Getting asked to do a review of the new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer added a whole new folder to my portfolio and I can say that it was one of the most unique experiences I’ve encountered. I love new things and new technology, so sitting down in the Blazer for the first time outside Brost Chevrolet was like taking a seat into the future of automobiles. One ride got me hooked.

    I drive by Brost almost every day on my way to meetings and events, to shop, to eat, and to travel, and I’ve noticed the new Blazer out of the corner of my eye a couple times because of its sleek, black exterior. I honestly didn’t know what type of vehicle it was until I got closer one day. I just thought it was a new Chevy model.

    Soon I found out it was the reinvented Blazer, which was once a large boxy SUV that used the frame of a pickup truck. The 2019 Blazer is not boxy at all. In fact, it’s looking more like a sports car than a mid-size crossover.

    The Blazer began its story in 1969 when Chevy launched it to compete with vehicles like the Ford Bronco and Jeep Cherokee. Production of the full-size Blazer, based on the pickup chassis, stopped in 1999 and Chevy renamed the 2-door model the “Tahoe” in 1995, plus added the compact mid-size S-10 Blazer from 1983 to 2005, and introduced the Trailblazer in 2001. The Trailblazer has since been replaced by the Chevrolet Traverse.

    In December 2018, Chevy started production of the new sportier Blazer and put the 2019 models on the market starting in January.

    Brost’s 2019 Chevy Blazer RS AWD came from Michigan and dealership owner, Dave Brost, told the Times that “its got its own attitude.” Boy, was he right. It has a “blacked out” exterior and interior, “mean-looking” front grill, V6 engine, 9-speed automatic transmission and can switch from all-wheel drive, two-wheel drive, tow/haul mode, sport mode and off-road mode. Speaking of towing, this Blazer has a hitch package to pull your boat or trailer and has the exterior camera technology to help you guide your hitch right to the back of the car without having to have that extra person guiding you.

    Some of the other exterior bonuses include 20” dark Android machined-face aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lamps, deep tinted glass, outside heated power mirrors, turn signal indicators, and black roof rails. Another notable feature is the smaller amount of window glass on the doors to increase side safety.

    When you lift up the hands-free powered back gate, after first checking out that dual exhaust, you’ll find a trendy cargo system that can be adjusted to fit your needs. The seats fold completely flat for even more space and it’s big enough to haul lumber for your weekend project or all those coolers of fish you caught on your trip to the lake.

    Once you sit inside, however, that’s where the experience starts. The Blazer’s interior “screams Camaro” with its sleek sporty look, round dually-adjustable air vents, perforated leather-appointed seat trim, streamlined row of controls, 120 volt power and USB/USB-C outlets to accommodate all passengers’ devices, push button start and glove box opener, heated seats and steering wheel, and all the built-in technology you could want.

    On the 8-inch high definition color touchscreen, you’ll find Apple Carplay and Android Auto to make syncing your phone a cinch, My Chevrolet apps galore, voice recognition/activation and hands-free GPS, backup camera, outside temperature display, rear seat reminder, Bluetooth audio streaming, Teen Driver mode, and it’s WiFi capable to make your kids happy.

    As soon as I buckled my seatbelt for the ride around town, I couldn’t help myself but to test the round air vents. Twist left for cooler air and right for warmer air. Twist the middle to open or close the vents. Then, Dave showed off the speed of the Apple Carplay by connecting his phone to the car in less than 10 seconds, and we were off.

    He used the voice activation to tell the Blazer he’d like to drive to Happy Joe’s in Crookston and the GPS fired right up. It navigates every turn like it should and brought us right to the entrance. Since Dave mentioned it was only the second time he’d been in the Blazer, he had to test out the acceleration a bit once the speed limit increased on the furthest end of East Robert Street. That car has some serious “giddy up” if you know what I mean. At a 55 mph cruise on Highway 2, the Blazer showed it was getting between 31 and 32 miles per gallon. It averages 25-27 on the highway and a combined 21 mpg with city and highway. Even in the wind on the other side of town on Hwy 2, we were still getting 21-22 mpg on the north side and 28-31 mpg on the south side of the road just past the University of Minnesota Crookston.

    Dave tested out the voice activation again by sending a voice text to his wife, Caroline, saying he was out test driving a car. She replied and asked how it was going and, later, after we picked up their son Oliver from school for a quick drop-off, asked if we were going to “vroom it up” in the new car. Apparently Oliver likes to “vroom it up” to test out the cars at Brost. When Oliver climbed into the spacious back seat, he quietly asked his dad, “Is this car fast?” Dave just chuckled.

    As we were driving Oliver home, I noticed another neat feature that gives you an alert on the side mirror when you’re about to do a lane change signaling if there’s someone in your blind zone. After Oliver ran inside, and Dave was about to back out of the driveway, the rear cross traffic safety alert beeped signifying cars coming behind us. Nice.

    On the way back, after our drive all around town, Dave genuinely said this new Blazer was one of the “most responsive” cars he’s ever driven. I’d have to agree it handles very well.

    “They’ve really hit a home run in this car,” he added.

    Dave and everyone at Brost Chevrolet have put a lot of time and dedication into selling their services as local. People rely on that “hometown feel” when they’re buying a new or used vehicle and Brost could be the right place for your next purchase.

    Interested in the new 2019 Chevy Blazer? Stop in to Brost today and take it out on the road for a test drive. You won’t be disappointed.