2021 Kia Seltos Vs. 2020 Chevrolet Trax

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As Kia’s newest model in the stable, the 2021 Kia Seltos is quickly becoming the most hotly-anticipated SUV of the year. Not only does the 2021 Kia Seltos bring Kia’s signature dependability, fun and technology-laden interior to the subcompact, AWD SUV segment, but it looks good while doing it. It’s a fun SUV that aims to become a favorite for those seeking dependable daily driving and go-anywhere entertainment on the weekends.

Today, we’re matching up the 2021 Kia Seltos to a model that has spent a few years in the segment already. The Chevy Trax was undoubtedly on the radar of the designers, engineers and product planners behind the Kia Seltos. So, who comes out on top? Let’s find out.

2021 Kia Seltos


2020 Chevrolet Trax

2.0-liter 4-cylinder (146 horsepower) Standard engine (horsepower) 1.4-liter turbo (138 horsepower)
1.6-liter turbo (175 horsepower) Available engine (horsepower) N/A
Standard on base model AWD Available
IVT, 7-speed DCT Transmission 6-speed auto
8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto Base infotainment 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
41.4 inches/38.0 inches Legroom (front/rear) 40.8 inches/35.7 inches
26.6 cubic feet/62.8 cubic feet Cargo space (seats up/folded) 18.7 cubic feet/48.4 cubic feet
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain warranty 5 years/60,000 miles
TBA MSRP $22,195

Chevrolet Trax Settles Into the Dust of the Kia Seltos

Although we don’t yet have a starting price point for the 2021 Kia Seltos, comparing it to the 2020 Chevrolet Trax shows that it is likely to be a much stronger vehicle and a significantly better value.

This starts with the engines, where the Kia Seltos lets you choose between an economic base engine, that still performs better than the base engine on the Chevy Trax, and an invigorating turbocharged powerplant. Mated to Kia’s brilliant IVT or a quick-shifting 7-speed DCT respectively, these powertrains let you experience something uncommon in the subcompact SUV space – fun.

Speaking of the fun word, the standard 8-inch Kia UVO infotainment system lets you enjoy your music, navigation and more through your Apple or Android Smartphone in a way that is minimally-distracting but still very full-featured. It also beats the standard 7-inch screen in the Chevy Trax.

Adventuring is all about passengers and gear and both will find themselves with a ton of comfort in the 2021 Kia Seltos. Not only does the Seltos offer more legroom for passengers, but it features reclining rear seats – a feature yet to be adopted by Chevrolet or their peers.

Finally, you’ll drive with confidence knowing the most vital parts of your 2021 Kia Seltos are covered for twice as many years or nearly twice as many miles as those in the 2020 Chevy Trax.

Don’t’ wait up! We expect the Seltos to be huge and would hate to see you miss out on it. Click the button above to reserve the 2021 Kia Seltos.