Approaching its fifth model year, the 2023 Chevy Blazer is a midsize SUV with its own unique styling inspired by the iconic Chevy Camaro. 2023 models bring a refreshed design with updates to features inside and out to add new standard technology, driver-assist features, and exterior colors, which continue to include the modern two-tone color schemes available. Fresh wheel designs are available in 18, 20, and 21 inches across the trim levels to increase the customized appearance of the Blazer, and a new interior in Nightshift Blue is available exclusively for the exciting RS trim.
Refreshed styling elements for the 2023 Blazer update the front fascia with a new grille design and slender LED daytime running lights to keep the face of the Blazer modern and sleek. For 2023, Chevy makes LED headlights a standard feature for all trims and includes the new “twisting” three-dimensional design of the LED taillights as standard in all models, too. New exterior colors gain exciting metallic shades in the Sterling Gray and Copper Bronze, while Fountain Blue and Radiant Red Tintcoat are available for more variety. The option to give the 2023 Blazer more sporty appeal with a black roof and contrasting color on the body continues to be available within the trims.
A larger infotainment screen is now another standard feature across the 2023 Blazer lineup, and the availability of wireless charging is now inclusive of more trim levels. Chevy increases the availability of convenience features like Adaptive Cruise Control and the powered liftgate, and all models will continue to be produced with a standard suite of driver-assist features across the trims. For 2023, the Blazer is offered in four trim levels: the entry-level 2LT, more feature-laden 3LT, sporty RS, and luxurious Premier. Two engine options are available within the lineup, and all-wheel drive is available for all trims.
With recent changes to the trim levels, engine power has increased for the entry-level 2LT trim of the 2023 Blazer. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, the 2023 Blazer produces 228 hp with 258 lb-ft of torque, a satisfying amount of capability for accelerating into traffic or passing on the highway. This engine is standard for the 2LT, 3LT, and Premier trims, though all but the 2LT have the option of upgrading to the more powerful engine available. Chevy pairs both engines with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Buyers of the sporty RS trim get the 3.6-liter V6 engine which comes standard only for this trim level, a significant increase in power and capability. With this powertrain, the 2023 Blazer harnesses 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Both the 3LT and Premier trims have the option of upgrading to this engine for improved performance, though only the RS trim has the option of adding the Advanced All-Wheel Drive system, which utilizes a twin-clutch transmission for smoother gearing during acceleration and deceleration. Twin-clutch technology ensures the transmission engages only when the proper revolutions are matched to the engine’s speed, which means the RS won’t lose power during gear shifts. The rest of the trims can add a standard all-wheel drive system for improved performance if desired.
In conjunction with the more powerful engine, the RS also gains an upgraded eight-inch digital instrument cluster that can be programmed for the driver’s preference of information. Every 2023 Blazer benefits from drive modes to optimize the driving experience for the conditions at hand. Front-wheel drive Blazers come with Tour mode for relaxed driving, Snow/Ice mode for slippery conditions, and Sport mode to inject energy into the performance. Tow/Haul mode is available for both front-wheel and all-wheel drive when buyers wish to opt for towing capability, with up to 3,250 lbs for the 2.0-liter engine and up to 4,500 lbs for the V6 engine. Equipping available all-wheel drive adds an all-wheel drive mode, allowing the driver to scale back to front-wheel drive for fuel savings.
Inside the athletic 2023 Blazer, every trim level delivers a bevy of conveniences within the spacious interior inspired by the Camaro, most notably recognizable in the dashboard and signature round vents. Only for the RS, the interior gains red accents and contrasting red stitching that electrifies the interior appeal. Standard features like an eight-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, and active noise cancellation will put the driver at ease in any trim level. The larger ten-inch infotainment touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Amazon Alexa connectivity, all standard across the trims. Chevy makes its infotainment display simple to use and interact with on a daily basis, and trials for Sirius XM and WiFi are included for all models.
Charging in the 2023 Blazer starts with two ports, one USB-A and one USB-C, for both connecting to the infotainment and charging alone. More ports are added to the RS trim at the rear of the center console to allow rear-seat passengers to keep their devices powered on the go. Wireless charging is now available across the trims for 2023 models, a feature that becomes standard for the RS and Premier trims. With the 3LT trim, buyers enjoy upgrades like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, perforated leather seating, and a standard powered and programmable liftgate. For the RS, ambient lighting and built-in navigation become standard, and the Premier trim includes features like heated and ventilated front seats and a premium Bose sound system.
Space in the 2023 Blazer is expansive, with room for passengers in both rows of seats to stretch out comfortably on long drives. Rear seat passengers often get relegated to cramped quarters even in SUVs, but the Blazer provides ample legroom of 39.6 inches that will allow taller riders to fit easily in any seat. Cargo space is also plentiful with the flexible rear area that doubles the typical space found in a midsize sedan trunk, with 30.5 cubic feet for luggage or other cargo. Carpet can be swapped out for a durable rubberized mat to make clean-up a breeze, and when traveling with larger items or more luggage, the rear seats can be folded to allow for 64.2 cubic feet of space.
Approach the 2023 Blazer, and the muscular appearance magnetically draws you in for a closer look. From the updated wave of the grille pattern to the hood bulge, the front end gently nudges the eye to follow the shapely curve of the sidewalls and fender flares to the rear spoiler and updated three-dimensional appearance of the tail light design. All around, the styling of the 2023 Blazer takes cues from the Camaro, but not overtly enough to confuse its sport utility identity. Fresh patterns for the wheels also add personality to each of the trims, as well as the choice to add the roof rails, which can come in black to match the two-tone paint option.
Purchasing the entry-level 2023 Blazer means driving on 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and convenience features like heated side mirrors and keyless entry with push-button ignition make getting on the road a swift affair. Options like the powered programmable liftgate and Adaptive Cruise Control can be added to this trim level, though the powered liftgate is standard for the 3LT trim and above. Also standard for the 3LT is the ease of remote starting, plus standard features like auto-dimming rearview and driver’s side mirrors. The RS trim gains larger 20-inch wheels with an exclusive design, while the Premier can add 21-inch wheels for improved performance.
Available features like a panoramic sunroof, side steps, and Chevy’s Surround View system for 360-degree camera views are available for the upper trims. Numerous driver-assist features are included in every 2023 Blazer, with standard Chevy Safety Assist to help mitigate or prevent accidents. To watch the road ahead of the Blazer, Chevy provides Automatic Emergency Braking, a Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, and Front Pedestrian Braking. Automatic High Beams dim in oncoming traffic or under bright city lights so the driver won’t have to remember. To keep the Blazer safe in traffic, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning helps the driver maintain centering on the road with less steering effort.