2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV

MSRP $41,695 - $44,595

Ranked #16 in Suv

7.6

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2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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In an extremely crowded pool of humble midsize and compact SUVs, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS tries to stand out with its surefooted performance. Its RS moniker is aptly complemented by visual and mechanical updates over the regular Chevrolet Blazer. Apart from a standard 3.6-liter V6, the Blazer RS gets a stiffer sport-tuned suspension, unique wheels, and blacked exterior body accents. 

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Pros

Athletic handling

Dynamic ride quality

Powerful V6 engine

Intuitive infotainment

Cons

Rear headroom is a trade-off

Compromised cargo space

What's New?

No major changes for 2021


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44595

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

308 hp @ 6600 rpm

torque

270 lb-ft. @ 5000 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

16/15 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

112.7 in.

length

191.4 in.

width

76.7 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

4253 lbs.

ground clearance

7.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

107.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

64.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

4500 lbs.

payload capacity

1748 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/24/25 mpg

highway range

523.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

2LT$41,695 onwards

Base$44,595 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV in Summit White color
Summit White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


Launched first in the year 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS is still in its early years and needless to say, gets no major changes for 2021. However, Chevrolet has added some driver-assistance systems and a few minor feature updates for this model year. Its sporty exterior styling, Camaro-inspired interiors, and athletic character stand tall as its core USP though. At a starting MSRP of $40,800, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS does make big promises in its segment. However, the similarly skilled Ford Edge ST and Mini Countryman JCW give it a really tough time. 

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV front view
2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV rear view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition


2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Features

As the sportiest Blazer on offers, the RS gets some unique composition and thus stands apart from other trims in its lineup. Considered as a standalone performance model, the Blazer RS gets a standard 3.6-liter V6 along with stiffer springs for optimal performance. Even on the outside, blacked-out exterior accents, unique rims, and RS badging help it stand out. Available with standard FWD, the prices for the 2021 Blazer RS kick in at $40,800 while the AWD model is priced at $43,700. 

Trim

Chevrolet Blazer RS

MSRP (FWD)

$40,800

MSRP (AWD)

$43,700

Key Features

308 hp 3.6-liter V6 engine

 

Unique black grille and black exterior accents

 

Special 20-inch black alloy wheels

 

Enhanced 8.0-inch infotainment with Navigation

 

Heated steering

 

120-volt power outlet

 

Leather upholstery

Which Trim should you buy?

As a standalone trim, there’s not much to fiddle around the Blazer RS. However, for its price, the RS comes aptly loaded with performance upgrades and everyday creature comforts. If you still need more, an enhanced “Convenience and Driver Assistance Package II” and “Driver Confidence package II” are also available with the Blazer RS. 

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Chevrolet Blazer RS derives all its juice from a 3.6-liter V6 which is good for 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission sends all that power either to the front or all four wheels. Apart from the RS, the “Premier” model also comes standard with the V pot and also performs its duties in the likes of Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia Denali. 

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV engine bay

With 308 hp on tap, the Blazer RS packs adequate power for its sporty business. Power comes in quick and smooth during initial take-offs and the engine loves being pulled. Every time you indulge in a quick highway passing, the linear torque delivery comes in clean and strong. The 9-speed automatic transmission never misses a beat too and the exhaust note seems somewhat tweaked and sounds more like a pony car than a crossover. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS

2021 Ford Edge ST

2021 Mini Countryman JCW

2021 Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum

MSRP

$40,800

$43,100

$41,500

$47,500

Engine

3.6-liter V6

2.7-liter turbo V6

2.0-liter turbo I-4

2.0-liter twin-turbocharged I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

9-speed auto

7-speed auto

8-speed auto

8-speed auto

Power (hp @ RPM

308 @ 6600

335 @ 5550

301 @ 5200

316 @ 5700

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

270 @ 5000

380 @ 3250

331 @ 1450

295 @ 2200

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.3

6.1

4.4

5.6

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.8

14.1

13.1

N/A

Top-Speed (MPH)

142

150

155

140

On an open stretch, the punchy V6 engine is capable of pushing the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS from 0-60 MPH in just 6.3 seconds. While that figure does seem promising for a midsize crossover, but on paper. In reality, the RS is the slowest among the pack here which is led by the Mini Countryman JCW’s blistering 0-60 run of 4.4 seconds. 

Even the other two rivals, the Ford Edge ST and Volvo XC60 T6 are quicker to 0-60 than the Chevy. Both the Ford and Volvo benefit from their added power and torque although marginally. The Mini on the other hand is the lightest among the lot here aces the acceleration test carrying the least hp count at 301. Moreover, there’s no questioning JCW’s racing pedigree. 

How well does the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS handle?

