2020 Chevrolet Trax vs. 2020 Jeep Compass

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Safety

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Both the Trax and the Compass 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 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 Jeep Compass:

Trax

Compass

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

122

196

Neck Injury Risk

26%

41%

Neck Stress

298 lbs.

445 lbs.

Neck Compression

12 lbs.

38 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/313 lbs.

326/489 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.3 inches

.8 inches

Neck Stress

122 lbs.

235 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

249/289 lbs.

299/387 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, results indicate that the Chevrolet Trax is safer than the Jeep Compass:

Trax

Compass

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

73

102

Chest Movement

.7 inches

.8 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

134 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

100

101

Spine Acceleration

33 G’s

56 G’s

Hip Force

672 lbs.

928 lbs.

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

Warranty

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The Trax’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Compass’ (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 25 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Trax’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Chevrolet Trax’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Compass’ 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 525-amp battery. The Compass only offers a standard 500-amp battery.

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 19 points higher than the Compass.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep 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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 52 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

Engine

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As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Trax is faster than the Jeep Compass (automatics tested):

Trax

Compass

Zero to 60 MPH

9.3 sec

10.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

79 MPH

76.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Trax

FWD

1.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

AWD

1.4 Turbo 4-cyl.

24 city/29 hwy

Compass

FWD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/31 hwy

4WD

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/30 hwy

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Trax stops much shorter than the Compass:

Trax

Compass

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

144 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

151 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

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The Trax Premier handles at .80 G’s, while the Compass Trailhawk pulls only .73 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 Compass Trailhawk (28.2 seconds @ .58 average G’s vs. 29.6 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Trax may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 450 pounds less than the Jeep Compass.

The Trax is 5.4 inches shorter than the Compass, making the Trax easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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The Trax has .4 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom and 1.5 inches more rear hip room than the Compass.

The front step up height for the Trax is 2.6 inches lower than the Compass (16.8” vs. 19.4”). The Trax’s rear step up height is 3.9 inches lower than the Compass’ (16.8” vs. 20.7”).

Cargo Capacity

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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 Compass’ liftover is 31.1 inches.

Ergonomics

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The Trax’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Compass’ rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Trax has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Compass only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Trax is less expensive to operate than the Compass because typical repairs cost less on the Trax than the Compass, including $62 less for a starter, $12 less for fuel injection and $134 less for front struts.

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