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2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS Review - Features, Performance, Interiors, MPG, And Rival Comparison

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Pranav Gupta

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September 30, 2020 at 09:45 AM

The 2021 Chevy Blazer is into its third year after resurrection and "RS" is its performance flagbearer. The "Camaro of SUV", Blazer RS is driven by the top-of-the-line 3.6L V6 engine heaving out 308 horses. Apart from the killer looks; superb handling and driving dynamics set this Chevy apart from the competition. For 2021, it gets marginal updates that are confined to more technology and safety features. Pricing also gets a bump and the 2021 Blazer RS starts at $41,995.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS Highlights:


Chevrolet's new Blazer is a reincarnation of a long lost name, but the similarities end there. From the structural standpoint of unibody construction to the Chevy Camaro inspired coupe-like styling, the new 2021 Blazer is the most distinctive mid-size crossover in the segment. Packing a punch and leading the pack is the RS badged 2021 Chevy Blazer which is surely a looker in red.


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The Chevy Blazer RS heads into 2021 with the same ravishing 3.6L V6 engine under the hood. Chevy's generosity to add more standard features raises the value of this mid-size performance SUV. Taking on rivals like Cadillac XT5 and Lexus RX 350 which are also powered by V6s, the Blazer RS also faces stiff competition from Dodge Durango R/T's big V-8 for the price point.

What are the price and new features of the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS?

The RS badged Chevrolet Blazer is a performance-oriented model that gets exclusive treatment - mechanically as well as aesthetically. As updates are mostly confined to the feature listing and more driver-assist technology, the prices are bumped gently and the 2021 Chevy Blazer RS pricing starts from $41,995 for the FWD model while the Blazer RS AWD will get you upto $44,895.

As mentioned earlier, the updates are mostly skin-deep and are much needed to hold up with the upcoming wave of technologically advanced offerings. Chevrolet is just in time for the update and it looks promising for a refresh. Various new features in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS are:

  • 4 new exterior shades (pewter metallic, iron-grey metallic, Cayenne Orange Metallic and Cherry Red Tint Coat Metallic)
  • New Chevy standard safety assist package
  • Repackaged Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence II Package

What are the engine updates for the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS?

A 3.6L naturally-aspirated V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission will continue to wreak havoc in the 2021 Blazer RS. It pumps out 308 hp and 270 lb-ft and Chevy offers the Blazer BS with either FWD or AWD configuration. Toggling in sport mode adds more crunch to an already powerful mill, sharpening the throttle response. Most importantly, the Blazer RS has a towing capacity of 4500 lbs, which remains the same for the FWD and AWD models when equipped with the Trailering Package.

The standard 9-speed automatic transmission is responsive but gets lost searching for the right gears, especially during downshifts. This may be because the traditional transmission in the lower Blazer models works to balance performance and fuel-efficiency which is shared with the RS as well but doesn't quite fit its performance factor.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS 

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Cadillac XT5 Sport

2021 Dodge Durango R/T

MSRP

$44,895

$47,950 

$55,095 

$44,295 

Engine

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

5.7L Naturally Aspirated Hemi V8

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

AWD

RWD

Power

308 hp @ 6600 RPM

295 hp @ 6300 RPM

310 hp @ 6700 RPM

360 hp @ 5150 RPM

Torque

270 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM

268 lb-ft @ 4700 RPM

271 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM

390 lb-ft @ 4250 RPM

0-60 MPH

6.1 secs

6.8 secs

N/A

6.2 secs

Quarter mile

14.7 secs

15.1 secs

N/A

14.7 secs

Top Speed 130 MPH 124 MPH 150 MPH 150 MPH

Towing Capacity

Up to 4500 lbs

Up to 3500 lbs

Up to 1000 lbs

Up to 7200 lbs

The exhaust note of the 2021 Chevy Blazer RS is exotic, courtesy of a breathtaking V6 coupled to a tuned exhaust system. Among the V6 competitors, Cadillac XT5 Sport is marginally ahead of the Chevy Blazer RS in terms of performance. However, Dodge Durango R/T’s V8 engine heaves out massive 360 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque with a very appeal price tag as well.

