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This bite-sized crossover, essentially a stripped-down Buick Encore, is an ambitiously priced budget model. Available in front- or all-wheel drive, the Trax has a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder and six-speed automatic, which didn't deliver impressive performance or particularly frugal fuel economy. The cabin is narrow, cramped, and overall basic, with just a few niceties. Pronounced engine noise and a stiff ride don't add to the experience, nor does the occasionally bumpy transmission. The Trax features the next-generation versions of OnStar and MyLink infotainment systems. At $26,000+, our Trax LT AWD test car cost as much as larger, more substantial SUVs such as the Subaru Forester.

Road Test

Done properly, a subcompact SUV fulfills its promise of budget-friendly pricing, interior versatility, easy access, available all-wheel-drive, impressive fuel economy, and an elevated driving position. Then there's the Chevrolet Trax. In creating it...

Highs

  • Compact size makes it easy to park
  • Decent rear seat room for its tiny dimensions

Lows

  • It's underpowered
  • 25 mpg not competitive among peers

Best Version to Get

We would skip the Trax like a stone across a pond. If you decide to buy one, opt for an LT with the optional power driver's seat.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (138 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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