Chevrolet Trax vs. Equinox

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - August 29, 2023
2023 Chevrolet Equinox

SUVs dominate Chevrolet’s lineup, as the automaker has a total of nine different and plans to bolster its roster of SUVs in the near future with the arrival of all-electric options. Drivers looking to shop for a smaller SUV from Chevrolet will find the Trax and Equinox to be popular choices.

While the Trax and Equinox have a lot of similarities, choosing between the two SUVs may be more difficult than you think. In this comparison, we’ll look at how the Trax and Equinox differ from one another when it comes to pricing, size, performance, safety, and design to name a better option for most drivers.

Chevrolet Trax vs. Equinox Price

2024 Chevrolet Trax

There’s a large difference in pricing between the two SUVs. Chevrolet Trax prices start at $21,495 for the LS trim, while the most expensive Chevrolet Trax is the Activ which costs $24,995. The cheapest Chevrolet Equinox is the LS trim which costs $27,995 and the most expensive trim is the Premier that’s priced at $33,195.

There’s a $6,500 difference in price between the entry-level Trax and Equinox. Comparing the range-topping models to one another, the difference in price is $8,200. The Trax stands out as the far more affordable option of the two.

As the more affordable model of the two, the Trax tends to be available with better lease deals than the Equinox. Chevrolet offers similar financing rates for both models.

Chevrolet Trax vs. Equinox Size

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Interior

The Chevrolet Trax is classified as a subcompact SUV, while the Equinox is a compact SUV. The difference in classification highlights how different the two vehicles are when it comes to size.

The Trax measures 178.6 inches long, 71.8 inches wide, and 61.4 inches tall. The Equinox is slightly larger. It’s 183 inches long, 72.6 inches wide, and 65.4 inches tall.

The Equinox’s larger size results in more interior space for passengers. The Equinox has more front and rear headroom, rear legroom, front and rear shoulder room, and front and rear hip room than the Trax.

Chevrolet Trax vs. Equinox Performance & Fuel Economy

2024 Chevrolet Trax Engine

Both the Trax and Equinox come with a turbocharged engine, though the number of cylinders differs. The Trax comes with a turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine that makes 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The Equinox is powered by a turbo 1.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 175 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque.

On the road, both SUVs feel slow and deliver below-average performance for their respective segments. While the Equinox has an extra 38 horsepower, its larger size doesn’t bring a large increase in performance.

When it comes to fuel economy, the smaller and less powerful Trax has a slight edge over the Equinox. The Trax can get up to 30 mpg combined, while the Equinox is rated at up to 28 mpg combined.

One major difference between the Trax and Equinox that drivers should note is that the Trax is only available with front-wheel drive. Drivers seeking all-wheel drive will want to explore the Equinox.

Chevrolet Trax vs. Equinox Safety & Technology

2024 Chevrolet Equinox Dashboard

Chevrolet offers the Trax and Equinox with a similar list of safety content. Both SUVs come with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beam assist.

On the tech front, the Trax gets the nod for being slightly more advanced than the Equinox. The Trax comes with an eight-inch touchscreen as standard. The subcompact SUV is also available with an 11-inch touchscreen and an eight-inch digital instrument cluster. The base Equinox comes with a standard seven-inch screen and is available with an eight-inch touchscreen and a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster.

Chevrolet Trax vs. Equinox Interior & Exterior

2024 Chevrolet Trax Dashboard

The current Equinox belongs to the third-gen model that was introduced in 2018. The compact SUV’s age shows on the inside whereas the Equinox has Chevrolet’s older interior design and lackluster materials.

On the other hand, the newer Trax has Chevrolet’s modern design language that features a sportier and youthful look. While the base Trax’s interior looks drab and is filled with cheap plastics, higher trims come with nice materials for the segment.

It’s a similar case when looking at the SUVs from the outside, the Equinox has a safe, conservative design that won’t turn many buyers away. The Trax features a much more polarizing look with an enormous front air intake, split headlight design, and aggressive edges.

Which Chevy SUV is Better? Trax vs. Equinox

Most drivers will find the Chevrolet Trax to be an SUV that checks a lot of boxes, but it doesn’t win this comparison. The Trax has a sharp exterior design, a list of modern tech features, and good fuel economy. Up against the Equinox, the Trax’s smaller interior and lack of AWD put it at a large disadvantage.

The Equinox barely wins this comparison. While it’s not as new as the Trax, it has a roomier interior, a more powerful engine, and a design that’s less controversial. Most drivers want AWD with their SUV, which is something that’s available with the Equinox.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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