2015 Chevrolet Trax LT AWD Review
Affordable yes, but also cheap.No Comments
The Trax delivers an impressive 34 mph highway/26 mph city rating, which, along with the Trax's $20,000 base price, makes the Trax a tantalizing option.
Something odd is going on in the SUV/crossover universe: things are shrinking. Centers of gravity are being lowered, wheelbases are shortening, and tonnage is reducing. Meanwhile, in the car universe, models that are known and loved precisely because of their diminutive stature (Mini, Fit, 500) are being super-sized to appeal to those who won't crossover to the crossover market.
That's where the Chevy Trax comes in. It's either a bizarrely proportioned car, or what's known as a compact SUV. Whatever you call it, Chevy is hoping this new Sonic-based mini-maxi makes inroads in this fast growing market.
Its looks are original, at least, which must be applauded in this era of bland same-old-same-old-ness. And who knows, some may love the Trax's design - which looks kind of like a Sonic, a Lexus, and a Peterbilt all went through a transporter at the same time and everything got mixed up like on the Good Kirk/Bad Kirk episode of Star Trek (TOS, obviously).
However, the car's looks did grow on us during our one-week loan, and our overall opinion drastically improved once we started driving it.
The design of the interior is okay, in a 'let's just whip something up' kind of way, but the materials are, shall we say, not of the finest grade. Again, the interior is par for this price-point's course, and also well laid-out and offering a halfway decent amount of modern tech (the clunky MyLink is better than nothing, and Chevy's fleet-wide 4G LTE is a nice bonus).
But let's not discount the Trax's spaciousness - it's a major selling point. Chevy is marketing this as a city vehicle, and it's well suited for that - easy to maneuver and park, yet big enough to hold five and all their stuff. The audio system can be upgraded to a 7-speaker Bose, which we recommend over the base system, adequate though it may be for some.
The six-speed automatic transmission tries to hit the sweet spot between economy and fun, but errs on the side of economy. That will disappoint pleasure seekers, but it will thrill the thrifty, as the Trax delivers an impressive 34 mph highway/26 mph city rating, which, along with the Trax's $20,000 base price, makes the Trax a tantalizing option.
All-wheel drive is available for an impressively affordable $1,500, and it's probably a must for anyone looking for any degree of SUV-ity.
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drivetrain Layout: front engine, front-wheel drive
Power Output: 138 hp / 148 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (mpg): 26 city / 34 highway
Base Price: $23,945
As Tested: $25,315 (incl. $875 destination)
LT Plus Package: 6-way power seats, deluxe cloth/leatherette seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, rear park assist.