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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 Audi Q3 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Both the Blazer and the Q3 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, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Blazer 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 10 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.
To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Blazer has a standard 150-amp alternator (155-amp - Blazer V6 FWD and 170 V6 AWD/2.0 Turbo). The Q3’s 140-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.
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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 22nd, 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 Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 8th.
The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (308 vs. 228) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the Q3’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the Audi Q3:
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
On the EPA test cycle the Blazer 4x4 turbo 4 cyl. gets better fuel mileage than the Q3 (21 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/27 hwy).
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The Q3 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q3 (19.4 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Q3 (21.7 vs. 15.9 gallons).
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 Q3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
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 Q3.
The Blazer stops shorter than the Q3:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Q3 (265/45R21 vs. 255/40R20).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer RS/Premier offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Q3’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Audi Q3 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 Q3 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 7.2 inches longer than on the Q3 (112.7 inches vs. 105.5 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 4.2 inches wider in the front and 4.3 inches wider in the rear than on the Q3.
The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .83 G’s, while the Q3 Premium Plus pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Blazer RS 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the Q3 Premium Plus (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .65 average G’s).
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 Q3 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 Q3 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Blazer has 23.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Q3 (107.8 vs. 84).
The Blazer has .2 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear headroom, 3.5 inches more rear legroom and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Q3.
The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Q3 with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 23.7 cubic feet). The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Q3 with its rear seat folded (64.2 vs. 48 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Blazer’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Q3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
Maximum trailer towing in the Audi Q3 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 Q3 can’t be towed flat on the ground.
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 Q3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
When two different drivers share the Blazer (except L/LT), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle. The Q3 doesn’t offer a memory system.
The Blazer (except L/LT)’s optional easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Q3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.
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 Q3 does not have an oil pressure gauge.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Blazer has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Q3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
Consumer Reports rated the Blazer’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Q3’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”
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 Q3’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.
Both the Blazer and the Q3 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 Q3.
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 Q3 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 Q3 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
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 Q3 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Blazer is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Q3 doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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 Q3 isn’t in the top three.
The Chevrolet Blazer outsold the Audi Q3 by almost four to one during 2019.
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