There are lots of options available when you’re looking for your next three-row SUV. That means you should be able to find something for you no matter what your vehicle needs are.
Two well-known SUV models that go back more than 25 years are the Chevrolet Blazer and the Ford Explorer, with the Blazer making its return for the 2019 model year. In this 2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 Ford Explorer comparison, you’ll gain a better understanding that can help you determine whether either of these vehicles would be a good match for your needs.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
The Blazer offers two rows of seating (5 passengers) with a cargo capacity of 64.2 total cubic feet. The transmission is a 9-speed automatic and the standard model boasts a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder ECOTEC® engine that outputs 193 horsepower.
There is also Chevy’s powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine available producing 305 horsepower. The V6 is the choice if you want towing capability as its rated up to 4,500 pounds.
Fuel economy is estimated at 27 MPG highway for the 2.5-liter and 26-MPG for the V6. The Blazer does have intelligent stop/start technology to help you save gas in stop-and-go driving. Both engines feature Variable Value time for better efficiency under light load driving.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer comes in three different trim levels and offers two different engine levels for customers. The base model of the 2019 Blazer starts at $28,800, but the RS line can top out around $45,000three-rowazer come standard with active noise cancellation, electronic stability control, and HD rear vision camera. All-wheel drive is also available.
Not a Three Row SUV, Yet…
Because the Blazer only seats up to 5, this puts it at a size disadvantage compared to the Explorer. However, GM is reportedly gearing up to release a larger three row variant to allow it to better compete in the three row SUV class. It’s likely to borrow from the GMC Acadia’s design to accommodate the third row.
If you’re looking for a five passenger model, the Ford Edge would currently be a better model to compare against the sporty midsize Blazer.
2019 Ford Explorer
The Explorer offers three rows of seating (6-7 passengers) and has a cargo capacity of 81.7 total cubic feet. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic and the standard model offers a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The 2019 Ford Explorer gets up to 24-mpg highway with the V6.
The optional, more powerful 2.5-liter, 255 horsepower turbocharged EcoBoost engine is also more efficient with 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway in fuel economy.
The 2019 Ford Explorer offers five trim options and three engines for customers to choose from. In addition, the Ford Explorer offers additional customization beyond the standard trims and engines. The 2019 Ford Explore is listed from $29,000 in base form.
Which Vehicle is Better?
Though the Chevrolet Blazer and Ford Explorer are similar, there are differences between them that make them appeal to different customers. Overall, the Ford Explorer has more space for passengers and cargo. However, larger vehicles often get lower fuel economy compared to larger vehicles. And the Blazer does offer a more unique, sporty design.
Ultimately, it is necessary to match specific features with your needs to decide which vehicle is better for you. Once you narrow your options based on features, you can test drive vehicles to find out which you like best that meets your needs and will be your next crossover.
Whether you are looking to upgrade from a smaller vehicle or trade in for a new model of SUV, the 2019 Ford Explorer and the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer are two SUVs with options that may your vehicle of choice.