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  • 2016
  • 2015 Chevrolet Trax

#11

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 11 out of 25 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.

Auto writers say that the brand-new 2015 Chevrolet Trax offers a roomy interior, nimble handling and impressive fuel economy, though they think its cabin materials could be nicer and its engine could be more powerful.

The all-new 2015 Chevy Trax comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. According to critics, the engine is loud and the automatic takes too much time to downshift. Reviewers also say that the Trax accelerates slowly from a stop. However, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax gets up to an EPA-estimated 26/34 mpg city/highway, which is better than the fuel economy of most rivals, and 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.

According to test drivers, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax has a boring cabin design and disappointing materials quality, though some aren't surprised given the Trax's low starting price. While many auto writers praise the Trax's all-around visibility, a couple write that it has poor rearward visibility due to its small rear windows. Automotive journalists agree that the Trax's front and rear seats offer ample head- and legroom for adults. 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: 5/12/15

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