For the 2024 model year, General Motors has introduced two new entries for the entry-level crossover segment, the 2024 Buick Envista and 2024 Chevy Trax. Despite both subcompact crossover sharing the same platform and architecture, there are notable differences between the two. With that in mind, today we’re looking the two vehicles side-by-side in the following comparison.
Starting with the exterior dimensions, the 2024 Envista is four inches longer than the 2024 Trax, and measures in at 182.6 inches as compared to the latter’s 178.6 inches. In addition, the Trax boasts an inch less of front overhang, as well as 2.9 inches less rear overhang.
Up front, we immediately notice a similar two-tier lighting array, with daytime running lamps and turn signals mounted high and headlamp projectors placed lower in the fascia. We can also see that the outside mirrors are also positioned at the same height on the vehicle.
Moving the rear, the Envista boasts low-mounted brake lamps, while those on the Trax are higher up. The license plate is bolted onto the Trax’s liftgate, while the Envista’s plate is positioned on the bumper. The Trax features a rear window wiper/washer, while designers explained why the Envista does not include the feature. Both crossovers share the same cargo area liftover height, while the Buick’s sloping roofline is more pronounced aft of the B-pillars compared to the Trax’s.
As a reminder, the 2024 Chevy Trax was unveiled first back in October 2022. As a complete overhaul as compared to the preceding generation, the all-new Trax features a bevy of exterior, interior and powertrain updates. Notably, General Motors offers two subcompact crossovers for the Bow Tie brand, as the Chevy Trailblazer is also considered in this segment. That being said, the Trailblazer is marketed towards the outdoorsy cliental with its available AWD drivetrain, while the Trax is intended for more general crossover needs.
Meanwhile, the 2024 Buick Envista was revealed for the U.S. market in April 2023. Replacing the outgoing 2022 Buick Encore as the Tri-Shield brand’s entry-level vehicle, the Envista is a brand-new nameplate. One of the most notable aspects of the 2024 Envista is that it is the first vehicle globally to debut Buick’s new design language, which has since been applied to the 2024 Buick Encore GX and 2024 Buick Envision.
Of course, both the 2024 Envista and 2024 Trax are powered by the same turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine. Under the skin lies the GM VSS-F vehicle set, while production takes place at the GM Changwon plant in South Korea.