Here’s how the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer compares to the Mazda CX-5

The mid-size SUV segment is full of impressive options. We pick two very distinctive cars from the field today. The 2023 Chevy Blazer, made in the image of the Chevy Camaro, is synonymous with performance and power. The Mazda CX-5, on the other hand, is an SUV that makes the driver feel special in many ways. While Chevy is strong in its power figures and spacious cabin, Mazda goes above and beyond with driving dynamics and interior layout that put it a segment above. There are a lot of ups and downs in this showdown, but each of the SUVs has its pros and cons.

The Chevrolet Blazer is a sharp-looking SUV with “sporty” written all over it. Mazda CX-5 takes a completely different approach with elegance and premium appeal. We tell you which is the best package.

Prices and versions

2023 Chevrolet Blazer RS ​​wallpaper hd

Pricing for the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer has not been disclosed, but we expect it to be slightly higher than the 2022MY with an expected starting MSRP of $34,500 (an increase of $1,100). Chevy will offer the 2023 Blazer in all four existing trim levels – 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier. The top-end version is expected to have an MSRP of around $43,000.

2022 Mazda CX-5 hd wallpaper

Mazda, on the other hand, is very conservative on pricing. It starts way lower than the Chevy with an MSRP of $22,900 for the base 2.5S trim. Plus, the trim levels are way higher than the sharp Blazer. Thanks to the package situation, the CX-5 is offered in eight variants – base, Select, Preferred, Carbon Edition, Premium, Premium Plus, Turbo and Turbo Signature. Mazda takes huge prices and trim levels.

Engine and performance

2023 Chevrolet Blazer profile view

The 2023 Blazer is the duo’s most powerful crossover. It comes with a standard 228-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder along with a beefier 308-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine. Offered in FWD or AWD trim, both engines come with a smooth nine-speed automatic transmission. Driving dynamics are commendable, and the RS trim even gets tuned suspension and steering for more “RS”-worthy appeal.

Mazda CX-5 2022 speeding side view

Mazda CX-5 is very subtle here. It gets a more humble 187bhp four-cylinder engine that’s best used in cities. Even its most powerful option with the 250hp turbocharged inline-four feels sluggish ahead of the Blazer’s superior V6. Mazda’s advantage is that it comes standard with all-wheel drive, which adds to its impressive driving appeal.

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Towing capacities and MPG figures

2023 Chevrolet Blazer front third quarter view

The Blazer can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds with the four-cylinder and up to 4,500 pounds with the meatier V6, which is more common than the Mazda. The 2023 Blazer with the base 2.0-liter engine returns 25 MPG (22/29 for city/highway) in FWD trim and 24 MPG (22/27 for city/highway) in AWD trim. The numbers go even lower with the 3.6-liter V6 with 22 MPG (19/27 city/highway) in FWD and 21 MPG (19/26 city/highway) in AWD.

2022 Mazda CX-5 rear third quarter view

Hauling capacity isn’t the Mazda CX-5’s forte, it can tow a maximum of just 2,000 pounds in both engine options. But efficiency is certainly its strong point. The CX-5 returns 26 MPG (24/30 for city/highway) with the non-turbo engine and slightly lower 24 MPG (22/27 for city/highway) for the turbo engine. Those numbers, despite the standard all-wheel drive, are commendable for the Mazda when Chevy struggles with even its base engine.

Exterior design language

2023 Chevrolet Blazer rear third quarter view

Both of these crossovers have a muscular form factor. Both are sharp and have an aggressive style. But somehow, the Chevy Blazer manages to be the more sinister of the two. It has a lot to do with its front fascia, which is inspired by the Chevy Camaro. Also, in the RS trim, things get devilish with the contrasting black-red paint jobs.

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 gets beefy fender flares

Mazda is all about smooth, flowing lines. It is one of the most beautiful SUVs in the intermediate segment. There’s a sense of maturity to the design and despite looking like a Japanese car in a tuxedo, the CX-5 still has a sharp look. Mazda CX-5 has an upscale appeal while Chevy Blazer packs a sporty punch.

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Interior and technology

Interior view of the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer

The Chevy Camaro inspiration for the Blazer is also found in the cabin. The round air vents and the floating infotainment system remind us of the sporty coupe. But the quality of the materials is “meh” and you have to vouch for the premium finish to get leather upholstery. Seating space is commendable and the list of standard features tickles the comfort angle nicely as well.

Interior view of the 2022 Mazda CX-5

But the Chevy doesn’t stand a chance against the much superior Mazda CX-5. It doesn’t look like a mid-size SUV, but a premium German like Audi or Mercedes. Impressive fit and finish, along with the use of exquisite materials, elevate interior expectations much higher. The only downside here is the moderate cargo space. But overall, the interior of the Mazda CX-5 is the best here. And it’s even the best interior in this segment.

2023 Chevrolet Blazer Vs Mazda CX-5: Which is Better?

Side-by-side view of the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer and Mazda CX-5
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This face-to-face is very interesting because although they belong to the same segment, these two SUVs have a completely different approach. The Chevy looks sharp and packs more muscle. But Mazda presents itself as a more mature, gentler person who offers an impressive cabin, artistic design language and increased safety.

So if performance alone is the criteria you have, then go for it with the V6-equipped 2023 Blazer. But you’ll lose the refined luxury and a more engaging driving experience. If performance is last on your list, then by all means the Mazda CX-5 is the top option here.

To sum up, Chevy is hairy and muscular, while Mazda is more predictable, smooth and very attractive.


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