Three Cheers for the Chevrolet Trax


After a few years of polishing, the Trax has moved from a good car to a great one. It is aimed at providing reasonably priced transportation that is easy to operate and park and packed with modern features. In plain English this means it is aimed primarily at young drivers who want something that marries their modern desires and young bank balance. The Trax is just that.

Model year upgrades added a bit of design flair and more tech to please young crowds. The Trax has always been a reasonable and attractive choice for that group and it is even more so now.

Design of the Chevrolet Trax

The front of the Trax has a large grille with a slim, elegant badge line above, modern headlights and large air intakes that add to the modern aggression even on vehicles that are not really aggressive.

The side has prominent wheel arches which bulge out from the otherwise clean sheet metal design, while the rear obviously tries to mimic some larger vehicles with a wider look due to the rear wheel arches, wide apart taillights and clearly separated three sections –the rear window, middle part with the taillights and license plate and diffuser-mimicking section at the bottom.

Interior of the Chevrolet Trax

The Trax is not a massive vehicle, so smart use of the cabin space is essential and the Trax is one of the best examples of this. The top part of the dashboard has nice flowing lines and good materials which adds to a sophisticated feel, while the lower section is narrow to provide more space for the driver and the front passenger.

Despite being narrow, the central console and the area under the touchscreen hold all of the controls, which are easy to use without looking and very close to the steering wheel. The same goes for the gear lever.

Seats are comfortable and, even in the rear, two adults can go on a trip. The rear ones fold to allow more cargo room.

A 7” touchscreen hosts MyLink infotainment system, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

In short, the interior of the Trax is clever, functional and surprisingly spacious. In higher trim levels you get more perks, but even the entry level is well equipped.

Engines and Drive of the Chevrolet Trax

The Trax makes use of a 1.4 l turbo gasoline engine with variable valve timing. It produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque from 1,850 RPM. The fact that the torque is available from this low means that the Trax can be driven with ease and use all of its torque in everyday conditions. This was rarely possible in naturally aspirated cars, as they had to be revved high to get the necessary boost.

This is another reason why the 1.4 turbo is enough to push the Trax with ease. It is not going to break any speed records, but it is ample for any regular task. It is also very important to note that both gearbox options do their job really well. A 6-speed manual is standard only on the entry-level LS trim, while LT and PREMIER get a 6-speed automatic with overdrive and Driver Shift Control. The latter gearbox is also available as an optional feature on the LS.

It is great for city streets and tight parking posts, since great visibility and elevated seating position give a great basis for confident driving. The same goes for its agility. The small body and light steering brings self-assurance, even to the beginners. There is no point when the Trax will overwhelm the driver and that is a huge plus.

Suspension does a good job of finding the sweet spot between stability of the elevated body and providing comfort. Smaller wheels on lower trim levels give a bit more comfort and are the better option for people who often drive on bad roads, while larger wheels give a bit more stability on good roads and, of course, look better.

Top safety features are reserved for the top trim level, but even the entry level Trax has some of the most useful safety features as standard. You can find more information on the equipment in each trim level in the next section.

Trim Levels for the Chevrolet Trax

The Trax can be bought in one of the following three trim levels – LS, LT and PREMIER. The LS and LT can be either FWD or AWD, while the PREMIER is AWD only.

The LS FWD kicks off the range with the 1.4 l ECOTEC turbo engine, 6-speed manual, front discs and rear drum brakes, ABS, panic brake assist, hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, 16” steel wheels with wheel covers, battery run-down protection, power mirrors, rearview camera, remote keyless entry, tire pressure monitoring, power windows, tilt and telescoping steering column, Bluetooth connectivity with controls on the steering wheel, 60/40 split rear bench and fold-flat front passenger seatback, 7” infotainment screen with MyLink, USB connectivity, 6 speakers, OnStar Safety & Security Plan with coverage for one month, and 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot.

The LS AWD adds, of course, the AWD system, 6-speed automatic, disc brakes on all four wheels, 16” aluminum wheels and air conditioning with air filtration.

The LS also has an additional Air and Auto Package that includes manual air conditioning with air filtration and the 6-speed automatic.

The LT FWD comes with all of the LS FWD features and enhances that with 6-speed automatic, 16” aluminum wheels and air conditioning with air filtration, projector-style halogen headlamps, LED DRL and tail lamps, heated power mirrors, silver-painted fascia accents, deep tinted glass, chrome moudings, roof rails, remote starting, cruise control, deluxe cloth for the seats, underseat tray for the passenger seat, 110V outlet and SiriusXM.The LT AWD adds AWD and disc brakes on all four wheels.

The LT has two optional packages called True North Edition and Redline Edition. The former adds safety features such as side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, sunroof, keyless entry and start, leather steering wheel, power 6-way driver’s seat adjustment, and 7-speaker Bose audio system. Most of these features are available as standard in the PREMIER trim.

The Redline Edition adds 18” black aluminium wheels with red accent stripes, black mirror caps, beltline mouldings and grille, keyless entry and start, leather steering wheel and power 6-way driver’s seat adjustment.

The flagship version is the PREMIER and it comes with all of the above and AWD, disc brakes all around, forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, 18” wheels, fog lamps, chrome liftgate handle, doorsill plates, keyless entry and start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated leatherette front seats, power 6-way driver’s seat adjustment, illuminated vanity mirrors and 7-speaker Bose audio system.

For more information, and a closer look at the new Chevrolet Trax, Come on down to Okotoks Chevrolet Buick GMC at 101 Northgate Drive in Okotoks. Browse our huge selection of vehicles and our specialists will be happy to answer any questions you might have. You can also give us a call at (403) 938-7874. The best part is getting in a vehicle and trying it for yourself, so why not book a test drive online today?

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