2019 Kia Soul vs Chevrolet Trax

2019 Kia Soul in Warrington PA

Many subcompact crossover drivers love the 2019 Kia Soul for two main reasons: it’s designed to be fuel efficient for both city and highway driving, and it’s open spacious enough to handle weekend trips with friends and family. When you search reviews for similar subcompact crossovers, you’ll often find these models share the subcompact class with cars. However, we consider these models to be micro SUVs. The Kia Soul gives you ample ride-height, technology-driven safety features, cargo-carrying ability, and comfort in a small package that can zip into small parking spaces. And because of its stature, you may think this compact won’t perform well on the highways, but the truth is, it performs better than most small cars by offering you the ability to explore the world in cool styling.

Drivers who want the look and feel of a subcompact but desire a spacious interior with plenty of room for both cargo and leg room, choose the 2019 Kia Soul. The Soul has class-leading interior space and expressive configuration options for your driving mood. Other vehicles in the same class cannot measure up to the Kia Soul, and the IIHS says it’s an innovative leader. To see just how the Soul measures up, we’re putting it against the 2019 Chevrolet Trax. Let’s peek at our findings.

2019 KIA Soul


2018 Chevrolet Trax


Top Horsepower 138

6-speed manual,

6 or 7-speed automatic

Transmission Options 38.7 inches


Turning Circle (feet)

35.4 to 36.7


Cargo Room 48.4


IIHS Top Safety Pick and Award


Subcompact Crossover Leading The Way.

I guess we could have chosen a better competitor, but the Trax was closer than any other vehicle in the subcompact class. From our readings, the 2019 Kia Soul outdoes the 2019 Trax in configurable options, interior space, handling, legroom, maximum cargo volume, safety, and overall reliability.

Where the Trax beats the Soul is the available AWD, but not everyone requires all wheels being powered. Other than that, we haven’t found a reason to choose the Trax over the Kia. The 2019 Kia Soul is safer, more stable, you can fit more cargo, and more configurable. Simply put, it just has more!

Now, if you really need more power, than check out the 2019 Kia Soul Exclaim. It’s for thrill-seekers! The 201-horsepower 1.6L turbo engine is extremely fuel efficient because Kia fitted this model with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. And get this, you will probably pay less money than the base model Chevy Trax.

If you’re all about subcompact cruising in style and comfort, the 2019 Kia Soul is your choice. Schedule a test drive today.


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