2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs 2020 Chevrolet Trax Comparison in Salt Lake City, UT

Compact crossovers are flying off the lots at dealerships across America, and it's not hard to see why: they combine the affordable price, compact footprint and impressive fuel economy of a compact car with the utility and commanding ride height of an SUV. But which crossover gives you the best value? We'll help you make an informed decision with head-to-head model comparisons at Nate Wade Subaru. On this page, see how the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek outperforms the 2020 Chevy Trax.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Chevy Trax: Size & Design

One look is all it takes to discover that the Subaru Crosstrek was built for more adventure and more rugged terrain than the Chevy Trax. On the outside, the 2020 Chevrolet Trax provides steel wheels, no standard roof rails and just 6.2" of standard ground clearance. By contrast, every 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is equipped with stylish and durable alloy wheels, versatile roof rails and a generous 8.7" of ground clearance. Whereas the Chevy Trax is merely a tall hatchback with some extra ride height, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has utility and toughness to back up its adventurous look.

Best of all, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek is much roomier for greater comfort and cargo space! You get more legroom in every seat, more front-seat headroom and an extra two cubic feet of cargo space. That means you have more room for passengers to stretch out and more room for all your stuff in the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek.

Subaru Crosstrek Center Console

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Chevy Trax: Features & Technology

When it comes to multimedia, these cars are very similar, coming standard with a touchscreen infotainment system as well as Android Auto™ / Apple CarPlay® for fast and easy smartphone pairing. As optional upgrades, both vehicles can be equipped with a wi-fi hotspot, built-in navigation, a premium audio system and SiriusXM® satellite radio.

But when it comes to comfort, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek has the edge. Available with genuine leather upholstery, it can provide a soft touch in the interior you can't get from the 2020 Chevy Trax, which offers only faux-leather as an available upgrade. And with standard automatic climate control, getting comfortable is as easy as programming your desired temperature, just like the thermostat at home. In the 2020 Chevy Trax, standard manual climate controls mean you'll be fiddling with a hot-cold spectrum dial instead to achieve the ideal temperature.

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Subaru Crosstrek On Gravel Road

2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Chevy Trax: Performance

Style and features certainly count for something, but the biggest difference between the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and the 2020 Chevy Trax comes down to the driving experience. You get more standard horsepower from the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek, so it'll provide more acceleration as you merge on the highway. Better still, it provides more power while using less fuel!

And while an all-wheel drive system is an available upgrade on the 2020 Chevy Trax, it'll cost you an additional $1,500 as an option. Instead, choose the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek and you'll get all-wheel drive as standard equipment! You can even add optional all-terrain features like Hill Descent Control and X-MODE® if you plan on tackling some tougher terrain. These features help optimize the all-wheel drive system for superior control and grip on tricky surfaces, and there's nothing quite like them available on the 2020 Chevy Trax.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Chevy Trax: Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek a 2020 Top Safety Pick award! That means it's one of the safest crossovers in this class in the event of an accident. It received the best-possible score of "Good" in every single crash test area.

By contrast, the 2020 Chevrolet Trax got a score of merely "Acceptable" in the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test. As a result, it did not qualify for any safety accolades from the IIHS. For the best protection in the event of an accident, choose the award-winning 2020 Subaru Crosstrek.

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2020 Subaru Crosstrek vs. 2020 Chevy Trax: Driver Assistance

When it comes to driver assistance, both these cars offer similar available features, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning -- the difference is in how much it'll cost. From the entry-level trim to the top-of-the-line model, every 2020 Subaru Crosstrek with an automatic transmission comes standard with Subaru EyeSight® driver assistance! That means you can get all these features even on the entry-level model. By contrast, these features aren't available on the 2020 Chevrolet Trax until you upgrade to the top-of-the-line Premier trim level. Peace of mind is more affordable on the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek!

Furthermore, the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek even offers available features like adaptive cruise control and reverse automatic braking that aren't available on the 2020 Chevrolet Trax at all.

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Why Subaru Gives You More Value At Nate Wade

It's true that the 2020 Chevrolet Trax is several hundred dollars more expensive than the 2020 Subaru Crosstrek at the entry level -- but, as we've illustrated above, you get thousands more in value from the Subaru! With standard all-wheel drive, a more spacious cabin, a more powerful engine and a more fuel efficient ride, there's simply no contest. Between these two compact crossovers, it's the Subaru Crosstrek that gives you the most for your money. Find out more during a test drive at Nate Wade Subaru.

2020 Subaru Crosstrek2020 Chevrolet Trax
$22,145Starting MSRP*$21,300
145 lb.-ft.Torque148 lb.-ft.
33 Highway / 27 CityFuel Efficiency w/ Automatic Transmission (MPG)31 Highway / 26 City
StandardAll-Wheel DriveAvailable Upgrade
Standard FeatureRoof RailsAvailable Upgrade
109.9 cu. ft.Passenger Volume92.8 cu. ft.
20.8 cu. ft.Cargo Space18.7 cu. ft.
55.3 cu. ft.Maximum Cargo Space48.4 cu. ft.
2020 Top Safety PickIIHS AwardsNone

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.