'18+ Traverse vs. '19 Blazer
Slow day yesterday, so off to the dealer to test drive a new Silverado, Equinox and a few Blazers.
Here's my 2 cents review. My '16 Silverado is a few months from losing the bumper to bumper but may yet be a five year keeper. The new '19 with it's narrow squinty headlights, dramatic body curves and round wheel wells, and large Chevrolet lettering stamped into the tailgate gives it a nice feminine touch.....more at home with fender skirts than running boards. Tried an equivalent Z71 which rode no different than mine with 15K. Interior trim actually looked cheaper so looks like I'm hanging on to mine until the next facelift.
Blazer was a different story based upon the 2nd gen Traverse. Anyone displeased with the 9 speeds shift pattern is definitely not going to be happy with an LS powered by the 2.5l 4cyl. Weakness at the low end calls for higher revs and late shifting compared with the Premier's 3.6l 6cyl. Here again they let their designers go amok to make it look more trendy at the expense of functionality. Interior of the premier was comparable to the Traverse, but button layout was tiny and confusing. Rode as nice as the Traverse but they really screwed up with the lighting. Even the Equinox had the Blazer beat in that area. All the Blazer lines have two low mounted hi intensity discharge (halogen) projector headlights with no LED option and no fog lighting available. Those shutter type hi beam headlights have no business on a top line model.....Like the Traverse, even the Equinox Premier offers LED headlamps and halogen fogs. Tried the Blazer after dusk on a back country road and even on hi beam they are dangerously weak, and won't be a contender for replacement of the Malibu until they get their lighting straightened out.
At a mere average $2K difference between comparable Traverse and Blazer lines, the Blazer offers no rational alternative to prospective Traverse buyers in the areas of seating, cargo storage, or safety lighting.
Current Chevys -'19 Silverado RST;'18 Malibu LT Redline;'18 Traverse Premier Redline<br /><br />Previous Chevys:16 Silverado LT;16 Malibu LT2;'17 Impala;'16 MalibuLT;'15 Camaro LS;'15 Traverse; '13,'12 and '07 Avalanche LTs; '11 Tahoe LT; '13 &'11 Malibu LTs; '08 Trailblazer;'06 Colorado WT..... Chrysler era.....'80 Citation;'75 Impala;'72 Chevelle;'69 Camaro R/T;'65 Impala SS;'62 Nova