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.
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.