-  Photo: IIHS

Photo: IIHS

The 2021 Chevrolet Blazer has scored top marks for crashworthiness from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The midsize SUV earned good ratings in the driver-side and passenger-side small overlap front tests as well as the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, according to the IIHS. The two available front crash prevention systems also earn superior and advanced ratings in the Institute’s vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluations, respectively.

However, the vehicle’s headlights prevent it from earning a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. To qualify, a vehicle must be available with good- or acceptable-rated headlights on at least one trim. For the higher-tier Top Safety Pick +, good or acceptable headlights must come standard across all trims.

The Blazer is available with three different headlight configurations: LED projector headlights with high beam assist and HID projector headlights with and without high beam assist, said the IIHS. The LED projectors only earn a marginal rating because the high beams provide weak illumination on curves. The HID projector headlights receive poor ratings for the same reason in addition to excessive glare, with or without high-beam assist.

For front crash prevention, the optional Driver Confidence II system has been available since 2019. Another system called Chevy Safety Assist is also available as an option on the 2021 model, said IIHS. Both systems avoided collisions to earn superior ratings in the vehicle-to-vehicle evaluation. They also both avoided hitting the dummy or slowed substantially to mitigate the force of impact in the vehicle-to-pedestrian tests, earning advanced ratings.

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