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The Faithful Blazer Carries On Another Year

The Chevy Blazer has long been a staple of the Chevy SUV lineup. Offered in both two and four-door models and with the option of four-wheel drive, the Blazer offers a strong engine, proven mechanicals and a lengthy list of standard equipment that make its $20K base price a tempting lure to anyone shopping the SUV market.

The plush LT model has been dropped from the line primarily because its customers will be moving up to the four-door TrailBlazer that is now in dealer showrooms. As a result, many of the LT standard features, like leather seating, have now been made optional on the LS. LS models come in both two- and four-door configurations while the performance-oriented Xtreme is offered only as a two-door model and does not offer a four-wheel-drive configuration. The Xtreme is intended to appeal to the street-racer crowd and is not designed for off-road use. It features Chevrolet's Z87 low-riding sports suspension package, wide 16-inch low-profile tires mounted to deep-dish alloy wheels and special front and side body cladding. The Extreme also features a unique front grille with integrated fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an optional Bose audio system.

Both the LS and Extreme are powered by Chevrolet's venerable 4.3-liter 4300 Vortec V6. This engine produces 190 horsepower but is most favored for its powerful low-end torque (250 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm) that comes on strong very low in the rev band. What all these numbers mean to the lay person is that the Blazer has the ability to move quickly when the throttle is pushed to the floor. Power for the LS models is routed to the wheels via GM's excellent 4L60-E automatic transmission. Two-door models now have the shift lever mounted on the floor surrounded by a new center console; Xtreme Blazers come standard with a 5-speed-manual transmission but offer the 4L60 as an option.

The suspension on the Blazer is admittedly dated, but it still has the right stuff to carry out its mission. On the LS models, the steering feels a bit detached from the road and the ride might best be described as "firm." A new Touring suspension greatly reduces the body roll and lean of previous models, but the driver still must respect the Blazer's tall ride height and center of gravity when performing high speed maneuvers. In sharp contrast to LS, the Xtreme's low ride height and aggressive suspension and tire package give it an almost sports car like ride, with good road feel, aggressive turn in and very little pitch or body lean.

Four-wheel-drive fans can choose between Chevrolet's Insta-trac shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system or the more advanced Autotrac system. While Insta-trac can only be engaged when road (or off-road) conditions allow for wheel slippage, the Autotrac system can be switched on permanently and will automatically engage the four-wheel-drive system only when wheel slippage is detected.

The Blazer's interior is well isolated from road noise, though the large side mirrors do seem to be the source of some wind whistle when traveling at highway speeds. Interior accommodations include a comfortable set of front bucket seats that sit up high, giving the driver and front passenger a commanding view of the road. The rear seat is a standard bench and though comfortable to sit on, does not provide much in the way of leg or hip room. Indeed, the Blazer's interior is on the narrow side, again a result of the aging design. This is not to say you can't fit much cargo into the Blazer; with its rear seat folded, the four-door Blazer provides 67.8 cubic feet of storage space. If that's not enough, there is a roof-mounted rack for even more gear.

Standard equipment for the LS includes driver and passenger side airbags, air conditioning, full gauge cluster including temp, oil pressure and tachometer, 60/40 cloth bench seat with integral headrests and AM/FM stereo with cassette. Options include power windows and door locks, upgraded audio, leather interior, cruise control, power glass moonroof, tilt wheel and a 6-way power driver's seat.

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