USED CHEVY TRAX OR EQUINOX: WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Compact crossover SUVs are becoming one of the fastest growing vehicle segments in the US. Offering capabilities not found on many sedans, such as All-Wheel Drive, and allowing for extra cargo space, crossovers also aren’t much more expensive than your average sedan either.

Two used options that you might be exploring is the subcompact crossover used Chevy Trax and its big brother, the compact crossover used Chevy Equinox. Both offer great affordability, fuel economy, and tech features.

Below, we’ll go over each vehicle in detail to help you decide which will is perfect for you!

Exterior

On the outside, the Trax and Equinox certainly bear some similarities — but there are major differences, too. The primary resemblance is in front, where the Trax and Equinox share a grille design, a headlight shape and large front fenders that give the SUVs a muscular look.

But from there back, the Trax and Equinox are seriously different. Not only is the Trax clearly a lot smaller than the Equinox, but the Equinox offers more rounded, mainstream styling compared to the Trax’s more box-like exterior design.

The Equinox also features a unique angled C-pillar design, which isn’t shared by the Trax.

Interior

The Trax and the Equinox also have some serious differences on the inside. The most obvious is, once again, size, as the Equinox is a lot larger than the Trax — both in the back seat and in the cargo area.

And while the styling of the dashboard and the center control stack is roughly the same, there’s no doubt that the Trax offers lower-grade materials and more of a cheerful, subcompact car feel than its more mainstream Equinox stablemate. With that said, the two crossovers share a few interior items, from the steering wheel and the gauge cluster to the shift lever and Chevrolet’s MyLink display screen.

As a result, we think anyone familiar with an Equinox would have no trouble finding their way around a Trax, and vice versa.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Not surprisingly, the different engines available in the Equinox and Trax also highlight their size differences. More specifically, the Equinox offers larger engines than the Trax — even if you compare the Equinox’s base-level powerplant to the Trax’s sole engine offering.

The Equinox is available with two engines. Base models use a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder mated to a 6-speed automatic; it returns up to 22 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg highway with front-wheel drive or 20 mpg city/29 mpg hwy with optional AWD. Drivers looking for more power can get a brawny 301-hp 3.6-liter V6, which returns 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy with front-wheel drive or 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy with optional AWD.

The Trax, meanwhile, offers just one engine: a tiny 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which makes 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. Gas mileage is 26 mpg city/34 mpg hwy with front-wheel drive, or 24 mpg city/31 mpg hwy with optional AWD. That’s not much better than the 4-cylinder Equinox, largely because that engine seems a little overworked in the Trax.

Which is Right for You?

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax and the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox are more than just “large” and “small” versions of the same car. Instead, these two models offer a lot of major differences, from engine sizing and styling to interior design, driving experience and equipment.

We think of it like this: the Trax is a great SUV for drivers who want a city-friendly subcompact car with an SUV-like style and driving position, while the Equinox has a broader appeal whether you’re in the city, the suburbs or the country.

The Equinox also offers more equipment and a more comfortable ride, which may be important to shoppers interested in a more luxurious vehicle.