2017 Chevrolet Trax

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2017 MODEL
$21,000 - $27,600 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The Chevrolet Trax was introduced in 2015, but in this short duration, this new Chevy has gained a reputation for being an efficient and robust crossover vehicle. 2017 Chevrolet Trax comes without any major mechanical changes. The interiors have been refreshed and smartphone connectivity has also been enhanced.

Under the hood, the 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover gets a 1.4 L turbocharged engine along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. As for the drivetrain, the crossover offers a choice of between Front-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive.In the US market, the 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover competes with Fiat 500X, Mazda CX-3, and Buick Encore. It will be important to analyze the parameters in which the Chevrolet Trax has the upper hand over the other contenders.

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Pros

Good-looking interiors

Highly-functional Infotainment system

High seating position feels commanding

Requires less parking space due to its compact size

Remarkable safety features

Cons

Average fuel economy

Not much powerful

Storage space is low for a crossover

What's New?

Modified headlights

New safety features

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support

High-end trim of the Trax Crossover has been renamed as Premier.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

115 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu. in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11 in. ventilated front disc/11.8 in. drum brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

100.6 in.

length

167.6 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

64.8 in.

curb weight

2805 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

cargo volume

18.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3600 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.4 sec.

zero to 100 mph

34 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/28/33 mpg

highway range

462 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Trax in Blue Topaz Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Trax in Crimson Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Trax in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Trax in Nightfall Gray Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Trax in Red Hot color  2017 Chevrolet Trax in Silver Ice Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Trax in Summit White color
Blue Topaz Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.6

Engine

6.2

Fuel Economy

6.2

Interior

5.0

Exterior

6.9

Safety

6.6

Driving

8.0

6.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Trax LS

LS

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

$21,000 - $22,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $21,000 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm1.4I4regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,500 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Chevrolet Trax LT

LT

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

$22,900 - $24,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,900 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,400 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2017 Chevrolet Trax Premier

Premier

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

$26,100 - $27,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $26,100 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,600 MSRP (24/27/30) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 24, 2018

6.5

Overall Rating


6.6/10
Features

 

6.2/10
Engine

 

6.2/10
Fuel Economy

 

5.0/10
Interior

 

6.9/10
Exterior

 

6.6/10
Safety

 
 
 

2017 Chevrolet Trax comes without any major mechanical changes. The interiors have been refreshed and smartphone connectivity has also been enhanced. 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover gets a 1.4 L turbocharged engine along with a 6-speed automatic transmission. As for the drivetrain, the crossover offers a choice of between Front-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive.

2017 Chevrolet Trax Features

6.6/10

Looking at the trims of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover, the LS is the base trim, the LT is the mid-spec trim while the Premier is the top trim. One of the best thing that Chevy has offered in all the trims of Trax is the option of having either an FWD or an AWD drivetrain. In terms of price, all the AWD variants are $1500 expensive than their FWD counterparts.

 

Trim LS LT Premier
MSRP (FWD) $ 21,000 $22,900 $26,100
MSRP (AWD) $ 22,500 $24,400 $27,600
Key Features 10 airbags All of LS plus All of LT plus
StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control LED daytime running lamps 18" aluminum wheels
Theft-deterrent system Projector-style halogen headlamps Keyless Entry and Ignition
Halogen reflector headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control LED tail lamps 7-speaker Bose premium audio system, including subwoofer
Outside power-adjustable manual-folding body-color mirrors Outside power-adjustable manual-folding body-color mirrors Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
16" steel wheels with painted wheel covers (FWD models) 16" aluminum wheels (AWD models) Chrome beltline moldings 6-way power driver-seat adjuster with power lumbar control
Chevrolet MyLink3 Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display Front and rear Silver-painted skid plates Heated driver and front passenger seats
AM/FM stereo with seek-scan and digital clock Roof rack side rails Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility Deep-tinted rear windows and liftgate glass Leatherette seating
Steering wheel-mounted audio and phone interface controls Driver Information Center with 3.5-inch diagonal monochromatic display Single-zone manual climate control with air conditioning 16" aluminum wheels  
  SiriusXM Satellite Radio  
    110-volt power outlet located on rear of center console  
    Remote vehicle starter system  
    Cruise control  
    Front passenger under seat storage drawer  
    Deluxe Cloth seating  

 

The LX trim of 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover is priced between $21,000 and $22,500, which subjects upon the drivetrain employed in the vehicle. Some standard features offered in this trim include halogen reflector headlamps, electronic stability control, rear-vision camera, infotainment system with the 7-inch display screen.

