The new 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is one of the most interesting electric vehicle debuts this year. It’s roughly the same size as Chevy’s midsize gas-powered Blazer SUV, but it has nothing in common. With spacious seating space and lots of latest technology features, it may appeal to those looking to buy an electric car for their next SUV purchase.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
However, the launch of the Blazer EV has been hampered by some glitchy software issues. It is also competing with several other electric SUVs, the most popular of which is the Tesla Model Y. The automotive experts at Edmunds put these two electric SUVs in a head-to-head competition to determine whether the upstart Blazer can beat the EV model. Y
Range and charging
The EPA estimates that the dual-motor Blazer EV can go about 279 miles on a single charge. This compares with many similarly sized and priced electric SUVs. Even better, Edmunds’ test vehicle managed to go 320 miles in its standardized real-world range testing.
While official EPA estimates for the 2024 Model Y are pending, the mechanically identical 2023 Model Y registered anywhere from 279 to 330 miles, depending on the version. Edmunds has found in our testing that Teslas typically post slightly less range than those EPA estimates. Notably, Tesla recently revised the advertised range of the Model Y on its website, now from 260 to 310 miles. Essentially, buyers should be satisfied that both the Blazer EV and Model Y are capable of going about 300 miles.
Charging is where the Model Y leads in this category. With the Model Y, you can stop and charge at Tesla’s extensive nationwide network of Supercharger fast-charging stations. While Tesla will eventually open up its network to other automakers, for now Blazer EV owners will need to rely on other less convenient fast-charging locations like Electrify America when charging for road trips.
Winner: Tesla Model Y
performance and comfort
The Chevrolet Blazer EV looks sporty, yet looks are deceiving. In Edmunds testing, a dual-motor Blazer EV RS accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. That’s fine for everyday driving but well short of the Model Y’s speed. On the other hand, the Blazer EV’s ride is impressively smooth and comfortable over bumps and potholes.
Tesla Model Y is available in three trims. Of these, the dual-motor performance model is the Speed Demon. It accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Unfortunately it also has a ride that feels like a hay wagon on cobblestones. Edmunds recommends the Model Y Long Range. It’s still plenty fast and has a more comfortable ride, though it’s still not as comfortable as the Blazer EV.
Each of these electric SUVs has a large touchscreen in the center of the dashboard. Both of them have high-resolution displays and accurate Google-based navigation. The problem is that both systems lack Apple CarPlay or Android Auto smartphone integration. This means there’s no way to integrate your phone’s apps into the touchscreen like you can with most other vehicles.
Tesla keeps everything from climate settings to the speedometer in the center touchscreen. Driving the Blazer EV offers fewer distractions thanks to its digital instrument cluster and easily accessible dials and buttons in the driver’s line of sight.
Another advantage of the Blazer EV is its available Super Cruise hands-free driving assistance. This system allows drivers to take their hands off the wheel on most US divided highways under certain conditions. The Model Y’s Autopilot system works great on the highway for assistive lane keeping and adaptive cruise control but doesn’t yet offer full hands-free driving. Tesla also offers an expensive full self-driving beta upgrade that allows these systems to operate on city streets, but overall Edmunds has found Super Cruise to be the easiest and most enjoyable to use.
Winner: Chevrolet Blazer EV
Features and Price
With a starting price of about $45,000, the base Tesla Model Y undercuts the least expensive Blazer EV by more than $7,000. It’s also worth noting that some Model Y versions are still eligible for up to a $7,500 federal tax credit. The stricter requirements implemented this year mean the Blazer EV has temporarily lost its federal credit eligibility, although General Motors has said it will offer incentives as an offset.
Each of these EVs comes with a wide range of standard features. Despite costing more, an entry-level Blazer EV LT will have you paying extra for desirable features like heated front seats, a power liftgate, wireless device charging, and adaptive cruise control. These are standard on the Tesla Model Y.
Winner: Tesla Model Y
Future iterations of Chevy’s Blazer EV may improve but for now the Tesla Model Y is the better choice for an electric SUV due to better performance, charging, and price.
This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds.
Nick Kurzewski is a contributor at Edmunds and on Twitter and instagram