When it comes to midsize crossovers that are great for off-roading, the newly revived Ford Bronco is hands-down the current favorite. Regardless, there will still be people who will not be a fan and will look for an alternative.
Enter the new Chevrolet Blazer, which, based on empirical data, puts out a decent overall performance.
In a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the latest Blazer is marked Good in a series of crash tests, only missing the Top Safety Pick award by a hairline. The culprit? Its substandard headlights.
Its LED headlights only received a Marginal score reportedly due to poor corner illumination. On the other hand, its HID headlight systems (both with and without the high-beam assist) scored a Poor rating due to excess glare.
According to the IIHS, the Blazer could have gotten an Acceptable mark and qualified for the Top Safety Pick recognition if not for the lackluster corner illumination of the headlights.
Nonetheless, the Chevrolet Blazer does a fair job in terms of road-worthiness and crash safety.
In fact, in a few categories of the crash tests, the Blazer earned Superior and Advanced ratings, specifically for its frontal-crash prevention systems for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crashes.
For customers looking for a model with roughly the same size as the Blazer but with a Top Safety Pick+ rating, some worthy options are the Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Palisade, Mazda CX-9, and Subaru Ascent.