For LT trim, the price varies between $22,900 and $24,400 and it comes with features such as LED DRLs, projector headlamps, roof rack side rails, a 110-volt power outlet, cruise control and deluxe cloth seating that are not in the base LX trim.

With an MSRP range of $26,100 to $27,600, the premium is the high-end trim of the Trax crossover. This trim provides a few exclusive features that are not available in the lower trims including the driver confidence package, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and premium Bose-audio system with 7 speakers, heated front seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

We Recommend

Since all the trims have same engine performance and offer a choice between FWD and AWD, our vote goes to the LT trim. For owning the LT trim of Chevrolet Trax, one needs to pay an additional sum of $1,900 over the LX trim but it will offer some exciting features such as cruise control and LED DRLs. However, in comparison with the Premier trim, the LT trim costs almost $3200 less.

 

2017 Chevrolet Trax Engine

6.2/10
“The gearbox features wide gear ratios allowing for relatively swift acceleration from a stop, but a deep overdrive sixth gear for fuel-efficient freeway cruising. Unfortunately, the little four struggles to get up to highway speeds and requires plenty of space when passing.”-TheCarConnection

Engine and Transmission

At the heart of the Chevrolet Trax crossover is a 1.4-Liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, which churns out 138 hp while delivering 148 lbs.-ft. of torque. The crossover employs a 6-speed automatic transmission for channelizing the engine power to its drivetrain.

Models Chevrolet Trax crossover Fiat 500X Mazda CX-3 crossover Buick Encore
MSRP $21,000 $19,995 $19,960 $22,990
Engine 1.4L 4cyl 1.4L 4cyl 2.0L 4cyl 1.4L 4cyl
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Horsepower 138 hp 160 hp 146 hp 138 hp
Torque 148 lb-ft 184 lb-ft 146 lb-ft 148 lb-ft

Amidst the rivals, the Fiat 500X offers both the highest power and torque of 160 hp and 154 lbs.-ft. respectively. Coming to the Mazda CX-3 crossover, it has the largest engine displacement (2.0 Liter) amidst the competition, but its power is just 8 hp more than the Chevy Trax.

Acceleration

The acceleration of the Chevy Trax is not extraordinary. In fact, its 0-60 mph time is 9.3 seconds and quarter-mile time is 17.2 seconds. Both these figures are inferior to its rivals. Moreover, the Trax has the highest emission statistics, which corresponds to 9.3 tons/year.

The 1.4 Liter engine is able to summon entirety of its torque at a mere 1850 rpm. This makes the Trax a peppy vehicle for city driving. The Chevy Trax is quick to get off the line and accelerates decently up to 50 mph but as the revs increase, the engine is desperately short of breath. 

Models Chevrolet Trax crossover Fiat 500X Mazda CX-3 crossover Buick Encore
0-60 MPH 9.3 sec 8.5 sec 8.5 sec 7.8 sec
Quarter mile 17.2 sec 16.3 sec 15.8 sec 16.2 sec
Engine 1.4L 1.4L 2.0L 1.4L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 9.3 6.3 5.7 6.3

The Buick Encore is the fastest crossover in this segment. It completes its 0-60 mph run under 7.8 seconds. While the Mazda CX-3 is the most eco-friendly vehicle with the least in segment emission statistics.

Ride and Handling

 When it comes to handling, the Chevy Trax isn’t much fun. The Trax is offered with a simplistic suspension – MacPherson strut front and rear torsion-beam. This setup is able to absorb most of the road undulations, fairly well. The electric power steering system has been set up with a good-on center feel and the steering effort weighs up as the speed increase.

The ride quality of the Chevy Trax is excellent at a lower speed. The car offers many features for enhancing the in-cabin comfort level. The throttle response for the Chevrolet Trax is satisfactory at lower revs but it becomes dull as the revs climb up. Trax’s all-wheel-drive system hasn’t been tuned for off-roading but it provides decent traction to tackle wet conditions. Beyond 37 mph, Trax’s AWD system sends all power to the front wheels.

Braking

In emergency braking scenarios, the Chevrolet Trax comes at a halt from 60 mph after covering a distance of 119 ft. If we look at the other crossovers in the competition, only the Mazda CX-3 has a better 60-0 mph deceleration (117 feet) while the Fiat 500X’s 123 feet the worst in the segment.

