2019 Honda CR-V vs. 2019 Chevrolet Trax

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Trax has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Trax doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the CR-V and the Trax have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:

 

CR-V

Trax

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

23%

26%

Neck Stress

194 lbs.

298 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

58/91 lbs.

363/313 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

29%

38%

Leg Forces (l/r)

183/200 lbs.

249/289 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda CR-V is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:

 

CR-V

Trax

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Hip Force

354 lbs.

388 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

609 lbs.

672 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

14 inches

Spine Acceleration

43 G’s

46 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CR-V the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 85 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trax was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

Warranty

The CR-V’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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 CR-V’s reliability 21 points higher than the Trax.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V third among compact suvs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Trax isn’t in the top three in its category.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 8 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 46 more horsepower (184 vs. 138) and 32 lbs.-ft. more torque (180 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (190 vs. 138) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (179 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda CR-V is faster than the Chevrolet Trax:

 

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Trax

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

7.5 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

15.8 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

89 MPH

78.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CR-V gets better fuel mileage than the Trax:

 

 

 

MPG

CR-V

 

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

26 city/32 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

28 city/34 hwy

 

AWD

2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

 

 

1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Trax

 

FWD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

 

AWD

1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

The CR-V has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Trax doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

The CR-V has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Trax doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

The Honda CR-V has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The CR-V stops shorter than the Trax:

 

CR-V

Trax

 

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

169 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the CR-V has larger tires than the Trax (235/65R17 vs. 205/70R16). The CR-V LX’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trax (235/65R17 vs. 215/55R18).

The CR-V LX’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Trax’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the CR-V LX has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trax.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Honda CR-V has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Trax has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The CR-V has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the CR-V flat and controlled during cornering. The Trax’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the CR-V’s wheelbase is 4.1 inches longer than on the Trax (104.7 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the CR-V is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Trax.

The CR-V’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (57% to 43%) than the Trax’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the CR-V more stable handling and braking.

The CR-V Touring AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CR-V LX executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Trax LT AWD (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the CR-V has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Trax (8.2 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the CR-V to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The front grille of the CR-V uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Trax doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The CR-V uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Trax doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the CR-V Touring AWD is quieter than the Trax LT AWD:

 

CR-V

Trax

At idle

40 dB

42 dB

Full-Throttle

78 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space

The CR-V has 13.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Trax (105.9 vs. 92.8).

The CR-V has .5 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, 3.4 inches more front hip room, 3.8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom and 2.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the CR-V’s rear seats recline. The Trax’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Trax with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The CR-V has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (75.8 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the CR-V easier. The CR-V’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26 inches, while the Trax’s liftover is 28.8 inches.

The CR-V’s cargo area is larger than the Trax’s in every dimension:

 

CR-V

Trax

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

37.5”/71”

29.3”/57”

Max Width

54”

39.5”

Min Width

41.5”

36”

Height

41”

31.8”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the CR-V’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the CR-V. The Trax doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults, the CR-V EX-L/Touring has a standard power liftgate, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or on the CR-V Touring, by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The Trax doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Towing

The CR-V has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Trax has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

When two different drivers share the CR-V EX-L/Touring, the memory seats make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position. The Trax doesn’t offer memory seats.

The CR-V EX-L/Touring’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Trax doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Trax’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the CR-V the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Trax can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The CR-V has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Trax doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The CR-V Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Trax’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CR-V’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Trax’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the CR-V has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Trax doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The CR-V’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the CR-V and the Trax offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the CR-V has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Trax doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Trax doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The CR-V Touring’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With available voice command, the CR-V offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Trax doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages

The CR-V will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the CR-V will retain 48.39% to 49.83% of its original price after five years, while the Trax only retains 41.97% to 42.46%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CR-V is less expensive to operate than the Trax because it costs $270 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CR-V than the Trax, including $239 less for a water pump, $390 less for a muffler, $29 less for front brake pads, $67 less for a fuel pump, $614 less for a timing belt/chain and $236 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda CR-V will be $758 to $768 less than for the Chevrolet Trax.

Recommendations

The Honda CR-V has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

CR-V

Trax

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

TRUE

J.D. Power and Associates rated the CR-V first among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Trax isn’t in the top three in its category.

The CR-V was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 17 years. The Trax has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

Motor Trend selected the CR-V as their 2018 Sport Utility of the Year. The Trax has never been chosen.

The Honda CR-V outsold the Chevrolet Trax by over four to one during the 2018 model year.

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