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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2019, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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'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.
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I like the looks of the RS. A little pricey here though. The RS Starts at $40,600. Ouch!

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Thomcat,

Thanks for posting this excellent comparison with the new "Blazer", We have had our AWD Traverse LT only a month when our dealer had a new Blazer on display. Thanks to your comparison - I am already feeling better about what we chose NOT to wait for. I also have to wonder why; Chevy chose the Blazer name for a "unibody" SUV?

On another note: I guess I better not try a car with LED headlights as I will never be happy with these HID projectors we have on both of our current vehicles (other car is my daily commuter, a Gen2 Volt).

And being new to this forum - I enjoy reading your posts - Very helpful; practical & technical inputs you are sharing here.
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I was trying to figure out where Chevy was trying to position themselves with the Blazer? Pricing is similar to the Traverse with less interior space and no 3rd row. Is this their answer to the Ford Edge?
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Thomcat,

Thanks for posting this excellent comparison with the new "Blazer", We have had our AWD Traverse LT only a month when our dealer had a new Blazer on display. Thanks to your comparison - I am already feeling better about what we chose NOT to wait for. I also have to wonder why; Chevy chose the Blazer name for a "unibody" SUV?

On another note: I guess I better not try a car with LED headlights as I will never be happy with these HID projectors we have on both of our current vehicles (other car is my daily commuter, a Gen2 Volt).

And being new to this forum - I enjoy reading your posts - Very helpful; practical & technical inputs you are sharing here.

The HID projectors on my Silverado are adequate because like the Traverse they are positioned high on the body and give adequate distance coverage. Main advantage of the D lens LEDs are that there are separate LEDs for both low and high beam, each individually prefocused so on high beam both the low and high D lenses are lit for a total brightness of 4 main headlamps on the road......just like in the old days of the '60s. Plus when you stick LEDs in the fog lamps the highs go out with the fogs but you still have the brightness of 4 focused LEDs. The Blazers main headlamps are small projectors and stylishly mounted too low on the body, even worse when the shutters are engaged in low beam, and without fogs they are poor for side lighting and distance coverage.....noticed the same problem with the low mounted headlights on my '06 Colorado.
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Thomcat,

Excellent explanation - Thanks
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Update - Here's Chevy's current excuse why no LEDs, or fogs, on the Blazer, but indicate may be on the '20.


The whole gist of this article is that HID projectors are equal to or better than the LED projectors. Maybe? But the whole premise is incorrect, especially when applied to the '18+ Premier/HC "D" lens LEDs.



http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/08/...ot-a-big-deal/


Article ignores the point that they are comparing projector lenses with a single round lens which more importantly contain shutters to block off a portion of the beam/reflector to make a low beam out of a high beam. 18+ Traverses employ separate lenses for high and low beams so the "D" lenses are do not require shutters to cutoff the beam on low. In addition the "D" lenses are individually focused so when on high, both the low lenses and high lenses are lighted the road providing both near and far lighting at the same time...(just like my '60 and '65 Impalas)..in essence you have four LEDs in operation as compared to 2 in all projector lenses setup which share a single bulb/LED. I forget, but I believe that my '15 gen1s also employed separate reflectors for high and low and that both remained active on high......even though halogen, never a big problem with lighting.


Shame, it doesn't take a genius to design a car......My first look at the nose of the Blazer before I even took a test drive and I commented that the lights likely worked like crap and my test ride confirmed it! Driving unlit twisting back roads, more effective headlamps are more important than the engine.....that's why I always test ride again after dusk. And compared to everything else I've kicked around (including the gen1) the "D" lens LED night lighting is nothing short of dramatic by comparison.
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Current Chevys -'16 Silverado LT;'18 Malibu LT Redline;'18 Traverse Premier Redline<br /><br />Previous&nbsp; Chevys: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
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