The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is the hottest new crossover in a crowded game. And now, a recent comparison test by Car and Driver pitted Chevy‘s midsize crossover against its most direct competition – the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, new Honda Passport, and Hyundai Santa Fe. While the 2019 Blazer didn’t win, it didn’t lose it, either.
The new Blazer racked up a third-place finish out of five. It bested its crosstown rival, the Ford Edge, and the Nissan Murano, but lost to the Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda Passport.
“Truth is, depending on your priorities, you could buy any of these elevated wagons and probably be happy,” Car and Driver wrote. “None are stinkers. None are single-task specialists.”
What’s interesting is exploring why Car and Driver placed the Blazer as it did. The publication enjoyed the Chevrolet Blazer and its astute handling, praising the crossover’s driving characteristics and overall performance. Demerits were a stiff ride, uncooperative downshifts from its nine-speed gearbox, and the high price tag, especially when compared to the Honda Passport.
In the test, the 2019 Blazer was the second quickest to 60 MPH from a standstill as well as the second-fastest through the quarter-mile. Interestingly, it was bested in both metrics by the Honda Passport.
Car and Driver gave the win to the Honda because of a confluence of factors, saying that the Passport hits all the right notes without forgetting the chorus. It combines utility, driving pleasure, and a reasonable price tag into one package. It may not be the best-handling offering among its peers, but buyers aren’t flocking to these types of vehicles for their track-day prowess. After all, midsize crossovers are meant to haul families, rather than win trophies at autocross events with an extra set of tires in the boot.
The Blazer’s third-place finish comes after winning two other recent comparison tests: Motor Trend picked the Blazer over the Passport, and an earlier Car and Driver comparison test had the new Chevrolet Blazer beating the Ford Edge, which it does in this more recent comparison as well.
Source: Car and Driver