Over the past couple of days, we’ve been discussing GM’s automatic engine stop-start feature – a technology that allows the engine to turn itself off when a vehicle so-equipped is brought to a complete stop, conserving whatever fuel would otherwise be expended simply to keep the engine idling. On Wednesday, our first part in a three-part series on the subject discussed some of the mixed opinions GM customers hold on the feature. On Thursday, we talked about how the system could be defeated in GM vehicles without a dedicated “off” button.
Today, we’re talking about the latest Chevy crossover to feature the technology: the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. The midsize CUV appears destined to be the newest in a line of vehicles from General Motors not to offer a dedicated button to defeat the auto engine stop-start feature. We’ve scoured photographs of the interior, and come away with no visual evidence that the new Blazer might pack such a button. We even reached out to Chevrolet to confirm, but we have yet to get a response.
This is not unusual; a number of newer GM vehicle models, including the 2016-2018 Chevrolet Cruze, 2017-2019 Cadillac XT5, 2017-2019 GMC Acadia with 2.5L I4, 2018 Buick Enclave, and 2018 Chevrolet Traverse are also without engine stop-start defeat buttons, although the Cruze and Enclave have both added buttons for the 2019 model year, likely in response to customer feedback. The XT5 will add one for 2020. Given that, and considering how closely related the new Blazer is to the XT5, it seems quite possible that GM might give the Blazer a defeat button in the future.
Until then, Chevrolet Blazer customers who find GM’s engine stop-start feature noisy, intrusive, or otherwise unsatisfactory should plan on using one of the methods we outlined in yesterday’s post in order to shut the system off.
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