Compare the All-New 2022 Volkswagen Taos & Chevrolet Trax

2022 Volkswagen Taos vs 2022 Chevrolet Trax Comparison in Columbus, OH

Perhaps the biggest news for the Volkswagen lineup in 2022 is the release of an all-new SUV model: the 2022 Volkswagen Taos. This all-new compact SUV enters the Volkswagen lineup as a subcompact and as the smallest SUV model in the lineup, making it an efficient but versatile option for drivers. We could tell you all about the specs and features of the new VW Taos, but we think it'd be more effective if we showed you how it compares against the competition.

In this model comparison, you'll see for yourself what the new 2022 Taos brings to the table and how it compares against other subcompact SUVs such as the 2022 Chevrolet Trax, specifically. The Chevy Trax has been a mainstay in the subcompact SUV for years, but consider just what you're gettin for your money. Below, see for yourself as we compare the features, technologies, performance and more of the all-new VW Taos and the Chevy Trax.

front and side profile of 2022 volkswagen taos

2022 Volkswagen Taos VS Chevrolet Trax: Exterior & Interior

Being a brand-new model, the 2022 Taos sports a fresh look that sets it apart from the pack but also keeps with the general aesthetic of Volkswagen models. It also comes with a wealth of standard exterior features like LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. With the 2022 Trax, you'd have to upgrade to a higher trim to get LED daytime running headlights. The 2022 Taos also comes standard with black roof rails for added versatility, which are again not standard for the 2022 Trax.

Inside, you'll notice that the Volkswagen Taos is much more roomy and comfortable than the Chevy Trax despite the models both being subcompact SUVs. Both models seat up to five passengers, but the 2022 Taos has 99.5 cubic feet of passenger volume whereas the 2022 Trax has only 92.8 cubic feet. The 2022 Taos also has more space for cargo, offering up to 65.9 cubic feet, far exceeding the maximum capacity of the 2022 Trax at 48.4 cubic feet. Whether you want features or space, the 2022 Taos can offer more than the 2022 Trax.

volkswagen digital cockpit with navigation maps standard on the 2022 volkswagen taos

2022 Volkswagen Taos VS Chevrolet Trax: Technology

Also inside the new VW Taos, you'll find a wealth of standard technologies to make driving easier and more enjoyable. The Volkswagen Taos comes standard with a 6.5" color touchscreen infotainment system while the Chevy Trax comes with a 7" color touchscreen as part of its infotainment system. The two models share many of the same standard features, like Bluetooth® phone connectivity, but only with the Volkswagen Taos do you get a standard digital cockpit. The VW Digital Cockpit features another high-resolution display screen as the instrument cluster to give you more driving information, like navigation maps, right in your field of vision so you don't have to take your eyes off the road. It's just one more example of a higher level of technology when compared to the competition from Chevy..

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side profile of blue 2022 volkswagen taos

2022 Volkswagen Taos VS Chevrolet Trax: Performance

Now, let's see what these models have under the hood. In the 2022 Trax, you'll find a 1.4-liter turbo engine with a solid output of 155 horsepower with 177 lb/ft of torque. This is on par with the new VW Taos and its standard 1.5-liter inline 4-cylinder making 158 horsepower with 184 lb/ft of torque. Not only does the Volkswagen Taos have a bit more to offer with its performance, but it's also more efficient-getting up to 36 MPG on the highway against the 32 MPG highway fuel economy of the Chevy Trax. With the 2022 Taos, you don't have to choose between strong performance and an efficient fuel economy.

aerial profile of 2022 volkswagen taos with lane assist.

2022 Volkswagen Taos VS Chevrolet Trax: Safety

Nothing comes above safety for Volkswagen, and the 2022 Taos is proof of this commitment with its design and features that help protect you and your passengers. The 2022 Taos features front and rear crumple zones combined with a rigid safety cage to keep you and your passengers as safe as possible in the event of a collision. The 2022 Taos also comes with driver assist features to help you avoid and mitigate accidents such as the intelligent crash response, which automatically responds to a crash by turning off the fuel pump, unlocking doors and activating hazard lights. There's also the available IQ.DRIVE suite of safety features that includes lane assist, adaptive cruise control, and active blind spot monitor. The 2022 Trax has some of its own driver assist systems, like rear cross traffic alert and side blind zone alert, but doesn't offer any type of lane keeping assist or adaptive cruise control technology on any of its models.

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2022 Volkswagen Taos VS Chevrolet Trax: Value & Price

Lastly, we'll look at what's most important for many drivers: the price. Volkswagen and Chevy are both known for offering affordable models to everyday drivers, and the 2022 Taos and 2022 Trax are no different. The 2022 Chevy Trax begins at $21,400 while the 2022 Volkswagen Taos has a starting MSRP of just $22,995. The 2022 Taos may cost a little more, but when you consider the greater performance, efficiency, and wealth of standard infotainment and safety features, there's no doubt that you're getting a greater value from the Volkswagen Taos. In the subcompact SUV class, it's clear that the 2022 Taos arrives as one of the premiere models in its segment.

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2022 Volkswagen Taos2022 Chevy Trax
$22,995Starting MSRP*$21,400
1.5-Liter TSI Inline 4-CylinderStandard Engine1.4-Liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder
158 HP / 184 lb/ftPerformance Output (Horsepower / Torque)155 HP / 177 lb/ft
28 MPG / 36 MPGFuel Economy (City / Highway)24 MPG / 32 MPG
99.5 Cubic FeetPassenger Volume92.8 Cubic Feet
27.9 / 65.9 Cubic FeetCargo Volume (Standard / Maximum)18.7 / 48.4 Cubic Feet
StandardLED Daytime Running HeadlightsAvailable On Higher Trim
StandardBluetooth® TechnologyStandard
StandardPost-Collision Braking SystemNot Available
Available Adaptive Cruise ControlNot Available

*Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.

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