2016 Chevrolet Trax

Rating7.8

Ranked #2 in Subcompact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$20,300 - $26,730

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Key Spec of 2016 Chevrolet Trax
fuel economy

24/27/31

fuel type

Regular unleaded

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2016 Chevrolet Trax Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Chevrolet Trax is GM’s smallest crossover offering owing to its 2-door configuration and compact body. This subcompact vehicle is an excellent choice for small families due to its compact interior packaging and a host of standard family-friendly features. With its compact size, the Trax can easily sneak in through tight traffic. Also, the Trax is one of Chevrolet’s most affordable options for budget-conscious families at its affordable price tag. 


ProsConsWhat's New

Very easy to maneuver around town

Noisy engine at high revs

Carryover model without any major changes

Decent interior room for a compact crossover

Only a single-engine available

Great safety ratings

Frugal fuel economy

Over All Rating

7.8

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Features8.00
Engine and Performance7.00
Fuel Economy7.00
Interior7.80
Exterior7.50
Safety8.50
Competition8.00
Notable Rankings

#2 in Subcompact Suv

#9 in Suv


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Trims

LS$20,300 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Driver Lumbar support
  • Manual front air conditioning

LT$22,645 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Premium cloth Seat trim
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

LTZ$25,230 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Leatherette seats

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Colors and Styles

2016 Chevrolet Trax in Brilliant Blue Metallic color
Brilliant Blue Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2016 Trax is a mixture of both the Buick Encore and Chevy Sonic, offering a combination of some of the positive aspects of both its GM compatriots. The Trax battles it out against several capable rivals from its segment, including the likes of the Honda HR-V, the Mazda CX-3, the Jeep Renegade, and many more. Can the 2016 iteration of the Chevy Trax make it to the top of its customers’ wishlists? Let's find out.


Features
8.0/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is available in three different configurations, namely a standard LS trim, a mid-level LT trim, and the top-draw LTZ trim. All the trims are powered by the same powertrain option and include all-wheel-drive as an option. It falls in a price range that extends from $20,300 for its base variant and goes up to $25,230 for its top-rack variant. Chevrolet has provided a wide range of features across the three trims of the crossover, and for further details, check the table given below.

Trim

LS

LT

LTZ

MSRP (FWD)

$20,300

$22,645

$25,230

MSRP (AWD)

$21,800

$24,145

$26,730

Key Features

16-inch steel wheels

Alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

 

Automatic headlights

Roof rails

Rear parking sensors

 

60/40-split-folding rear seat

Rear privacy glass

6-way power driver seat

 

Rear cargo cover 

Remote engine start 

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

Power accessories

Heated outside mirrors

Leatherette premium vinyl upholstery

 

 

Satellite radio

7-speaker Bose audio system

We Recommend

If you have a budget within $30,000, we recommend going for the top-draw LTZ trim. This trim really raises the characteristics of the Trax to an upmarket level by adding a bunch of sophisticated features like 18-inch alloy wheels, a 7-speaker Bose audio system, rear parking sensors, and a host of interior creature comforts. The price difference between the LT and LTZ trims is only marginal, so opting for the LTZ trim is surely going to turn a lot of heads.

Engine and Performance
7.0/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax quenches its hunger for power from a base 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine, which is capable of punching the compact crossover with a power output of 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Buyers have a choice of both the front-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains. The all-wheel drivetrain isn’t geared for travel on hilly terrain, rather it enhances the crossover’s all-weather performance.

The Trax breaches the 0-60 mph mark in 9.4 seconds with its inline-4 source and front-wheel drivetrain. The SUV keeps its momentum steady to clock in the quarter-mile run in 16.8 seconds. All-wheel-drive variants finish their 0-60 mph just 0.3 seconds earlier. These figures may be lagging in the speed charts behind its more powerful rivals, however, don’t write off the Trax yet.

