When Chevrolet launched the Trax for 2015, the mini-compact crossover category was just beginning to blossom. No one knew whether customers would fall for something like a Trax, which is 20 inches shorter than Chevrolet’s conventionally compact Equinox. So far, at least, buyers seem ready for smaller vehicles with tall bodies and versatile interiors. In addition to an efficient powertrain and tempting price, Trax comes across as a sensible choice for the daily commute and family chores, especially in urban/suburban environments.
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2017 Chevrolet Trax Overview
What's New for 2017
A new front end for the Trax features a dual-port grille. Inside, the dual cockpit design includes chrome accents. Premier trim level has replaced the previous LTZ model. LT and Premier versions get projector headlights and LED “signature” lighting. A new instrument cluster for Premier trim includes analog gauges. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are compatible with the new MyLink 7–inch touchscreen radio. All models now have keyless access and pushbutton start.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Trax
Based on the Chevrolet Sonic platform and kin to Buick’s Encore, the Trax places thrift above spirited performance. Considering its bantam-sized body dimensions, the Trax interior is more spacious than expected. Specifically, there’s 18.8 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats. With the back seat folded, volume expands to 48.4 cubic feet. The front passenger seat folds down, to carry objects up to 8 feet long while still being able to close the tailgate.
Chevrolet’s turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine develops 138 horsepower, mating with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for each trim level. Fuel economy is a strong point, estimated at 25 mpg in city driving and 33 mpg on the highway (28 mpg in combined driving). All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 24/30 mpg (27 combined).
Three trim levels are offered: LS, LT, and Premier.
This new breed of subcompact crossover offers a refined mixture of fuel economy, utility, and ride quality at a sensible price. We applaud the inclusion of a rearview camera on the base LS model, as well as the standard MyLink system. Still, the lack of basic features like cruise control makes the LS less tempting. Best overall value, therefore, might be the midlevel LT. Adding all-wheel drive to any trim level costs only $1,500, and it’s a sensible feature even for owners who don’t live in the snowbelt.
2017 Chevrolet Trax Review
The subcompact Chevrolet Trax crossover provides room for up to five and offers a variety of seating configurations.
Pricing and Equipment
All 2017 Chevy Trax are powered by a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. All models provide a six-speed automatic transmission with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive.
The 2017 Trax is available in three trim levels:
- The standard Trax LS starts at $21,895. Upgrade to all-wheel drive and pay from $23,395. All models come with Chevrolet MyLink and a seven-inch color display, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in WiFi, a rearview camera, and 10 airbags. Full power accessories, a manual tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and a cargo cover and storage compartment are included.
- The mid-level Trax LT starts at $23,795. Choose all-wheel drive and pay from $25,295. The 2017 Trax LT features daytime running lights, 16-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, a six-speaker auto system, a 110-volt power outlet, and upgraded cloth seats.
- The top-end Trax Premier replaces the previous LTZ edition and starts at $26,995. Choose all-wheel drive and your crossover is priced from $28,495. This model brings in halogen projector headlamps, LED signature lighting, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. Chevrolet also supplies a contrasting-color instrument panel trim, imitation leather seats, and a Bose audio system.
All prices include a $895 destination charge.
- Once the turbo spools up, the 2017 Trax supplies generous amounts of power, especially when passing other vehicles on the highway. All-wheel drive enhances the driving dynamics, particularly when navigating twisty roads. This small SUV stays planted with only minimal body roll detected.
- The ride feels soft and braking is firm. The Chevrolet Trax is not a performance SUV, but the powertrain and drivetrain are well-suited for this model. The Trax and Buick Encore are twins; both models are based on the same platform underpinning the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic sedan and hatchback.
- Turbo power is the only choice when considering a 2017 Trax. Some buyers may be put off by the attendant lag.
- Fuel economy comes in at 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for all-wheel drive models. That’s slightly below the 25 in the city and 33 mpg on the highway for front-wheel drive models and comes in lower than the most efficient competition.
- A redesigned instrument cluster is cleaner and more modern looking with pronounced speedometer and tachometer readouts as well as sharper digital displays.
- The fold-down front passenger seat along with the fold-down rear seat makes it possible to carry cargo measuring up to eight feet long to fit inside the Trax.
- For 2017, Chevrolet has updated the active safety features to include side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.
- Seating is for five, but the 2017 Trax is better-suited for four. Even then, tall rear seated passengers may find their legroom limited.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
Chevrolet has been rolling out OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in WiFi hotspot across its model line, including in its smallest models. Passengers may connect up to seven personal devices. That this system is standard across the 2017 Trax line provides Chevrolet with an important edge, especially among tech-savvy shoppers.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
You won’t find dual-zone climate control, including at the Premier level. This omission seems somewhat odd, even for an entry-level SUV.
The Bottom Line
It is no surprise to us that the Chevrolet Trax is one of the best-selling small SUVs in America. It presents a natural and affordable starting point for Chevrolet’s three-model crossover line with well-equipped models costing about $25,000.
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