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Both the Trax and the 500X 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.
Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Trax 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Fiat covers the 500X. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the 500X ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
The Trax’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the 500X’s (6 vs. 5 years).
Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Trax. Chevrolet will pay for an oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance during the first 12 months. Fiat doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the 500X.
There are over 7 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Fiat dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.
The Chevrolet Trax’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the 500X’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.
To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Trax has a standard 525-amp battery. The 500X’s 500-amp battery isn’t as powerful.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Trax’s reliability 28 points higher than the 500X.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Fiat vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 68 more problems per 100 vehicles, Fiat is ranked 29th.
On the EPA test cycle the Trax AWD gets better fuel mileage than the 500X (24 city/29 hwy vs. 23 city/29 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trax uses regular unleaded gasoline. The 500X requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Trax has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the 500X (14 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Trax stops much shorter than the 500X:
60 to 0 MPH
60 to 0 MPH (Wet)
The Trax Premier AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the 500X pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.
The Trax Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the 500X Trekking (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .59 average G’s).
The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 500 pounds less than the Fiat 500X.
The Trax is 5.6 inches narrower than the 500X, making the Trax easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.
The Trax has .5 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear legroom than the 500X.
The front step up height for the Trax is 2.6 inches lower than the 500X (16.8” vs. 19.4”). The Trax’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the 500X’s (16.8” vs. 19.6”).
The Trax has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the 500X with its rear seat up (18.7 vs. 12.2 cubic feet). The Trax has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the 500X with its rear seat folded (48.4 vs. 32.1 cubic feet).
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 500X’s liftover is 31.4 inches.
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 500X only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.
The Trax has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.
For greater rear passenger comfort, the Trax has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The 500X doesn’t offer rear vents.
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 500X doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.
The Trax is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The 500X doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
The Trax will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Trax will retain 41.97% to 42.46% of its original price after five years, while the 500X only retains 35.57% to 36.62%.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the 500X because typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the 500X, including $288 less for fuel injection and $17 less for a fuel pump.
IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Trax will be $513 to $1704 less than for the Fiat 500X.
The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Chevrolet Trax, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.
The Chevrolet Trax outsold the Fiat 500X by over 17 to one during 2018.
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