What are the Differences Between the 2018 Chevrolet Trax, Equinox, and Traverse?
Although Chevrolet makes three vehicles in the crossover/SUV category, each one has unique strengths depending on your priorities. Discover which model would suit you best.
The Trax extends 167.6 inches in length, accommodating up to five passengers. Cargo space is 18.7 cubic feet behind the second-row seats, which expands to 48.4 cubic feet when you collapse these seats. The Equinox is the next largest, at 183.1 inches long, and it also seats up to five. Cargo space is 29.9 cubic feet, which expands to 63.5 cubic feet when you fold down the second-row seats. The Traverse is the roomiest of the three, extending to 204.3 inches in length while having an eight-passenger capacity when properly configured. Cargo space is 23.0 cubic feet, which expands to 98.2 cubic feet when you collapse both second and third rows.
As you might have guessed, the smallest of the three (the Trax) gets the best mileage while the largest of the three (the Traverse) delivers the most power. The 1.4-liter engine on the Trax outputs 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque when equipped with front-wheel drive. However, it achieves 33 mpg on the highway, to save you money at the pump. The Equinox’s slightly more potent 1.5-liter engine outputs 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. It achieves 1 mpg less on the highway (32). The Traverse comes with a 3.6-liter engine underneath the hood which churns out 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It gets only 27 mpg on the highway.
More features come standard on the Equinox and Traverse than on the smaller Trax, such as keyless ignition, cruise control, premium cloth upholstery, and alloy wheels. However, all three come standard with technology amenities such as Bluetooth and navigation, while certain trims offer available perks such as satellite radio.
The Trax is the most affordable choice, with a starting MSRP of $21,945. The Equinox comes in second with a starting MSRP of $24,575, while the Traverse is the priciest of the three, starting at $30,925.
Conclusion: If you value affordability and efficiency, but can sacrifice interior capacity, go with the Trax. If you need a more spacious commuter to transport up to five people, go with the Equinox, which still offers competent mileage. If you’re searching for an SUV that can transport up to eight passengers while offering the most force and cargo space, opt for the Traverse.
News Source: Edmunds
The News Wheel is a digital auto magazine providing readers with a fresh perspective on the latest car news. We’re located in the heart of America (Dayton, Ohio) and our goal is to deliver an entertaining and informative perspective on what’s trending in the automotive world. See more articles from The News Wheel.