2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV: What's It Like to Live With?
This is our one-year test of the Blazer EV. We have 20,000 miles with the GM's newest electric SUV.
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Latest Highlights (updated 11/16/23)
- We paid MSRP for our Blazer EV RS AWD, avoiding dealer markups
- It cost $60,215
- It's our first extended test of GM's new Ultium electric vehicle platform
What we bought and why
• Our test vehicle: 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV RS AWD
• Base MSRP: $60,215
• MSRP as tested: $60,215
• What we paid: $60,215
We hear the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is a hot ticket. We've wanted to add one to our long-term fleet ever since Chevy announced the performance-oriented SUV, but a few events moved up our timetable. Most pressing was the threat that the ongoing (at the time) UAW strike could spill over to affect the GM facility that built the EVs. The other was GM's overall slow rollout of vehicles built on the company's Ultium platform, which included the Blazer EV. Moreover, the lack of inventory combined with pent-up demand meant that markups were being applied at the dealer level in full force. The hunt was on.
Thankfully, I had an ace up my sleeve: an old dealership contact at Sierra Chevrolet in Monrovia. With only the RS AWD available on the showroom floor, our decision was made for us. We reached out to Sierra, found the one you see here, and phoned our accountants to get the go-ahead.
What did we get?
Since the RS AWD trim is the only Blazer EV variant available at the moment, it’s the one we got. Thankfully, it's well equipped for the price. For $60,215, the RS AWD comes with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assistance, plus features like blind-spot warning, heated and ventilated front seats, nice upholstery and a 360-degree bird's-eye view parking camera.
Why did we get it?
The biggest reason we purchased the Chevrolet Blazer EV is because it’s the first non-luxury Ultium vehicle to market (the more affordable Equinox EV is still months away). We'll have plenty of time behind the wheel to see if it is worth your attention. Will the native infotainment system be easy to use? Is the world better without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto? How does the Blazer EV stack up with the competition? Where will it end up on our EV range leaderboard? We have a lot of questions to answer over the next 12 months and 20,000 miles.
Edmunds purchased this vehicle for the purpose of evaluation.
Average lifetime mpg: 38.6
EPA mpg rating: 35 combined ( 33 City / 39 Highway )
Best fill mpg: 32.2
Best range (miles): 316.0
Current odometer: 1,051