2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS essentials: Not your father’s SUV

Our Opinion: Sometimes I get into a car and think I’m going to like it, nay, know I’m going to like it, and then don’t. See: the Nissan 370Z Nismo. Other times, the opposite is true. See Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition. They’re not all Nissan’s, by the way. This Chevy Blazer is a case of me being sure I wouldn’t like the car and then having second thoughts.
I don’t know why I didn’t think I was going to like it, except that it’s front-wheel-drive based. Maybe too many of my hot-take car friends said I shouldn’t. Either way, it’s way better than I expected.
Let’s start with the looks of this thing, because it seems like everyone does. The first thing I heard on the way home from work — actually, to my parents’ to pick up the kids — was “that looks like the Lamborghini truck!” We call SUVs trucks sometimes here in Detroit. “You need to clean it,” a guy in a Dodge Charger SRT yelled through his open window on Gratiot Avenue, one of the main north/south drags in the city. The clerk at the gas station came out to take pictures.
Some of this is probably because it’s so new. But no one said it’s ugly. And that’s a little surprising. Not because I think it’s ugly, but because it’s so wild looking. It looks like a Chevy SUV ate a Camaro ZL1 but couldn’t get it all the way down. It looks like a bigger, tougher Acura RDX A-Spec, and I like that car. It also doesn’t look like any other crossover in Chevy’s stable, and I like that too. It does have big wheels, but the tires are large enough that I wasn’t worried about bashing the rims, and the ride was mostly comfortable.