2019 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the 4Runner 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 four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The 4Runner’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Chevrolet is ranked 23rd.

Engine

The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 77 more horsepower (270 vs. 193) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

The 4Runner has 3.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 19.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The 4Runner has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank (23 vs. 21.7 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the 4Runner’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Blazer:

 

4Runner

Blazer

Front Rotors

13.3 inches

12.64 inches

The 4Runner’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

For better traction, the 4Runner has larger standard tires than the Blazer (245/60R20 vs. 235/65R18).

The 4Runner has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Blazer, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which has mileage and speed limitations, or roadside assistance and a tow-truck.

Suspension and Handling

The 4Runner has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road 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.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Blazer’s (37.4 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Passenger Space

The 4Runner offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Blazer can only carry 5.

The 4Runner has 20.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (128 vs. 107.8).

The 4Runner has .7 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room and 1.5 inches more rear hip room than the Blazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the 4Runner’s middle row seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Blazer.

 

4Runner

Blazer

Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

30.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

64.2 cubic feet

The 4Runner’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Blazer doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Blazer’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (5000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the 4Runner 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 4Runner’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.

If the windows are left open on the 4Runner the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Recommendations

The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Blazer has never been chosen.

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