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 its cute-ute, Chevy's strategy appears to have been to produce a mere placeholder beneath the Equinox using a model cheaply cobbled from the underwhelming, built-to-price Sonic. From that mediocre measure, the Trax is a success.
The Korean-built Trax is a tiny, upright crossover that aims to attract the young and young at heart. And while it shares its basic bones with more refined Buick Encore, the plodding Trax is a disposable, forgettable appliance.