This 1996 Chevrolet Blazer 4×4 is attractive for far more than its beefy style

This is a loaded SUV that’s practical, distinct, and affordable. So it’s just a bonus that it happens to be a cool modern classic that has been under the care of the same family since new.

This final generation of the S-10 Blazer had an attractive shape that felt sporty. After all, these two-door SUVs seem to pay tribute to the 1930s coupes with the forward-leaning c-pillars, and the same timeless attraction is in the sleek rounded rear. But when they were highly optioned like this LS-level example, they also paid a true tribute to the classic K5 Blazers by being both two-door machines and true off-roaders. And its ability is on full display. It has a taller stance, flared fenders, and a full-size spare on a swing-away mount. The value price can leave room in your budget if you want to personalize this Chey or give it a respray, but we already see a different kind of appeal here. We’re told this has been with the same owner for a quarter-century, and then only recently given to his son. So it has clean lines, good respect, and the overall originality of a one-family vehicle.

The LS trim was a premium package, and so the interior also gives you all the best comforts. It includes well-contoured front bucket seats with the driver’s one power adjusting to the ideal position. There are also power windows, power locks, keyless entry/alarm, a tilt steering column, cup holder center console, an upgraded AM/FM/CD stereo, and provisions for factory air conditioning (it will need servicing to blow cold again.) This is an actual mileage vehicle, and so it has been used, but it looks far from abused. So you’ll happily drive solo in bucket seat comfort, or this even has the legroom where the adults will happily ride in the rear. There’s plenty of room behind the second row to store everyone’s gear, and there’s even a trailer hitch so that you can bring even more fun along with you.

Under the hood is the correct 4.3-liter V6. This fuel-injected Vortec motor was the largest and final evolution of the S-10 Blazer line, and so it’s the one you really want. It has a good driving nature, and because these motors were a mainstay at Chevy, a good tune-up is a good way to fully unleash the full power. This is a true 4×4, and the two-speed transfer case is engaged via buttons on the dash. So you never have to get out and lock hubs if you decide to hit the trails. But this is made for more than just the off-road life. That’s why there’s also the four-speed automatic transmission with highway-friendly overdrive and cruise control. Power steering, power brakes, and front discs make for a solid driving appeal.

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