Both the EcoSport and the Trax have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.
The EcoSport’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Trax’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.
The EcoSport’s optional 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 28 more horsepower (166 vs. 138) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (149 vs. 148) than the Trax’s 1.4 turbo 4 cyl.
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the EcoSport’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Trax doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The EcoSport has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Trax doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Ford EcoSport has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Rear drums are standard on the Trax. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.
The EcoSport’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Trax’s standard 70 series tires. The EcoSport’s optional tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Trax’s optional 55 series tires.
For superior ride and handling, the EcoSport 4x4 has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Trax has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.
The EcoSport 4x4 has front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the EcoSport 4x4 flat and controlled during cornering. The Trax’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The EcoSport is 6.3 inches shorter than the Trax, making the EcoSport easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The EcoSport has 2.1 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and .2 inches more rear hip room than the Trax.
The EcoSport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Trax with its rear seat up (20.9 vs. 18.7 cubic feet). The EcoSport has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Trax with its rear seat folded (50 vs. 48.4 cubic feet).
The EcoSport Titanium/SES’ standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Trax’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the EcoSport has standard extendable sun visors. The Trax doesn’t offer extendable visors.
On extremely cold Winter days, the EcoSport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Trax doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The EcoSport SE/Titanium/SES’ standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Trax doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.
The EcoSport (except S)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Trax’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.
With standard voice command, the EcoSport offers the driver hands free control of the radio and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Trax doesn’t offer a voice control system.