission gearshift lever is standard in two-door Blazers. Available audio systems include an in-dash six-CD changer. With its rear seat up, the Blazer has nearly 30 cubic feet of cargo space. Folding the rear seat increases cargo volume to 60.6 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
A 190-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 is the sole Blazer engine. A standard five-speed manual and optional four-speed-automatic transmission are available. Blazers come with two-wheel drive, but an Autotrac four-wheel-drive system, which automatically engages when additional traction is needed, is available.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard. A programmable door-lock feature is optional.

Driving Impressions
Even if they couldn't quite reach above the SUV pack, Blazers continue to deliver a moderately appealing blend of comfort, performance and handling. Owners can expect a reasonably quiet ride, handling that at least matches most of its competitors and better-than-adequate acceleration. Blazers are unabashedly trucklike, but that doesn't seriously interfere with the compact SUV's practical virtues and easygoing personality.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

One of the most reliable vehicle I have own.

by Timsmith62 from Detroit Michigan on September 24, 2017

I think it was and still is a great vehicle to drive and enjoy that has four wheel drive and safe for driving. Read full review

(5.0)

most reliable i ever drove

by PeteSumter from Sumter,SC on September 5, 2017

this car has plenty of legroom and i drove it for 20,000 miles and to the state parks and campgrunds and camped out in it Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Chevrolet Blazer currently has 0 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Blazer received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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