The Chevy Trax has a more luxurious sibling, the Buick Encore. The two vehicles are quite similar, but the Encore is noticeably nicer than the Trax in a number of different ways. It is generally quieter, has a nicer interior, and a nicer exterior as well. The bi-weekly lease payment isn't even that far off, so I thought I'd lay out what the main differences are and then see what you guys think when comparing the two.
Looking at the interiors of the two vehicles, the Encore uses nicer materials, has different gauges and vents, and also has a different setup for the controls. Overall you are going to get a more luxurious look and feel from the Encore interior.
Chevy Trax Interior
Buick Encore Interior
The Encore really separates itself from the Trax when it comes to additional features and technology. Features available on the Encore and not the Trax include: rain-sensing wipers, a heated steering wheel, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, a power passenger seat, chrome wheels, memory settings for the driver's seat, a forward-collision warning system, a lane-departure warning system and dual-zone climate control. That's a lot of stuff that the Trax doesn't have.
Another difference between the Encore and the Trax is the ride of the Encore. It is described as quieter than the Trax and also smoother.
One thing that is the same between the two vehicles is the engine. Both come with the same 1.4L turbo 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 HP and 148 lb-ft of torque.
To cap this off, consider the lease price. In Canada the base rate for a bi-weekly payment on a Trax is $134 for a 48 month term. The Encore raises that price up to $178 bi-weekly. That is a difference of $44.
What do you guys think? Might you be swayed to go with the Encore instead of the Trax?