11 Chevrolet Blazer Facts & Statistics You Should Know

The Chevrolet Blazer is a midsize SUV that competes against models like the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.

It manages to stand out from other crossovers, thanks to its sporty handling and eye-catching design cues.

We have written this statistics guide for the Chevrolet Blazer models.

Read on to find sales numbers, reliability ratings, pollution stats, and many more!

How Many Chevrolet Blazers Have Been Sold in the US Per Year?

Before its re-introduction in 2019, the Chevrolet Blazer had been a mid-size SUV in production from 1983 to 2005.

Then, it was named the S-10 Blazer, and it had been a best-selling SUV at the time.

The S-10 Blazer experienced strong sales, buoyed by the developing SUV craze in the US.

Just years after its release in 1983, the S-10 Blazer was able to record an annual sales figure of 250,991 models in 1994—it’s highest ever in history.

However, S-10 Blazer sales later dropped, partly due to rising gas prices, causing Chevrolet to cancel the model in 2005.

The company resurrected the model in 2019, this time as a mid-size crossover SUV.

Since its re-release in 2019, the Blazer has experienced upward sales growth.

From selling 58,115 Blazers in 2019, Chevrolet sold 94,599 models in 2020. Even so, Blazer sales are expected to grow, given the rise in demand for SUVs in the US.

Here is a table showing annual sales figures for the Blazer since 1996:

Year No. of Models Sold
1996 247,661
1997 221,400
1998 219,710
1999 232,140
2000 225,948
2001 149,195
2002 95,937
2003 53,426
2004 32,950
2005 4,936
2006 114
2007 7
2018 27
2019 58,115
2020 94,599

What Year Did Chevrolet Start the Blazer Model?

Chevrolet started the original Blazer (S-10 Blazer) in 1983.

At the time of its introduction in 1983, the Blazer was a compact SUV offered in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and front-wheel-drive (FWD) models.

Chevrolet later offered the Blazer in a midsize SUV configuration, but it still maintained the RWD and FWD drivetrains.

Chevrolet stopped production of the Blazer in 2005, starting a hiatus that lasted until 2018.

The company brought back the Blazer in 2019—this time as a 5-seat midsize crossover SUV.

The new Blazer was designed to slot between the Equinox and the Traverse in Chevrolet’s lineup.

It shares the same platform as the GMC Acadia, while it takes its design cues from the Camaro sports coupe.

Below, we outline all the generations of the Blazer models since Chevrolet started making them:

  1. First generation (1983-1994)
  2. Second generation (1995-2005)
  3. Third generation (2019-present)

How Is the Fuel Economy on Chevrolet Blazer?

The Chevrolet Blazer models are powered by different engines, so gas mileage varies.

But, for the most part, the Blazer is decently fuel-efficient—at least for a vehicle its size.

If you’re looking for great gas mileage, we recommend opting for the 2.0-liter V4 engine with front-wheel-drive.

FWD Blazers using that engine earned 22 mph on city roads and 29 mpg on the highway in EPA testing.

Using the same 2.0-liter V4 engine, but with all-wheel-drive, will cause fuel economy to drop to 24 mpg (combined).

Meanwhile, the Blazer with FWD, 3.6-liter 6-cylinder gets 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway for a combined 22 mpg.

The other model the 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine, but with all-wheel-drive, earns around 19 mpg on city roads and 26 mpg on the highway for 21 mpg (combined).

There’s also a sole model using a 2.5-liter V4 that gets a combined 23 mpg (city, 21 mpg; highway, 27 mpg).

How Quickly Do Chevrolet Blazers Depreciate?

The Chevrolet Blazer is relatively new, so it’s hard to judge if it will hold its value.

But we can evaluate depreciation ratings to get an idea of its resale values in coming years.

Per estimates from caredge.com, a new Blazer will lose 53% of its value after a five-year period.

This means your car will have only 47% of its residual value when you want to resell after five years.

It’s really not advisable to buy the Blazer as an investment since resale values are average at best.

To avoid making a great loss, you can buy a used Blazer model since vehicles depreciates the most after the first year.

Have a look at our article which talks about How Long Do Chevrolet Blazers Last?

Did Chevrolet Recall Any of the Blazer Models?

Throughout its production history, the Blazer has faced 34 recalls. This number covers recalls issued for the previous S-10 Blazer and the newer Blazer SUV.

Generally, it’s advisable to avoid models with a high number of recalls.

From numbers we found the 1995 and 1996 Blazers have the most recalls (11).

If you go through the recall figures, you’ll see that the newer Blazer models have far fewer recalls than older models.

This is proof that Chevrolet has improved the reliability of its models, the Blazer included.

Below is a table showing recalls for the various Blazer models:

Model Year No. of Recalls
1985 2
1986 2
1988 4
1989 4
1990 4
1991 7
1992 6
1993 7
1994 7
1995 11
1996 11
1997 7
1998 3
2003 4
2001 3
2002 2
2003 1
2004 1
2019 1
2020 1

How Much Do the Blazer Models Pollute?

