2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 BMW X6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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 X6 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

To help make backing safer, the Blazer (except L)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X6 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Blazer and the X6 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 around view monitors.

Warranty

Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Blazer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X6. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X6 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 9 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 11th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 3 more horsepower (305 vs. 302) than the X6 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Blazer gets better fuel mileage than the X6:

 

 

 

MPG

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

X6

 

RWD

sDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

 

AWD

xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

18 city/24 hwy

 

 

xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8

17 city/22 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The X6 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 X6 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 X6 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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 X6.

Tires and Wheels

The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The BMW X6 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 X6 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 1.8 inches wider in the front than on the X6.

For better maneuverability, the Blazer’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the X6’s (38.7 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Blazer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 800 pounds less than the BMW X6.

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 X6 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 X6 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Blazer has 6.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X6 (107.8 vs. 101.4).

The Blazer has .7 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X6.

Cargo Capacity

The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the X6 with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 26.6 cubic feet). The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the X6 with its rear seat folded (64.2 vs. 59.7 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Blazer’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X6 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics

The Blazer (except L) offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Blazer has a standard rear wiper. The X6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Blazer (except L) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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