What are the MPG figures for the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS?

The 2021 Chevy Blazer RS AWD gets an EPA estimated 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway while the FWD model has it bumped up by 1 MPG, rated at 19/26 MPG city/highway. 

For a naturally-aspirated V6 mill and over 4000 lbs of curb weight, the Blazer RS returns good MPG figures. The fuel tank of 19.4-gallon is also moderately sized which can double up this performance inclined Blazer to go the extra mile. An active Start/ Stop feature along with 5 dedicated driving modes help the Blazer RS chug in fuel more efficiently.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Cadillac XT5 Sport

2021 Dodge Durango R/T

MPG (city)

19

20

18

14

MPG (highway)

26

27

25

22

MPG (combined)

21

23

20

17

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.4

19.2

21.7

24.6

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

368.6/ 504/ 407.4

384/ 518/ 441.6

390/ 542/ 434

344.4/ 541/ 418.2

It's not surprising to see the Dodge Durango R/T end this list as its big brawny V8 is not exactly synonymous with "efficient". Lexus RX 350 F Sport, on the other hand, impresses us with its impressive MPG figures despite having the smallest fuel capacity of this bunch. Dodge Durango tries to cope up with a huge 24.6-gallon fuel tank, but it does much less in terms of hold the ground.

What are the updates in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS interior?

The Chevy Blazer RS's interior has had us in splits. With the stunning Camaro-inspired interior design, great build quality, comfortable rear bench, and nice quality of material, you forget that its an SUV. However, that comes at the cost of darn rear headroom and subpar storage. This mixed bag is carried forward for the 2021 model unchanged.

Blazer RS's front sport seats are well-bolstered and hold you tight while the back seat makes us most happy as it has plenty of stretch-out space, unlike most rivals. The driving seats are positioned perfectly, still, Chevy offers 8-way and 6-way power-adjustability for the front driver and passenger seats respectively.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Cadillac XT5 Sport

2021 Dodge Durango R/T

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

7

First (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

39.8/59.1/41.0

39.4/57.8/44.1

38.4/58.3/41.2

39.9/58.5/40.3

Second (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

38.6/58.6/39.6

39.1/57.6/38.0

36.0/56.2/39.0

39.8/57.7/38.6

Trunk Capacity (cu.ft.) (second row up/ second row down)

31.0/ 64.2

18.4/ 56.3

N/A/ 63.0

17.2/ N/A

This Chevy's sloping roofline restricts the rear headroom as well as outward visibility and the stiff chassis and poor insulation keep the Blazer's cabin relatively noisy. But its tall body design helps it have an edge over the rest of this bunch in terms of cargo volume. It is the Dodge Durango R/T that has the most spaced-out cabin layout in this bunch. Various creature features in the 2021 Chevy Blazer RS are:

  • Perforated Leather-Appointed, Bucket Seats.
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Auto-heating, 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Programmable Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

What are the infotainment features in the 2021 Chevy Blazer RS?

The 2021 Blazer RS carries forward the 8-inch touchscreen display which now runs an upgraded Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus System. The Chevy's infotainment system offers crisp graphics and a logical menu layout. There are multiple redundant controls including swipe gestures, dual-tone, color-coordinated buttons, and voice command.

It even allows you to create multiple driver profiles with predefined audio, climate, and lighting preferences. For audiophiles, the eight-speaker Bose audio system keeps the party keeps the groove on. The infotainment features and tech inside the 2021 Chevy Blazer RS include:

  • Improved Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system
  • 8-inch diagonal HD color touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Qi-compatible wireless charging
  • HandsFree Bluetooth and 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Bose audio system with 8-speakers
  • Active Noise Cancellation

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What are the updates for the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS exterior?

Blazer RS is one of the better-looking crossovers in this segment. Not the old boxy Blazer of old, rather it's a stylish, Camaro-inspired hauler whose muscular design speaks for itself. Starting from its foundations, the chassis is borderline taut, more so than other crossovers of this size, making the Blazer RS among the best handlers in its class. And the good news is that all of this is being unchanged for 2021.