Model

2016 Chevrolet Trax

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Jeep Renegade

MSRP

$20,300

$19,960

$19,215

$17,995

Engine

1.4L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.8L Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.4L Turbocharged Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic 

6-speed automatic w/OD

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

146 hp @ 6000 rpm

141 hp @ 6500 rpm

160 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

148 lb.-ft @ 1850 rpm

146 lb.-ft @ 2800 rpm

127 lb.-ft @ 4300 rpm

184 lb.-ft @ 2500 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.4 seconds

8.1 seconds

9.5 seconds

9.1 seconds

Quarter mile (mph)

16.8 seconds

16.6

17.4 seconds

17 seconds

Top speed (mph)

NA

125

117

114

In comparison, the Jeep Renegade has the most power under its hood, yet it trails most of its rivals in the speed charts. The Chevy Trax surprisingly finishes ahead of the usual favorites like the Honda HR-V and the Jeep Renegade. However, it loses out to the brilliant Mazda CX-3, which finishes as the fastest crossover with its 0-60 mph time of 8.1 seconds. 

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax can go around the city for an economical MPG of 26. The highway MPG rises to a splendid 34. This equates to a decent combined MPG of 29. With its fuel tank capacity of 14 gallons, the Trax can shell out miles in the city and miles on the highway. While these are thrifty figures in their own sense, many other competitors top these figures. 

Model

2016 Chevrolet Trax

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Jeep Renegade

MPG (city)

26

29

25

24

MPG (Highway)

34

35

34

31

MPG (Combined)

29

31

28

27

Fuel Capacity

14 gallons

12.7 gallons

13.2 gallons

12.7 gallons

Range (City/hwy)

364/476 mi

368.3/444.5 mi

330/448.8 mi

304.8/393.7 mi

The Trax’s frugal fuel economy may please any fuel-conscious driver, however, when compared with the rivals, the Chevrolet Trax is a midpack contender in the fuel economy sector. The Trax manages to beat the Honda HR-V in terms of MPG figures. However, the Mazda CX-3 again leads the line here with its stellar MPG numbers and class-leading mileage. 

Interior
7.8/10

The 2016 Chevy Trax settles for a friendly and straightforward interior design. This design language translates to the cabin and dashboard ergonomics as well. The dashboard features Chevy's twin cockpit configuration from its sibling, the Chevy Sonic. This brings forth a practical arrangement of buttons and gauges that are easy to handle. The materials used are mostly entry-level, covered in a sea of plastic with little soft-touch surfaces to relish. Chevy engineers implemented a nicer two-tone vinyl upholstery and console parts covered in patterned trim with the top-draw LTZ trim. This relieves some of the drabness of the base model.

The seats provide a lot of support and comfort in both the front and rear compartments. Horizontally, it is a different story though as 3 passengers may find themselves rubbing shoulders with each other in the rear. The Trax can seat five passengers at the most, although the seats aren’t ideal for long trips. The Trax does redeem itself with its plethora of small storage amenities, including 4 cup holders and numerous storage bins, cubbies, trays, upper and lower glove boxes, door bins, and vertical slots with rubber bottoms.

Model

2016 Chevrolet Trax

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Jeep Renegade

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/54.1/40.8

38.4/53.5/41.7

39.5/56.8/41.2

41.1/55.9/41.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/52.8/35.7

37.2/50.4/35

38.3/54.5/39.3

40.5/55.1/35.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.7

12.4

24.3

18.5

All crossovers in this segment feature a standard 5-seater capacity. In comparison, the interior dimensions of the Chevy Trax are on par with other crossovers, if not better in some cases. The Trax also offers you above-average cargo space behind its rear seats, although the Honda HR-V is the more versatile and commodious option. The front passenger seatback inside the Trax can also be folded if not in use, enabling you to carry large items like surfboards or even a desk. Major interior features include:

  • 60/40-split-folding rear seat
  • Front passenger under-seat storage
  • Available leatherette premium vinyl upholstery
  • Available heated front seats

How intuitive is the 2016 Chevrolet Trax’s infotainment unit?

