2019 Chevrolet Trax

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2019 Chevrolet Trax Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

When debuted 4 years ago, the Trax was a performer in an otherwise new and fresh era of the subcompact crossover segment. While having seen revisions 2 years later, the American SUV has been the same in spirit. For the 2019 Chevrolet Trax, this custom has retained and quite frankly, the theme is getting a bit boring and mundane now.

Powered by a measly 1.4L inline-4 engine mated to 6-speed automatic transmission, the Trax has a contradicting design language; the cabin is quite spacious but due to its compact size, it falls short of actually providing passenger comfort on the same line.

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Adequate cargo space

Comfortable seats

User-friendly infotainment system

Cons

Lacklustre powertrain performance

Average fuel efficiency against segment

Cheap interior materials

What's New?

The new model sees no changes from its 2018 carry over.


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Styles

 2019 Chevrolet Trax in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2019 Chevrolet Trax in Summit White color  2019 Chevrolet Trax in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Trax in Nightfall Gray Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Trax in Sandy Ridge Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Trax in Ice Silver Metallic color
Cajun Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Engine

6.7

Interior

7.4

7.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Trax LS

LS

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$21,300 - $22,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $21,300 MSRP (26/28/31) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,800 MSRP (24/27/29) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Chevrolet Trax LT

LT

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$23,200 - $24,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,200 MSRP (26/28/31) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,700 MSRP (24/27/29) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Chevrolet Trax Premier

Premier

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$27,600 - $29,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $29,100 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,600 MSRP (26/28/31) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.1

Overall Rating


Rivaling the American SUV are quite a number of adversaries. The segment leader Mazda CX-3, Honda's HR-V and the Toyota C-HR stack up to give the Trax a run for its money. Having said that, the Trax still does a fine job in competing and holding up. Read on to find out more.


 

6.7/10
Engine

 
 

7.4/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Chevrolet Trax Features

Trim LS LT Premier
MSRP (FWD) $21,200 $23,100 $27,500
MSRP (AWD) $22,700 $24,600 $29,000
Key Features 16” steel wheels 16” aluminum wheels 18” aluminum wheels
  7” MyLink Infotainment system with 6 speaker sound system 7” MyLink Infotainment system with 6 speaker sound system 7” MyLink Infotainment system with 7 speaker Bose sound system
  Driver Seat: 4-way manual Driver Seat: 4-way manual Driver Seat: 6-way manual
  Mirrors: Power-adjustable, manual-folding, body-color with Black base Mirrors: Heated, power-adjustable, manual-folding, body-color Mirrors: Heated, power-adjustable, manual-folding, body-color
    SiriusXM Satellite Radio All Access Package with 3-month trial subscription SiriusXM Satellite Radio All Access Package with 3-month trial subscription
      Foglamps

Offered in 3 different configurations – LS LT, and Premier - all the trims are further split in two different drivetrains – FWD and AWD. With a difference of $1,500 between the two drivetrain, the subcompact crossver starts at $21,200 for the FWD. It introduces a modest list of features as standard.

Further up the trim, you’d find better equipped packages, but you could always buy from packages to equip your Trax with certain features. The highest trim, Premier, costs $27,500 and is feature-rich. A 1.4L engine with an 4-cylinders mated to 6-speed automatic transmission powers the entire lineup.

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Choosing the LT trim is the wisest option for it offers almost all the features and technology of the top trim but at a lesser cost. It is a sweet deal for it bridges the gap between the top and base configurations.

2019 Chevrolet Trax Engine

6.7/10

Under the hood propelling the front wheels sits a turbocharged 1.4L with 4-cylinders mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Wait, what turbocharged? Consider yourself lucky if you can drive this compact light-duty SUV like one. Like most similarly sized crossovers in this segment, sluggish and lazy gear shifts, galling noise, and uninspiring engine performance make up the SUV’s frail powertrain. There’s nothing much left to write about the feeble machine under the Trax.

Among the competition, the mightiest crossover is the Jeep Compass Sport, with a 2.4L spurting 180 horses. The Trax holds the lowest powertrain joined by the Buick Encore.

