2015 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP $20,040 - $26,530

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2015 Chevrolet Trax Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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With the emerging need for compact SUVs around the world, the practicality that comes with the compact form factor made the Chevrolet Trax a viable option for the urban environment. While gaining popularity in the outside world, the Trax makes a debut on US soil and is based on GM’s Gamma II platform. This compact SUV is all you need if you want a comfortable ride in the city for an affordable price tag.

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Pros

A plethora of standard features

Spacious rear row

Improved safety and reliability

Value for money

Cons

Underpowered engine

Standard cargo capacity is average

Cheap interior design

What's New?

All-new model for the US market

Added safety features

A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system gets standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21540

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

capacity

passenger volume

92.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

48.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5200 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/27/31 mpg

highway range

434.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

LS$20,040 onwards

LT$22,445 onwards

LTZ$25,030 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Chevrolet Trax in Black Granite Metallic color
Black Granite Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


The Chevrolet Trax is an all-new model for the US market but a carryover model year for the global market. The Trax gets powered by a turbocharged engine which puts out decent power figures and also comes with both front-wheel and all-wheel systems. Starting at $20,120, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax packs some decent specs for the price and is definitely an important car competing with the already popular segment in the US market that includes the Jeep Renegade, Kia Soul, and Buick Encore.


9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2015 Chevrolet Trax Features

9.0/10

The 2015 Trax is available in three trims- LS, LT, and LTZ. All three trims come with a front-wheel drivetrain as standard and can be updated for an all-wheel-drive experience for an extra $1,500. The price tag starts from $20,120 and goes up to $25,030 for the top-of-the-line LTZ trim. As standard, the LS trim packs decent specs for the price and is loaded with safety features that are uncommon in the competition, like a post-collision safety system, stability control, etc. The LTZ trim sports some posh interior features that enhance the experience to another level.

Trim

LS

LT

LTZ

MSRP (FWD) 

$20,120

$22,445

$25,030

MSRP (AWD)

$21,620

$23,945

$26,530

Key Features

DRLs

Adds/upgrades over the LS

Adds/upgrades over the LT

 

Post-collision safety system

Cruise control

Bose 7-speaker premium audio experience

 

6-speaker audio system

Power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver seat

Leather steering wheel

 

Single zone front air conditioning

SiriusXM

6-way power driver seat

 

Heated mirrors

 

Heated driver and passenger seat

 

16-inch wheels

   

We Recommend

As the LT trim has a few added features along with the standard ones, it is the best trim that we recommend at that price point. Starting at $22,445, it is a great buy over the standard variant. It also gives you Cruise Control as a standard which will be helpful for highway driving. You can go for the FWD variant if you don’t need the AWD for your specific requirements.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Engine and Performance

8.0/10

Powering the 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline 4 petrol engine that puts out 138 horses and 148 pound-feet of maximum torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic and comes with a frontal-wheel drivetrain as standard. There is an optional all-wheel-drive system that can be upgraded by throwing some extra cash. The transmission system acts sluggish in sudden accelerations but has adequate power for city drives. 

On the highways, the transmission system does not cooperate properly and sometimes delays shifts. The engine is very refined and can hold higher speeds without breaking the power and also offer good fuel economy. In terms of straight-line accelerations, the Trax does a decent job and performance is what we cannot expect from the segment. It does 0-60 mph in 9 seconds and a standing quarter-mile in 16.8 seconds.

Models

2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Buick Encore

MSRP

$20,120

$21,295

$15,190

$24,065

Engine

1.4-liter Turbocharged inline 4

1.4-liter Turbocharged inline 4

1.6-liter Naturally Aspirated inline 4

1.4-liter Turbocharged inline 4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

138 @ 4,900 RPM

160 @ 5,500 RPM

130 @ 6,300 RPM

138 @ 4,900 RPM

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

148 @ 1,850 RPM

184 @ 2,500 RPM

118 @ 4,850 RPM

148 @ 1,850 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.0

8.6

9.6

9.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.8

16.8

17.2

17.3

Top-Speed (MPH)

110

115

90

120

In terms of the raw engine power and accelerations, the Jeep does quite a good job but the Chevy is not far away. The Kia is the most underpowered car in the competition. The Buick and Chevy share the same powertrain but the latter’s heavier curb weight does not translate well in the accelerations.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Chevrolet has been very thoughtful in not providing a massive engine power and that contributed to a very impressive fuel economy considering it has a turbocharged engine. In the city, the vehicle returns 26 mpg, 34 mpg on the highways, and a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg. Coupled with a 14-gallon gas tank, the range is quite impressive too with 406 miles combined and ensures minimal gas station stops.

