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The bold design, comfortable interior, and excellent road manners will win plenty of customers.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Chevy has relaunched the Blazer to compete in the popular mid-size crossover SUV market. With two rows of seats, it has plenty of room for all five riders.Chevrolet has made a provocative statement with the all-new 2019 Blazer mid-size crossover SUV. Chevrolet has designed the Blazer to seat five passengers, placing the new model between their compact Equinox crossover and the mid-size seven-passenger Traverse. Five-seat mid-size SUVs are intended to appeal to smaller families seeking a comfortable family vehicle, and those who want a more luxurious and spacious experience than a compact SUV can provide.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The interior of the 2019 Chevy Blazer is roomy and comfortable, and can be ordered with practically every available automotive feature.

The new Blazer offers plenty of room inside, with a high quality interior that is oriented towards convenience. If you select the top RS or Premier trim levels and add the optional Driver Confidence II package, you'll get a full suite of advanced safety and convenience features, including wireless device charging, adaptive cruise control, navigation, and lane keeping assistance. All in, a top-tier Blazer will cost you about $50,000.

However, you can also get a Blazer for as little as $29,995, and that vehicle still offers a great package. Every new Blazer comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment interface that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. That means all Blazer buyers will have access to navigation and data features through their phones.

Chevrolet offers the Blazer with two different engines. The more basic Blazer trims are delivered with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. Higher trim levels come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 308 horsepower, also mated with a 9-speed automatic transmission with the buyer's choice of front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. The least expensive Blazer with a V6 starts at $34,495.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - There's a good amount of cargo space under the hatch of the new Chevy Blazer.

The most distinct trim level for the new Blazer is the sport-oriented RS model. This Blazer starts at $41,795 and includes sport seats and a sport-tuned suspension that is firmer than the other models. The Blazer RS also gets a much more edgy and sport-oriented exterior than the other models, with a blacked-out grille and badging, plus red accents in the interior.

On the road, I found the RS to be a little too stiff for comfort, but the Premier trim was just about perfect for a mid-size SUV. The V6 provides good power, and the Blazer handles curves and turns very well. All Blazers come with driver-selectable traction modes, including a winter traction mode that will get a lot of use in the Northwest.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Having only two rows of seats in a mid-size SUV means plenty of room for all passenger, as the 2019 Chevy Blazer shows.

The bottom line on the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is that it has to go up against the class-leading Jeep Grand Cherokee, the well-established Nissan Murano and the popular Ford Edge. That's a tough field of competitors, but I think the Blazer's bold design, comfortable interior, and excellent road manners will win plenty of customers.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Base price: $29,995

Price as tested: $48,555

Type: Mid-size crossover SUV

Engine: 3.6-liter V6 (308 hp, 270 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 18/25

Overall length: 191.4 inches

Curb weight: 4,287 pounds

Final assembly: Ramos Arizpe, Mexico

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