Chevrolet’s smallest utility vehicle, launched as a 2015 mannequin, doesn’t qualify as fancy. Most entrants within the small-crossover class attempt for and obtain a level of stylistic aptitude, however Chevrolet took an opposing path. Externally plain, the tall-driving, strictly simple Trax stresses practicality inside.
Little has modified for the 2018 mannequin yr. Equinox and Traverse crossovers sit above the 5-door Trax in Chevrolet’s lineup
Three Trax trim ranges are provided: base LS, midrange LT, and prime-rung Premier. Entrance-wheel drive is standard, however all-wheel drive is an choice for every trim degree.
Creating 138 horsepower, the 1.four-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mates with a 6-velocity automated transmission. Peak torque, totaling 148 pound-ft, is obtainable beginning at solely 1850 rpm.
Like most of the smallest crossovers, Chevrolet Trax is predicated on a subcompact-car basis. Particularly, it’s associated to the Sonic hatchback and sedan. Some people dub the Trax a tall hatchback or wagon, fairly than a subcompact crossover.
All variations besides the LS have LED operating lights and taillights. Indisputably plain, devoid of chrome trim, the LS is fitted with metal wheels and black plastic mirrors that recommend an econocar. Trax LT comes with alloy wheels.
Construct high quality has been good, with out noticeable squeaks, rattles, or buzzing.
New for 2018, a Redline trim package deal is out there for the LT, including black 18-inch wheels with pink accents, black trim parts, plus black material and artificial leather-based upholstery.
Crash-testing has yielded good results. The 2017 Trax earned prime Good ratings from the Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security, apart from an Acceptable rating within the small overlap frontal crash (passenger-aspect). The Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration gave the 2018 Trax 5 stars general and 5 stars in every particular person test besides rollover prevention, the place it received 4. That rollover rating (a calculated determine) is typical for tall utility automobiles.
A rearview digital camera and 10 airbags are standard, however lively-safety features are provided solely on prime fashions. Ahead-collision alert and lane-departure warning are standard solely on Premier trim, however unavailable for another model. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-visitors alert, and rear parking help are standard on Premier, however non-compulsory for LT trim.
Chevrolet’s MyLink system consists of Bluetooth pairing for arms-free telephone and audio, a USB port, auxiliary enter jack, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Navigation is out there utilizing smartphone mapping.
Trax LS ($21,000) comes with entrance-wheel drive, a rearview digital camera, air con, material upholstery, distant keyless entry, 7.zero-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and MyLink entertainment. Metal wheels have plastic covers. OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with wi-fi hotspot functionality is accessible. LS choices embrace keyless ignition, an influence sunroof, and Bose premium seven-speaker audio. (Costs are MSRP and don’t embrace $995 vacation spot cost.)
All-wheel drive is optionally available on all fashions ($1,500).
Trax LT ($22,900) will get sixteen-inch alloy wheels, cruise management, satellite tv for pc radio, distant begin, LED taillights and daytime operating lights, and roof-mounted aspect rails. All-wheel drive provides $1,500.
Trax Premier ($27,295) features a energy driver’s seat, heated entrance seats, leatherette seat upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, chrome accents, keyless ignition, an influence sunroof, and Bose premium audio. Blind-zone alert, rear cross-visitors alert, lane-departure warning, ahead collision alert, and rear park help are also standard.
Many small-crossover rivals depend on visible aptitude to draw discover. For its Trax, Chevrolet has relied upon virtually, maintaining the design easy, even generic. Modest updating for the 2017 mannequin yr introduced the entrance finish nearer to the looks of different Chevrolet fashions; however general, little is distinctive concerning the Trax.
When it comes to basic form, the Trax could be thought-about someplace between a brief crossover or SUV, and a tall hatchback. Lack of a window aft of the rear door makes the hatchback designation extra logical.
Regardless that the Trax shares its basis and entrance doorways with Buick’s Encore, physique styling differs considerably between the 2 GM automobiles.
Inside in addition to out, the Trax comes throughout as sensible and easy. Boasting a comparatively spacious cabin for its size, it might seat 4 adults, or 5, for brief journeys.
Black plastic is outstanding across the conventional, horizontally-organized dashboard, with its typical gauges. But, some particulars counteract any dreariness. Even the bottom mannequin’s black material upholstery boasts blue accent stitching. Premier trim features engaging two-tone upholstery, with contract stitching adorning the instrument panel. In some areas, patterned trim edges apart the much less-interesting black plastic panels.
Entrance seats are snug, although the 2 occupants may really feel relatively shut collectively. The driving force will get a fold-down armrest, however there’s no between-the-seats console.
In contrast to some smaller automobiles, seat cushions are lengthy sufficient to fulfill taller drivers. Higher trim ranges embrace energy seat adjustment, however shifting a really brief lever is the one strategy to alter backrest angle.
Rear seating is suitable for adults. Pulling a cloth tab lets the underside cushion fold ahead. The entrance passenger seatback additionally folds.
Cargo quantity ranks round common, totaling 18.7 cubic ft with the seatback upright, increasing to forty eight.four cubic ft when folded down. Passengers can anticipate loads of storage spots across the cabin: bins, trays, and twin gloveboxes.
Like different attributes of the Trax, experience consolation and dealing with qualities rating common for the Trax’s class. No trace of sporty conduct might be noticed, however the journey is snug and roadholding ranks as managed. Electrical energy steering is admirably responsive, yielding good maneuverability.
Acceleration can solely be referred to as sluggish, even when in comparison with different automobiles in its class, which is hardly famend for velocity or sportiness. Chevrolet’s little turbo 4 merely lacks adequate vigor to propel the Trax to freeway speeds with any diploma of haste. Passing on the freeway thus requires some pre-planning.
Transmission gears are extensively spaced, with a excessive-ratio sixth gear. That interprets to relaxed, fuel-environment friendly freeway cruising. A Trax rides quietly general, however the engine can sound harsh when pushed.
Gasoline financial system is passable, however some small-crossover rivals do higher. With entrance-wheel drive, the Trax is EPA-rated at 25/33 mpg Metropolis/Freeway, or 28 mpg Mixed. Elective all-wheel drive drops the estimate to 24/30 mpg Metropolis/Freeway, or 27 mpg Mixed.
Regardless of a scarcity of flashiness, the Trax represents good worth. The bottom LS mannequin is indisputably plain, however in any other case the Trax scores properly on safety and features, and passable in consolation and high quality. Comparatively feeble efficiency is a disadvantage, and fuel financial system isn’t as spectacular as some rival subcompact crossovers. Chevrolet’s Trax excels in connectivity and infotainment.
Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Automotive Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.