The 2023 Chevy Blazer Is A Quiet Vehicle, Says Consumer Reports17
The 2023 Chevy Blazer earned a place among the quietest crossovers in a recent Consumer Reports test, while an overall score of 75/100 putts it at the number six place out of the twelve mid-size utility vehicles rated by CR.
Consumer Reports evaluated the 2023 Chevy Blazer and other models on the basis of how much noise entered the interior from the engine, road, wind, and other sources.
The evaluation used both objective and subjective measurements of interior noise levels while driving, along with analysis by CR vehicle experts. The analysis firm also noted sport utility vehicles tend to be noisy, with sound reverberating between the highway surface and the raised underside of the vehicle, and the tall, squared-off shape of typical SUV designs generating air resistance and wind noise.
The 2023 Chevy Blazer was rated among the quiestest vehicles in the midsize utility segment. Road and wind noise are pleasantly reduced in the interior per the article, with a relatively mellow engine sound contributing to an aurally comfortable cabin. The 2023 Chevy Traverse and 2023 GMC Acadia were also ranked among the quietest by the publication.
Several years ago Consumer Reports described the 2021 Chevy Blazer as a mid-size SUV to avoid. The rating was based on claimed dubious reliability, lack of advanced safety features, and insufficient fuel economy. Even at that point, however, it noted the Blazer’s comfortably quiet interior.
Following model years received more favorable reviews as The General updated the features of the Chevy Blazer, and seemingly improved its build quality. The 2022 Chevy Blazer received praise from Consumer Reports for its reliability following updates. It later received a recommended rating in December 2022, coming in third in the organization’s “Midsized Sport-utility Vehicles” segment with 82 points out of a possible 100, rating various features and performance characteristics.
Chevrolet itself compared poorly to other brands, ranking twenty-third overall in the Consumer Reports 2023 Automotive Brand Rankings. However, the 2023 Chevy Blazer outperformed the Bow Tie’s average, receiving a recommended rating for the second year in a row during December 2022. Performance and reliability were highlighted as major positives for the nameplate’s 2023 model year.
As a reminder, the 2023 Chevy Blazer is motivated by the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, rated at 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, or the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine, developing 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.
As for structure, the 2023 Blazer rides on the GM C1 platform.
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If someone is interested in the Chevy Blazer, go for the 3.6L V6. It is stronger and will run cooler so it will give less problems. I have a 2009 Chevy Equinox with the 3.4L V6 and after 14 years it is flawless, only needing one oil change a year.
My wife has a ’22 Blazer with the 2.0L Turbo and it gets fantastic mileage on the highway. We took it on a 3500 mile road trip with both highway and city driving and it averaged 30mpg over that whole trip. When we filled up at the gas station, the range estimates on the dash were over 600 miles each time. On one stretch, I pushed 550 miles on one tank, and that was keeping up with traffic. But I do agree, the V6 is stronger and is the engine I would get if we replace it with another Blazer.
Stop the turbo is just as good and has a much better torque curve. The 3.6 really makes power from 3000 and up.
My 08 2.0 ran 23 PSI of boost for 10 years and never an issue pushing 300 HP. My 08 3.6 uses oil.
Whenever CR bangs against a domestic brand, the fangs come out from people on this site claiming that CR is biased towards foreign brands, they hate gm etc. Where are they now?
Right here. CR is terrible. There you go.
CR can go eff themselves, whether they give a recommended rating or not. They shouldn’t be rating autos anyway.
I know it’s due to the name bias against this mall-terrain offering, but I just cannot bring myself to like this Blazer. It seems perfectly fine, but I just would not want it.
The biggest issue with the Blazer is the price. It’s a mix of an Equinox, Traverse, and a Camaro. You don’t get the space of the Traverse, feel like you are driving an Equinox, with styling from a Camaro; then you pay a premium to own a “Blazer”. Don’t get me wrong, the Blazer is a great vehicle, but the pricing makes no sense.
I agree the pricing doesn’t make any sense. My wife’s Blazer is a 2LT AWD 2.0L (basically a base model) and had a sticker of $40,000. My ’22 Durango GT AWD with a V6 was only $44,000 (which is the price of some of the RS V6 Blazer’s) and of course comes with a 3rd row. In my opinion, GM should get rid of the Equinox, drop the price of the Blazer by about $5k-$8K and make it the step up to the Trax/Trailblazer crowd. If you want a small Blazer, get a Trax. If you want a bigger Blazer, get a Traverse. The only sticking point to me getting another Blazer after this lease is the price.
