The Nissan Rogue and Chevy Blazer are 2020’s latest crossover SUV offerings. Both boast sleek and attractive exteriors that wear their influences on their sleeves.
The Blazer borrows from its predecessors and Chevrolet’s other models, in particular the Camaro. The Rogue hasn’t made any significant changes since 2014, but, in our opinion, it doesn’t have to. However, there’s more to these cars than their exteriors.
If you’re debating which of these two to buy or rent, you’re in luck. Keep reading to see our breakdown and comparison of the two CSUVs.
Before the comparison, a brief discussion of both models’ backgrounds is in order. The Chevy Blazer moniker actually encompasses different models. The earliest Chevy Blazer was the Chevy K5 Blazer. Unlike the current Blazer, the K5 was a full-size SUV that was introduced in 1969. The K5 remained in production until 1995, when the Chevy Tahoe replaced it. The other prominent Chevy Blazer is the S-10. This was a compact SUV introduced in 1983—kept in production until 2005. The Blazer returned in the tail end of 2018 as a crossover SUV.
The Nissan Rogue debuted in 2007 and continues to be produced in 2020. Unlike the Blazer, the Rogue hasn’t undergone any class-altering changes. Whereas Blazer referred to full-size, compact, and crossover SUVs, the Rogue has consistently only referred to CSUVs.
Despite that consistency, there is variability within the CSUV category. For example, the Nissan Rogue Sport is a Compact CSUV. The Rogue’s third generation debuted in North America on June 15, 2020. Accordingly, the current Rogue is newer than the Blazer, but not significantly.
When it comes to performance, the Chevy Blazer speeds past the Nissan Rogue. The Blazer has three engine options: a 2.5L LCV l4, 2.0L LSY l4 (turbocharged), and 3.6L LGX V6. The 2020 model comes with the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder LSY engine, so we’ll use this engine for the comparison. In contrast, the 2020 Nissan Rogue comes with a 2.5L 4-cylinder PR25DD engine.
The Rogue’s engine dishes out 173 horsepower, which isn’t great compared to the Blazer. The Blazer’s weakest engine (the 2.5L LCV l4) can output 192 horsepower. The turbocharged engine is even more powerful at an output of 231 horsepower. This is a noticeable difference for drivers. For example, you may struggle to pass cars in the Rogue. In comparison, the Blazer’s acceleration and handling are more than satisfactory. Nevertheless, even though the steering is accurate, it can also be cumbersome.
When it comes to interiors, the Rogue regains some of the ground it lost in the performance department to the Blazer. Specifically, the Rogue’s rear seats are much more spacious than the Blazer’s. The Blazer’s aggressive exterior design takes priority over its interior.
Since it has a sloping roofline, there isn’t much headspace for rear passengers. Moreover, there’s only enough shoulder space to seat 2 people comfortably. Generally, people who are north of 6-feet probably can’t comfortably sit in the back.
In comparison, the Rogue hasn’t made any design choices that have warranted compromise. The Rogue’s rear seats can move back and forth, so there’s plenty of room for rear passengers. It has lots of cargo space and a roomy cabin with very comfortable seats. The cabin also deflects most noise, making for a quiet drive.
The Rogue and Blazer both struggle with visibility. The Blazer borrows much of its design from the Camaro, and the Camaro also struggles with outward visibility. The blind spots and little daylight opening are the primary sources of visibility issues in the Camaro and, by extension, the Blazer. Blind spots are also an issue for the Rogue due to its weak rearview visibility.
Both of these CSUVs have excellent exteriors that constitute part of their selling points. The Rogue comes in a variety of colors and is generally a good-looking car. With an SL trim and 19-inch wheels, the Rogue becomes even more appealing. To the more attentive, the Rogue’s proportions may look slightly off. The fenders are likely responsible for that detail, but you get used to it.
As mentioned above, the Blazer compromised on its interior for its exterior design. While the interior suffers, the exterior reaps the benefits. If you like the Camaro’s design, you’ll probably like the Blazer’s design. The Blazer’s front is straight from the Camaro, but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, the design suits the Blazer’s overall aesthetic. When it comes to the exterior, the Blazer edges out the Rogue, but both are very noticeable.
The Rogue’s miles per gallon (mpg) value doesn’t match its EPA rating, but it’s still slightly better than the Blazer’s mpg rating. The Rogue has a combined mpg of 29 and a highway mpg of 33. However, tests report that the Rogue’s highway mpg is closer to 27 or 28 mpg. In comparison, the Blazer has a combined mpg of 22 and a highway mpg of 26. If you take the Rogue’s test mpg, it’s still more economical than the Blazer.
The Blazer’s MSRP is $28,800, but the actual retail price may be higher. The 3.6L V6 model’s price is around the mid-$30,000 range, and the 2.5L is about $28,000. The turbocharged Blazer’s price is going to be between this range, though the premier trim starts at $42,700.
At the higher ends of the spectrum, it’s a steep price to pay for an admittedly attractive CSUV with a pleasant interior and good performance. The impaired visibility and limited cargo space don’t help its case, but if the design meshes with your aesthetic sense, it’s worth a buy.
The Rogue is economical and attractive. Its price starts at $25,300, and the best SL trim can cost you up to $31,590. Compared to the Blazer, it’s cheaper with comfortable rear space and without limited cargo space. However, the Rogue’s engine pales in comparison to the Blazer. You still get above-average fuel economy and a comfortable cabin, so this is an excellent purchase for families, but not individual drivers.
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