When Chevrolet Blazer was introduced in 2019, buyers who wanted to pull more than 1,500 pounds would have to spend a pretty penny on the 3.6-liter V6 and all-wheel drive, which automatically added the Trailering Equipment Package that increased capacity to 4,500 pounds. In 2020, the package was upgraded for certain trims with the addition of the same Hitch Guidance and Hitch View camera views found on the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. But AWD remained one of the requirements for real hauling. So for 2021, a new package will allow Blazer buyers who choose a front-wheel-drive trim to upgrade to a 4,500-pound tow rating. It will still require the 3.6-liter V6 with 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The Trailering Package installs the same 3.59 gearing and heavy duty cooling system that enables another 3,000 pounds to hang off the hitch.
The new Trailering Package adjusts its feature set depending on trim, same as the Trailering Equipment Package on the AWD Blazers. The FWD option can be had on the 2LT, 3LT, RS, and top-shelf Premier trims. The 2LT and 3LT packages include Hitch Guidance, which uses the rear-view camera to show what’s behind the crossover, along with guidelines to aid backing. On RS and Premier trims, the package also throws in Hitch View, displaying a second image on the infotainment screen that zooms in on the ball hitch.
Considering some of the competition, the 2020 Ford Edge requires AWD to tow 3,500 pounds, otherwise it is limited to 1,500 pounds. The front-wheel drive Honda Passport can tow 3,500 pounds, rising to 5,000 pounds when optioned with the all-wheel drive. When you step up to the SEL trim on the Hyundai Santa Fe FWD, with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder you can tow up to 3,500 pounds.