The Chevy Trax and Chevy Equinox are two of the most popular crossovers on the market today. Check out this comparison by the Baierl Chevrolet team to see how they stack up.
Turbocharged engines are all the rage these days. The boosted internal combustion of turbo powertrains can increase both your power and your efficiency. It’s pretty good to know, then, that turbocharging comes standard in both the Chevy Trax and the Chevy Equinox.
The Trax engine is more compact, however, at just 1.4L. Its power maxes out at 138 HP and 148 lb-ft of torque for a nice bit of pep during your commutes. It’s clear that this engine is more concerned with helping the Trax get better gas mileage. It maintains an EPA-estimated 31 MPG highway and 26 MPG city!
The Equinox, meanwhile, is a slightly bigger and a more muscle-minded choice of crossover. It has two available engines, the standard being a 1.5L turbo 4-cylinder. When equipped, your crossover produces up to 170 HP and 203 lb-ft of torque.
Drivers looking for an extra power kick can upgrade to the available 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder. With this engine equipped, you’ll generate a stronger 252 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque, helping you zoom past other drivers and merge on the highway.
While the Equinox doesn’t conserve quite as much fuel as the smaller Trax, it does add in some extra efficiency features to compensate. One of these great additions is the Automatic Stop/Start system.
When you come to a complete stop—maybe at a red light where you might idle for a couple minutes—your engine will automatically turn off to help the Equinox’s fuel economy. As soon as you remove your foot from the brake pedal, the engine will fire up again on its own!
If you live in or around the Steel City, you may be used to driving down narrow avenues and crowded streets. In this case, for the sake of parking and navigating, a more compact and maneuverable ride is ideal.
The Trax checks off the maneuverability box easily. It’s 167.2 inches long and 69.9 inches wide, making it perfect for tight cornering and parallel parking on the street. The Equinox is 183.1 inches long and 72.6 inches wide, which may be a bit more of a challenge when maneuvering through the city.
That being said, the Equinox offers a more spacious interior. With 103.5 cubic feet for passengers, it easily surpasses the 92.8 cubic feet inside the Trax cabin. Differences in cabin space and maneuverability may be enough to sway your crossover decision!
Speaking of maneuverability, both crossovers are known for having great handling when their available all-wheel drive systems are equipped. Even during snowy winters or rainy summers, the Trax and Equinox both uphold terrific wheel grip to help you stay on course.
Chevy’s AWD system continuously monitors all four wheels to make traction adjustments as needed. It offers even more stability than the standard front-wheel drive system, making it a perfect choice for more adventurous excursions.
It’s no secret that the Trax and Equinox are two very different crossovers. However, there’s one area where they’ll always overlap: safety. Both SUVs highly value passenger protection with the aid of driver-assisting safety features. The available tech for each vehicle includes:
These features operate with the help of a network of sensors and small cameras. They monitor motion and potential hazards around your car, alerting you just as soon as an accident is imminent.
Lane Departure Warning is a great example of what this tech is capable of. When equipped, your Trax or Equinox can read road markings, determining when you’re veering out of your lane. It’ll send you alerts right away so you can course correct and stay safe.
One of the main goals of the driver-assisting safety systems in these crossovers is to prevent accidents from occurring in the first place. However, when collisions happen, the available OnStar® & Chevrolet Connected Services can provide much-needed support.
With this subscription service, you’ll have an Emergency-Certified Advisor available to assist 24/7. Just press a button in your car and you can connect with a professional to safely guide you through the event.
Learn more about Chevy Equinox safety ratings!
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Both the Chevy Trax and the Chevy Equinox make it easy to stay connected on the go thanks to the standard Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Systems. Included are Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, which allow drivers to seamlessly integrate their smartphones with their SUV.
A built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot is also available. If you’re using any of your phone’s apps through the infotainment system, you won’t have to worry about eating up your cellular data.
Available with your infotainment system, you can add in the MyChevrolet App to both vehicles. This feature allows you to control certain functions of your vehicle from your smartphone.
As part of the app, you can locate your car in a crowded parking lot or start and stop it remotely, among other things. You can even access your owner’s manual and schedule your next service appointment!
The Chevy Trax certainly has its efficiency and maneuverability, while the Equinox has pure power. Both models offer safety and premium comfort, however. So, which do you think best suits your Pittsburgh, Wexford, or Cranberry Township lifestyle?
Get up close and personal with these crossovers at Baierl Chevrolet. Read our Equinox reviews and Trax reviews to learn more. Then, contact our team online or over the phone to schedule your test drive.