The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is joining quite a lengthy list of rivals as it enters the crowded mainstream midsize, two-row crossover segment. But Chevy’s hotly-styled midsizer is no value play. In fact, it’s actually more expensive than some of its direct rivals, while offering less features and power. This circumstance becomes incredibly evident when comparing the Chevy Blazer RS to the Ford Edge ST, both of which boast sportiness inside and out. But only one of the two offers a hotted-up powertrain, making it a better value. Let’s explore.
The Blazer RS features various unique elements that give it a more aggressive appearance. The RS-specific items include a hexagonal black mesh grille with RS badging and dual exhaust outlets with rectangular chrome tips. There’s also black roof rails, black window trim, and black badging – features that are standard but not exclusive to the Blazer. There are also unique 20-inch wheels with 21-inchers being optional. The interior continues the “blacked out” theme with black perforated leather-appointed seats with suede microfiber inserts and red accents. Under the hood is GM’s atmospheric 3.6L V6 LGX engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission making 306 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The starting MSRP for a 2019 Blazer RS is $41,795 for a FWD model, and $44,695 for the AWD model.
On the other side of the fence is the Ford Edge ST. It features the sportiest exterior design of any Edge model, with a gloss black mesh grille with an ST logo, a unique body-color front fascia, unique body-color lower cladding, and dual exhaust with polished, stainless steel tips integrated into the rear fascia. 20-inch wheels are standard, and 21-inch wheels are optional. The interior features a performance-inspired cockpit, complete with leather-trimmed seats with Miko inserts that are aggressively-bolstered and feature the ST logo and 10-way adjustments. There’s also a sport-tuned suspension. So far, the only thing the Edge ST has over the Blazer are the very sporty seats.
And that brings us to the kicker: under the hood, the Edge ST features a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with not one, but two turbos. Mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, the combination produces 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
All that must cost a fortune, right? Wrong. The base MSRP for everything we have mentioned above in the 2019 Ford Edge ST is a mere $42,355. That’s $2,340 less than the Blazer RS with AWD, while making 29 more horsepower and 111 pound-feet more of torque.
In all, Ford is not charging less not for the same product; it’s actually charging less while giving you more – more features and more engine, to be exact. Conversely, Chevy is charging more for less on the new Blazer.
|2019 Blazer RS||2019 Edge ST||+ / – Blazer|
|Engine:||3.6L Atmospheric V6||2.7L Twin-Turbo V6|
|Transmission:||9-speed auto||8-speed auto||+1 forward speed|
Put another way, both vehicles offer a midsize crossover body style with two rows of seats for five occupants; both offer hot exterior styling and the latest in-vehicle technologies, but only the Ford Edge ST delivers a more potent engine to complement its looks, while also offering very sporty front seats. The new Blazer RS, meanwhile, brings the look at the tech, but no brawn.
Now, a few of you might be itching to light up the comments section to say that Chevy incentives will likely lower the price of the Blazer RS by a good margin… and you might be correct. However, we have to wonder why GM/Chevy chose the pricing strategy it did with the new Blazer in the first place.