2019 Porsche Cayenne vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Cayenne has a standard Multi-collision Brake System, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Blazer doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Cayenne. But it costs extra on the Blazer.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the Cayenne helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Blazer doesn’t offer a night vision system.

Both the Cayenne and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

The Cayenne 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 Cayenne’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in reliability, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Porsche 12 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The Cayenne has more powerful engines than the Blazer:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Cayenne 3.0 turbo V6

335 HP

332 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne S 2.9 turbo V6

434 HP

406 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne E-Hybrid 3.0 turbo V6 hybrid

455 HP

516 lbs.-ft.

Cayenne Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

541 HP

568 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

269 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Cayenne E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 27 miles. The Blazer must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the Cayenne’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Blazer doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

The Cayenne’s standard fuel tank has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank (23.7 vs. 21.7 gallons).

Transmission

The Cayenne’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Blazer doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Cayenne

Cayenne

Blazer

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

17.3 inches

12.64 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

16.1 inches

12.4 inches

The Cayenne’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.

The Cayenne offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Blazer doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Cayenne Turbo has standard air brakes, which adjust the spoiler automatically during high-speed braking in order to shorten stopping distances. The Blazer doesn’t offer air brakes.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Cayenne has larger standard tires than the Blazer (F:255/55R19 & R:275/50R19 vs. 235/65R18). The Cayenne’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Blazer (F:285/40R21 & R:315/35R21 vs. 265/45R21).

The Cayenne’s standard 255/55R19 front and 275/50R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series front and 50 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires. The Cayenne’s optional 285/35R22 front and 315/30R22 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Cayenne has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Blazer. The Cayenne’s optional 22-inch wheels are larger than the 21-inch wheels optional on the Blazer RS/Premier.

Suspension and Handling

The Cayenne offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Blazer doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Cayenne offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Chevrolet doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Blazer.

The Cayenne 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.

The Cayenne has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Cayenne’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Blazer doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Cayenne’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Blazer (114 inches vs. 112.7 inches).

Passenger Space

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Cayenne’s rear seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Cayenne is 1.8 inches lower than the Blazer (16.75” vs. 18.5”). The Cayenne’s rear step up height is 3.4 inches lower than the Blazer’s (16” vs. 19.4”).

Towing

The Cayenne’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (7700 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Cayenne 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.

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Porsche service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Porsche second in service department satisfaction. With a 25% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system optional in the Blazer (except L/LT), the Cayenne offers an optional driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, outside mirror angle and climate settings and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Cayenne’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Blazer does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Cayenne offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Blazer doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Cayenne’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 Cayenne’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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Cayenne 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 Cayenne offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights.

When the Cayenne with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Blazer’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

Optional air conditioned front and rear seats keep the Cayenne’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Blazer doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats in the rear.

The Cayenne’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Blazer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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