Models

Chevrolet Trax

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Jeep Compass Sport

MSRP

21,300

$20,520

$20,945

$19,500

$23,200

$20,390

$21,859

$20,945

$23,095

Engine

1.4 Liter Inline-4

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Boxer-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.4 Litre Inline 4

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT with Overdrive

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and auto-manual

6-speed automatic with Overdrive and auto-manual

6-speed automatic transmission

6-speed automatic

5-speed manual transmission

6-speed manual transmission

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Horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

141 hp @6500 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

180 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 rpm

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

145 lb. ft. @ 4000 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

175 lb.-ft @ 3900 rpm

Acceleration

Painstaking flat power delivery in the light-duty drives the front wheels from naught to 60 mph in 9.3s. The quarter-mile drag sprint is done in leisurely completed in 16.8s. In the segment of a mix of underperforming motors across the field, the Buick Encore takes the fastest crown followed by the Mazda CX-3 while the rest come home half a second and more.

*These figures are based on the 2018 powertrain, which going into 2019 has remained unchanged.

Models

Chevrolet Trax

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Jeep Compass Sport

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.3

9.3*

11.0

10.0

8.4

8.6

9.0

8.9

10.0

Quarter mile (sec)

16.8

16.8*

18.4

17.3

16.2

16.3

16.9

16.6

NA

Engine

1.4-L I-4

1.8-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L H-4

2.0-L I-4

2.4-L I-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.3

6.3*

6.0

5.9

6.3

5.7

7.0

7.1

NA

Ride and Handling

Chevrolet Trax is nimble with responsive, light and quick steering input. Body roll is controlled at a certain speed and bumps are easily absorbed. Parking it or driving around city is quite easy for this light-duty thanks to its short steering radius and agility. Driving the SUV inspires no fun, staying as mundane as its powertrain is.

Compared to other SUV’S in the segment, the ride quality on is sub-standard. Its handling borderlines mediocrity, while remaining predictable. At high speeds, the crossover feels unsure especially at high speeds.

Braking

Well well Trax, there’s one place in your mechanics that work better than most of the crossovers in the segment. Along with good modulation and firmness with good pedal feel, the rear-disc brakes with front-drum decelerate the 2800 pound heavy crossover with ease.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Jeep Compass Sport

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

11.5

11.8

11.8

11.8

11

11.6

11.6

12

Brake Rear (in.)

9.0

11.1

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

10.6

11.1

10.8

11.9

11

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2805

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3113

3,032

3327

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/lA

N/A

N/A

NA

2019 Chevrolet Trax Fuel Economy

Fueling the Trax to drive 33 miles per gallon on the highway with a combined figure of 28 mpg is quite an average task by the powertrain. These figures are nothing great when compared to the rest of the rivals in the competition. The segment leader, Mazda CX-3 impresses with quite an efficient powertrain while Honda’s HR-V follows suit.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Jeep Compass Sport

MPG (city)

25

28

27

27

26

29

23

24

22

MPG (highway)

33

34

31

33

31

34

29

30

31

MPG (combined)

28

30

29

30

28

31

25

27

25

2019 Chevrolet Trax Interior

7.4/10
“A smart interior layout makes the most of the Trax's relatively small — but still competitive for the segment — interior space. Visibility is good, the controls are straightforward, and getting in and out is pretty easy.” -edmunds

Ability to seat 5 passengers inside, the cabin space in the Trax is ample and spacious for the segment. However legroom for both the front and rear seats are a bit compromised due to the SUV’s small design while the seat in itself are quite comfortable covered with cloth-upholstery. Headroom on the other hand is ample on both.

Aesthetically, the cabin is modest at best with plastic touch and feel alongside cheap materials and quality in places. Apparently, noise isolation is less of a concern for the American manufacturer; imagine driving comfortably sans the cabin around you. Visibility is commendable thanks to the position of the raised seats.

Infotainment System

Chevrolet’s MyLink 7” touch screen infotainment system sits on the center console. An intuitive system with a user-friendly interface otherwise fails to impress in its physical controls which are plastic in material and have redundant use for some functions.

MyLink’s touch screen looks good but delays in responsiveness make it less appealing. Fortunately, the Trax features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which comes optional even on some of the most high-end cars with premium features. Some standard features include –

  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 2 USB ports
  • OnStar Communications with 4G connections and Wi-fi hot spot
  • 7” Infotainment System

Interior Features

  • Mirror: Rearview, manual day/night
  • Remote Keyless Entry with panic alarm
  • Rear vision camera
  • Steering column: Tilt and telescopic

Cargo Volume

Offering 18.7 cubic feet with unfolded seats is quite a decent task for the Trax. The compact crossover is evened by the Buick Encore, but is bettered by the rest. Surprisingly, the segment leader, Mazda CX-3, has the lowest of the lot at 12.4 cubic feet.

