The subcompact SUV market is heating up, as more drivers want a vehicle with the versatile cargo and passenger capacity of an SUV but want it in a less expensive and more fuel-efficient package. The Chevrolet Trax has become an instant hit in this market, as its reliability and excellent driving experience set it head and shoulders above other sub-compacts launched by competitors.
The Chevy Trax, a five-door hatchback, first hit Spencer Indiana Chevrolet dealerships and dealer showrooms around the country in 2015. The Trax is built on the GM Gamma II platform that is also used for the Chevrolet Sonic, Buick Encore, and Opel Mokka.
The Trax originally debuted at the 2012 Paris Auto Show and was introduced to European, Asian, and foreign auto markets before coming to America. The Trax is produced in factories in South Korea, Mexico, and China.
The car-buying public has responded well to the new Trax. The Trax sold more than 79,000 units in the U.S. in 2016. For the month of April 2017, Trax sales were up 44 percent over the previous year.
As Chevy’s answer to other small SUVs like the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and the Fiat 500X, the Trax offers some interesting features not seen in its competitors. Here are a few you’ll want to remember when shopping for a new vehicle:
- A refreshed exterior – Chevy made some upgrades to the Trax for the 2017 year, including a facelift. The new Trax has new, more exciting grille and headlight designs. Along with some other cosmetic tweaks, these upgrades make the Trax a much more attractive vehicle.
- Driving experience – The new Trax is a nimble, easy to maneuver vehicle. The engine provides adequate power, and the vehicle corners and responds well to controls. The six-speed transmission shifts easily and contributes to the overall smooth ride the Trax offers drivers and passengers.
The Trax really shines in urban environments because it’s easy to park in tight spaces and navigate in crowded areas. This maneuverability can come in handy for urban apartment dwellers who need a little extra cargo space but don’t need a land yacht.
- Cool standard features – Chevy gives Trax buyers good value for their money. The new 2017 Trax comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, air conditioning, power accessories, a driver information read-out, power lumbar adjustment, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40 split rear folding seat, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, the Chevy MyLink interface, Bluetooth phone, and much more. Upper trim levels include swankier features, such as a remote start engine, improved audio system, a leather steering wheel, and other great options.
- Excellent safety – The Trax is a great SUV for a new teen driver or young family, thanks to the abundance of safety features it provides. The Trax received a top five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2016, obtaining five stars for total front impact safety and side crash safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the Trax high marks. The independent organization gave the Trax its highest “Good” rating for small-overlap frontal offset crash tests, moderate-overlap frontal offset crash tests, side impact crash tests, and roof strength tests. The vehicle also got the “Good” rating for whiplash protection.
The Trax has lots of great safety features, such as antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and airbags throughout the vehicle. The vehicle offers four-wheel disc brakes on its all-wheel drive version. The vehicle also offers a backup camera as standard safety equipment.
- Great fuel economy – All models of the Trax are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed auto transmission. The Trax cranks out 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. This power is adequate for most daily commutes.
The EPA estimates the Chevy Trax gets 29 mpg combined (26 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway) on its front-wheel drive models. For the vehicle’s all-wheel drive version, the Trax gets 27 mpg (24 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway). For a small SUV, these numbers are pretty good and are competitive with other vehicles in its class. As poor fuel economy is something that often turns buyers off SUVs, the Trax’s numbers will be encouraging to consumers.
- Roomy interior – Despite its status as a subcompact SUV, the Trax offers plenty of useful room. Front seat headroom and leg room are more than adequate, and the rear seat offers plenty of room for most adults. The vehicle’s seats are a little spartan but comfortable.
The Trax offers about 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space—more room than that offered by the average sedan’s trunk. The Trax also allows its rear seats to fold down to increase cargo space. By folding down the seats, Trax owners can expand the cargo area to 48.4 feet. For new homeowners, this feature will come in handy for trips to the hardware or lawn and garden store.
Chevrolet has also made some quality improvements in the interior materials of the Trax for the 2017 model. Although you’ll never confuse the Trax with a luxury automobile, the addition of a digital speedometer and better-quality trim for the dash do make some noticeable improvements to the vehicle’s aesthetic appeal. Car owners spend lots of time in their vehicles; the Trax’s new aesthetic features make that time more enjoyable.
- Reliability – Reliability is where the new Chevy Trax really shines. Chevrolet has made tremendous strides in build quality in recent years, and it shows in the increasing reputation the automaker has for producing vehicles that can hit the 200,000-mile mark and keep on moving. Chevrolet was among the top 10 automobile companies in the recent J.D. Power Study of Initial Quality, outperforming many luxury brands.
According to recent U.S. News & World Report findings, the Chevy Trax has above-average reliability scores, beating out many of its competitors. Car repairs are expensive and inconvenient. For consumers who want a zero-hassle car, the 2017 Chevrolet Trax presents an excellent small SUV option. Owners can enjoy years of reliable service with only minimal maintenance requirements.
- Pricing – The Chevy Trax starts at around $21,895, making it less expensive than many other SUVs on the market. A fully loaded Chevy Trax LT will cost buyers around $24,245. For auto consumers seeking a bargain on a reliable Chevrolet SUV, the Trax provides an excellent option.
Chevrolet has been a key player in its parent company GM’s resurgence in recent years. GM enjoyed sales of more than 9.8 million worldwide, in 2016, and was the sales leader in North America, South America, and China. Chevrolet was a big contributor to that success, with sales that were up 6 percent over 2015.With smartly designed, reliable vehicles like the Trax, there’s little wonder that GM and Chevrolet are now reclaiming their place in the top tier of global automakers.
When you set out to buy a new automobile, finding a dealer you can trust is imperative. Your dealer can help guide your decision, giving you information about vehicle performance and stats, as well as other advice.
Community Chevy is a Spencer Chevrolet dealership providing Indiana car consumers with quality new and pre-owned vehicles. Community Chevy focuses on offering a top-notch car-buying experience with a trained sales and finance staff dedicated to laying out all the options for choosing and paying for a vehicle. Visit today to take a test drive or to just ask questions about the Trax or other great vehicles available on the lot.