Model Chevrolet Trax crossover Fiat 500X Mazda CX-3 crossover Buick Encore
Brake Front (in.) 11.8 12.0 11.0 11.8
Brake Rear (in.) 11.8 11.0 11.1 10.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2805 2967 2809 3237
60-0 MPH (ft.) 119 123 117 119

2017 Chevrolet Trax Fuel Economy

6.2/10

Chevrolet Trax crossover offers 25 MPG in city, 33 MPG while cruising on highways and this gives a combined economy of 28 MPG. Fiat’s 500X and Buick’s Encore have fuel efficiency figures exactly similar to the Chevrolet’s Trax. However, the Mazda CX-3 is most fuel-efficient car among the rivalry with 29 MPG city mileage, 34 MPG highway mileage and 31 MPG as combined.

Model Chevrolet Trax crossover Fiat 500X Mazda CX-3 crossover Buick Encore
MPG (city) 25 25 29 25
MPG (highway) 33 33 34 33
MPG (combined) 28 28 31 28

2017 Chevrolet Trax Interior

5.0/10
“Despite the Trax's subcompact dimensions, there’s plenty of head- and legroom in the first row to keep the driver and front passenger happy. The seats are narrow but supportive, so both the driver and passengers will be comfortable on road trips or long commutes.”-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Just like most other compact crossovers, the 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover can accommodate 5 people. At the front row, the Trax offers 39.6 inches of headroom, 54.1 inches of shoulder room and 40.8 inches of legroom to the passengers, which is quite decent.

Model Chevrolet Trax crossover Fiat 500X Mazda CX-3 crossover Buick Encore
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/54.1/40.8 39.1/54.3/41.4 38.4/53.5/41.7 39.58/54.18/40.82
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.8/52.8/35.7 37.8/52.8/34.8 37.2/50.4/35.0 38.78/52.55/35.75

Assessing the second row, the space available is 38.8 inches, 52.8 inches and 35.7 inches corresponding to the headroom, shoulder room, and legroom respectively. By looking at the competition, the difference in their interior space and the Trax is very minimal.

Infotainment System

For entertaining the passengers, the 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover comes with a standard 7-inch infotainment system, which supports FM, AM, and Bluetooth for audio streaming. Moreover, users can connect their Android phones and iPhones with the infotainment system. For displaying the vehicle information, a 3.5-inch diagonal monochromatic display is utilized inside the Chevrolet Trax.

Interior Features

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover packs a lot of features inside it, which increases the crossovers functionality and convenience. Some of the most prominent interior features of the Chevrolet Trax are listed as ahead:

  • One-touch power windows
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Front seatback storage
  • Cup holders at both the front and rear row
  • Air conditioner
  • Electro chromatic rearview mirror
  • 6-way power adjustable driver seat
  • Collapsible rear seat

Cargo Capacity

The cargo capacity of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover is not very impressive but still good in comparison to some of its competitors. With the rear seats up, the Chevrolet Trax offers 18.7 cubic feet of luggage space, which is very close to 18.8 cubic feet offered by Buick Encore.

Model Chevrolet Trax crossover Fiat 500X Mazda CX-3 crossover Buick Encore
Cargo Volume 2nd row up (ft.3) 18.7 14.1 12.4 18.80
Cargo Volume rear 2nd  row folded (ft.3) 48.4 39.8 44.5 48.40

However, the Fiat 500X has 14.1 cubic feet and Mazda CX-3 has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo space to offer. After collapsing the rear seats, the cargo capacity of 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover increases to 48.4 cubic feet, which is equal to that of the Buick Encore’s but greater than 500X and CX-3 crossovers.

2017 Chevrolet Trax Exterior

6.9/10
The exterior differences between the 2016 and 2017 Trax are immediately obvious. The refreshed car has new grille and headlight designs, both of which look similar to newer Chevy vehicles such as the Spark and Sonic.”-Edmunds

Dimension and Weight

Talking about the proportions of the Trax, its length, width, and height are 167.6 inches, 69.9 inches and 64.8 inches respectively. Among all the crossovers under comparison, the Buick Encore is longest and tallest at length of 168.41 inches and height of 65.26 inches. On the other hand, the Fiat 500X is widest with its 70.7 inches width.

