Chevy Trax Vs. Kia Soul

By Justin Cupler | April 2nd, 2019

Need a vehicle that can haul people and cargo while zipping through Saginaw area traffic? The 2019 Chevy Trax and all-new 2020 Kia Soul can handle that and more for our Bay City and Freeland car shoppers. While both can handle these tasks, which one is better for your family? Find out below.

Exterior

The Chevy Trax went through its last redesign in 2015, so it is neither a spring chicken nor long in the tooth. Its outward appearance is about as traditional as it gets, so there is nothing to offend buyers. While some buyers may scoff at its simple appearance, this is a design for the masses.

The 2020 Kia Soul is all-new, but it keeps the funky, boxy shape that has long made it one of the most polarizing crossovers on the market. That said, the Soul has been around long enough it no longer stirs up drama on the road What the redesign adds to its box-on-wheels design is a larger body, thin headlights, and all-new taillights.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Trax 2020 Kia Soul Difference
Length 167.6 inches 165.2 inches +2.4 inches
Width 69.9 inches 70.9 inches 1 inch
Height 64.8 to 65.9 inches 63 inches +1.8 to +2.9 inches
Wheelbase 100.6 inches 102.4 inches -1.8 inches
Ground Clearance
6.7 inches
Curb weight 3,124 to 3,344 pounds 2,802 to 2,844 pounds +280 to +542 pounds

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • More traditional styling

Advantage: 2020 Kia Soul

  • Wildly styled exterior
  • Striking LED lighting

Interior

The 2019 Chevy Trax’s interior is where its toned-down styling takes a back seat to loads of curves and swoops that make it look more stylish from behind the wheel. While this may be a bit much for some buyers, the younger, more outgoing crowd may appreciate this wilder look. You’ll probably want to move up to the dressier LT trim level to maximize the Trax’s interior styling, though.

Despite its polarizing exterior, the 2020 Kia Soul’s interior is surprisingly toned down. There are still plenty of unique shapes, angles, and accents to catch your eyes inside the 2020 Soul, but it is a bit of a letdown when considering the wild suit its body rocks.

In terms of standard features, the 2020 Kia Soul and 2019 Chevy Trax share a lot of similarities, including 7-inch touchscreens, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. In their upper trims, the Soul pulls away a bit with its leather upholstery, upscale Harman Kardon audio system, and ambient lighting, but the Trax is not far off.

 

Measurement 2019 Chevy Trax 2020 Kia Soul Difference
Front headroom 39.6 inches 39.4 inches +0.2 inches
Front legroom 40.8 inches 41.1 inches -0.3 inches
Front shoulder room 54.1 inches 55.5 inches -1.4 inches
Front hip room 51.7 inches
Rear headroom 38.8 inches 39.5 inches -0.7 inches
Rear legroom 35.7 inches 38.8 inches -3.1 inches
Rear shoulder room 52.5 inches 54.7 inches -2.2 inches
Rear hip room 50.1 inches
Cargo room (behind second row) 18.7 cubic feet 24.2 cubic feet -5.5 cubic feet
Cargo room (behind first row) 48.4 cubic feet 62.1 cubic feet -13.7 cubic feet

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • More front headroom
  • Swoopy and stylish dash
  • Standard features match the Soul’s

Advantage: 2020 Kia Soul

  • Roomier cabin
  • Tons more cargo room

Performance

Under its hood, the 2019 Chevy Trax has a single engine option: a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs to a six-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive — all-wheel drive is an option — for a 9.3-second 0-to-60 jog.

The 2020 Kia Soul has a pair of engine options, starting with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional continuously variable transmission. This powertrain is good for an 8.5-second run to 60 mph.

In the range-topping GT-Line Turbo trim, you get a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This powertrain delivers an estimated 6.3-second 0-to-60 time.

 

All 2020 Kia Soul models are front-wheel drive — there is no optional all-wheel drive.

 

2019 Chevy Trax 2020 Kia Soul Difference
Engine 1.4-liter turbo 4-cyl 2.0-liter 4-cyl
Horsepower 138 at 4,900 147 hp at 6,200 rpm -9 hp
Torque 148 at 1,850 132 lb-ft at 4,500 rpm +16 lb-ft
Transmission 6-spd automatic 6-spd manual
Optional transmission
CVT
Driveline FWD (std.)/AWD (opt.) FWD
0-60 time 9.3 seconds 8.5 est +0.8 seconds
MPG City 24 to 26 mpg 25 to 29 mpg -5 to +1 mpg
MPG Highway 29 to 31 mpg 31 to 35 mpg -6 to 0 mpg
MPG Combined 26 to 28 mpg 27 to 31 mpg -5 to +1 mpg
Optional engine
1.6-liter turbo 4-cyl
Horsepower
201 hp at 6,000 rpm -63 hp
Torque
195 lb-ft at 1,500 to 4,500 rpm -47 lb-ft
Transmission
7-spd dual-clutch
Driveline
FWD
0-60 time
6.3 est +3 sec
MPG City
27 mpg -3 to -1 mpg
MPG Highway
32 mpg -3 to -1 mpg
MPG Combined
29 mpg -3 to -1 mpg

 

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Trax

  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Capable soft-roader

Advantage: 2020 Kia Soul

  • Quicker to 60 mph
  • Better fuel economy
  • Super-quick GT-Line Turbo model

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Trax is available in three trims — LS, LT, and Premier — and their starting prices range from $22,295 to $28,595.

