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 nearly the same size and are both available with roof racks and crossbars to help you bring more along for the ride. 

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 only available in six colors. Even more impressive, 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 


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. On the Trax, you’ll find a 3.5-inch Driver Information Display screen, while the Encore’s is slightly bigger at 4.2 inches. 

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


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.


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 may seem like they’re evenly matched . However, there are a few ways the new Trax comes out ahead. The Chevy offering boasts more exterior colors and wheel styles to choose from, is available with heated front seats, and offers all-wheel drive for a more affordable price. We think the answer is clear. 

You don’t have to just take our word for it though – the best way to learn is with a test drive. Schedule a test drive at Sunrise Chevrolet today by calling us at (630) 942-8300. Or stop in to see us at 414 E North Ave., Glendale Heights, IL 60139.

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Dianna Duchesne

Dianna Duchesne

Dianna is the Digital Content Writer for Garber Automotive Group.

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