2022 Chevrolet Trax vs 2022 Buick Encore

With so many subcompact SUVs on the market, you may ask yourself: “What on earth is the difference between all these vehicles?” Especially for vehicles like the 2022 Chevrolet Trax and 2022 Buick Encore, both subcompact crossovers offered by General Motors. 

Though at first glance they may seem to be near-identical twins, there are some differences to be found between the two. Let’s take a closer look. 


When parked side-by-side, it would be easy to assume the new 2022 Chevrolet Trax and 2022 Buick Encore are twins. These subcompact crossovers are both available with roof racks and crossbars to help you bring more along for the ride. When looking at the specs sheets, we’ll also find that they’re nearly the same size: 

  • Wheelbase
    • Chevrolet Trax: 100.6 inches
    • Buick Encore: 100.6 inches
  • Length
    • Chevrolet Trax: 167.2 inches
    • Buick Encore: 168.3 inches
  • Height
    • Chevrolet Trax: 65.2 inches
    • Buick Encore: 65.2 inches
  • Width
    • Chevrolet Trax: 69.9 inches
    • Buick Encore: 70.1 inches 

On both the Trax and the Encore, you’ll find halogen projector-beam headlights that light the night and heated side-view mirrors that keep your view clear on chilly mornings. Their impeccable styling and convenient size are perfect for city living.

The area where they differ the most is in the number of customization options each has. The new Chevy Trax is available in nine head-turning colors, while the new Buick Encore is available in six colors. The new Trax offers six wheel styles to choose from, while the Encore only offers one. 

Advantages of the 2022 Chevrolet Trax

  • More exterior colors to choose from
  • Six wheel options are available 

Advantages of the 2022 Buick Encore

  • Slightly taller and wider


When we move from the outside and work our way in, we find the new 2022 Chevrolet Trax and 2022 Buick Encore are evenly matched once again. In both vehicles, you’ll find interiors crafted in a contemporary style with premium accent stitching, plush materials, and sculpted dashboards. These subcompact crossovers offer the same amount of front legroom, rear legroom, and both boast 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space. 

The new 2022 Chevrolet Trax and 2022 Buick Encore feature single-zone manual climate control and steering-wheel-mounted controls for easy infotainment access. Buick also pairs the new Encore with a 4.2-inch Driver Information Display screen, while the Trax features a 3.5-inch display. 

As for seating, both crossovers can seat up to five people and feature a six-way power driver seat. However, only the Trax is available with heated front seats that keep you warm on cold winter commutes. 

Advantages of the 2022 Chevrolet Trax

  • Available with heated front seats

Advantages of the 2022 Buick Encore

  • Larger Driver Information Display screen


When it comes to advanced technology features, the new 2022 Chevrolet Trax and 2022 Buick Encore refuse to be outdone by one another. They share all the same tech features you want in a contemporary crossover, including: 

  • Smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™
  • A 7-inch touchscreen 
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi® (data plan required) 
  • Six-speaker premium sound system 
  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio 
  • Keyless open and start
  • 120-volt power outlet


Both the new 2022 Chevrolet Trax and 2022 Buick Encore earned NHTSA five-star overall safety ratings and it’s easy to see why. These subcompact crossovers offer loads of advanced safety features like: 

  • 10 standard airbags
  • High-strength steel safety cage
  • Side blind-zone alert
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Rearview camera
  • LATCH child safety-seat system
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system 

The new Encore is also available with forward-collision alert and lane departure warning.

Advantages of the 2022 Buick Encore

  • Available with forward-collision alert and lane departure warning


Take a peek under either the 2022 Chevrolet Trax or 2022 Buick Encore’s hoods and you’ll find a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that kicks out 155 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. These compact crossovers are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions that help them boast a fuel economy of 32 mpg highway and 24 mpg city. 

The Trax and Encore also feature the Stabilitrak® electronic-stability control system that provides extra control when roads are rough. For even more peace of mind, both are available with all-wheel drive to optimize traction when necessary. 

Advantages of the 2022 Chevrolet Trax

  • All-wheel-drive model costs less than the Encore’s 

Which Should You Buy?

The new 2022 Chevrolet Trax and 2022 Buick Encore are evenly matched in nearly every category.  Both of these compact crossovers offer sleek styling, advanced technology, and fuel-efficient power. Best of all, they’re both available with all-wheel drive that ensures you’re ready for anything mother nature sends your way. Whichever compact crossover you choose, you can’t go wrong. 

The best way to learn which is better for you is with a test drive. Click here to find your local Garber dealership and schedule your test drive today!

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Dianna Duchesne

Dianna Duchesne

Dianna is the Digital Content Writer for Garber Automotive Group.

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