I drove a pretty little cherry-red RS upgraded version, which included blacked-out exterior features, a hexagon black mesh grille, RS badging, 20-inch wheels, matte black rims and dual exhaust outlets. It looked sharp, much sharper than (no shade) I’d expect from an American car, save maybe a Tesla. Aside from that, its features made my four-and-a-half drive, which should have been three hours, exceptionally more pleasant.
Moreover, I imagined that an SUV would feel somehow clunky, but the Blazer was smooth and sporty. The gas pedal was light to the touch, and the car accelerated quickly—sometimes, too quickly…but no speeding tickets were received in the making of this article, thank goodness.
Since the size of the car was new to me, the safety features were key and made me feel much less stressed about driving something unfamiliar. The lane change and blind-zone alert (a little yellow icon that pops up on the outside mirror if there’s something in your blind spot) and auto-dimming mirror allowed me to stay calm while weaving (safely) through traffic. And the adaptive cruise control (it corrects your speed when you get too close to another car), following-distance indicator and lane-keep assist gently reminded me to pay attention.
In addition to the lane change and blind-zone alerts, the car has an HD rear-vision camera that made backing up even easier than it is in my day-to-day car. There’s also something called a rear cross-traffic alert, which vibrates in your seat, to let you know when something or someone is in a blind spot or behind you. And as a person who has ruined all of the rims I’ve ever had by parking way too close to curbs, the parking assist was very much appreciated.