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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Blazer are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Blazer LT/RS/Premier offers an optional 360 degree parking monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Stelvio only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
The Blazer has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Blazer and the Stelvio 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Blazer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo covers the Stelvio. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Stelvio ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Blazer’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Stelvio’s (6 vs. 4 years).
Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance (up to 2 oil changes) on the Blazer for 1 year and 14,000 miles longer than Alfa Romeo pays for maintenance for the Stelvio (2/24,000 vs. 1/10,000).
There are over 17 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Alfa Romeo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.
The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (305 vs. 280) than the Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Blazer uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Stelvio requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stelvio (19.4 vs. 16.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Stelvio (21.7 vs. 16.9 gallons).
The Blazer has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Stelvio doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Blazer, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Stelvio.
For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Stelvio (265/45R21 vs. 255/45R20).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer RS/Premier offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Stelvio’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Blazer has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Stelvio doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Stelvio (112.7 inches vs. 111 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Stelvio.
The Chevrolet Blazer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
The front grille of the Blazer uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Stelvio doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Blazer uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Stelvio doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Blazer has 4.4 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 7.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Stelvio.
The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Stelvio with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 18.5 cubic feet). The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Stelvio with its rear seat folded (64.2 vs. 56.5 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Blazer’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Stelvio doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Blazer. The Stelvio doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
Maximum trailer towing in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is limited to 3000 pounds. The Blazer offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.
On a hot day the Blazer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Stelvio can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
Optional air-conditioned seats in the Blazer (except L/LT) keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Stelvio doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
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