Chevy’s wide line of automobiles includes vehicles made to suit just about any lifestyle or need, as evidenced by the Detroit automaker’s SUV products. Case in point: The Chevy Equinox and the Chevy Trax each offer great reliability and safety, along with features targeted to specific needs and interests of consumers. A head-to-head comparison of the two vehicles will help you decide which one is right for you the next time you visit your local Chevy dealer.
The Trax is a great commuter car for consumers looking for an affordable vehicle that offers some of the conveniences of an SUV, such as a higher seat and a flexible cargo area. The Equinox is more refined, offering more features and space. It’s great for families and professionals who need the space provided by a crossover.
- Performance – The Trax is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower. The Trax gets about 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg in highway driving.
The Equinox offers several engine options: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 170 horsepower, a 1.6-liter 137-horsepower turbodiesel, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that generates 252 horsepower. Fuel economy for the Equinox is on par with the Trax; the Equinox gets 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.
While the Trax isn’t a world-beater in terms of acceleration, it handles exceptionally well and can turn on a dime, while the Equinox is a little less sharp in this regard.
- Interior – The Equinox is the winner here. The Equinox has high-quality front seats that provide lots of cushioning and support. The Trax’s seats are more spartan, but do offer sufficient comfort for long trips. The Trax has a roomy front, but in the back things can get a little cramped. The Equinox offers plenty of room throughout the vehicle.
- Tech options – The Equinox and Trax offer generous tech features, making many features that you’d have to pay extra for on other vehicles standard equipment. Both vehicles offer onboard Wi-Fi, the MyLink infotainment system, a seven-inch touchscreen, and a USB port. The Equinox has a greater range of optional features, however.
- Safety – The 2018 Chevy Equinox has yet to be tested by federal safety officials, but previous models of the vehicle have enjoyed excellent safety ratings. The 2018 Trax has undergone federal crash evaluations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and earned excellent marks. The Trax has a perfect five-star rating for frontal crash, side crash, and overall safety. Consumers can trust their families to either of these exceptional vehicles with no worries.
- Price – The smaller Chevy Trax is significantly less expensive than its larger sibling the Equinox. The Trax typically ranges between $20,160 and $27,643, while the Equinox costs between $23,462 and $35,369. The Trax doesn’t have the size and some of the features that the Equinox offers, but, if you need a competent small SUV and are on a budget, it may be the perfect solution for you.
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