When you test-drive the 2019 Chevrolet Trax and Ford Escape, you can’t help but love these crossovers’ takes on modern comfort and connectivity. But since they have so much in common, it’s hard to tell which gives you the most bang for your buck. The good news is that our comparison guide is here to help.
Coziest Way to Travel: 2019 Chevrolet Trax
Chevy’s subcompact crossover is our first choice for interior comfort. Its comfortable seats are among the Trax’s main attractions. In the face of a long commute, they strike that just-right balance between cushy and supportive. And, though it might officially be a subcompact crossover, the Trax makes excellent use of its cabin space. Even with a passenger in every seat, elbowroom abounds.
In the comfort department, the Ford Escape is a close second. This small crossover wraps you in coziness, compliments of its supportive seats and impressive climate control system. There’s really only one drawback – the ride can feel a little choppy at times.
Saves Money, Will Travel: 2019 Chevrolet Trax
Everyone likes a fuel-efficient ride, which means everyone can appreciate the Trax. Every trim model features the same engine, and the Trax achieves its best EPA ratings with front-wheel drive: 26 city and 31 highway miles per gallon. Even with its thriftiest engine option, the Escape trails behind, earning only 23 city and 30 highway mpg.
Revel in Your Options: 2019 Ford Escape
Want to tailor your subcompact crossover to suit your need for speed? Then the Escape just might be your best option. There are three engines available, with the quickest one delivering 245 horsepower and a very swift ride. Back on the 2019 Chevrolet Trax, you’ll find the same engine in every trim level.
Best Standard Tech Lineup: 2019 Chevrolet Trax
In true Chevrolet fashion, the Trax comes standard with a barrage of connectivity features. Want to download a movie on your kid’s iPad? Just use the standard Wi-Fi connection. Want to access smartphone apps—namely, your maps, music, and podcast apps—without looking away from traffic? The Trax has you covered there too because every trim level comes with the Chevy MyLink infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
Back on the Ford Escape, you’ll find plenty of high-tech options. We just wish more of these features were standard equipment. For example, you can get Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system, but only if you upgrade to at least the midgrade SE trim. The same goes for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
The Escape might be big on options, but the Trax is the all-around winner. Chevy’s subcompact crossover is high-tech and fuel-efficient—things that can’t help but contribute to a successful commute. And the Trax scores big points for comfort, making it a win-win-win.