2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Trax are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Trax and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, 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.

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 GMC Terrain:

Trax

Terrain

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

122

159

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

363/349 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

207

376

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.6 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

153 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 GMC Terrain:

Trax

Terrain

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

109

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

195 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

288

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

707 lbs.

730 lbs.

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

Warranty

There are over 73 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC 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 Terrain’s engines use 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Trax FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Terrain FWD with its standard engine (26 city/31 hwy vs. 26 city/30 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Chevrolet Trax uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Terrain with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine 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 Terrain:

Trax

Terrain

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

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

For better maneuverability, the Trax’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Terrain w/17” wheels’ (36.7 feet vs. 37.4 feet). The Trax’s turning circle is 4.9 feet tighter than the Terrain w/19” wheels’ (36.7 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 650 pounds less than the GMC Terrain.

The Trax is 1 foot, 2.7 inches shorter than the Terrain, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Terrain because it costs $509 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Trax than the Terrain, including $231 less for a muffler, $132 less for front brake pads, $145 less for a starter, $358 less for fuel injection and $183 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Trax will be $1667 to $6305 less than for the GMC Terrain.

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