The Blazer isn’t exactly the high-emissions vehicle that some bigger Chevrolet SUVs are.

But it’s not a “green vehicle” by any standard, either. Rather, it straddles the line between average and below average in terms of pollution.

Since the models in the Blazer family use different engines, their CO2 emissions vary.

The base model (using the 2.0-liter V4 engine with front-wheel-drive) is the cleanest among the models, producing 362 grams of greenhouse per mile. The EPA also gives it a 5/10 emissions score, which is average for all vehicles.

By comparison, the dirtiest Blazer model is the AWD variant with a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder engine.

It produces an enormous 433 grams per mile, which explains its below-average EPA emissions score of 4/10.

Here is a table showing greenhouse gas emissions for the remaining 2020 Chevrolet Blazer models:

Model CO2 Emissions Emissions Score
Chevrolet Blazer 2.0L V4 (AWD) 374 grams per mile 5/10
Chevrolet Blazer 2.5L V4 (FWD) 382 grams per mile 5/10
Chevrolet Blazer 3.6L V6 (FWD) 414 grams per mile 4/10

How Much Do the Blazer Models Tow?

The Blazer may be a crossover, but it packs enough performance that’s useful for towing objects.

Towing enthusiasts will benefit from the Blazer’s powerful engines as well as the numerous towing features.

As is common with Chevrolet models, towing ability on the Blazers varies according to engine and other factors.

Here is breakdown of towing capacity on each model:

1. Chevrolet Blazer 1LT: This model uses a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with front-wheel-drive, the Blazer 1LT can tow 1,500 pounds.

2. Chevrolet Blazer 2LT and 3LT: These models use a 2.0-liter V4 engine that produces 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. They both use front-wheel-drive, and can tow 1,500 pounds.

3. Chevrolet Blazer FWD RS and Premier: Both models use a 3.6L-liter V6 engine that makes 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. They have a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

4. Chevrolet Blazer AWD RS and Premier: These are the most expensive models in the lineup, and both use a 3.6-liter V6 engine. When equipped with all-wheel-drive, both models can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

You can also get other optional features to make hauling cargo with the Blazer easier.

This includes the Cargo Management System, Horizontal/Vertical Cargo Net, Cargo Tie-Downs, and Retractable Cargo Shade.

Make sure to also check our article about 11 Chevrolet Tahoe statistics you should know.

How Reliable Is a Chevrolet Blazer?

While the Blazer shines in other areas, it is a bit lacking in the reliability department.

This is hardly shocking, as most new models have niggling issues that eventually get solved over time.

J.D. Power gave the 2020 Blazer a predicted reliability rating of 2 out 5. This puts it way below other mid-size SUVs when it comes to reliability.

Being a new model, the Blazer doesn’t have established maintenance costs.

However, you shouldn’t expect to go bankrupt trying to keep your vehicle running.

According to RepairPal, the average Chevrolet vehicle costs $649 to maintain in a year, which is pretty reasonable.

Warranty protection for Blazer buyers is average at most. All Blazers come with a basic 36,000-mile/three-year warranty coverage.

Chevrolet will also cover the transmission for 60,000 miles or five years, whichever comes first.

A caveat: reliability ratings can be finicky and may not paint a true picture of a vehicle’s reliability. As such, you should maintain your Blazer if you want great reliability from it.

Please also read our article about 11 Ford Edge statistics you should know.

How Safe Is a Chevrolet Blazer?

The Blazer is equipped with several safety features that will protect you against road mishaps.

Also, some of these safety technologies on the Blazer can help reduce injury in a crash situation.

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer model got a flawless five-star safety score from the NHTSA. It received five stars in all the NHTSA tests, except the rollover risk test where it got a four-star rating.

The Blazer has a multiple-airbag system that helps safeguard passengers from crash forces.

The combination of anti-lock braking system (ABS), traction control, and stability control makes it safer to drive the Blazer even in adverse road conditions.

The Blazer’s suite of safety features also includes child safety locks, daytime running lights, lane-departure warning, and forward collision alert.

Also check our article about 11 Chevrolet Silverado statistics you should know.

Chevrolet Blazer Theft Numbers

As we couldn’t get theft figures for the new Blazer, we decided to use theft data available for the older Blazer models.

And you can notice from the data that thefts for the Blazer models have reduced over the years.

For example, a record 1271 Blazer models were stolen in 1991. This number had reduced to just 296 models stolen per year in 1999.

A likely reason for the drop in thefts is improvements in anti-theft technology.

The new-generation Blazers come with a remote anti-theft alarm system that alerts owners to unwanted intrusions.

There’s also an ignition disable device that stops the engine from starting if the correct key is not used.

Features like this mean the new Blazers are quite safe and won’t get stolen easily.

Here are theft figures for the Blazer:

Year No. of Models Stolen
1990 349
1991 1271
1992 725
1993 567
1994 513
1995 530
1996 350
1997 298
1998 348
1999 296
2000 514





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