The rugged 2019 Honda Passport and sporty 2019 Chevrolet Blazer are two new intriguing SUVs that seem ripe for people looking for fun vehicles but have expanded passenger and cargo needs. Video hosts Alistair Weaver and Jonathan Elfalan have both recently become new dads and seek to determine which one is the better pick.
If there's anything the Blazer does well, it's make a style statement. Chevy adapted the aggressive muscle-car styling of its Camaro to a midsize family SUV, which makes the Blazer look sportier than anything in the class. The Blazer's interior is less impressive, plagued with design compromises that have functional drawbacks and obvious cost-reduction measures in the wrong places. And the price of our tester was steep, at over $50K.
The Passport doesn't share the exterior panache of the Blazer, but its cabin feels leagues better, both in quality and use of space. And although the Blazer could outpace the Passport by a small margin on most roads, the driving experience in the Passport is simply superior. With more space, more driving engagement, a smarter design, and more features for the money, the Honda Passport is not only a landslide favorite but also our top-ranked midsize SUV.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Review
The 2019 Chevy Blazer is an all-new vehicle, but it's been around in several forms, dating back to the 1960s. In its most iconic form, it was a two-door SUV with a removable top. For 2019, the Blazer morphs into a five-seat crossover SUV that fills a gap in Chevy's lineup between the smaller Equinox and the three-row Traverse.
The new Blazer comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 193 horsepower. It's an underwhelming mill for this size of SUV, so we'd go with the optional 3.6-liter V6. It puts out more than 300 hp and is capable of towing up to 4,500 pounds. On the inside, the Blazer offers a long list of available equipment such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, along with desirable safety features such as adaptive cruise control and forward collision mitigation.
The 2019 Blazer is available in four trim levels: L, Blazer (also called the LT), RS, and Premier. The L trim level is the base model, with a decent amount of standard equipment, including a few key tech items. You're more likely to find the next-level Blazer trim on dealer lots, however, and it comes in three subtrims: 2.5L Cloth, 3.6L Cloth and 3.6L Leather. They offer increasing amounts of safety equipment plus the upgraded engine. The Chevy Blazer RS has a sporty look with some unique exterior details, while the Premier is the most luxurious.
Read more about the Chevrolet Blazer: https://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/blazer/2019/
2019 Honda Passport Review
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