2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

To help make backing safer, the Trax (except LS)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Trax and the Corolla Hatchback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front 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 and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Trax’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Corolla Hatchback’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 Corolla Hatchback’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 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.

Transmission

The Chevrolet Trax comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Corolla Hatchback.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Trax

Corolla Hatchback

Front Rotors

11.8 inches

11.5 inches

The Trax stops much shorter than the Corolla Hatchback:

Trax

Corolla Hatchback

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

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

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

Passenger Space

The Trax has 8.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hatchback (92.8 vs. 84.6).

The Trax has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom and 5.2 inches more rear hip room than the Corolla Hatchback.

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 Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Trax Premier’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

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 Corolla Hatchback 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 Corolla Hatchback because typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the Corolla Hatchback, including $178 less for a starter, $202 less for fuel injection and $111 less for front struts.

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