Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet Trax

The Chevrolet Trax was introduced in 2015 to do battle in a newly emerging segment full of subcompact crossovers and SUVs. Though similar to the Buick Encore, the Trax is offered to a wider audience with a lower starting price.

Chevrolet Trax Overview

The small Chevrolet Trax crossover is designed to be a tall vehicle, though short enough to fit in most on-street parking spaces. A 6.2-inch ground clearance is enough to get through some road hazards while giving occupants enough height to step into the Trax. There is room for five people inside and up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Trax interiors are designed for functional living. Instrumentation is a mix of digital and analog gauges in a pod similar to the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark, which the Trax shares its platform with. There Trax launched with three trims to choose from: LS, LT and LTZ. Standard features include power windows, air conditioning and remote keyless entry.

The Trax's standard tech features include a 7-inch touch screen, which is driven by Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system. Bluetooth and USB connections are included with MyLink, along with access to streaming app services such as Pandora and TuneIn Radio. The Trax also comes with standard OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity (subscription required) and Siri Eyes-Free voice connectivity.

Offered in front- and all-wheel drive, the Trax comes with a 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered.

Safety features in the Trax include Stabilitrak, which is Chevrolet's stability control system, as well as 10 air bags, a rearview camera and OnStar's connected services. Available safety features include rear parking sensors.

The Trax is sold against a growing new segment that includes the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and Fiat 500X. Chevrolet is targeting the Trax toward customers in urban areas who are looking for a versatile vehicle for year-round use.