Totally different experience than earlier negative Blazer commenter's. Has Chev. improved the product or was I just lucky?
This vehicle pulls well over its weight without a grunt. After a year of all sorts of driving, it is tight and all factory finishes, inside and out, are in good shape. Had electronic rust inhibitor installed as option; after 2 Canadian winters, still no surface oxidation and little underneath.
The powerful 4.3L engine combined with 5sp. standard has enough range that I can shift at 2000rpm or lower and drive comfortably slightly above speed limit & maintain economy that amazes me.
Several times did calculations right around 30mpg (Imperial). The dealership checked my numbers and suggested lighter 2dr. body might contribute as these motors aren't known for low fuel consumption, but feel its mostly due to ultra-conservative driving style.
'93 Cherokee (straight 6 + auto.) that preceded this Blazer, also had impressive torque and and off-road abilities, but that's when they both become 'heavy drinkers.'
The coupe is definitely not good to carry kids, though. For me, it serves as my 'panel truck;' I've built a tool tray that sits on the hinge-down rear door when needed & slides back under cover for travel or storage. Strongly recommend, as easier to access and lock up than most under-size half ton arrangements, yet just as roomy.