The aerodynamic design lets the Blazer RS score a tag of a highway cruiser. All the Blazer trims share the same chassis and dimensions, though the RS gets exclusive sports treatment from Chevy which makes it instantly recognizable. The chromed treatment goes on well with the sister nature of this mid-sized crossover as compared to its sober trim mates.

Model

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS

2021 Lexus RX 350 F Sport

2021 Cadillac XT5 Sport

2021 Dodge Durango R/T

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4043

4222

3915

5176

Length (in.)

191.4

192.

189.5

201.2

Width (in.)

76.7

74.6

75

75.8

Height (in.)

67

67.7

66.1

71.9

Ground clearance (in.)

7.4

N/A

7.8

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

112.7

109.8

112.5

119.8

The ultra-thin LED DRLs and LED taillights are a part of the muscular inspiration from the Camero in this crossover adaptation. None of the competitors look as exotic as the Blazer, but the CADDY manages to be a bit more compact than the Chevy here. Various exterior features of the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS are:

  • Massive blacked-out Grille
  • RS signature High-Gloss Black hexagonal design with Black Ice header bar
  • Blacked out bowtie emblem
  • RS badging

What are the safety feature additions in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS?

For the 2021 model year, the RS badged Blazer is the top-range model that gets a privileged treatment as it comes fitted with the most advanced safety features. It is also confirmed to get a new updated Chevy Safety Assist Package with more features including pre-collision warning and braking. Adaptive cruise control still remains an available option. All these systems work in conjunction to provide for a safer driving experience.

NHTSA rated the 2020 Blazer RS with the highest 5-star overall safety score while the IIHS released the partial crash-test report for only 2 categories out of six. The 2020 Chevy Blazer received it’s top “Good” ratings for front overlap and side. Since the 2021 Chevy Blazer RS is unchanged, it will be expected to fetch the same results. Various safety features in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS include:

  • Forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
  • Autonomous emergency braking,
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Lane keep assist and lane departure warning
  • Following distance indicator
  • Forward collision alert
  • IntelliBeam front headlamps

When will the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS launch and is it worth the wait?

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS is undoubtedly the most popular in the lineup, adding amenities for your wants, with a lot of redness inside out, making it look even sportier. The RS badging isn’t just about the looks but performance enhancements as well. The Blazer RS impresses with a sport and agile driving dynamics against its lofty dimensions and is on sale right now.

On the practicality front, the Blazer RS is accommodative while fuel economy is competitive as well. Keeping the best for the last, the naturally-aspirated V6 engine that is the heart of the performance. From its linear power delivery to the gnarling exhaust note, the 2021 Blazer RS is truly only sporting crossover for an accessible tag of $41,995. It surely is worth the while for this improved all-rounder of the Blazer RS.

But if you are in dire need of a dashing Blazer RS, then we have you covered for that as well! Check out these well-kept pre-owned Chevy Blazers which even have a few impressive RS models as well.


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2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Chevrolet Blazer RS reliable?

Chevrolet Blazer RS has had an impressive track record in terms of reliability. It has fared well in the 2019 J.D. Power Report with a score of 89 out of 100, which is impeccable as per market norms. The Chevy Blazer has not had any recalls as well, which increases the trust in this compact SUV. As the upcoming 2021 Blazer RS is based on the first-generation model that was introduced in 2019, expect its impressive track record on reliability to follow. Apart from this, it also offers a wholesome warranty package that includes:

  • Bumper-to-bumper for three years/ 36,000 miles
  • Optional Extended Limited Warranty of 5-years/ 60,000 miles

Is Chevrolet Blazer RS AWD?

Chevrolet Blazer RS is available in both FWD and AWD configuration.

What is the top speed of Chevrolet Blazer RS?

The top speed of Chevrolet Blazer RS is 130 MPH.

Does Chevrolet Blazer RS have heated seats?

Yes, Chevrolet Blazer RS comes equipped with both heated and ventilated front seats.

Does Chevrolet Blazer RS have third-row seating?

No, Chevrolet Blazer RS is a two-row mid-size SUV but it is sold with an optional third row for China only.

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