Be it city driving or some quick highway fun, the Blazer RS’s dynamic capability never fails to impress. Although it's not as sporty as a Mini JCW Countryman but offers a good balance between comfort and athleticism. It gets 40% stiffer springs which keep it firm and composed be it on a straight highway or twisty sections. 

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV ride and handling

Now because of the sportier suspension, city comfort does get compromised to some extent with interactions with smaller obstacles at lower speeds reflecting inside the cabin. At higher speeds though the RS seems very confident and showcases good high-speed maneuverability. The steering has a good weight and feedback and is precise enough to keep the RS pointed in the right direction.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS Braking Performance

In terms of braking, the Blazer RS comes with ventilated discs and ABS at all four corners. The brake pedal feels responsive and confident with a good amount of firmness and bite into it. In emergency braking conditions, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS stops from 60-0 MPH in 126 feet. Though the braking distance is not the best in class, the RS stays planted with no signs of fade or nose-dive even under hard braking. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS

2021 Ford Edge ST

2021 Mini Countryman JCW

2021 Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

13.6

N/A

13.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.4

13.6

N/A

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

4043

4477

3790

4623

60-0 (feet)

126

108

116

114

Among the competition here, the Blazer RS sits at the bottom of the table in terms of braking performance. Surprisingly, even the heaviest of the lot, the Volvo XC60 is more efficient in terms of braking compared to the Blazer RS. Among the competition though, the Ford Edge leads the pack with its shortest 108 feet stopping distance from 60-0 MPH. Thanks to Ford’s bigger set of brakes and effective weight distribution. Surprisingly though, despite being the lightest here, the Mini Countryman JCW fails to impress. 

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Fuel Economy

5.0/10

Despite its higher performance adrenaline, the Blazer RS stands strong and confident on the daily-driving promises of its segment. Even with a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS returns a healthy 22 MPG combined fuel economy which is the class-average and surely livable with. Especially, with a fun and sporty package like the Blazer RS.

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS

2021 Ford Edge ST

2021 Mini Countryman JCW

2021 Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum

MPG (City)

20

19

23

20

MPG (Highway)

27

25

30

27

MPG (Combined)

22

22

26

23

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.4

18.5

16.1

18.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

388/523/426

351/462/407

370/483/418

376/507/432

Among the segment rivals here, the Blazer RS is almost as economical as the Volvo XC60 and the Ford Edge ST. No wonder, being the lightest in the competition here, the Mini Countryman JCW offers a class-leading 26 MPG combined fuel economy. The furious Mini also gains from its smaller 2.0-liter turbo engine which packs the right blend of power and efficiency.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Interior

7.0/10

On the inside, the Chevrolet Blazer RS gets the same layout as the regular Blazer. However, it does get red inserts around the A.C vents and alongside red contrast stitching on the seats and dashboard, reminding you of its athletic reflexes. On the inside, the cabin feels adequately roomy and the black theme works really well with the sporty cabin layout. The star of the show is the Camaro-style turbine air vents placed at the lower end of the center tunnel which look very sporty and instantly catch attention. 

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV front seats

The overall build quality feels nice and solid and the leather-surfacing on the dashboard and door panels along with the contrast red-stitching, adds a premium flavor into the cabin. As standard, the Blazer RS comes with leather upholstery and power-adjustable and heated front seats. The seats are wide and comfortable with good bolstering and under-thigh support and also offer a commanding view outside. At the rear, a sliding and reclining rear bench is as comfortable as the chairs at the front. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS

2021 Ford Edge ST

2021 Mini Countryman JCW

2021 Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.8/59.1/41.0

40.2/60.3/42.6

39.9/54.8/40.4

38.0/58.2/41.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.6/58.6/39.6

40.3/60.5/40.6

37.5/54.0/37.6

38.0/56.3/38.0

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

30.5

39.2

17.6

29.7

 Along with an appealing interior presentation, the 2021 Blazer RS also pleases with its overall cabin space. Although it’s not as rich in terms of front and second-row room as the Ford Edge, the RS offers ample space for taller occupants to fit in comfortably.

Even in terms of cargo space, the Blazer RS is only left behind by the Ford here. While the Edge ST offers a class-leading 39.2 cu-ft of cargo area, the Blazer RS unfolds 30.5 cu-ft of storage at its back. Thankfully, the former also gets a wide-opening boot-lid and has a comfortable loading height as well. Some of the interior features in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS are:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Power front seats with heating
  • Red interior accents
  • Leather cabin inserts
  • Heated steering
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Keyless ignition system
  • Slide and recline rear seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

To keep you entertained on the move, the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS comes with 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment. The system also comes standard with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system. Other amenities include satellite radio, 4 USB ports, Bluetooth streaming, and a 120-volt power outlet.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV infotainment screen

The infotainment screen has a good resolution into it and its clean menu offers easy scrolling through different apps. The system is also quick in its responses and is also placed within comfortable reach of the driver. However, in bright sunlight, it does get a tad difficult looking at the screen. Noteworthy infotainment features in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS are:

  • 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Satellite radio
  • Navigation
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth and 4 USB ports
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Wireless device charging (Optional)

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Exterior

8.0/10

On the outside, the Chevrolet Blazer RS remains exactly identical to its regular version, let alone its unique RS upgrades. The Blazer RS features a unique black front grille alongside black exterior accents like those on the side skirts and bumpers. Apart from the distinct “RS” badge, it also features unique 20’ inch RS wheels.