 

The 2020 Kia Soul has a slew of trim levels: LX, S, X-Line, EX, GT-Line, and GT-Line Turbo. Their starting prices range from $17,490 to $27,490.

2019 Chevy Trax Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LS: $22,295

  • 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Halogen reflector headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Body-color, power mirrors
  • 16-inch painted aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Two USB ports
  • 3.5-inch driver-information center
  • Power windows
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • Rear heater ducts
  • Four-way manual driver’s seat
  • Two-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Cloth seating
  • Satin-silver and chrome shifter knob
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Driver’s seat armrest
  • Digital compass
  • Power door locks
  • Carpeted front and rear floor mats
  • Cargo-area lighting
  • 12-volt power outlet
  • Remote keyless entry
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • OnStar
  • Rearview camera

 

LT: $24,195

  • All LS features, plus
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Projector headlights with auto-on/off
  • Luggage rack side rails
  • Heated mirrors
  • Front and rear skid plates
  • LED-accented taillights
  • SiriusXM
  • Cruise control
  • 110-volt power outlet on center console
  • Remote vehicle ignition
  • Deluxe cloth seating
  • Storage drawer under passenger’s seat

 

Premier: $28,595

  • All LT features, plus
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles with chrome accents
  • Front fog lights
  • Chrome liftgate applique
  • Bright front will plates
  • Bose premium seven-speaker audio system
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Keyless open
  • Keyless ignition
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Leatherette seating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sunroof
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind-zone alert

2020 Kia Soul Key Features and Pricing by Trim

LX: $17,490

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • 16-inch steel wheels with hub caps
  • Roof-rack mounting points
  • Black, power mirrors
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • Reflector halogen headlights
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Variable-intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear wiper
  • 7-inch color touchscreen
  • Six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system
  • Android auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth wireless audio
  • USB audio input
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Power windows with driver’s one-touch-down
  • Power door locks
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Overhead sunglasses holder
  • Woven-cloth seating
  • Six-way manual driver’s seat
  • Four-way manual passenger’s seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Soft-touch dash and upper door panels
  • Matte-silver-painted door speaker grilles, air-vent bezels, and door handles
  • Rearview camera
  • Hill-start assist

 

S: $20,290

  • All LX features, plus
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Front seat center console with armrest
  • Drive-mode select
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change assist

 

GT-Line: $20,290

  • All LX features, plus
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Unique front and rear bumper fascia
  • Unique side sills with red accents
  • Silver rear skid plate
  • Hot stamping grille with integrated fog lights
  • GT-Line badge on the tailgate
  • High-gloss-black power mirrors
  • Dual center console USB ports
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • 12-volt power outlet in cargo area
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • D-shaped steering wheel
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Front seat center console with armrest
  • Drive-mode select
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-keep assist

 

X-Line: $21,490

  • All S features, plus
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Fender cladding
  • Roof rails
  • Silver-colored mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • Woven cloth seating
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob

 

EX: $22.690

  • All S features, plus
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Hot stamping grille
  • Heated mirrors
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • UVO Link infotainment system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Dual center console USB charging ports
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Smart key with push-button ignition
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear-seat folding armrest with cup holders
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual-level cargo floor with underfloor storage
  • Cargo cover
  • 12-volt power outlet in cargo area
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats

 

GT-Line Turbo: $27,490

  • All GT-Line features, plus
  • 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Chrome-tipped center exhaust
  • Heated mirrors
  • Mirror-integrated LED turn signals
  • LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED positioning lights
  • LED taillights
  • Sunroof
  • UVO Link infotainment system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Harman/Kardon® audio system with center speaker, subwoofer, and amplifier
  • Speaker lights with multiple ambience settings
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Head-up display
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-change assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Power windows with driver’s side one-touch up and down
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear-seat folding armrest with cup holder
  • LED interior lighting
  • Dual-level cargo floor with underfloor storage
  • Cargo cover
  • SOFINO leatherette and cloth seating with red accents
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Piano black air-vent bezels and touchscreen trim
  • Satin-chrome door handles

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Trax?

Buyers who prefer as few stares on the road as possible, the toned-down 2019 Chevy Trax is the best option for you.

Who Should Buy the 2020 Kia Soul?

Need to maximize cabin room or performance and don’t mind a few stares here and there? The 2020 Kia Soul is the crossover for you.

 

Come see what the 2019 Chevy Trax offers you and your family at Garber Chevrolet Saginaw also serving the Freeland and Bay City areas. Stop by today for a test drive or check out our online inventory to see what 2019 Trax models we have in our Saginaw area showroom today and schedule a future test drive.