2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Subaru Forester

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Trax and the Forester 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.

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 Subaru Forester:

Trax

Forester

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

186

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

326 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

22 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

207

293

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.7 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

213 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 Subaru Forester:

Trax

Forester

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

122 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

389 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

246

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

56 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

14 inches

16 inches

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 Forester’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 5 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Subaru 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 Forester’s engine uses 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 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, 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 Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Subaru Forester:

Trax

Forester

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.3 sec

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Trax’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Forester:

Trax

Forester

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.6 inches

The Trax stops much shorter than the Forester:

Trax

Forester

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

168 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 650 pounds less than the Subaru Forester.

The Trax is 1 foot, 2.5 inches shorter than the Forester, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Trax

Forester

Full-Throttle

78 dB

81 dB

70 MPH Cruising

71 dB

76 dB

Ergonomics

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 Forester’s standard power windows’ passenger windows don’t open automatically. The Forester Premium/Sport/Limited/Touring’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to lower them fully.

The Trax’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Forester’s power lock switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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 Forester doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

The Trax is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Forester doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Forester because it costs $254 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the Forester, including $294 less for a starter, $430 less for fuel injection and $117 less for front struts.

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