We’ve been there before. Rolling up to a friend’s apartment, eyeing a space on the roadside that might be big enough if your car wasn’t a full-sized SUV. Or making an exciting purchase only to realize that it isn't going to fit inside your sedan's trunk. Or getting on the road, feeling like an ant surrounded by giant trucks. Subcompact SUVs are the answer to all these problems. But which one is the best? Well, let's look at the 2021 Chevy Trax vs 2021 Buick Encore to find out.
As far as what’s the same, both vehicles are offered in two trim levels starting in the low-to-mid $20,000s. While they aren’t kitted as off-roaders, they provide an elevated stance for good outward visibility. At 14 feet long with a 100-inch wheelbase, they can fit into the kinds of parking spaces that give most SUVs claustrophobia. Plus with a rear hatch and flat-folding seats, they provide over 48 cu.ft. of storage space and can accommodate cargo up to 8 feet long.
The biggest difference is in the styling – Chevy’s simple but modern character vs Buick’s classy, perhaps even stuffy atmosphere. The Buick starts at a higher price, reflecting the materials and extra luxuries built-in. Certain features are unique to each model, but it’s generally a case of splitting hairs. We’re partial to the Trax thanks to universal AWD availability, greater individuality, and a starting price over $2,000 lower than the Encore. The upscale Buick is nice, but classiness is no substitute for character and budget-friendliness in our book – we think you’ll agree!