Chevrolet’s new Blazer is picking off competitors one by one. The new Blazer RS recently went up against its crosstown rival, the 2019 Ford Edge in a Car and Driver comparison test, and took out the Blue Oval’s offering without breaking much of a sweat.
One advantage the new Blazer has over the Edge is its freshness: it’s an all-new model, while the Ford was last updated for the 2016 model year. The Blazer’s sharp styling cribs strands of design DNA from the Chevrolet Camaro which according to Car and Driver, also infected the Blazer’s driving dynamics and handling.
For the comparison, the publication got a $48,085 Ford Edge with the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine making 250 horsepower and 75 pound-feet of torque. The Blazer, meanwhile, was equipped with GM’s 3.6-liter V6 LGX making 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque (see more on 2019 Blazer engines). The model had a sticker price of $50,765.
That Blazer’s athleticism outshined the Edge in performance tests. The Blazer was 0.5 seconds quicker to 60 miles per hour from a standstill – 6.3 compared to 6.8 seconds. That gap widens on the run from zero to 100 mph – 17 seconds for the Blazer and 20 seconds for the Edge. The Blazer was also quicker in a quarter-mile race- 15 seconds at 94 mph compared to 15.3 seconds at 81 mph. There was also a considerable difference in braking distance: the Blazer took 165 feet to come to a stop from 70 mph while it took the Edge 183 feet.
But both vehicles are not without issues. In fact, both crossovers suffer from the “this-porridge-is-too hot, this-porridge-is-too-cold” paradigm. The Blazer suffers from similar outward visibility issues that plague the Camaro, while the Edge is criticized for its elevated seating position, expansive dash, and hard-to-read instrument cluster. However, the overall packaging of the new Blazer is what enticed Car and Driver to give it the win – a rather notable achievement given that the Edge is one of the three most direct rivals to the new Blazer, with the other two being the new Hyundai Santa Fe and the new Honda Passport.