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Is it wrong that I love this truck so much?

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Because I do. And not because it gets a decent amount of attention from the chicks or because it's brown but because of how it drives.

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Really.

This might as well be one of the most unJalop cars ever made and, were it available in North America, it would probably be yet another forgettable beige mid size SUV. The Blazer is the polar opposite of my low, noisy and hyperactive Tipo and yet this bloated, automatic shifting SUV can be just as enjoyable to drive in its own particular way. I've already went on about how smooth and silent the whole car is, which could make it totally unengaging to drive, but I didn't find any of that.

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What this truck gave me instead was a "zen" type of driving pleasure. Maybe it's because the car felt really solid, or because all the controls, from the steering wheel to the non existent clutch, were so unerringly accurate, or because I'm not really used to cars like this, but the Blazer's smooth and steady behavior never once came across as automated or detached, but as a totally relaxed Chillmobile, perfect for cruising to college or work or wherever you're going, while listening to some Soundgarden. Not even the worst rush hour Porto Alegre has to offer could annoy me in this car, as I slowly drove along watching the cars in front of me push and tumble their way around like blood cells on a narrow blood vessel.

Also, I don't understand how someone could buy a truck like this and drive like a douchebag, something very common in my area. This truck literally made me so chill, I felt like being nice to everyone. Need help merging with heavy traffic? Sure, go ahead. Got stuck on the wrong lane in Rush Hour? Here, let me help. Need some space to get into a tricky garage? No problemo. People are positively surprised when a large car gives them right of way.

Anyways, this Zen Van of a truck might not be an enthusiast's car, but it definitely made me think about driving pleasure. Perhaps there's more than one way to have fun behind the wheel without necessarily distracting yourself from the the road. Perhaps an apparently beige car doesn't lack fun, it just has a different type of fun... A relaxed, chill out, laid back and smooth type of fun that makes even the worst kind of traffic bearable, and turns even the most irascible taxi drivers into nice people.

EDIT: Interior shots, not the best, but a cell phone camera is all I have... I'll ask my old man to email me some decente fotos later on.

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Illustration for article titled Is it wrong that I love this truck so much?
Illustration for article titled Is it wrong that I love this truck so much?
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Ok, I'll definitely ask my dad for pictures, mine suck.

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