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For a lot of people, a compact crossover SUV is a perfect option that combines the power and functionality of an SUV with a smaller size and practicality similar to a car. Choosing the right model can be difficult, however, since there are so many different ones on the market for you to choose from. That is when it can be helpful to narrow down your options to just a couple models and then see how they stack up against each other. For example, you might consider the 2020 Chevy Trax vs 2020 Ford EcoSport to see which one is a better match for what you need.
First things first, these are both excellent compact SUVs that offer great options throughout, but your particular needs can make the Chevy Trax a better option. For starters, the engine in the 2020 Chevy Trax is quite a bit better than the standard engine in the EcoSport, offering you improved performance and a more enjoyable driving experience overall. Both of these SUVs have great options inside and out, so you can expect incredible comfort and luxury features along with some of the best technology found anywhere on the road.
These are also both very safe vehicles, so when you look at the safety features that the 2020 Chevy Trax has to offer, you can quickly see that the safety and well being of your loved ones is a top priority. Overall, these are both great compact SUVs, but the Trax simply has more to offer, particularly at the starting trim level. Combine that with the incredible reliability and performance that Chevy is known for, and you have the recipe for a great compact crossover SUV to serve you well for many years to come. Visit us at Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Buford to find out more and see the impressive 2020 Chevy Trax for yourself.
When looking at engines and performance on vehicles, it can be easy to get focused purely on the number of available engines and the maximum amount of power possible. While that might have its place for certain types of vehicles – like with sports cars and heavy-duty trucks – with something like a compact SUV, it is much less critical. We often prefer to look at what you get as the baseline engine in this type of vehicle – after all, a sporty and responsive driving experience should not be kept away in a higher trim level. Everyone deserves to have a vehicle that they enjoy driving.
The 2020 Chevy Trax has a single engine available, so no matter what else you might be interested in when looking at it, you know what to expect in terms of performance. You get a 1.4L Turbo EcoTec 4-cylinder engine in the Trax, which delivers up to 138 hp and up to 148 lb-ft of torque. This comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive is standard, though all-wheel drive is available on every trim level. So if you prefer all-wheel drive, you do not have to worry about upgrading to a different trim or need to consider the added expense of a different engine.
With the 2020 Ford EcoSport, the starting engine is quite a bit less powerful than what you will find in the Chevy Trax, which is unfortunate. Most of the trims of the EcoSport come with a 1.0L EcoBoost engine that offers up to 123 hp and up to 125 lb-ft of torque. As you can see, this is a decent amount less horsepower and quite a lot less torque than what you get in the 2020 Chevy Trax. And while you can upgrade to a better engine, this will come with a hefty price increase. The EcoSport comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission, much like the Trax, and front-wheel drive is standard on most models. If you want 4WD, however, you cannot get it with this engine – 4WD is only available with the more expensive available engine, which comes with it, and you cannot get FWD on that engine.
So, as we look at these two compact SUVs side-by-side, we can see that the engine in the 2020 Chevy Trax is quite a bit more powerful than the standard engine in the EcoSport. This is part of why the Trax is so much fun to drive, and the added torque is great for going uphill and handling uneven terrain.
Since the majority of the time you spend with your vehicle will involve you driving while sitting inside of it, it is important to look at what you can get regarding the interior of any vehicle you are interested in purchasing. Rather than try to get into all the details of every possible trim, let us look at the starting trims for these two compact SUVs. That will give us a good sense of what everyone can get on them.
The starting trim of the 2020 Chevy Trax, the LS, features a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, a 6-speaker audio system, and a 4-way manual driver’s seat. It has steering wheel-mounted controls, a 3-inch driver information display, and an 8-point digital compass. You get remote keyless entry, multiple USB ports, and almost 93 cu.ft. of total space for all of your passengers. Overall it is a great starting point for the Trax and gives you a lot for your money.
By comparison, the starting trim of the 2020 Ford EcoSport, the S, features a much smaller 4-inch LCD infotainment display, a 6-speaker sound system, and a 4-way manual driver’s seat. The EcoSport S has steering wheel-mounted controls, a pair of USB ports, and a rear-window defroster. If you want a keyless-entry keypad, then that requires an optional package. And while the EcoSport offers seating for up to five people, just like the 2020 Chevy Trax, it has just barely more than 91 cu.ft. of total space for your passengers, which is less space than the Trax provides.
Nothing is more important than the safety of yourself and your passengers when you are on the road. No matter what kind of vehicle you look at, the standard and available safety features should be one of the factors you pay the most attention to. Both the 2020 Chevy Trax and the 2020 Ford EcoSport are safe vehicles with great safety options, though the Trax gives you just a bit more standard.
The safety features in the starting trim of the Chevy Trax include StabiliTrak electronic stability and traction control, daytime running lamps, and a comprehensive airbag suite with ten airbags. You also get a standard rear vision camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and rear child security door locks all standard. Available safety features on the Trax include a forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, and a lane departure warning.
With the starting trim of the 2020 Ford EcoSport, standard features include AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, automatic on/off headlamps, and airbags throughout the interior. Hill-start assist, a rearview camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system are also standard. Available safety features on the EcoSport include a blind spot information system, cross-traffic alert, a reverse sensing system, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. However, none of these safety features are available as options on the starting trim.