They might be small crossovers, but the 2019 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore both pack tons of passenger space and sporty versatility. So how do you choose between them? Our comparison guide helps you delve into the details.
Wallet-Friendly MSRP: 2019 Chevrolet Trax
Looking for the best possible deal on a new subcompact crossover? The Trax is your best option, starting at just $21,300. Although the Buick Encore is similarly equipped, it’ll cost you a little bit more, with an MSRP of $23,200.
Biggest Value: 2019 Chevrolet Trax
It might save you the most on up-front costs, but the Trax never makes you feel like you’re missing a beat. Even the base model is fully loaded with comforts and conveniences, the kind you need to get through a week’s worth of rush-hour traffic, like driver power lumbar adjustment and a rearview camera.
This Chevy is also loaded with smartphone-savvy tech gear, giving you everything from complete smartphone integration to two USB charging ports. The MyLink infotainment system is included at no extra cost, and you can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology to interact with smartphone apps on the standard 7-inch touchscreen. Wait, there’s more. The Chevrolet Trax also comes standard with OnStar communications and everything that entails, like a Wi-Fi hotspot. And if you need help after an unexpected breakdown or collision, OnStar can send it to you.
The 2019 Buick Encore also includes the same standard equipment. There’s just one catch: the aforementioned MSRP. With the Encore, you’d end up spending more on the same features.
More Upscale Vibe: 2019 Buick Encore
If you’re looking for a more upscale experience, you’ll find it in the Encore. The ride is smooth, the seats are comfortable, and the cabin stays pin-drop quite as you cruise around. Its fit and finish is really what sets the Encore apart from the Trax; its solid build and high-end materials are meant to impress.
Though the Chevrolet Trax wasn’t designed to be posh, the Trax certainly sporty and comfortable. You can spend hours in these seats, no problem. The Trax is also practical, putting controls within easy reach and giving you good visibility from the driver seat.
Thriftiest Performance: It’s a Tie!
With similar builds and engine setups, it’s probably no big surprise that these two crossovers earn the same EPA ratings. Depending on how you configure them, both the 2019 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore earn up to 26 city and 31 highway miles per gallon.
The Buick Encore has some upscale appeal, but we’d choose the 2019 Chevrolet Trax every time. This crossover offers the biggest value, first of all, but the Trax also impresses with its peppy performance.