2020 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2020 Buick Envision

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Safety

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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 Envision doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the Blazer and the Envision have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.

Warranty

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There are over 47 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it 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 Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

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 Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.

Engine

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The Blazer has more powerful engines than the Envision:

Horsepower

Blazer 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

230 HP

Blazer 3.6 DOHC V6

308 HP

Envision 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder

197 HP

Envision Premium 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

252 HP

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 Envision doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (19.4 vs. 17.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Blazer AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Envision (21.7 vs. 17.3 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 Envision doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Blazer stops shorter than the Envision:

Blazer

Envision

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Blazer has larger standard tires than the Envision (235/65R18 vs. 225/60R18). The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Envision (265/45R21 vs. 235/50R19).

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 Envision Premium’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer RS/Premier offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Envision’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Chevrolet Blazer’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Buick Envision only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

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 Envision doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Blazer’s wheelbase is 4.4 inches longer than on the Envision (112.7 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 4.4 inches wider in the front and 4.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Envision.

The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .83 G’s, while the Envision Premium pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Blazer RS 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Envision Premium (27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s).

Passenger Space

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The Blazer has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Envision (107.8 vs. 100.6).

The Blazer has .1 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.1 inches more rear hip room and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Envision.

Cargo Capacity

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The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Envision with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 26.9 cubic feet). The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Envision with its rear seat folded (64.2 vs. 57.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Blazer. The Envision doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Buick Envision is limited to 1500 pounds. The Blazer 4x4 offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.

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 Envision does not have an oil pressure gauge.

On a hot day the Blazer’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Envision can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

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 Envision isn’t in the top three in its category.

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