Last month, we learned the 2019 Blazer pricing model will start at $29,995, which undercuts key competitors such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. However, full pricing analysis from Cars Direct, published on Friday, showed the Blazer will be more expensive in volume-selling trims. And the most expensive models nearly clip $50,000.
Stepping up from the $29,995 Blazer, which nets buyers a base-model L trim, the Blazer 1LT trim will start at $33,495, including destination. The price tag makes the Blazer $1,700 more expensive than a comparable Nissan Murano and $2,505 more than the Ford Edge SE. Those shopping a crossover with V6 power will also find the Murano offers the engine standard, while the Blazer 2LT provides access to the 3.6-liter V6 engine option. Prices start at $34,495 for the trim.
All Blazers will come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. The rival Edge comes with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 250 hp, and the Murano’s standard V6 provides 260 hp.
Even all-wheel drive will cost Blazer buyers more. Shopper will have to select the Blazer 2LT trim to add AWD for an extra $2,700 over the $34,495 base price. Again, rivals come off as a value proposition; the Edge and Murano offer AWD on their least expensive trim levels for an extra $1,995 and $1,600, respectively.
2019 Blazer pricing sees the sporty RS model starting at $41,795, and the trim unlocks access to Chevrolet’s active safety systems. Buyers can add the Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence II Package, a $3,575 option. Somewhat disappointingly, automatic emergency braking isn’t available until buyers glance at the range-topping Premier trim.
The Premier will start at $43,895. Is the active safety technology standard? No. Instead, buyers must add the Driver Confidence II Package, which costs an extra $2,165. For buyers that place active safety systems high on their priority list, the least expensive way to drive away with the Blazer boasting the tech is $46,060 with front-wheel drive and $48,960 for AWD models, just shy of $50,000 before tax and other fees.
This is a good time to remind shoppers both Ford and Nissan offer the technology in their cheapest trims. All Muranos feature automatic emergency braking, while Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 bundles auto emergency braking and other active safety features as standard.