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  • 2015 Chevrolet Trax

#8

in Affordable Compact SUVs

MSRP: $20,120 - $26,530
Invoice: $19,315 - $25,469
MPG: 26 City / 34 Hwy
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Chevrolet Trax Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax ranks 8 out of 24 Affordable Compact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Trax, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Reviewers say the 2015 Chevrolet Trax has a roomy cabin, great fuel economy and sharp handling, but its cheap cabin materials and modest acceleration disappoint.

The Chevrolet Trax has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that reviewers say produces moderate power and sluggish acceleration from a stop. They also report that the engine is loud, especially under hard acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and critics agree that it can hesitate to shift. Automotive journalists praise the Trax’s tight turning radius and nimble handling through turns, which they say make it a great SUV for city driving. The EPA estimates that the 2015 Trax gets up to 26/34 mpg city/highway, which are better estimates than nearly every rival earns.

Critics are somewhat disappointed in the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Trax’s interior styling, which they say is bland and uninspiring. Many also report that the cabin materials, which include lots of hard plastics, aren’t as nice as the materials you’ll find in rivals’ cabins. Still, a few think the Trax’s cabin materials are fitting of its price. The Trax’s seats are comfortable, and there’s generous head- and legroom for adults in both rows, reviewers agree. Most test drivers say the Chevrolet Trax has excellent visibility in all directions. However, a few note that small rear windows somewhat hinder rearward visibility. Standard features include a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a USB port, OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required) and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. Available features include satellite radio, remote start, a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system and rear parking sensors. A few test drivers say the Trax’s climate and audio controls are straightforward, and the infotainment system is user-friendly. With 48.4 cubic feet of overall cargo space, the Chevrolet Trax’s cargo hold is smaller than most competitors’. However, reviewers say there’s plenty of space for hauling cargo, including some large items.

  • “The performance from its small engine is unimpressive on the highway, while minimal ground clearance means even all-wheel-drive models are strictly for the street. If you're picky about interior design and quality, the Trax is far from best in class." -- Edmunds
  • "With its 2015 Trax, Chevrolet offers a small SUV with exceptional visibility, good interior room, a surprisingly large cargo area, but pokey acceleration - especially with the optional all-wheel drive." -- Cars.com
  • "The 2015 Chevrolet Trax may not be a groundbreaking product, but it successfully leverages the Sonic's existing strengths and adds some real crossover functionality. If that sounds like the sort of combination you're looking for, the 2015 Trax should be a solid choice." -- AutoTrader
  • “The Trax is a comfortable, competent offering, but it doesn't deliver the same level of style as its competitors from Nissan and Kia. However, with an agreeable price and overall inoffensive persona, expect to see these swarming everywhere, from the suburbs to city centers." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Trax will make a lot of sense to a lot of buyers, many of whom will probably be first-time buyers of new cars. If you can live without the luxury-ish interior of its Buick sibling, or simply don't care for that sort of thing in a small crossover, then the Trax will make good sense, especially with the savings you'll get when you embrace the fact that they're essentially identical vehicles underneath." -- AutoWeek

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Buick Encore has lots of standard features and earns great fuel economy estimates for the class. Reviewers say its cabin features top-notch materials and attractive styling. They also like that it offers a comfortable ride and nimble handling.

Reviewers say the Ford Escape has powerful turbocharged engine options and sharp handling. They also agree that its interior is handsomely styled and has high-quality materials. The Escape also has much more cargo space than the Trax.

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Details: 2015 Chevrolet Trax

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax seats five and comes standard with front-wheel drive. A turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. There are three trims available: LS, LT and LTZ. The Chevrolet Trax is an all-new model for 2015.

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Review Last Updated: 1/5/15

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