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV 

The overall darker cosmetic treatment works really well with the Blazer’s profile and seamlessly accentuates its youthfulness with a tint of aggression. Not to forget though, the curvy window-line along with wider hips and a strong shoulder-line add some really strong character into the Blazer. The large grille upfront along with slim headlights and tail lamps also add to the overall drama. 

Models

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS

2021 Ford Edge ST

2021 Mini Countryman JCW

2021 Volvo XC60 T6 Momentum

Curb Weight (lbs)

4043

4477

3790

4623

Length (inches)

191.4

188.8

169.8

184.6

Width (inches)

76.7

75.9

71.7

78.7

Height (inches)

67.0

68.3

61.3

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.4

8.2

6.5

8.5

Wheelbase (inches)

112.7

112.2

105.1

112.8

Among the competition though, the Blazer RS is almost identical in proportions to the Ford Edge ST and Volvo XC60. The Mini Countryman, on the contrary, being a Mini has the smallest proportions, however, it does have a distinct flavor of its own. That iconic Mini design is surely unlike anything on the roads.

In terms of overall design language, the Blazer RS does stand out from the bunch here with a balanced mix of style, aggression, and sportiness on its sleeves. The Ford Edge ST and Volvo XC60 in comparison take the slightly traditional route. There’s no denying their presence and appeal though. Some of the exterior features in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS include:

  • Black grille
  • Black exterior body inserts
  • RS badging
  • Unique 20’ inch alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote engine start

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Safety

8.0/10

With a midsize SUV that talks primarily about performance, an extensive safety suite is of utmost importance and the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS doesn’t miss out on that. As standard, the RS comes with all the advanced safety tech that you could wish for in the segment. 

Right off the showroom, the Blazer RS comes with rear park assist, blind-spot monitor, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, auto emergency braking, and more. These advanced safety measures also reflect in various crash-test ratings. The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer received an overall “Good” rating from the IIHS and a “5-Star” rating from NHTSA. Some of the safety features in the 2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS are:

  • Rear parking assist
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Auto on-off headlights
  • Lane-keep assist with lane departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear-cross traffic alert

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Competition

9.0/10

Chevrolet Blazer RS Vs Ford Edge ST

With a similar intent, the Ford Edge ST is very similar to the Blazer RS in terms of overall character. Though both the cars are equally good in terms of ride and handling, the Ford Edge ST is more powerful and also quicker than the Blazer. In terms of cabin layout, while the RS definitely looks more inviting and happening, the Edge feels more premium and upscale. While both the cars offer a similar economy, the Ford here is the one with better passenger and cargo room. 

Ford Edge ST

Chevrolet Blazer RS Vs Mini Countryman JCW

The Mini Countryman JCW is all about spirited performance compared to the wholesome approach of the Blazer RS. Though the Mini here is less powerful and with lesser passenger and cargo room, it's no doubt that it's the quicker of the two. With a lightweight body, the Mini is punchy, athletic, and very responsive on a track or city street. Coming from BMW, the Mini also features a more upscale cabin and is also more economical. 

Mini Countryman JCW

Chevrolet Blazer RS Vs Volvo XC60 T6

Priced a bit higher than the Blazer RS and though it has more power than the Chevy here, the Volvo XC60 T6 is more of a comfortable and luxurious city hauler. Yes, with 316 hp, the Volvo is quicker than the Blazer RS when you need it to and is also more comfortable. Even in terms of interiors. The Volvo is far rich in terms of presentation and overall fit and finish. However, the Blazer RS offers more passenger and cargo space and is also more athletic than the Volvo here. 

Volvo XC60 T6

 

2021 Chevrolet Blazer RS SUV Final Verdict

If you are in the market looking for an athletic and sporty mid-size SUV which also looks the part, the Chevrolet Blazer RS won’t disappoint you at all. Apart from its youthful and aggressive looks, the Blazer RS is powerful and punchy and also features an equally inviting cabin layout with a good dose of premiumness. Even in terms of features and safety, the Blazer RS is loaded to the hilt. However, if you wish for a better overall value at the price point, the Ford Edge ST is worth considering as well. 

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