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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 Volvo V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
Both the Blazer and the V60 Cross Country 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 Volvo covers the V60 Cross Country. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the V60 Cross Country ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are over 10 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Blazer’s warranty.
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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 28th, 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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 89 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 29th.
The Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 58 more horsepower (308 vs. 250) and 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 258) than the V60 Cross Country’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.
As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Blazer V6 is faster than the Volvo V60 Cross Country:
V60 Cross Country
Zero to 60 MPH
Speed in 1/4 Mile
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Blazer V6’s fuel efficiency. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Blazer uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder engine for maximum performance). The V60 Cross Country requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Blazer FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the V60 Cross Country (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 V60 Cross Country (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 V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country.
The Blazer stops much shorter than the V60 Cross Country:
V60 Cross Country
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Blazer has larger standard tires than the V60 Cross Country (235/65R18 vs. 215/50R18). The Blazer RS/Premier’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the V60 Cross Country (265/45R21 vs. 235/45R19).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Blazer RS/Premier offers optional 21-inch wheels. The V60 Cross Country’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 Volvo V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The front and rear suspension of the Blazer uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the V60 Cross Country, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Blazer is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the V60 Cross Country.
The Blazer RS 4x4 handles at .83 G’s, while the V60 Cross Country pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
The Chevrolet Blazer may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Volvo V60 Cross Country.
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 V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Blazer has 13.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the V60 Cross Country (107.8 vs. 94).
The Blazer has 2.4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 4.4 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more rear hip room and 4.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the V60 Cross Country.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Blazer’s rear seats recline. The V60 Cross Country’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat up (30.5 vs. 23.2 cubic feet). The Blazer has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the V60 Cross Country with its rear seat folded (64.2 vs. 50.9 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Blazer’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
Maximum trailer towing in the Volvo V60 Cross Country is limited to 2000 pounds. The Blazer 4x4 offers up to a 4500 lbs. towing capacity.
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 V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country has neither an oil pressure gauge nor a temperature gauge.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Blazer has standard extendable sun visors. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer extendable visors.
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 V60 Cross Country 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 V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Blazer is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The V60 Cross Country doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Chevrolet Blazer outsold the Volvo 60 Series by almost three to one during 2019.
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