Models

2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Buick Encore

MPG (City)

26

24

24

25

MPG (Highway)

34

31

30

33

MPG (Combined)

29

27

26

28

Tank Capacity (Gallons)

14.0

12.7

14.2

14.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

364/476/406

304.8/393.7/ 342.9

340.8/426.0/ 369.2

350/462/392

The Chevy tops the fuel economy section with the best-in-class performance and that translates well in the overall tank range. The next in line would be the Buick and Jeep. The Kia with its underpowered engine does not perform well in delivering a good fuel economy. However, the Kia Soul delivers a better range than the Jeep because of the bigger tank size that it offers.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Interior

7.0/10

The 2015 Trax sports a minimal design cabin with a lot of cheap materials used such as hard plastics. There is nothing extraordinary about the design and the features that are inside. The front has the hard-plastic-made dashboard that holds the 7.0-inch infotainment display at the middle and an all-analog instrument cluster with a plastic-made steering wheel. The steering wheel found on the higher LTZ trim sports a leather steering wheel which offers a much superior feel than the standard one.

The cabin can hold up to 5 people but is best suited for 4 if you want a more comfortable ride. The seats are cloth-covered as standard and offer good cushioning for daily drives. The cabin dimensions are not as spacious as the competition but decent. The front has enough space for the head, shoulder, and legs compared to the rear which offers tight and slightly uncomfortable seating. The cargo capacity on offer with all seats up is 18.7 cubic feet and can be extended further 48.4 cubic feet with the rear row folded down.

Models

2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Buick Encore

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.6/54.1/40.8

41.4/55.9/41.2

39.6/55.5/ 40.9

39.6/54.2/ 40.8

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.8/52.8/35.7

40.5/55.1/35.1

39.5/54.7/ 39.1

38.8/52.6/ 35.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

18.7

18.5

24.2

18.8

Both the Kia and Jeep have a more comfortable cabin experience than the GM brothers. The Kia offers more rear legroom than the Jeep and also sports a bigger cargo area than the competition. The Kia Soul also has the biggest cargo area in the competition. A few key features of the interior are as follows:

  • Leather steering wheel
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • 6-way power-adjustable driver seats
  • Heated driver and passenger seats
  • Interior air filtration

How intuitive is the 2015 Chevrolet Trax’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system on offer is quite good and sports a 7.0-inch touchscreen display that is coupled with the MyLink interface for a more intuitive experience. However, the screen lags quite a bit with extensive use and does not provide a good viewing experience. As standard, the infotainment features are quite decent for the price and the functionalities go high up as you climb up the trims such as a Bose sound system that includes 7 speakers and a subwoofer, navigation, and SiriusXM. A few of the infotainment features are as follows:

  • 7.0-inch touchscreen display
  • SiriusXM
  • HD radio
  • Navigation
  • Bose premium 7-speaker audio system
  • USB connection
  • Auxiliary audio input

2015 Chevrolet Trax Exterior

8.0/10

The Trax has a very influenced exterior look from Chevrolet’s other offerings and holds its compact form factor really well but has quite a muscular outlook. The front has halogen headlights and DRLs with a blacked-out intake grille. The rear has minimally designed taillamps with a blacked-out rear bumper. 

The SUV sits on 16-inch alloy wheels and comes equipped with all-weather tires. The exterior dimensions are quite similar to the competition and also weigh much lighter at 2,805 pounds. The ground clearance on offer is 6.2 inches and that is enough for everyday rides and can be driven in almost every road condition.

Models

2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Jeep Renegade

2015 Kia Soul

2015 Buick Encore

Curb Weight (lb)

2,805

3,025

2,784

3,237

Length (inches)

167.2

166.6

163.0

168.4

Width (inches)

69.9

71.0

70.9

69.9

Height (inches)

65.7

66.5

63.0

65.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.2

6.7

5.9

6.2

Wheelbase (inches)

100.6

101.2

101.2

100.6

The Chevrolet, Jeep, and Buick share almost similar dimensions with the Buick being the heaviest in the lot. The Kia has more compact dimensions with its smaller length, height and also sports the lowest ground clearance in the competition. The Jeep has the most ground clearance and is the only off-road friendly option in the competition. A few of the exterior highlights of the Trax are as follows:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Sunroof (Optional)
  • Wheel lock kit
  • Keyless entry

2015 Chevrolet Trax Safety

9.0/10

The crash testing agencies have been very kind to the 2015 model year of the Trax and that is quite evident because of its good build quality and a lot of safety features on offer as standard. The NHTSA has rated the SUV with a complete 5-star rating for its overall crash resistance. On the other hand, the IIHS has rated the same with “Good” in almost every major category. The safety features on offer include both active and passive ones, they are as follows:

  • 4-wheel ABS and traction control
  • Front and side airbags for the front row
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Dusk-sensing headlamps

2015 Chevrolet Trax Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Trax offers a great value for its asking price and is definitely better than the competition in terms of fuel economy, safety, and reliability. However, there are a few problems with the interior spaciousness, especially in the rear row which might turn a few buyers away. Regardless, this mid-size SUV is great for city usage as you get most of the features you'll need along with great fuel economy.

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