2021 Buick Encore vs. Chevrolet Trax: Differences Compared

2021 Buick Encore vs Chevy Trax

Stand out with distinctive styling and nimble handling in both the 2021 Buick Encore and 2021 Chevrolet Trax. These sleek compact SUVs offer surprisingly spacious cabins to go with spunky handling to help you conquer the city. Both the Encore and Trax are very similar from engine to interior. To help you discover some of the differences between these outstanding models, the team at Reed Buick GMC compiled this comparison article outlining the key features of the 2021 Buick Encore versus the 2021 Chevrolet Trax.

For the purposes of this comparison, we compared the 2021 Buick Encore Preferred trim with all-wheel drive (AWD) versus the 2021 Chevrolet Trax LT with AWD. The Encore Preferred starts at $26,415 MSRP and the Trax Premier starts at $25,015 MSRP.

If you’d like to learn more about what the 2021 Buick Encore has to offer, visit our Buick Encore research hub, where you’ll find key information and links to jumpstart your car-buying journey. Want to explore Encore models available near you? Search the Encore inventory available at our Kansas City, MO, dealership. Please contact us with any questions regarding the Encore. Speak with one of our Buick product specialists at (888) 210-8101 or send us a message online.


Agile handling comes standard on both the 2021 Encore and 2021 Trax. With a wheelbase of just over 100 in. for both models, conquer small parking spaces with ease. And when you’re on the road, experience the thrills of turbocharged engine performance, plus strong fuel economy in both models. The top three trims in the Encore lineup offer AWD as an option, and all three Trax trims make it available to you. Find key engine specs for these similar models in the table below.

2021 Buick Encore Model 2021 Chevrolet Trax
ECOTEC 1.4L Turbo engine Engine 1.4L Turbo engine
155 HP Horsepower 155 HP
177 lb.-ft. Torque 177 lb.-ft.
25/30 MPG (city/hwy) 26/31
Five Seating Five

2021 Buick Encore Interior


Nearly identical interior specifications in the 2021 Encore and Trax gives way to slightly different appointments. Read through the feature for each model to see whether the upgrades of the Encore fit what you need.

2021 Buick Encore Model 2021 Chevrolet Trax
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • Seating for five
  • Hands-free access
Key Interior Specs
  • Loaded with cargo space
  • Confidence with safety
  • Drive confidently with all-wheel system
  • 2-way Manual Front Passenger Seat
  • 4.2″ Diagonal Color Driver Information Center
  • 6-speaker Audio System
  • 60/40 Split-folding Rear Bench Seat
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Cargo Cover
  • Compass Display
  • Cruis Control
  • Defrogger, Rear-window, Electric
  • Chrome door handles
  • Power door locks
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Theft-deterrent system, immbolizer, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Interior & Cargo
  • Satin Silver and chrome shift knob
  • Four-way manual driver’s seat
  • Two-way manual front passenger’s seat
  • Deluxe cloth/leatherette seat trim
  • Front passenger under seat storage

2021 Buick Encore infotainment display


Maximize your connection when you drive the 2021 Encore or Trax. But for upsized information and infotainment screens, go with the 2021 Encore. Key features for both models include:

2021 Buick Encore Model 2021 Chevrolet Trax
  • Available 4G LTA Wifi Hotspot
  • Buick Infotainment System®
  • MyBuick® Mobile App
  • SirusXM® 3-month All Access Trial Subscription
  • Wifi® hotspot capable
  • Buick Connected Services
  • Premium LED Lighting
  • Power Moonroof
  • Quiettuning® Technology
  • Keyless Open and Start
  • Buick® Connected Accessible capable
  • Buick® Infotainment system with 7″ diagonal color touch-screen
  • OnStar® and Buick® Connected Services capable

Top Tech Features

  • Safety Alert Seat
  • OnStar safety and security
  • 10 standard airbags
  • Wifi® hotspot
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • SirusXM® All Access
  • 3.5-in. driver information

2021 Buick Encore safety


Drive with supreme confidence thanks to the intelligent safety features of both the Encore and Trax. Browse the list of features below to see which SUV will keep you safest.

2021 Buick Encore Model 2021 Chevrolet Trax
  • Front pedestrian braking
  • Ten airbags
  • Front and rear park assist
  • Lane departure warnings
  • Rainsense® wipers system
  • Foreward collision alert
  • Onstar® safety and security
  • Side blind zone alert
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear vision camera

Top Safety Features

  • Forward collision alert
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front Pedestrian Braking