2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Blazer are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Honda CR-V has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Blazer LT/RS/Premier offers an optional HD Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The CR-V only offers a rear monitor.

Both the Blazer and the CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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The Blazer’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CR-V’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Blazer has more powerful engines than the CR-V:

Horsepower

Torque

Blazer 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

230 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 3.6 DOHC V6

308 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

CR-V LX 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder

184 HP

180 lbs.-ft.

CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder

190 HP

179 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the CR-V 1.5 turbo 4-cylinder:

Blazer

CR-V

Zero to 30 MPH

2.3 sec

3.1 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

8.6 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10 sec

14.7 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.5 MPH

84.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The CR-V doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Blazer’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (19.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 7.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (21.7 vs. 14 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Blazer

CR-V

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

10.2 inches

The Blazer stops much shorter than the CR-V:

Blazer

CR-V

70 to 0 MPH

165 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-V (265/45R21 vs. 235/65R17).

The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX. The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

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

Suspension and Handling

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The Blazer has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 8 inches longer than on the CR-V (112.7 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 3.5 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CR-V.

The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .87 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Blazer RS 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.2 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Blazer RS 4x4 is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD:

Blazer

CR-V

At idle

38 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

66 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

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The Blazer has .5 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 4.7 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR-V.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Honda CR-V is limited to 1500 pounds. The Blazer 4x4 offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

The Blazer can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Blazer can be unhitched and driven around locally. The CR-V can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Blazer uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CR-V uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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The Blazer’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 CR-V does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Blazer and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Blazer is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Blazer’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 CR-V’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

The Blazer’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Consumer Reports rated the Blazer’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the CR-V’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Blazer has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

The Blazer’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Honda only offers heated mirrors on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

When the Blazer with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The CR-V’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Blazer offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Blazer and the CR-V offer available heated front seats. The Blazer also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR-V.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Blazer RS/Premier’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Blazer has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Chevrolet Blazer RS/Premier offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The CR-V doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Blazer first among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The CR-V isn’t in the top three in its category.

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