2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Hyundai Tucson

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Trax and the Tucson 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, 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 Hyundai Tucson:

Trax

Tucson

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

172

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

97 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

207

226

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

162 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 Hyundai Tucson:

Trax

Tucson

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

94

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

241

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Spine Acceleration

46 G’s

48 G’s

Hip Force

707 lbs.

1028 lbs.

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

Warranty

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Hyundai 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 Tucson’s engines use an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Tucson 2.0 4-cylinder:

Trax

Tucson

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

9.7 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Trax gets better fuel mileage than the Tucson:

MPG

Trax

FWD

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Tucson

FWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/30 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

The Trax stops much shorter than the Tucson:

Trax

Tucson

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

142 feet

Consumer Reports

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 500 pounds less than the Hyundai Tucson.

The Trax is 8.6 inches shorter than the Tucson, 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 Tucson (16.8” vs. 19”). The Trax’s rear step up height is 3.2 inches lower than the Tucson’s (16.8” vs. 20”).

Ergonomics

The Trax’s front and rear power windows all open fully with one touch of the switches and its driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Tucson’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Tucson 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 Tucson because it costs $200 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Trax than the Tucson, including $43 less for a starter and $198 less for fuel injection.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Trax will be $5 to $2299 less than for the Hyundai Tucson.

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