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Motor Trend Announces 2024 SUV of the Year

A particular 2024 Chevrolet defeated all comers

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It must be a slow day if the ClassicCars.com Journal is writing about an SUV but, trust me, it’s not a slow day. If anything, it’s a day to celebrate because Motor Trend has just announced the winner for its SUV of the Year: the Chevrolet Blazer EV. Yay, America!

Alright, maybe the day’s slower than I’m admitting . . .

“Chevrolet has truly nailed the design and functionality with the Blazer EV, which looks and operates just as an industry-leading all-electric SUV should,” says Motor Trend’s Ed Loh. “The Chevy Blazer EV offers an effortless driving experience, seamlessly integrates into your lifestyle and boasts user friendliness that’s hard to match.”

There used to be a certain magic with Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award even if, in retrospect, many of the winners turned out to be turkeys. The award was a moment of excitement, somewhat like a second act after all the new models started to appear in September. From my perspective, while Mom went shopping, I’d make a beeline to the magazine rack and see what the latest magazines were featuring, with a Car of the Year announcement always a welcome headline.

Starting in 1999, Motor Trend expanded COTY to SUV of the Year, recognizing the segment’s emergence as a sales leader. For 2024, the new Chevrolet Blazer EV is the winner. Built on the flexible Ultium battery structure, the Blazer EV will be offered with two battery-pack sizes and, interestingly enough, available in FWD, RWD, and AWD configurations.

I remember when the Blazer first came out for 2019, sales were somewhat slow. Magazines felt it was somewhat pricey for its class, though maybe it was due to utility being a bit less than the class leaders only because the Camaro-inspired Blazer had made several (welcome) concessions to style. Over time, the Blazer has become more popular and now, for 2024, it has been joined by the Blazer EV.

Though looking similar to each other, the Blazer EV loses the Camaro influence but clearly the family resemblance is there. Styling is slightly different between the two models, with the full-width headlight bar, taillights, and unusual front fender extractors being the most noticeable. The Blazer EV loses several of the attractive elements that made the Blazer among the most stylish of SUVs, but it also looks like a Blazer given the EV styling treatment that’s contemporary for the moment. Inside, a 17.7-inch diagonal customizable infotainment touch screen dominates the dashboard.

“We are excited and honored to receive this recognition for the Blazer EV,” says Chevrolet’s vice president, Scott Bell. “This vehicle takes convenience and customer choice to the next level, a major step in delivering on Chevrolet’s promise to provide an EV for everyone.”

The Blazer EV will be available in LT, RS, and SS trim levels. The former two use a standard dual-motor AWD system making 288 horses and 333 lb-ft of torque. The range will be 279 miles but, if that’s not enough for you, you can opt for a RWD version for the RS that will achieve 320 miles. If the SS is more your cup of tea, that will feature a dual-motor AWD system producing 557 horses and 648 lb-ft of torque. The LT starts at $56,715, while the RS starts at $60,215; the SS will become available in spring 2024 so no pricing information is currently available.

If none of the three EV trim levels are of interest to you, then should be able to find satisfaction with the conventional Blazer with four trim levels plus two special editions.

But they won’t be Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year.

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Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in metropolitan Phoenix.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Motor Trend has lost my respect for serious reviews, Someone there is lining there pockets. Chevolet quality has gone down year after year.
    After one or two years they fall apart, People work very hard for their money & if they are smart they will buy from other companies with much, much better proven quality year after year complete opposite of Chevolet.

    • The MT COTY award is based on road tests, not ownership, so “one or two years” is irrelevant.

      Can you quality how Chevrolet quality has “gone down year after year”?

  2. Could not agree more, my last GMC pickup had many issues starting from year one of ownership. Nothing like my previously owned Duramax 3/4 ton truck that was almost issue free for 150000 miles. My wifes nissan rogue has racked up 120000 miles w nothing but brakes, tires, filters, and A/C charge.

  3. I like the look n style, it’s a better EV than most of its competition but it’s gonna run into a brick wall when it comes to sales, the price in all 3 models r gonna present extremely slow n low sales, I, like most Americans don’t understand if the country n the automobile industry wants to convert from fossil fuel to electric it would make more sense to make your products pricing within reach of the masses, 80% of America will undoubtedly remain with the gas using vehicles until it’s practical to change their minds, common sense would dictate getting your EV’s pricing to where it’s a viable option. There’s interest in the change out there but people r struggling all across this country n can’t realistically switch over even if they wanted too !!@

  4. Talk about pandering. You award SUV of the year that’s not even available, and to which you have no clue of both performance and reliability. Sad since there are a bunch of very deserving and proven rigs out there.

  5. Really???
    What a JOKE !
    So, let’s all pay a premium to “go electric” and then hope the energy grid can withstand it – great forward thinking huh ?

  6. Consumer Reports for the last decade has said how bad the quality of any General Motors / Chevy products have a very bad reliability problems year after year & each year sadly gets worse & worse. You do not have to believe me but I do trust Consumer Reports might say.

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