2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Trax and the CR-V 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, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors 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 Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Honda CR-V:

Trax

CR-V

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

220

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

66 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

207

283

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

124 lbs.

Neck Compression

104 lbs.

111 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 Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Honda CR-V:

Trax

CR-V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

137

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

130 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

125

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

53 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

382

390

Hip Force

707 lbs.

743 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Trax’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the CR-V’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.

Reliability

The Chevrolet Trax’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the CR-V’s engines use 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 CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Trax’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

Trax

CR-V

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.1 inches

The Trax stops much shorter than the CR-V:

Trax

CR-V

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Trax’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Trax has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CR-V’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Trax has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Trax Premier handles at .80 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Trax’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the CR-V’s (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Honda CR-V.

The Trax is 1 foot, 1 inches shorter than the CR-V, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The front step up height for the Trax is 2.2 inches lower than the CR-V (16.8” vs. 19”). The Trax’s rear step up height is 1.2 inches lower than the CR-V’s (16.8” vs. 18”).

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Trax and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Trax is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Trax’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The CR-V’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

The Trax’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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 CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the CR-V, including $310 less for a starter, $239 less for fuel injection and $12 less for front struts.

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