2018 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2018 Honda HR-V
New small-SUVs from all manufacturers seem to come out every year at the moment, all with all-wheel drive and tall hatchback bodies that make them crossover SUVs. Both the Chevrolet Trax and the Honda HR-V are relatively new vehicles on the scene, and they often go head-to-head on a buyer’s shopping list.
Last year, the Trax got a significant styling update. Where the pre-2017 Trax was relatively by the numbers, last year’s update gave us a much more fresh and modern look. The Honda HR-V, on the other hand, has always looked quite outlandish and out there, pairing deep side accent lines with a rear end plastered in from the Acura MDX.
Inside, again, Chevrolet has been proactive in improving the style with new analog gauges and a chrome trim. It still looks like a normal car though, where the HR-V has taken the interior from a Honda Fit and added some ugly design elements like the slim air vents on the passenger dash.
Let’s See How the Chevrolet Trax Compares to the Honda HR-V
For those that want to have the fastest connection on their devices to the web, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax comes with a super-fast 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. This is compared to the Honda HR-V, which does not come with mobile Wi-Fi. So if you want don’t want to fall behind on all your social media and mobile apps, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax for sale in Purcell, OK has you covered.
The response times of the Chevy Trax’s infotainment system are much faster than that of the HR-V. The Chevy Trax’s MyLink system has been rated as “excellent” against the HR-V’s HondaLink system that was rated “poor” in infotainment response times. These systems can help when trying to figure out where is the nearest gas station, restaurant, or other destination when the decision has to be made very quickly.
The Chevy Trax is considered to be a nice, safe ride when it comes to visibility and braking when compared to the HR-V. In visibility tests, the Trax measured 156 degrees vs. the HR-V’s 153 degrees. These couple of degrees of visibility can mean a big difference on the road in a high-speed situation when changes lanes or avoiding an accident.
Along with better visibility, the braking on the Trax is better than on the HR-V, which adds another level of safety. In a test of maximum braking capability from 70-0 mph, the Trax measured 164 feet. vs. the HR-V’s 176 feet. Therefore, the Trax was able to brake 12 feet sooner than the HR-V, which could mean the difference between life and death during an accident. It could mean the difference between a high-speed collision and completely avoiding the accident.
During Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests , the Trax’s Small Overlap test scored a “good” vs. the HR-V’s “acceptable.” This is just another example of the Trax’s safety quality that could save your life if you are ever in an accident.
The Chevy Trax comes equipped with a large fuel tank. The Trax’s 14-gallon tank compared to the HR-V’s 13.2-gallon tank can mean a difference between being forced to stop or continue on to the desired destination to fill up there.
In a Highway Range test, the Chevy Trax came in at 420 miles vs. the HR-V at 390 miles. As you can see, this is quite a large difference and could be important when on the interstate or elsewhere where it could be difficult to get to a gas station. Just on a week-to-week basis, it makes life easier if you have a larger gas tank so you don’t have to re-fill the vehicle so often.
The Chevy Trax has a good amount of storage space for passengers and drivers. In a test using ping-pong balls, both the Trax’s front door pockets (each) stored 56 vs. 11 for the HR-V, and front seat storage came in at 397 vs. 201 for the Trax an HR-V respectively. This is a huge difference in the number of things that can be stored by passengers. Imagine being on a long trip and not having anywhere to put that soda you just got!
The Chevy Trax also beats the HR-V in second-row space and cargo storage areas. In the same ping-pong test, the Chevy Trax’s second-row storage measured 62 balls vs. the HR-V that came in at 40 balls. The cargo storage area saw similar results. There’s no doubt that the Trax offers you more convenience when storing items on the go.
Warranty and Maintenance
The Chevy Trax comes with a great warranty and good initial complimentary maintenance scheduling.
The roadside assistance included in the Chevy Trax’s warranty has a five-year/60,000-mile coverage. This compares to the Honda HR-V’s three-year/36,000 miles coverage, which is quite a big difference. Imagine hitting that 40,000-mile mark and not being covered, whereas you can go another 20,000 miles in the Chevy Trax and still be ok.
The fact that Chevrolet is willing to guarantee there will be no problems with the Trax for a full five years goes to show how much confidence they have in the vehicle. Honda sticks with the industry-standard three-year warranty, again underscoring how the Trax is a better buy.
The Chevy Trax also comes with some maintenance scheduling under warranty. You get two complimentary scheduled maintenance appointments compared to nothing for the Honda HR-V. This can really help to start and stay on track when it comes to your regular maintenance of the vehicle for years to come, particularly since the first maintenance appointment is typically more expensive.
The updates to the Chevrolet Trax make it a smart city car with great fuel economy at a low price. The HR-V is more of a Honda Fit with all-wheel drive. It’s not fun to drive, and it includes a number of questionable design flourishes. The Trax beats out the HR-V in key areas from safety to warranty, and that’s why we believe it is the best choice in the small-SUV market.