2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS First Drive: Don’t Blaze Me, Bro!

Forget everything you think you know about the Chevrolet Blazer, because the 2019 model is as different from its namesake as modern-day humans are to Neanderthals. No longer a traditional SUV, the 2019 Blazer trades its predecessors’ body-on-frame construction for car-like unibody bones. Yes, the new Blazer is a crossover, and, much to the chagrin of the model’s long-time fans, it unabashedly favors on-road competence over off-road prowess. 

The latest Chevy crossover makes no attempt to allude to its historically rough-and-tumble nature, either. This is a Blazer in name only, and the new model’s slinky sheet metal stands in sharp contrast to the upright and blocky SUV-inspired designs of Blazer’s past, as well as competitors such as the Honda Passport and Hyundai Santa Fe. Save for the shapely Nissan Murano, no other mainstream mid-size crossover pushes the boundaries of exterior design as far as the Blazer does.

Bulging front and rear fenders, a low-slung roofline, and a brash, Camaro-like mug give the bow-tie-badged crossover a distinct look in an often utilitarian segment. The Blazer’s sultry style comes at the cost of cargo capacity, and the Chevy’s cargo bay is among the smallest in the mid-size crossover class. With 30.5 cubic feet of space with ...