Just last month at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, General Motors brought the Chevrolet Trailblazer nameplate back the U.S. market with a new subcompact crossover offering. However, not far from the Chevy booth, Buick also had a new subcompact crossover on the show floor with the North American debut of the Buick Encore GX. Which begs the question – which would you rather have?
While there are a number of differences between these two vehicles, it’s worth giving a quick rundown on the similarities first. For starters, both the new Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX ride on the GM VSS-F vehicle platform (alternatively known as a “vehicle set”), while also offering the same engine lineup, which includes the base-level turbocharged 1.2L LIH three-cylinder, rated at 137 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, and the optional turbocharged 1.3L L3T three-cylinder, rated at 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque.
So the bones of these two machines are the same. However, once we start looking at things like styling and features, the new Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX start to diverge from one another.
For example, the Chevrolet Trailblazer was revealed in two trim levels in LA, including the sporty RS model, which comes with a number of red trim bits and other performance-flavored cues, and the outdoorsy Activ, which features unique off-road-tuned suspension, beefier tires, and extra ground clearance. We exclusively revealed the rest of the new Trailblazer trim level structure earlier this month.
Meanwhile, the Buick Encore GX takes a decidedly more premium approach to the segment. Offered in three trim levels, including Preferred, Select, and Essence, the Encore GX offers additional digital safety features over the Trailblazer (such as the Rear Camera Mirror and Surround Vision Camera) as well as more upscale materials. The Encore GX was also released ahead of the Trailblazer, slotting in for the 2020 model year, versus the 2021 model year for the Chevy.
The styling between these two vehicles is also wildly different, with the new Chevrolet Trailblazer sporting sharp lines, hard creases, and an attitude reminiscent of the new Chevrolet Blazer. By comparison, the Buick Encore GX is more rounded and softer in its styling approach.
So, which would you rather have? Let us know in the poll below, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Trailblazer news, Buick Encore news, Chevrolet news, Buick news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.