Vehicle Comparisons:
2018 Chevy Trax vs GMC Terrain

One of the most popular ways to travel through the Lewistown, Bellefonte, and State College areas is with a crossover. While not as popular as sedans, crossovers have risen in popularity incredibly fast and for good reason. They offer a perfect middle ground between SUV utility and sedan efficiency.

If you’re ready to upgrade to a crossover, you need to find the right one. Two of the better options are the 2018 Chevy Trax and the GMC Terrain. Both have a lot to offer, but you may only want to take one home. Learn which one might be better suited for your needs with our 2018 Chevy Trax vs. GMC Terrain comparison.


chevy trax When you’re looking for a new crossover, efficiency is likely at the forefront of your mind. Both these crossovers are efficient, but the Trax brings something truly special to the table. When you’re driving a crossover you need to have great handling, and the Trax can provide. It can handle .8 G’s of cornering force while the Terrain can only handle .79. The turning diameter is also .7 feet tighter with the Trax. If you equip both vehicles with 19-inch wheels, the Trax advantage increases to 4.9 feet.

The root of this efficiency likely stems from the fact that the Trax weighs about 650 pounds less than the Terrain and is over a foot shorter. This leads to numerous advantages, including handling and parking. The reduced weight also means that the Trax is easier to stop, with a 60-0 mph braking distance of 113 feet compared to the Terrain’s 130 feet.


When you invest in a new car, you need to be sure it’s long-lasting. Just about every modern car is built to last, but the Trax may last a bit longer than the Terrain. Although driving and maintenance habits can affect any vehicle’s longevity, there are some factors that give the Trax an edge from the start.

The engine in the Trax uses a cast iron block, while the Terrain’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum tends to be a bit more malleable than cast iron, which means it’s likely to warp and crack at high temperatures sooner than a cast iron block would. In addition, J.D. Power and Associates® ranks Chevrolet significantly higher than GMC in general when it comes to longevity and reliability.


trax interior Regardless whether or not you plan to have passengers in your crossover, you need to make sure it’s safe. Both these vehicles have quite a few safety features, but crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tend to favor the Trax. The Terrain earned an overall four stars, while the Trax earned the full five in every category except for rollover rating, which is impossible for a crossover to perfect.

Most of the additional safety features are the same across both models. The Trax and the Terrain both feature multiple airbags, electronic stability systems, collision warning systems, and more. There is one exception, however, with the Trax. It features height-adjustable front-seat shoulder belts to allow for a better fit that is more likely to prevent injuries.

Schedule a Test Drive at The Lake Dealerships

Our 2018 Chevy Trax vs. GMC Terrain comparison ran close at times, but the Trax claimed victory in the end. With its enhanced safety and efficiency, the Trax is an ideal choice for any Lewistown, State College, or Bellefonte driver looking for a crossover. Contact The Lake Dealerships today to schedule your test drive and experience the Trax for yourself.