On paper, the 2019-2021 Chevy Blazer and second-gen GMC Acadia are very similar. They are both midsize crossovers, they are built on the same platform, their engine and transmission lineups are identical and they are very similar in price. It would therefore not be surprising if customers found it difficult to choose between the two GM crossovers, or that one would be stealing (cannibalizing) sales of the other. But that’s not the case.
There is one key difference: the 2021 Chevy Blazer has two rows of seats (in North American markets, at least) and the GMC Acadia has three. This fact alone means the vehicles are appealing to almost completely separate customer bases.
“You’re always going to see some sort of interaction, especially when we have about 700 dealerships that are shared with Chevrolet and GMC, but we feel like the big line in the sand with these two vehicles is the third row,” Brad Franz, senior marketing director, Chevrolet SUVs, told GM Authority executive editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview.
“We don’t see as much interaction as one may think,” he added. “We typically run four-ish percent of interaction between Acadia and Blazer, which is very, very low. You do get it, but it’s very low for all intents and purposes.”
|2021 Chevy Blazer||2021 GMC Acadia|
|Seating rows||2||2 or 3|
|Passenger capacity||5||5 or 7|
|Base curb weight (pound)||4,043||3,923|
|Base||2.5L I4 LCV||2.5L I4 LCV|
|Uplevel||2.0L I4 LSY||2.0L I4 LSY|
|Range-topping||3.6L V6 LGX||3.6L V6 LGX|
|Transmission||9-speed auto||9-speed auto|
|Drivetrain||FWD / AWD||FWD / AWD|
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Base MSRP includes a destination freight charge of $1,195 in each case. The base, naturally-aspirated 2.5 I4 LCV is rated at 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, while the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine produces 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The range-topping 3.6L V6 LGX makes 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
Both models ride on the C1 platform (pronounced “Chi”), which is also used for the Cadillac XT5, along with the Cadillac XT6 and the Chinese-market Buick Enclave and three-row Blazer. A longer-wheelbase variant underpins the North American Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse.
Sales Numbers - Chevy Blazer & GMC Acadia - Q3 2020 - USA
|MODEL||Q3 20 / Q3 19||Q3 20||Q3 19||YTD 20 / YTD 19||YTD 20||YTD 19|
The 2021 Chevy Blazer is comfortably outselling the GMC Acadia, suggesting that relatively few customers need seven seats rather than five. In Q3 of 2020, the Blazer was the second most popular two-row mainstream crossover in the U.S., losing out only to the Jeep Grand Cherokee for first.
In addition, roughly 45 percent of all Blazer sales are accounted for by customers who have never previously bought a Chevrolet, as GM Authority exclusively reported in October. That makes the reborn
SUV CUV quite the conquest champ.