2020 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2020 Chevrolet Trax

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The Tucson has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Trax doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Tucson has standard Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Trax has a collision warning system without the crash-mitigating brake feature that could reduce stopping distances.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Tucson’s standard Downhill Brake Control allows you to creep down safely. The Trax doesn’t offer Downhill Brake Control.

The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Trax only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The Tucson’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Trax doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Tucson and the Trax have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:

Tucson

Trax

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

21%

26%

Neck Stress

219 lbs.

298 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

64/54 lbs.

363/313 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

37%

38%

Neck Compression

50 lbs.

104 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

45/43 lbs.

249/289 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 Hyundai Tucson is safer than the Chevrolet Trax:

Tucson

Trax

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

356 lbs.

388 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

482 lbs.

672 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Tucson the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Trax was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Trax’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Trax. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Trax ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (7/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Tucson has a standard 600-amp battery. The Trax’s 525-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Trax isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 26 more horsepower (164 vs. 138) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl. The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 43 more horsepower (181 vs. 138) and 27 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Tucson is faster than the Chevrolet Trax:

Tucson SE/Value

Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate

Trax

Zero to 60 MPH

9.7 sec

8.8 sec

10.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

16.7 sec

17.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

81.1 MPH

84.1 MPH

78.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tucson has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Trax (16.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Tucson offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Trax doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tucson

Trax

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

9” drums

Opt Rear Rotors

10.6 inches

The Hyundai Tucson has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Tucson stops shorter than the Trax:

Tucson

Trax

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Trax (225/60R17 vs. 205/70R16). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Trax (245/45R19 vs. 215/55R18).

The Tucson SE/Value’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Trax’s standard 70 series tires. The Tucson Sport’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Trax’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson SE/Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Trax. The Tucson Sport’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Trax.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Hyundai Tucson has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Trax has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Tucson has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tucson flat and controlled during cornering. The Trax’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tucson’s wheelbase is 4.5 inches longer than on the Trax (105.1 inches vs. 100.6 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Trax.

The Tucson’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the Trax’s (60.7% to 39.3%). This gives the Tucson more stable handling and braking.

The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Trax LT AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tucson Limited AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.1 seconds quicker than the Trax LT AWD (27.1 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 29.2 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 1.8 feet tighter than the Trax’s (34.9 feet vs. 36.7 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Tucson has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Trax (6.4 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the Tucson to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space

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The Tucson has 9.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Trax (102.2 vs. 92.8).

The Tucson has .7 inches more front legroom, 3.9 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more rear legroom, 3.8 inches more rear hip room and 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Trax.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The Trax’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Trax with its rear seat up (31 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The Tucson has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (61.9 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).

The Tucson’s cargo area is larger than the Trax’s in every dimension:

Tucson

Trax

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

34.3”/69.5”

29.3”/57”

Max Width

53”

39.5”

Min Width

40.7”

36”

Height

35.2”

31.8”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Trax doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening liftgate.

Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Trax has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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The Tucson’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Trax has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Tucson’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Trax’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Tucson has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Trax doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Tucson Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Trax’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Trax’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Tucson Ultimate detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Tucson Limited offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Trax doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Tucson has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Both the Tucson and the Trax offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Trax.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Trax doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Tucson Limited/Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trax doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Trax doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the Tucson and the Trax offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Trax doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Tucson Ultimate has a standard Smart Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Trax doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Tucson Ultimate’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With standard voice command, the Tucson offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Trax doesn’t offer a voice control system.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Trax doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $255 less than the Trax over a five-year period.

The Tucson will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tucson will retain 44.13% to 45.94% of its original price after five years, while the Trax only retains 35.97% to 39.45%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Trax because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Trax, including $170 less for a water pump, $227 less for a muffler, $20 less for front brake pads, $236 less for a fuel pump, $33 less for front struts, $738 less for a timing belt/chain and $366 less for a power steering pump.

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The Hyundai Tucson outsold the Chevrolet Trax by 58% during 2018.

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