Aging crossover that remains quite useful. The first-generation Chevy Trax arrived in 2015 and received a significant update in 2017. However, since that facelift, the Chevy Trax has remained mostly the same as the subcompact crossover segment grew around it.

Find out below how this dated subcompact crossover stands up to the competition.

Great city car, but things get sketchy at higher speeds. With its pint-sized dimensions, the 2022 Trax is about as good as a city car gets. It zips in and out of traffic with relative ease, and parking it is a piece of cake, even on a crowded street.

However, on the highway, you can tell this is a tiny crossover built for low-speed city jaunts, as it tends to dart all over the road, and the smallest breeze pushes it off the path. Also, this is no canyon carver either.

Buyers seeking a more confident riding subcompact will find this in the Mazda CX-30, the Mazda CX-3, or the Toyota CH-R.

The price is right, but the features aren’t. With a starting price of $22,595 (destination fees included), the 2022 Chevy Trax is priced well for its class. It falls comfortably below the Mazda CX-30 ($23,225), Toyota CH-R ($22,910), and Honda HR-V ($22,645).

While its standard 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are great value adds, this is where the tech stop in the Trax. It also lacks advanced safety gear, like automatic emergency braking. The Mazda CX-3 and CX-30, the Toyota CH-R, and the Hyundai Venue all come standard with this safety tech and more.

Spacier than expected but looks as cheap as expected. If vanilla ice cream were a crossover SUV, it would be a Chevy Trax. This is about as bland and unexciting of a design we’ve seen. It's unoffensive to a point that it’s seen more often on rental car lots than driveways.

Inside, it gets a little flavor with its seven-inch touchscreen and metallic touches, but it’s still nothing to sing the praises of.

Functionally, the Trax is solid. It boasts 18.7 cubic feet of cargo room in its cargo area, which is about normal for the class. However, with its rear seats folded, the Trax unlocks an impressive 48.4 cubes of hauling space. This trumps the Venue (31.9 cubes), CX-3 (42.7 cubes), CX-30 (45.2 cubes), and the CH-R (37 cubes). The only competitor that beats it is the HR-V at a seemingly impossible 58.8 cubic feet.

Final thoughts. If you’re looking for cheap, functional transportation, you can't get much cheaper and functional than the 2022 Chevy Trax. It’s got a super-low starting price, great hauling skill, and superior in-town functionality.

However, if you want a little style to go with that functionality, you may be better off with a CX-3 or CX-30. The Honda HR-V offers a massive cargo area that beats even the Trax if you need more functionality.

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