2020 Chevrolet Trax vs 2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 - Chevrolet, Crossovers, Subaru, SUV
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SAFETY

Compared to metal, the 2020 Chevrolet Trax plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Crosstrek has a metal gas tank.

Both the Trax and the Crosstrek have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:

 

TRAX

CROSSTREK

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

26%

36%

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

304 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

42 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Neck Injury Risk

38%

44.6%

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

195 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

230/427 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Subaru Crosstrek:

 

TRAX

CROSSTREK

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

138

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

196 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

303

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

58 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

WARRANTY & RELIABILITY

The Trax’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Crosstrek (6 vs. 5 years). There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.

The Chevrolet Trax engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Crosstrek engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

TRANSMISSION

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Crosstrek.

BRAKES & STOPPING

For better stopping power the Trax’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Crosstrek. The Trax also stops much shorter than the Crosstrek:

 

TRAX

CROSSTREK

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

 

 

TRAX

CROSSTREK

Motor Trend 60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

131 feet

 

Suspension, Handling & Chassis

The Trax has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Trax Premier handles at .80 G’s, while the Crosstrek Premium pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 50 to 300 pounds less than the Subaru Crosstrek. The Trax is 8.2 inches shorter than the Crosstrek, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

PASSENGER & CARGO CAPACITY

The front step up height for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax is .7 inches lower than the Crosstrek (16.8” vs. 17.5”). The Trax’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the Crosstrek (16.8” vs. 18”).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Trax easier. The Trax’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Crosstrek’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

SERVICING EASE

The Trax has a maintenance free battery for long life without checking the battery’s water level. The Crosstrek doesn’t have a maintenance free battery, so the water level in the battery’s cells must be checked often to prevent damage.

ERGONOMICS

The engine computer on the Trax automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The 2020 Crosstrek starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Trax’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Crosstrek rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Trax’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Crosstrek’s power window (except driver window) switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Trax has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Crosstrek has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Limited.

The Trax LT/Premier has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

MODEL AVAILABILITY

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

ECONOMIC ADVANTAGES

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Crosstrek because it costs $236 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the Crosstrek, including $246 less for a starter, $120 less for fuel injection and $151 less for front struts.

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