2021 Volvo V60 vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Volvo V60 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Chevrolet Blazer doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The V60’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Blazer doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the V60 and Blazer have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The V60 has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Blazer’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The V60 has a standard Whiplash Protection System (WHIPS), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WHIPS allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. At the same time the pretensioning seatbelts fire, removing slack from the belts. The Blazer doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The V60 has standard Automatic Braking After Collision, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Blazer doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The V60 Inscription has standard CTA Auto Brake that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Blazer doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The V60’s 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 V60 and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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 and available around view monitors.

Warranty

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The V60 comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car 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 V60’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Volvo pays for scheduled maintenance on the V60 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. Volvo will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Chevrolet only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Blazer.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the V60 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Blazer’s standard 150-amp alternator and largest (V6 AWD/2.0 Turbo) 170-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

The battery on the V60 is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the V60’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Blazer’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Volvo vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Volvo 1 place higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The V60 has more powerful engines than the Blazer:

Horsepower

Torque

V60 T5 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

V60 T8 Polestar 2.0 turbo/supercharged 4-cylinder hybrid

415 HP

494 lbs.-ft.

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.

As tested in Car and Driver the V60 T5 is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer 2.5:

V60

Blazer

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.3 sec

24.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.2 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96 MPH

85 MPH

Top Speed

131 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the V60 Recharge running on electricity running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Blazer:

MPGe

V60

AWD

Electric Motor

70 city/68 hwy

Blazer

MPG

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the V60 running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Blazer:

MPG

V60

FWD

T5 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/34 hwy

AWD

T8 2.0 turbo/SC 4-cyl. Hybrid

28 city/33 hwy

Blazer

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

The V60 T8 Polestar can drive on battery power alone for up to 22 miles. The Blazer must run its internal combustion engine to move.

Regenerative brakes improve the V60 T8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Blazer doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the V60 T8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Blazer:

V60 T5

V60 T8

Blazer

Front Rotors

12.7 inches

14.6 inches

12.64 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

12.6 inches

12.4 inches

The V60’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 V60 stops shorter than the Blazer:

V60

Blazer

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The V60’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires. The V60’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The V60 offers an available set of manually adjustable shock absorbers. They allow the driver the manually set the shock absorbers to a stiff setting for amateur competitions and return them to lower levels for a comfortable ride on normal streets. This allows the driver to choose between a comfortable ride or excellent handling during competitions. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The V60 Inscription AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Blazer RS 4x4 pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The V60 Inscription AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Blazer RS 4x4 (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 27.3 seconds @ .67 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the V60’s turning circle is 1.6 feet tighter than the Blazer’s (37.1 feet vs. 38.7 feet).

Chassis

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The V60 is 4 inches shorter than the Blazer, making the V60 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The V60 is 10.8 inches shorter in height than the Blazer, making the V60 much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the V60 easier. The V60’s trunk lift-over height is 26.7 inches, while the Blazer’s liftover is 30.4 inches.

Towing

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The V60’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The V60 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Blazer doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The V60’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.

If the windows are left open on the V60 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The V60’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 V60 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 V60 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Blazer doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the V60 offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights. The V60 also has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The V60 Inscription offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Blazer.

The V60’s optional Park Assist Pilot can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Blazer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the V60 is less expensive to operate than the Blazer because it costs $91 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the V60 than the Blazer, including $70 less for a muffler, $63 less for front brake pads, $573 less for a timing belt/chain and $713 less for a power steering pump.

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