Coming to the rear seats when folded, you’ll find 48.4 cubic feet available on the Chevrolet Trax, standing along the top of the segment. However, the Honda HR-V offers the best practicality along the segment in both instances.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Jeep Compass Sport

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

18.7

24.3

19

19.2

18.8

12.4

20.8

21.7

27.2

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

48.4

58.8

36.4

45.8

48.4

44.5

55.3

49.5

59.8

2019 Chevrolet Trax Exterior

“The dowdy 2019 Chevrolet Trax doesn’t say much about its driver.” -thecarconnection

Rolling over 16” steel wheels, the Trax has a compact, conservative design. Headed by chrome-accented dual element grille flanked by Halogen headlights, the SUV sits 6.2” above the ground and measures 100” in its total wheelbase. Weighing 2805 pounds, the crossover blends itself amongst its diverse compact rivals, sitting on the lightest spectrum.

Design philosophy of the Chevrolet Trax is very simple to understand – not overdone but simply curved and molded with a dash of – ‘this will do’ – mindset. A rear lip spoiler rests above the window pane, while the same hard plastic design found in the front is twinned in the back.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Honda HR-V

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Jeep Compass Sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

2805

2906

3300

2890

3237

2809

3157

3,032

3327

Length(in)

167.2

170.4

171.2

164.0

168.4

168.3

175.8

171.9

173

Width(in)

69.9

69.8

70.7

70.9

70.1

69.6

71

71.3

73.8

Height(in)

64.9

63.2

61.6

61

65.2

60.7

63.6

64.8

64.6

Ground clearance (in)

6.2

5.4

5.9

6.7

6.2

6.1

8.7

8.5

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

100.6

102.8

103.9

102.4

100.6

101.2

104.9

105.1

103.8

Track width (in) F/R

60.6/60.6

60.4/60.6

60.6/60.6

60.62/60.62

60/59.5

61/61.2

60.6/60.6

60.7/60.3

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Exterior Features

Some of the features include in the Trax LS trim are –

  • Body-color door handles
  • 16” steel wheels
  • Halogen reflector headlampswith automatic exterior lamp control

2019 Chevrolet Trax Safety

As of writing this review, the Chevrolet Trax SUV is yet to be rated by the NHTSA and IIHS. Since the crossover is an unchanged iteration since the previous year, we suspect the test ratings to be likewise for the 2019 model.

The compact SUV offers a scarce list of standard features found in other rivals in this segment. Some standard features included in the Trax are –

  • 10 air bags - 2 Frontal and knee for driver and front passenger
  • Seat-mounted side-impact and roof rail-mounted for front and rear outboard seating positions
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) for child safety seats
  • OnStar Safety & Security Plan with 1-month coverage, including Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation and more

2019 Chevrolet Trax Competition

Chevrolet Trax vs Mazda CX-3

Going up against the segment leader, the Chevrolet Trax is doomed here. The Mazda CX-3 costs less than the American crossover, overall better driving dynamics with superior powertrain, finer cabin quality and space alongside comfortable seats. Evidently, the CX-3 is the obvious winner here.

Chevrolet Trax vs Toyota C-HR?

Leaving aside comparing the rest of the field, the Chevrolet Trax edges the Toyota C-HR in terms of features and AWD availability, spacious interior and boot space. While the Japanese SUV manages to stay inches ahead in due to its slightly greater powertrain, it isn’t enough to defend its lead over the American crossover. Choosing the Trax over the C-HR would be a wise option. Wiser option? Skip both.

Chevrolet Trax vs Honda HR-V

With an efficient powertrain together with spacious interior and large boot space, the HR-V is otherwise a tad similar to the Chevrolet Trax. But driving dynamics is ahead in the Japanese SUV and so is feature availability in the base model. Priced similarly, the competition is stiff, however, due to Honda’s practicality, it makes the better buy here.

2019 Chevrolet Trax Final Verdict

What exactly does the Trax offer? It has great boot space, good handling, decent fuel efficiency and spacious interior along with comfortable seats. Nonetheless, its powertrain is mediocre at best, and feature list alongside safety equipments are disappointing.

If you truly want something out of this compact crossover, you’d have to spend a few more bucks and get higher trims or additional packages. Considering other rivals however is a safer bet if Chevrolet Trax does come under your radar.