2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2020 Cadillac XT4

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Trax and the XT4 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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 Cadillac XT4:

Trax

XT4

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

Warranty

There are over 3 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Cadillac 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 XT4’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Trax’s reliability 28 points higher than the XT4.

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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, 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 Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 51 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 5 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Trax gets better fuel mileage than the XT4:

MPG

Trax

FWD

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

XT4

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trax uses regular unleaded gasoline. The XT4 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Trax stops much shorter than the XT4:

Trax

XT4

70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

172 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better maneuverability, the Trax’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the XT4’s (36.7 feet vs. 38 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 850 pounds less than the Cadillac XT4.

The Trax is 1 foot, 1.5 inches shorter than the XT4, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Trax has .2 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more rear headroom and .9 inches more rear hip room than the XT4.

Ergonomics

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 XT4 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Trax owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Trax will cost $855 to $2005 less than the XT4 over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Trax will be $13329 to $13531 less than for the Cadillac XT4.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Trax outsold the Cadillac XT4 by almost 12 to one during 2018.

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