For infotainment purposes, Chevy equips a 7-inch touchscreen with the MyLink interface. This interface provides access to several apps like Pandora, Stitcher Internet radio, and BringGo navigation. The BringGo interface feels easier to operate than most other navigation systems, however, it is only compatible with a select few iPhones and Android phones.

The Mylink-powered screen relays a lot of information in an organized manner but can be frustrating to use because of some delayed touch inputs. Bluetooth audio streaming, GM's OnStar telematics, 4G Wifi, and Siri Eyes Free are also a part of the tech suite. The standard 6-speaker audio system is also a decent companion on those long drives. The tech suite includes:

  • 7-inch touchscreen with MyLink interface
  • BringGo navigation
  • OnStar telematics
  • Available 7-speaker Bose audio system
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • 6-speaker audio system
Exterior
7.5/10

The latest iteration of the Chevy Trax shares its underpinnings with another subcompact GM vehicle, the Buick Encore. The Buick implements a much more flamboyant exterior design, owing to its higher price tag. The Chevy Trax plays it safe with its exterior design, opting for a generic yet elegant design compared to other overtly-styled competitors in its segment. The simple square lines surrounding the exterior body maintain a sublime character. At the rear, the crossover feels narrower owing to some character lines that bookend the tailgate. Choose the bigger 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels on the LT and LTZ models for more bold aesthetics.

Model

2016 Chevrolet Trax

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Honda HR-V

2016 Jeep Renegade

Curb Weight (lbs)

2805

2809

2888

3044

Length (in.)

167.2

168.3

169.1

166.6

Width (in.)

69.9

69.6

69.8

74.2

Height (in.)

65.2

60.7

63.2

66.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.2

6.1

6.7

6.7

Wheelbase (in.)

100.6

101.2

102.8

101.2

In comparison, the Chevy Trax is one of the widest and tallest cars in its segment. The Trax also has low ground clearance, confirming its credentials as a city cruiser. The Trax also has the shortest wheelbase compared to its rivals, standing at 100.6 inches. When comparing the curb weight, Jeep Renegade is the heaviest option in the competition. The major exterior elements include:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Available 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Automatic headlights
Safety
8.5/10

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax secured an assuring 5-star safety rating in the federal crash tests conducted by NHTSA. In the IIHS safety tests, the crossover again excelled with a ‘Good’ rating in its small-overlap frontal-offset, moderate-overlap frontal offset, side-impact, and roof-strength tests. Unfortunately, the Chevy Trax missed out on the IIHS Top Safety Pick award due to its headlights' poor quality. Standard safety features on the Trax include a tire pressure monitoring system, antilock brakes, traction and stability control, and a rearview camera. Major safety features available with the crossover include:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • 6-month OnStar emergency communications subscription
  • Cruise control
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Traction and stability control
  • Rearview camera
Final Verdict

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax impresses with its spirited performance and smooth city cruising. The Inline-4 powertrain is potent enough to gallop through city roads, although the engine can stir up a disturbance at high revs. Despite that, the interior remains serene and carefree, with ample comfort inside for all 5 passengers. The decent fuel economy gives more onus to the cash-savvy audience to invest in the Trax. A well-rounded safety suite completes the overall package and establishes the Trax as an excellent family proposition.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$21800

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

83 cu in

horse power

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

dimensions
length

167 in

wheelbase

101 in

width

70 in

curb weight

3208 lbs

Height

65 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

92.8 cu ft

cargo volume

48.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

26/27/31 mpg

highway range

434.0 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


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Chevrolet Trax 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$24,484
5 Year Cost To Own
$41,573
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $41,573
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$6,373$1,441$1,373$1,567$1,461$12,215
Insurance$1,155$1,161$1,184$1,280$1,345$6,125
Fuel$1,663$1,703$1,848$1,872$1,937$9,023
Maintenance$530$787$964$1,749$1,927$5,957
Repairs$50$-14$101$326$513$976
Financing Interest$1,491$1,180$949$610$250$4,480
Taxes and Fees$2,108$210$176$127$176$2,797
Total Cost-To-Own$13,370$6,468$6,595$7,531$7,609$41,573
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