2016 FIAT 500x vs Chevrolet Trax Long Island NY

2016 FIAT 500x

vs.

Chevrolet Trax


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Features & Specs

2016 FIAT 500x

Chevrolet Trax

Fuel Type

Premium unleaded

Regular unleaded

Horsepower

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

Torque

184 ft-lbs. @ 2500 rpm

148 ft-lbs. @ 1850 rpm

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic




             

2016 FIAT 500x vs Chevrolet Trax near Long Island, NY

The 2016 Fiat 500X offers many of the strengths of the quickly expanding subcompact crossover segment, including nimble driving manners, decent interior space and thrifty fuel economy, and does it with some Italian flair. It is recommended to check it out if you're interested in a pint-sized SUV. The all-new Chevrolet Trax is worth consideration if you're looking for an affordable suburban runabout that's easy to drive, easy to park and has up-to-date technology features. It's not quick, though, and its interior materials are far from best in class.

2016 FIAT 500x Power & Handling

The all-new Fiat 500X is powered by a fuel-efficient 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This powertrain puts out 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. An alternative engine is available - the 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir2. This engine produces 180 horsepower and 175 lb.-ft. of torque, and is paired exclusively to a nine-speed automatic transmission on all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive models.

Chevrolet Trax Power & Handling

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax comes with only a single powertrain, unlike the front-wheel-drive Sonic on which it's based. The turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, and it's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The handling of the Chevy Trax is about average for small utility vehicles. It's nowhere near as much fun to drive as the new Mazda CX-3 or lower end versions of the Jeep Renegade, but it feels solid on the road and absorbs bumps fairly well.

2016 FIAT 500x Features & Design

The Fiat 500X clearly fits in the latter group. Even though it shares an architecture with the bulldog-cute Jeep Renegade, the 500X dons a different roofline and some throwback Fiat heritage cues into its petite package. The front end wears the classic Fiat mustache-and-badge face, stacked pairs of lamps on each side of the grillework, and a clamshell hood. Inside, Fiat has left things neat and clean, with big, round gauges matching up with big, round climate controls, and available body-color trim, all topped by a moderately sized LCD screen factored into the dash for infotainment and camera displays.

Chevrolet Trax Features & Design

The base LS model rides on steel wheels with silver plastic wheel covers, something of a throwback. Its black door-mirror pedestals and the missing chrome beltline strip underscore the budget nature of the lowest trim level. It also forgoes the roof rails standard on all other models, giving it a cleaner look. In keeping with Chevy's desire to emphasize value for the money, however, the mirrors themselves, rear license-plate housing, and other small trim pieces are body color, even on the base model. Alloy wheels are standard on higher-line models, 16s for the LT and 18s for the LTZ.

Conclusions

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax offers a useful hatchback shape in a smart package that's more practical than it is stylish. The smartly styled 2016 Fiat 500X is no off-roader, but it might be the most useful vehicle from the brand yet. With its lower torque engine, the Chevrolet Trax doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the FIAT 500X.

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