2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2020 Buick Encore

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Trax and the Encore have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger 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 all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.


There are over 47 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Buick dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.


To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Trax has a standard 525-amp battery. The Encore’s 438-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 Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 7 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked 11th.

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 Buick vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Buick is ranked fifth.


As tested in Consumer Reports the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Buick Encore:



Zero to 60 MPH

10.8 sec

11 sec

Quarter Mile

18.2 sec

18.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

78.2 MPH

77.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Trax FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Encore FWD (26 city/31 hwy vs. 25 city/30 hwy).

Brakes and Stopping

The Trax stops much shorter than the Encore:



70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

175 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The Trax Premier handles at .80 G’s, while the Encore AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Trax Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Encore AWD (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .54 average G’s).


The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 450 pounds less than the Buick Encore.

Passenger Space

The Trax has .6 inches more rear hip room and .3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Encore.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Encore because typical repairs cost less on the Trax than the Encore, including $147 less for front brake pads.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Trax will be $1663 to $1765 less than for the Buick Encore.

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