2019 Chevrolet Trax vs. Buick Encore
If you are in the market for a small sport utility vehicle or crossover sport utility vehicle, both the 2019 Chevrolet Trax and the Buick Encore are sensible and comfortable selections in the market today. Both are GMC models, and many of the components used are identical.
Engine and Performance
Both sport utility vehicles feature a 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine with a modest horsepower oOHC) with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive f 138 running at 4,900 revolutions per minute that will haul torque of 148 pounds per foot running at 1,850 revolutions per minute.
Both sport utility vehicles have 16 valves with variable valve timing and a double overhead cam type (Don the base models. Both take regular unleaded gasoline as fuel and have the capacity to seat five persons in total comfort.
Both the Chevrolet Trax and the Buick Encore are known best for their impressive fuel economy despite their classification as a small sport utility vehicle. Both base models get you an impressive range of 350 miles in the city and 462 miles on the highway, which works out to a fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Both base models have a fuel tank capacity of 14 gallons of gasoline and get a combined fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon.
Safety Systems and Features
The similarities between the Chevrolet Trax and the Buick Encore when it comes to safety make a long list, indicative of both Chevrolet and Buick’s devotion to keeping you and your crew safe on the road in their vehicles.
Both sport utility base models include child safety seat anchors, child safety locks on both rear doors, passenger airbag with occupant sensing technology, three-point safety belt in the rear center seat, two headrests in the rear seats as well as the front seats, head airbags in the front seats and rear seating, and monitoring of tire pressure. Furthermore, both base models are also equipped with a post collision safety system, four-wheel ABS, dual front and dual rear side mounted airbags, stability control, traction control, anti theft alarm system with remote, daytime running lights, ventilated front disc brakes, headlamps with auto delay off feature and headlamps with dusk sensing technology.
Comfort and Convenience Features
The Chevrolet Trax and the Buick Encore align closely when you take a closer look at the interior features that make your ride an enjoyable one whether it’s a short commute to work or a cross country road trip. Both sport utility vehicle base models come sensibly equipped with interior air filtration, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, air conditioning, dual vanity mirrors, rear view backup camera, electric power steering system, cup holders in the front and rear seating, storage on the back of the front seats, storage pockets on the front and rear doors, and audio controls built into the steering wheel.
The power features that are shared between the Chevrolet Trax and the Buick Encore are heated mirrors and four one-touch power windows. The Chevrolet Trax features a remote keyless power door locking system. You will also find power adjustable support for the lumbar region in the driver seat on both models as well as rear ventilation ducts and a rear seatback with split folding functionality in both models. Furthermore, both sport utility vehicle base models give you a maximum cargo capacity of 48.4 cubic feet with all rear seats equipped with the capability fold down to achieve this maximum cargo capacity.
Both the Chevrolet Trax and the Buick Encore are equipped with a standard AM and FM stereo radio with six total speakers and both USB and auxiliary audio inputs. In addition both base models also include speed sensitive volume control systems and external media control functionality for the auxiliary and USB connections. In addition both base models have standard dash instrumentation with a digital clock, compass, tachometer, trip computer, and external temperature display.
Exterior Components and Optional Add-ons
The Chevrolet Trax is equipped with premium steel wheels with all season tires augmented with a temporary spare tire that is mounted on the inside of the vehicle. The Buick Encore is equipped with alloy wheels with all season tires augmented with a temporary spare tire also mounted on the inside of the vehicle. Both sport utility base models have a wheelbase measurement of 100.6 inches, front independent suspension, and a standard stabilizer bar.
The Chevrolet Trax is available in six different exterior color options: Summit White, Storm Blue Metallic, Sandy Ridge Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic, Nightfall Grey Metallic, and Silver Ice Metallic.
The Buick Encore is available in four different exterior color options: Coastal Blue Metallic with Black Carbon Metallic accents, Ebony Twilight Metallic with Black Carbon Metallic accents, Black Cherry Metallic with Black Carbon Metallic accents, and Summit White with Black Carbon Metallic accents.
The Chevrolet Trax has two options for interior color customization: Jet Black with accents of Light Ash Grey cloth and Jet Black cloth. The Buick Encore only comes with one interior color: Ebony cloth.
There are some differences in the warranty details for each of these sport utility vehicles. With regards to the Chevrolet Trax you can expect to get a basic warranty of up to three years or a maximum of 36,000 miles, a drivetrain warranty of up to five years or a maximum of 60,000 miles, a roadside warranty for up to five years or a maximum of 60,000 miles, a rust warranty of up to six years or a maximum of 100,000 miles, and a free maintenance warranty for up to two years or a maximum of 24,000 miles.
On the other hand, with the Buick Encore you can expect to get a basic warranty of up to four years or a maximum of 50,000 miles, a drivetrain warranty for up to six years or a maximum of 70,000 miles, a roadside warranty of up to six years or a maximum of 70,000 miles, a rust warranty for up to four years or a maximum of 50,000 miles, and a free maintenance warranty for up to two years or a maximum of 24,000 miles.
As you can see, there’s not much separating the models. Choose the Trax because it comes in a few thousand dollars cheaper across the board, and the gulf in price widens significantly when you want to upgrade to all-wheel-drive.