Problem is the Blazer is legitimately a whole size class above the Equinox, midsize and same size as a Murano or Ford Edge. The Equinox is spot on size wise against the largest selling vehicle class outside of pickups (compact CUV) with the Rav4 and CRV. The others are smaller than compact class and wouldn’t compete. The Equinox sold over 200k last year, that would be a horrible decision to make. They need to consolidate the Trax/Trailblazer, problem there is the Trax just grew in size to split the Trax/Equinox. I think they can add a little in size to the next gen equinox as it is closer to the Trax than the Blazer, it needs to split the difference. Really the Trax and TB are confusing and shouldn’t have coexisted in the first part. Same goes for Buick and the Encore/Encore GX.
The car magazines like the Blazer and so do I, currently leasing a 2020 RS AWD. No problems in over 20,000 miles. The V-6 provides plenty of power (and sounds good with acceleration) and it also handles good with the RS suspension. I get compliments on the styling.
My lease back in 2020 with GM employee discount was only $550 per month. 0% interest rates and plenty of cars on the lot at that time, before the COVID induced shortages. Interest rates have gone up, but GM has recently announced discounts on the Blazer.
Summary – The Blazer RS with V6 is a great vehicle.
I test drove a 20 Blazer RS with a 3.6L when they first came out and was greatly impressed with its handling, ride, and performance. The only problem was the price and 2 rows of seating. It stickered at $52K and had no rebates. I couldn’t believe how overpriced it was for a 2 row naturally aspirated crossover. Now if it had a twin turbo V6 from the caddy, I could see the price justification! They are SHARP looking vehicles in my opinion though.
I needed 3 rows and ended up with a 21 Traverse Premier Redline Edition for $49K out the door. My wife loves it, and I really enjoy the ride, roominess, and comfort of it.
I purchased a Chevy Blazer 2023 RS w V6 engine. Love the power but hate the ride and it is noisy inside the cabin. I did make the mistake of ordering the 21 inch wheels. We are thinking that is the issue with bad ride.
The Blazer is worth its price. Very happy with my RS and the 21 inch wheels are something to see in person
I love my 2023 Blazer 2LT. I will admit my favorite part is the styling. Mine has black 20″ wheels, black grille, and black badges. It’s not a midnight edition, but looks similar with bigger, better looking wheels. It has the 2.0L turbo. The engine has plenty of power and great gas mileage, but I would have preferred the V6. Unfortunately Chevy discontinued the V6 in the 2LT and I was not willing to move up to a 3LT because because I guess I am one of the few people who really doesn’t like leather. It sucks you can’t get cloth seats with a V6 anymore.
I would prefer a naturally aspirated engine. I just don’t have full trust in turbo engines. There is more pressure put on all engine components that can cause them to fail earlier and the turbo itself is also an extra part that can fail and is extremely expensive to replace. I keep my vehicles for 10+ years, but don’t put many miles on them. Long term reliability is very important for me.
I paid $38,200 for mine. I bought it in October, less than a month after the 23s starting hitting the lots. I feel like it is worth the money compared to other vehicles in and around it’s class. I absolutely hate the look of the Equinox and Traverse. They look outdated and like something a grandmother would drive. If I was buying a vehicle right now I would probably go with the new Trax. It’s definitely smaller than I would like, but for only $25k fully loaded I think I could make the compromise. I still have my old Trailblazer that I could use if I ever really needed the extra room.
Yeah, it’ll be quietly rotting on the lot since it doesn’t have CarPlay or Android Auto. Screw those smoothbrains at GM; first they neuter the Bolt with slow DCFC charging, then they kill it despite its popularity, and now they drop CarPlay and AA. FFS, smh.
Bought a 2020 Blazer AWD RS 21 ” wheels. It is a great ride, handling, power. A solid vehicle. In sport mode it really becomes a road handling beast with 3.6 taking care of business. Has only 27K on it and has held its value. Was looking forward to a 2024 ICE, but apparently in GMs wisdom the ’24 Blazer is only going to be EV. A very stupid move.