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.

Performance Pros

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  • 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.

Performance Cons

  • 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.

Interior Pros

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  • 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.

Interior Cons

  • 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.