How Do the Chevy Trax and Buick Encore Compare?

October 20th, 2016 by

Chevy Trax versus Buick Encore Paris, KYThe Buick Encore and the Chevrolet Trax are similar vehicles. They both are part of the compact SUV segment and they both offer good handling and gas mileage. Here are some of the similarities and differences between the two vehicles.

Exterior

Both the Encore and the Trax have an athletic look that is designed for good maneuverability in tighter city spaces. The Chevy Trax has a front grille with dual ports, while the Encore has a front fascia that is more sculpted. The Trax offers a more aggressive and sporty look with headlights that wrap around the fenders in the front, while the Encore’s tri-color shield has a chrome strip that is more refined. It also has newly styled LED headlights and a lower air intake to make it look neater and tidier in the front. The back of the Trax also has a new look with dual taillights and a Premier trim with LED lighting. The Encore adds a spoiler on the top of the back tailgate to extend the roof and make it look longer.

Interior

For 2017, Buick upgraded the interior materials in the Encore. They added soft touch surfaces and blue ambient lighting for a luxury feel. It also has a new 8-inch color touch screen display that is compatible with both Apple and Android. The Trax was also updated for 2017 with a 7-inch color touchscreen display and a new look for the instrument panel. The infotainment center is also compatible with both Apple and Android, and it offers Chevy’s MyLink system for connecting devices. Both vehicles offer 4G LTE technology and they have a WiFi hotspot so you can stay connected where ever you go.

Engine

The engine in the 2017 Trax remains the same as the previous model. It has a 1.4-liter turbo engine that will get 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. It also comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2017 Buick Encore also has a 1.4-liter turbo engine, but this model also offers a 1.4-liter turbo engine with Start/Stop technology along with direct fuel injection to give it a little more pep. The standard engine will also get 138 horsepower, and with the direct injection this bumps up to 153 horsepower. Both vehicles drive well and offer an all-wheel drive option for those who live in snowy areas.

Safety Features

The Encore comes standard with 10 airbags along with a rearview camera. A forward collision warning system and lane departure warning system are available options. The Chevy Trax also comes standard with a rearview camera. You can get additional safety options depending on the trim including rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The Buick Encore comes standard with GM’s OnStar system and six months worth of service that provides directions and connectivity.

Both the Chevrolet Trax and the Buick Encore have some new design features and tech upgrades for 2017. Either one is a good choice for those who need a compact vehicle but want the feel of an SUV and the option for all-wheel drive.