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By far, the most popular vehicles on the roads today are small SUVs. Practical, spacious, and capable of performing well in urban and rural environments, mid-size crossovers are a must-have for any active family. However, it can be a bit overwhelming to research all of the available models on the market. That’s why we took the liberty of comparing the 2020 Chevy Blazer vs 2020 Jeep Cherokee for you.
Let’s kick things off by looking at both models. You can easily see that they are very different. The 2020 Chevy Blazer is measured at 15.9-ft in length, 6.4-ft in width, and 5.5-ft in height. On the other hand, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is only 15.1-ft long, 6.1-ft wide, and 5.4-ft in height. Overall, the size of the Cherokee SUV is smaller. This will certainly cut into the cargo room and the passenger space as well. We will dive deeper into this topic in the interior volume section.
As you already know, in the battle of size between the 2020 Chevy Blazer vs the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, the Blazer has already won. While it is larger in length and width, there are other exterior factors to consider before making a purchase. Let’s take a look at some of the significant features you can find on the outside of both vehicles.
The standard Chevy Blazer model rides on 18-inch wheels and features heated exterior side mirrors and LED headlights. There aren’t any significant changes to the outside of the Blazer until you reach the 3LT trim level. Here, you will find a power liftgate that makes loading cargo into the back much easier, and roof rails for strapping down cargo. If you opt for the sporty RS trim, you will get larger 20-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, stylish dual exhaust tips, and a black grille. Finally, if you want an SUV that is the epitome of elegance, the Premier is the right choice. It has all the chrome accents!
Similarly, the base Jeep Cherokee also features LED headlights. However, it comes with smaller 17-inch wheels, which is to be expected since it is a more petite vehicle. A power liftgate has been added to the Latitude Plus trim, and no other significant changes have been made to the outside until you get to the Overland trim level. This mid-level ride gets body-colored accents and noise-canceling front windows. The Trailhawk is where things change completely for the Cherokee. This enhanced off-roading vehicle comes with all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks, and other off-roading features.
If you are looking for a large, sophisticated vehicle with a sleek exterior, then the 2020 Chevy Blazer is the best option for you.
Whether you know a lot about vehicle performance or not, most people who are looking for an SUV tend to want one that gets decent gas mileage. In general, folks who want a family-friendly model aren’t too concerned with having the ability to climb over jagged rocks or swim across a river. While both the Chevy Blazer and Jeep Cherokee are well-equipped, their performances vary greatly.
The Chevy Blazer L and 1LT models are both powered by a standard 2.5-liter 4-cylinder motor featuring FWD and a 9-speed automatic transmission. Generating 193 hp and 188 lb-ft of torque, this powertrain has an estimated fuel economy set at 23 MPG combined (21 city/27 highway). There are two other optional powertrains on different trim levels as well. The 2LT and 3LT models feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder motor. Equipped with the same drivetrain, this unit pushes out 227 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The gas mileage for this engine is at about 24 MPG combined (21 city/28 highway). Finally, the 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier trims offer a robust 3.6-liter V6 engine, which produces 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. It gets 21 MPG combined (19 city/26 highway). You should also note that the 2.0L and 3.6L powertrains may be equipped with AWD for enhanced off-roading. The AWD system pumps up the towing limit to 4,500 pounds.
On the other hand, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee has a more athletic powertrain lineup. FWD and a 9-speed automatic transmission are standard on the Cherokee too. The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder model ramps things up a bit. Although it is the same size as the Blazer’s 2.0-liter engine, it produces 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and gets 26 MPG combined (23 city/31 highway). The 2.4-liter 4-cylinder motor makes 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque and is the standard engine option on the lower trims. This standard powertrain is quite a bit weaker than the Blazer’s standard engine, but the fuel economy is a bit higher at 25 MPG combined (22 city/31 highway). Lastly, the 3.2-liter V6 engine makes 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. It is less powerful than the Blazer’s V6 option. This one gets 23 MPG combined (20 city/29 highway). Similar to the Blazer, you can get any of these powertrains with 4WD, which will lower the fuel economy. With any additional towing packages, the Cherokee can pull 3,500 pounds.
While the Blazer and Cherokee get similar gas mileage, the powertrain lineup of the Blazer is more rounded and adaptable to whatever you need your car to do. Also, the Blazer is able to tow 1,000lbs more than the Cherokee when properly equipped.
One of the key factors in making a final decision about an SUV is the passenger and cargo volume. Keeping in mind that the 2020 Chevy Blazer is longer and wider than the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, it only makes sense that there would be more room on the inside. Let’s hop in a see!
Since both vehicles are classified as mid-size models, they each offer seating for up to five people. This is the perfect size for small families. Compact crossovers can feel too cramped, and full-size SUVs are unnecessary for a family of four or five people. Two rows of seating are just right.
Inside the Chevy Blazer, there is plenty of room for passengers to feel comfortable. In the front, the headroom is measured at 39.8-in, the legroom is 41-in, the shoulder room is 59.1-in, and the hip room is 55.6-in. The second-row headroom is about 38.6-in, the legroom is 39.6-in, the shoulder room is 58.6-in, and the hip room is 54.2-in.
Meanwhile, the Jeep Cherokee is noticeably smaller. The front headroom is only 39.4-in, the legroom is 41.1-in, the shoulder room is 57.6-in, and the hip room is 53.8-in. In the back, the headroom is measured at 38.5-in, the legroom is 40.3-in, the shoulder room is 55.1-in, and the hip room is 49.9-in.
As for the cargo situation, the Blazer wins again. It offers 30.5 cubic feet of storage in the back, and the Cherokee only has 25.8 cubic feet of room. Both offer the ability to expand the cargo area by folding down the back row of seating. The Blazer offers a maximum cargo area os 64.2 cu.ft., and the Cherokee offers 54.7 cu.ft.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer is larger in almost every way. It has more passenger space and cargo room to fit everyone and everything you need.
The last group of features we will cover is safety. Everyone wants a vehicle that will work hard to protect them every time they get behind the wheel. Luckily, both vehicles offer good safety systems to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
The 2020 Chevy Blazer is very well-equipped when it comes to advanced safety systems. Every model features a handy rearview camera that offers you a view from behind when the vehicle is in reverse. Once you get to the 3LT sub-trim level, you will find even more amazing safety features. These include rear cross-traffic alert, blindspot monitoring, and rear parking sensors. There are even several safety add-ons that you can opt for. Emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning and mitigation, pedestrian detection, and a 360° camera system can all be included on your new Chevy Blazer.
On the other hand, the 2020 Jeep Cherokee is more suited for off-roading. This means that some safety features aren’t included because they might interfere with the vehicle's ability to handle rough terrain. With that being said, every Cherokee does come with a rearview camera, and the Latitude Plus trim includes the same safety features as the Blazer 3LT. Stand-alone options that you can add include emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, and automatic parking sensors. Lane-departure mitigation, pedestrian detection, and the 360° camera system are not included.
While the lower trim levels of each vehicle are similarly equipped, the Chevy Blazer has more safety options on the higher trim levels than the Cherokee so you can feel more confident when on the road.