If you’re looking for an SUV for you and your family, you may be unsure of where to start. The 2022 Chevy Trax and the 2022 Kia Sportage are two reliable options. From our experience, one is better than the other, so it’s important to understand their differences before you make your purchase. We’ll use this guide to compare the 2022 Trax and the 2022 Sportage so that you can make an informed buying decision.
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Even though the 2022 Chevy Trax and the 2022 Kia Sportage have similar builds, the Trax is slightly more affordable. It has a starting MSRP of $21,400. Depending on what trim level you get, the price may be anywhere between $21,400 and $23,820. The 2022 Kia Sportage will make you dig a bit deeper into your wallet, as it has a starting MSRP of $24,090. The price of the 2022 Sportage can climb as high as $35,250 depending on what trim level and add-on features you get, making the Trax much more economical.
If you want to spend more time on the road and less time at the gas pump, the Trax will be the right vehicle for you. It gets about 24 miles per gallon for city driving and up to 32 mpg when you’re on the highway. This fuel economy is much better than the Sportage’s.
The Sportage gets between 19 and 23 miles per gallon in the city. When you move to highway driving, you can expect to get between 24 and 30 miles per gallon. As you can see, the Trax provides greater fuel efficiency so that you can get where you need to go with fewer stops along the way.
With the Trax, you have the choice of leatherette, cloth, or leatherette/cloth seats. The seats are sleek black and comfortable for any passenger. The front seats with their bucket-shape design make long car trips more enjoyable for the driver and the front-seat passenger, and the Trax’s entire cabin is stylish and sleek, complete with smooth curves and silver accents.
The Sportage leaves drivers wanting more, as its interior cabin is a bit simple and dated. Some consumers also have issues with the placement of the seat cushions in the back seats, as they state that they’re too low and don’t provide ample support.
The 2022 Chevy Trax comes with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. It has a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen that lets you easily send messages or select what music you want to hear while you drive. The system is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for a user-friendly experience. While the 2022 Kia Sportage’s infotainment system has a slightly larger 8-inch screen, it’s less intuitive. It relies on some physical knobs and buttons, and the user menus have small icons that are difficult to view while driving.
Seating and Cargo Space
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Both the Trax and Sportage have similar seating arrangements. They seat five people comfortably, with two people in the front row and three people in the second row. The second rows of both vehicles have a 60/40 folding design so you can fold down one, two, or all three back seats. This provides extra space for storage if you don’t need the backseat area for additional passengers. You can fit nearly 20 carry-on suitcases when you fold all the seats down in either vehicle, making this design perfect for any large items you have to transport with you.
Despite the Trax’s ability to hold a lot of luggage, its cargo space is smaller than that of the Sportage’s. The Sportage provides 60.1 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Trax only provides 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Some drivers prefer the smaller nature of the Trax, as it makes it easier to drive it and maneuver it into tighter parking spaces.
The Trax is a naturally smaller vehicle, but it doesn’t feel this way thanks to its innovative design. It provides expansive headroom and higher seating positions so that drivers and passengers of all heights can enjoy their trips comfortably. The Trax provides about 2 inches more headroom in both the front and back seats than the Sportage, while both vehicles provide about equal amounts of legroom.
The 2022 Trax comes with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that operates on gasoline. It produces 155 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Drivers who purchase the 2022 Sportage have the option of two engines that operate on gas, which are a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 181 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Because the Trax’s engine has a much higher torque than the Sportage’s default engine, it’s more efficient at transferring the engine’s horsepower to its wheels.
Even though the Sportage has an engine available with more horsepower, it comes at a higher price. This price is often unnecessary, as the smaller engine with 155 horsepower is more than sufficient for reliable driving and smooth acceleration.
Both the Trax and Sportage are easy to handle, as they have adequate turning radiuses. The turning radius of the Trax is 17.7 inches, while the Sportage’s turning radius is 17.4 inches. These figures mean that you’ll be able to easily maneuver in and out of tight spots no matter which vehicle you have. Both vehicles also have a six-speed automatic transmission and come with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
After reading our vehicle comparison, you may have your sights set on the 2022 Trax. The folks at Huffines Chevrolet Plano are ready to help you get on the road with your brand-new Chevy Trax. Give us a call today or visit our dealership in person. A friendly and knowledgeable sales associate will answer any questions you have and help you with financing and any special promotions. Even if you’re not sure about a Chevy Trax, you can browse dozens of new and certified pre-owned vehicles that are ready to drive off the lot.