2024 Buick Envista vs. 2024 Chevy Trax: Small Sibling SUV Showdown!
The Envista, one of the first new vehicles to come from Buick after its logo rebranding, is a fantastic small crossover SUV aiming to bring young executive American buyers back to the brand. The Trax, fresh off a dramatic redesign, is also one of the hottest vehicles to hit Chevy dealer lots in recent years.
Both of these vehicles share many common parts. Both of these vehicles are built on the General Motors VSS-F platform, which is also shared with the Buick Encore GX and Chevrolet Trailblazer. With both of these crossovers sharing many common parts, is there a clear winner between these two sibling SUVs?
The 2024 Trax barely tops the Envista in performance
The 2024 Chevy Trax and the 2024 Buick Envista are built on a common platform. Tthe Trax and the Envista share the same powertrain, a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Despite this tiny little engine size, it puts out a solid amount of power. GM rates this engine at 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, which is not bad for such a small SUV. This also gives the Trax a decent bit of acceleration, with the Trax offering a 0 to 60 time of 8.6 seconds.
The Envista, despite having the same engine as the Trax, is rated at exactly one horsepower lower than the Trax. According to Edmunds, somewhere along the line, the Envista got rated at 136 horsepower, alongside 162 lb-ft of torque.
The Envista’s 0 to 60 time is also a hair slower, coming in at 8.7 seconds. While both of these engines are identical, the Chevrolet Trax comes in with one horsepower more than the Envista, which gives the Trax a narrow edge when it comes to performance.
The 2024 Trax beats the Envista in cargo space
When it comes to available cargo space in these two subcompact SUVs, both of them offer a solid amount of space. The Envista has a total maximum cargo capacity of 42 cu-ft. This is all available inside the car, which has a total length of 182.6 inches, and a total height of 61.2 inches.
Front seat dimensions are also solid with 39.4 inches of headroom, 41.9 inches of front leg room, and 56 inches of front shoulder room. When it comes to rear passengers, the Envista offers a solid amount of space with 38.7 inches of rear legroom.
Interestingly, the Envista falls short of the Chevy Trax in this department, despite being bigger overall.
The Trax is 178.6 inches long and 61.4 inches high. Despite that more diminutive size, the Trax offers a total cargo capacity of 54.1 cu-ft. The Trax also offers more front headroom at 39.6 inches, and the same legroom for rear passengers as the Envista. The Trax found a way to be more efficient with less space when compared to the Envista.
The Chevy’s small SUV is more affordable than Buick’s
The value of the 2024 Chevy Trax is unbeatable. The SUV starts at just $20,400, making it one of the cheapest vehicles on the market today. The Trax also comes with a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty with a 5-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty.
In comparison the Envista starts at $22,400. Yes, the Envista is a true luxury-adjacent Buick SUV that starts at only $22,400. With this low price point, it’s obvious that Buick is looking to bring in new, young consumers. While the price may not be as low as the Trax, it is an incredibly affordable SUV that is bound to garner a ton of attention.
Both the Chevy Trax and the Buick Envista are both surprisingly good small SUVs. In the past, smaller vehicles usually meant fewer features, but with the Trax offering a radical new design and the Envista coming with great features like a standard 11-inch touchscreen, it is obvious that the small SUV market is growing with more quality options.
You can’t go wrong with either of these SUVs, but I have to give the nod to the Chevy Trax. To see where the Trax has come from in just a few years is incredible, and it looks like one of the best value vehicles in the GM lineup.