Model Chevrolet Trax crossover Fiat 500X Mazda CX-3 crossover Buick Encore
Curb weight (lbs.) 2805 2967 2809 3237
Length(in) 167.6 167.2 168.3 168.41
Width(in) 69.9 70.7 69.6 69.85
Height(in) 64.8 63.1 60.7 65.26
Ground Clearance (in) 6.2 7.007 6.1 6.22
Wheelbase (in) 100.6 101.2 101.2 100.60
Track width (in) F/R 60.6/60.6 60.9/61.0 60.0/59.9 60.62/60.62

Checking out the wheelbase length, both the Fiat 500 X and the Mazda CX-3 offer a wheelbase of 101.2 inches. The 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover offers a pretty good ground clearance of 6.2 inches. However, it is shorter than the Fiat 500X and Buick Encore.

Exterior Features


Chevy Trax looks eye-catching from the outside and offers various exterior features that are mentioned as ahead: 

  • Rear liftgate door
  • Standard 16-inch painted alloy wheels
  • Intermittent rear wiper
  • Roof rack
  • LED Daytime running Headlights
  • Optional Sunroof

2017 Chevrolet Trax Safety

6.6/10

From the safety perspective, the Chevrolet Trax is one of the safest vehicles, which is justified by the 5-star rating given by the NHTSA. Except for the rollover rating, the Trax got a full-on five-star rating in each individual parameter of the NHTSA test.

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

5 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

IIHS

In the safety review conducted by IIHS, Chevrolet Trax crossover acquired a good rating in the majority of the parameters. However, the car’s LATCH system is rated as acceptable while its front crash prevention is valued as only basic.

Crashworthiness

Moderate overlap front

Good

Small overlap front Driver-side

Good

Passenger-side

Acceptable

Roof Strength

Good

Side

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention

Basic

LATCH

Acceptable

Safety Features

The highlighted safety feature list of the Trax comprise of 4-wheel ABS system, child safety locks, tire pressure monitoring, traction control, blind zone alert, 10 airbags. Additionally, a remote anti-theft alarm system is incorporated to ensure the safety of the vehicle.

  • 10 airbags: 2 Frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail-mounted for front and rear outboard seating positions; includes Passenger Sensing System
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) for child safety seats
  • OnStar Guidance Plan3 (standard for the first three months, trial excludes Hands-Free Calling minutes), includes Automatic Crash Response and Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning

2017 Chevrolet Trax Competition

Chevrolet Trax vs Fiat 500X

With a price tag of $19,995, the Fiat 500X comes $1000 cheaper than the base trim of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover. However, its engine power and torque figure exceed than that of the Trax’s engine by a good margin. Additionally, the Fiat 500X has better specs than the Trax in terms of acceleration, emissions, and front shoulder room. On the other hand, the Chevrolet Trax surpasses 500X when it comes to braking, passenger space at the 2nd row and cargo volume.

Chevrolet Trax vs Mazda CX-3 Crossover

Mazda CX-3 is another strong opponent of the Chevrolet Trax and comes at a price of $19,960. The CX-3 is superior to the Trax in terms of engine power, 0-60 mph acceleration, 60-0 mph deceleration and fuel economy. However, its cargo volume and overall interior space are not as good as Chevrolet’s Trax.

Chevrolet Trax vs Buick Encore

Despite having exceeding MSRP than the Chevrolet Trax, most of the Buick Encore offerings are similar to that of the Trax including torque and power, braking capability, mileage and cargo capacity. However, the Encore serves better acceleration and lesser emissions than that of the Chevrolet Trax crossover.

2017 Chevrolet Trax Final Verdict

The Chevy Trax is powered by a 1.4 Liter, 4-cylinder engine that churns out 138 horsepower. Yes, that isn’t much but it the engine has enough grunt to take care of “commuting” needs. The lower gears pull the Trax to 50 mph with relative ease but beyond that, this engine quickly loses its steam.

Coming to the final conclusion about the 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover, it wouldn’t be unwise to say that this Chevy is a value for money car. Moreover, it offers a plethora of choice with its trims and drivetrain option, which makes it easy for customers to buy the version of the car which caters most to their personal needs.

There are some shortcomings of the Trax such as lack-luster high gear acceleration, greater emissions, and an average cargo capacity. But look beyond that and the Chevy Trax offers a robust build, standard safety features and an optional all-wheel-drive feature on all the trims.