July 14, 2024
SUVs & Crossovers

Chevy Blazer EV: Testing Luggage Capacity in the Trunk

Following a challenging beginning, the Chevy Blazer EV has successfully made a comeback and is once again available at dealerships. It has proven itself to be a well-executed and versatile electric vehicle and family SUV. Today, we will be focusing on the cargo capacity of the Blazer EV compared to its EV counterparts and similarly sized gas-powered SUVs.

Chevrolet states that the Blazer EV offers 25.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat without a sunroof, which increases to 25.8 cubic feet with a sunroof. Interestingly, this is the first time I’ve seen a sunroof actually add to cargo capacity. These figures are slightly lower than my initial estimates during the Blazer EV first drive launch and fall on the lower end within the segment. For comparison, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 offers 27.2 cubic feet, the Kia EV6 provides 24.4, the Ford Mustang Mach-E offers 29.7, the VW ID.4 has 30.3, and the Tesla Model Y boasts 30.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The Blazer EV’s cargo space is closer in size to the Kia Niro Electric (22.8), another competitor in the midsize SUV category. It’s worth noting that these measurements are less than what class-leading compact SUVs typically offer.

Let’s delve deeper into the actual space available.

The cargo space is nicely deep, although the roofline tapers sharply, which is typical for this segment.

There is additional underfloor space, so let’s take a look.

While there is underfloor space, it may not be large enough for standard-sized bags. The dimensions are shown using a standard-size box of Life cereal for reference. The Cadillac Lyriq features a similar bin that can accommodate a small duffel bag. The luggage test for the Cadillac Lyriq will be conducted in the near future.

A convenient feature is the floor prop-up string and hook, as seen in the image above.

It’s worth noting that this particular vehicle did not come equipped with a cargo cover of the roll-out cartridge type, preventing us from testing its impact on cargo capacity.

For all Luggage Tests, I use two midsize roller suitcases suitable for airport checking (26 inches long, 16 wide, 11 deep), two black roll-aboard suitcases that fit in the overhead compartment (24L x 15W x 10D), and a smaller green roll-aboard suitcase (23L x 15W x 10D). Additionally, my wife’s stylish overnight bag (21L x 12W x 12D) is included for variety.

Two Tetris-inspired packing configurations are shown above, both of which accommodate all the bags. There may be room for a small item on top of the blue bag in the right image, but space is limited. This packing arrangement surpasses what I achieved with the Hyundai Ioniq 5, as its roofline and liftgate shape posed challenges. However, it is comparable to the Kia Niro Electric and falls short of the other aforementioned competitors. The ID.4 offers significantly more space, with the EV6 slightly behind in comparison.

This cargo capacity is also less than what can be found in hybrid models like the Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage.

One final point to mention…

This Blazer EV RS model is equipped with the Convenience and Driver Confidence package, which includes a digital rearview camera. This feature allows for loading cargo up to the roof without obstructing visibility, but only with this optional package. However, due to concerns about items shifting forward, I did not attempt to maximize the cargo space. It’s a useful feature, even though I personally prefer traditional mirrors over camera-based systems unless necessary.

FAQ

Q: How does the Chevy Blazer EV’s cargo capacity compare to its competitors?

A: The Blazer EV offers 25.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind its back seat, slightly less than some of its EV rivals but comparable to other midsize SUVs.

Q: Does the Blazer EV have underfloor storage?

A: Yes, there is underfloor space in the Blazer EV, although it may not be sufficient for larger bags.

Q: Is the cargo area of the Blazer EV practical for everyday use?

A: While the cargo space is decent, it may be limited for larger items or bulkier luggage.

Conclusion

The Chevy Blazer EV offers a respectable amount of cargo space for its segment, although it falls slightly short compared to some of its competitors. The underfloor storage adds to its practicality, but users may find it challenging to fit larger items. The inclusion of features like a digital rearview camera enhances usability, making loading and unloading easier. Overall, the Blazer EV is a well-rounded electric SUV with adequate cargo capacity for everyday use.

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