2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Toyota C-HR

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Trax offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The C-HR doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

Both the Trax and the C-HR have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 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 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 Toyota C-HR:

Trax

C-HR

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

80

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

126 G’s

Hip Force

388 lbs.

419 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

333

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

58 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

707 lbs.

714 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 C-HR’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Toyota 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 C-HR’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 C-HR’s 520-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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 5 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.

Engine

The Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. produces 9 lbs.-ft. more torque (148 vs. 139) than the C-HR’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Toyota C-HR:

Trax

C-HR

Zero to 60 MPH

9.4 sec

11 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

33.6 sec

33.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

10.2 sec

11.8 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

18.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

80 MPH

79 MPH

Top Speed

117 MPH

115 MPH

Brakes and Stopping

The Trax stops much shorter than the C-HR:

Trax

C-HR

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

137 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 500 pounds less than the Toyota C-HR.

The Trax is 3.6 inches shorter than the C-HR, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Trax has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the C-HR (92.8 vs. 83.8).

The Trax has 1.5 inches more front headroom, 5.1 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear legroom, 2.7 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the C-HR.

Cargo Capacity

The Trax has a larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the C-HR with its rear seat folded (48.4 vs. 36.4 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 C-HR’s liftover is 31 inches.

Servicing Ease

An Oil Life Monitor is standard on the Trax to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals for oil changes based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Toyota doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the C-HR.

Ergonomics

The Trax LT/Premier has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The C-HR doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Trax has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The C-HR doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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 C-HR doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Trax outsold the Toyota C-HR by 81% during 2018.

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