BUICK ENCORE VS. CHEVY TRAX HOW DO THEY COMPARE?

February 10th, 2022 by

Small crossovers continue to improve, and two of the most notable vehicles in this class are the 2022 Buick Encore and the 2022 Chevrolet Trax. When comparing these two vehicles, you will need to consider that Buick focuses more on luxury while Chevy is primarily focused on sportiness. This main difference between Buick and Chevy could be the deciding factor between the Encore and Trax.

Whether you’re a Buick fan or a Chevy enthusiast, there’s no doubt that the Encore and Trax are similar in size, design, and style, but which one comes out on top in comparison. So let’s explore the differences that set the Buick Encore and Chevy Trax apart from one another.

Exterior Design and Trim Levels

In reality, the 2022 Buick Encore and 2022 Chevy Trax are cousins and share the GM Gamma ll platform. The sharing of this platform contributes to the two small crossovers having a similar size, but their exterior design couldn’t be more different.
The Buick Encore has a more elegant exterior design with sleek lines, flowing curves, and the charm you expect from a Buick. Its custom Buick wheels, attractive headlights and taillights, and sculpted front clip give it a personality all its own. The Encore also has an aggressive stance and appeals to all ages with its emphasis on refinement. You can have the 2022 Buick Encore in the Base and Preferred trim levels. Each trim level is loaded with available Buick features you know and love.
The Chevy Trax has a more etched exterior design with chiseled out rear fenders, custom Chevy wheels, and an extra-large front grille. The Trax emphasizes more on sportiness with a sporty stance and crisp lines. You can have the 2022 Chevy Trax in the LS and LT trim levels. Each trim level has all the available features you can expect from a Chevy.

Buick and Chevrolet Horse Power

When it comes to power, once again, the Buick Encore and Chevy Trax show that they are genuinely cousins. These small crossovers use the same engine, resulting in the same power ratings. The shared engine is a 1.4-liter turbo-four with 155 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. This engine is stout and provides the Encore and the Trax with more than enough power to navigate through crowded city streets or cruise at highway speeds.
The Encore and Trax not only share an engine, but they also share an efficient six-speed automatic transmission. The Encore and the Trax also give you front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive options.

Buick and Chevrolet Performance

The Buick Encore and Chevy Trax have similar performance capabilities, sharing MacPherson strut front suspensions and torsion beam rear suspensions. This ultimately gives the Encore and Trax similar handling and ride characteristics. The ride quality of the Encore is a little quieter and more comfortable, thanks to the Encore being focused more on luxury and comfort. The Trax is geared more toward sportiness and has a less refined interior allowing more road noise into the cabin. The 2022 Buick Encore and 2022 Chevy Trax are rated for 24 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Interior Design

With so many similarities, the Buick Encore and Chevy Trax may seem to be on par with one another, but the Encore has a few tricks up its sleeve that gives it the advantage. The base Encore outperforms the base Trax with more available upscale features such as Buick QuietTuning technologies boasting acoustic laminated glass in the windshield and triple door seals that absorb and block unwanted noise. This technology provides passengers with a quiet atmosphere where conversations can thrive, music is a luxury, and road noise becomes a thing of the past.

The base-level Encore and Trax have available features such as:

  • Apple CarPlay.
  • Android Auto.
  • Keyless entry.
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats.
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot.
  • The base Encore surpasses the base Trax with additional available features such as:
  • Cruise control.
  • Keyless ignition.
  • Rear privacy glass.
  • Heated mirrors.
  • A power-adjustable driver’s seat.
  • Satellite radio.
  • A few more available Chevy Trax features include:
  • 12-volt power outlet.
  • 120-volt power outlet.
  • 3.5-inch diagonal driver information center.
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System including a 7.0-inch diagonal color touch screen.
  • Assist handles.
  • A few more available Buick Encore features include:
  • 120-volt power outlet.
  • 4.2-inch diagonal color driver information center.
  • Buick Infotainment System including a 7.0-inch color touch screen.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Remote start.

When considering cargo space, the Encore and Trax have the same amount of space. Both small crossovers have around 18 cubic feet behind the second-row seats and approximately 48 cubic feet behind the first-row seats. However, the Buick Encore provides more luxury with a more upscale interior that provides a quiet and comfortable riding experience that is lacking in the Chevy Trax.

Buick and Chevrolet Safety Features

Buick loads the 2022 Buick Encore with available safety features such as:

  • Forward collision alert.
  • Front and rear park assist.
  • Lane departure warning.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Rear vision camera.
  • Side blind-zone alert.
  • Signature LED daytime running lamps.
  • Electronic stability control.
  • Traction control.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system.
  • Chevrolet provides the 2022 Chevy Trax with available safety features such as:
  • LED daytime running lamps.
  • Rear cross-traffic alert.
  • Rear park assist.
  • Rear vision camera.
  • Side blind-zone alert.
  • Electronic stability control.
  • Traction control.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system.

For the Encore and the Trax, safety is of the utmost importance, and each small crossover provides you with available safety features to help protect what matters most. There’s no doubt that these two vehicles are similar, but the Encore comes out on top with more available features at the base level and a primary focus on refinement and luxury.
Deciding between the 2022 Buick Encore and the 2022 Chevy Trax will be based on personal preference and overall value. Let Hiley Buick GMC of Fort Worth help you with this decision. Our knowledgeable and professional sales team can answer all of your questions regarding the 2022 Buick Encore and how it compares to the 2022 Chevy Trax. So contact us or visit our conveniently located dealership in Fort Worth, Texas, and take the 2022 Buick Encore for a test drive today.

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