2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Stelvio and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Stelvio comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Blazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The Stelvio’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Blazer have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The Blazer’s redline is at 6700 to 7000 RPM, which causes more engine wear, and a greater chance of a catastrophic engine failure. The Stelvio has a 5500 RPM redline.

Engine

The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 87 more horsepower (280 vs. 193) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the Blazer:

 

 

 

MPG

Stelvio

 

RWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

 

AWD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Blazer

 

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

 

 

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

 

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Stelvio’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Blazer:

 

Stelvio

Blazer

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.64 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

12.4 inches

The Stelvio’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Blazer are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

The Stelvio’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Chassis

The Stelvio is 6.8 inches shorter than the Blazer, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Stelvio has .4 inches more front headroom and .3 inches more rear headroom than the Blazer.

The front step up height for the Stelvio is 1.5 inches lower than the Blazer (17” vs. 18.5”). The Stelvio’s rear step up height is 1.4 inches lower than the Blazer’s (18” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Stelvio easier. The Stelvio’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Blazer’s liftover is 30.4 inches.

Towing

The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (3000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Blazer. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Blazer doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Stelvio offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Blazer doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Stelvio has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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