2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

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Safety

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When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Stelvio’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Blazer doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Stelvio Ti’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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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

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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 battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Blazer’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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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 50 more horsepower (280 vs. 230) and 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 258) than the Blazer’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 36 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 270) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer 4 cyl.:

Stelvio

Blazer

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.7 sec

24.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.5 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.1 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Stelvio

Blazer

2WD

n/a

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/29 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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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.

The Stelvio stops shorter than the Blazer:

Stelvio

Blazer

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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

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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.

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Blazer’s (60.1% to 39.9%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Stelvio has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Blazer (8.1 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the Stelvio to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Stelvio AWD is quieter than the Blazer RS 4x4 (72 vs. 74 dB).

Passenger Space

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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

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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

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

Servicing Ease

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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

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The Stelvio’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Blazer, and is not available on all models.

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.

Recommendations

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio outsold the Chevrolet Blazer by over 446 to one during 2018.

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