- 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is an all-new model and the 2019 Ford Edge received a nice midcycle update.
- These are both midsize SUVs with two rows of seats.
- The Edge gets a sporty new ST trim for 2019.
After a long hiatus, the Chevy Blazer name is back for 2019. It’s not the truck-based Blazer you remember from back in the ’90s — instead, it’s a more car-like midsize crossover with muscular styling. The new Blazer is a direct competitor to the Ford Edge, another midsize 2-row crossover which received some nice updates for 2019.
Let’s take a closer look at how these two American SUVs compare in 2019 and find out which is better.
Both of these are a little more interesting looking than your average crossover. The Blazer’s look appears to be a bit of a Camaro-inspired look with its muscular body and the familiar shape of the taillights. The Edge has a classy, premium look to it, which looks nicer the higher in the model range you go. With both of these SUVs, the look can change quite a bit depending on which trim you choose. For example, the Blazer RS and the Edge ST both have distinct appearances that make them look decidedly sportier than their lower-end counterparts. See the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer models for sale near you
Being in the same segment, the size of these two crossovers is very similar. The Blazer is slightly bigger, being one inch longer and one inch wider than the Edge. The Blazer is also an inch shorter and being both wider and shorter gives the Blazer a bit more of an athletic stance. It’s a subtle difference, but this difference in dimensions combined with its sculpted body gives the Blazer a sportier presence overall. See the 2019 Ford Edge models for sale near you
Like in most 2-row midsize SUVs, there’s plenty of passenger space in both of these SUVs. They’re both very accommodating for adult back-seat passengers. The Edge has more cargo space, but the Blazer has sliding and reclining back seats. So if passenger comfort is your priority, you may prefer the Blazer, but if more cargo space is more important to you, you’ll probably like the Edge.
As for interior design, the Blazer’s Camaro-inspired styling is apparent on the inside even more than the outside. If you’ve ever sat in a modern Camaro, the air vents, infotainment system and overall interior design from the driver’s view will be quite familiar, but in SUV form. The Edge’s interior looks nice, but something about it isn’t quite as modern as the inside of the Blazer. That said, the interior of the Edge uses nice materials and is pretty ergonomically friendly.
The Blazer and the Edge both offer two different engines: a base 4-cylinder and an optional V6. In both SUVs, front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional. The sole transmission in the Edge is an 8-speed automatic (which is newly standard for 2019) and every Blazer comes with a 9-speed automatic.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Engines
- 2.5-liter inline four; 193 horsepower, 188 lb-ft of torque; 22 miles per gallon in the city/27 mpg on the highway
- 3.6-liter V6; 308 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque; 20 mpg city/26 mpg hwy
2019 Ford Edge Engines
- 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four; 245 hp, 275 lb-ft of torque; 22 mpg city/29 mpg hwy
- 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6; 335 hp, 380 lb-ft of torque; 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy
Clearly, the Edge has the far preferable base engine between these two SUVs. It has a huge performance benefit and a slight fuel economy advantage over the naturally aspirated 4-cylinder in the Blazer. We think the 4-cylinder Blazer is a bit underpowered and you’re going to want to spring for the brawny V6 if you’re going to get the Chevy. As always, these fuel economy numbers take a slight hit when you add AWD.
The available twin-turbo V6 in the Edge is exclusive to the new ST trim which also includes standard AWD, revised suspension and a sporty appearance package. This engine outperforms the V6 in the Blazer while returning similar fuel economy, but the Edge ST is also a little pricey, which we’ll get into shortly.
If towing is important to you, it’s worth noting that the Blazer has a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds, and for the Edge it’s 3,500 pounds.
At the base level, the Blazer offers very little in terms of modern driver assistance technology. However, its optional features include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection with automatic emergency braking, following distance indicator, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, rear camera mirror, automatic high beams, a safety alert seat, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system and rear parking sensors.
The Edge, on the other hand, comes standard with the Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech suite which includes lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a precollision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection. Optional tech includes adaptive cruise control, lane-centering, adaptive headlights, evasive steering assist, front and rear parking sensors, and parallel park assist.
The Edge shines when it comes to standard driver assistance tech, but disappoints with its standard infotainment system. It has the essentials like a USB port and Bluetooth, but you’ll want to upgrade to the SYNC 3 system which includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, an extra USB port and a bigger 8-in touchscreen. The Blazer’s standard infotainment system has an 8-in screen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and four standard USB ports. The systems in both cars are pretty user-friendly, but the one in the Chevy is a bit snappier and has clearer more modern graphics.
The Edge’s better base engine and more standard safety tech also mean a slightly higher starting price than the Blazer. The Edge has a starting MSRP of $29,995 while the Blazer starts at $28,800. Both of their midrange models are in the mid-$30k range. The range-topping Edge ST starts at $42,355, while the top-of-the-line Blazer Premier starts at $42,700. If you want a V6 Blazer, the most affordable one you can get starts at a reasonable $33,300.
Unless you really like the distinct look of the Blazer, the Ford Edge is the better crossover for most buyers. We like the better engines, the extra cargo space and the much more generous standard safety tech of the Edge and we love the ST option for drivers looking for exciting performance in a practical crossover. The Edge is better for families, but if you don’t have kids to haul and just like the idea of a versatile SUV that stands out from the crowd, then the unique Blazer might be more worth your consideration. Find a Ford Edge for sale or Find a Chevrolet Blazer for sale