2018 Chevrolet Trax

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in Subcompact SUVs
2018 MODEL
$21,000 - $28,795 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

After making a successful debut in the United States for 2015 model year, the Chevrolet Trax has received some refreshments in 2017. The Chevy Trax subcompact crossover changes little for 2018, receiving some minor updates and new edition. The new 2018 Chevrolet Trax is still trying to leap into a highly competitive market segment.

Some critics find Trax's 1.4-liter turbocharged engine noisy and underpowered, especially when the crossover hits the highway speeds. Also, what more you can expect with a base engine on all trim levels. In spite of the improvement, the 2018 Trax performance, ride quality and fuel economy lag behind a bit. After all, the Trax's major competitors offer completely new design.

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Pros

Improved looks and maneuverability

Extra supportive seats

Scored well in safety tests

Optional AWD available on all trim levels

Competitive and reasonable pricing

Cons

Underperforming engine

Limited cabin storage and amenities

Small cargo area

Basic touch-screen infotainment system

What's New?

MyLink infotainment system on all trim levels as standard

3 Exterior colors added to the lineup

Jet Black premium cloth and leatherette upholstery


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

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

3124 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

cargo volume

18.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

3208 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.8 sec.

standing ¼-mile

17.5 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

 2018 Chevrolet Trax in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2018 Chevrolet Trax in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2018 Chevrolet Trax in Nightfall Gray Metallic color  2018 Chevrolet Trax in Red Hot color
Cajun Red Tintcoat

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Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine

5.5

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

4.8

Exterior

5.5

Safety

7.8

Comfort

6.8

Driving

8.5

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 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 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular 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

 2018 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

 2018 Chevrolet Trax Premier

Premier

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

$27,295 - $28,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $27,295 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 $28,795 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 21, 2018

6.8

Overall Rating


7.6/10
Features

 

5.5/10
Engine

 

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

4.8/10
Interior

 

5.5/10
Exterior

 

7.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The new Trax has arrived with flexible cargo space, high ride height and affordable price. Last year, Chevrolet Trax got a face-lift both inside and out and added more notable technology, keeping the mechanicals unchanged. Meanwhile, the cabin feels too small to store large items as there are fewer pockets. Still, the Trax has been priced competitively and offers appealing features than its counterparts.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Features

7.6/10

The 2018 Trax comes in three trim levels, namely, LS, LT, and Premier. All the trims come powered by a 138-hp turbo-four powertrain, mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. All the variants are available with standard front-wheel drive setup. While you may avail all-wheel-drive setup for any trim by spending $1500.

Trims LS LT PREMIER
MSRP (FWD) $21,000 $22,900 $27,295
MSRP (AWD) $22,500 $24,400 $28,795
Features

Notable Standard Features include:

LT has features from LS with the following extras:

 

Premier has features from LT with the following extras:

 

ECOTEC 1.4L turbocharged engine 16-inch aluminum wheels 18-inch alloy wheels
Six-speed automatic transmission Halogen projector headlamps Chrome Foglamp accents, door handles, chrome liftgate appliqué
10 airbags StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control LED daytime running lamps LED taillamps Rear Park Assist
    Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    Side Blind Zone Alert,
    Driver Confidence Package

We Recommend:

The base trim LS offers basic features while the LT offers most features you can get on the expensive Premier trim. The LT trim has enough to keep you satisfied and it's the most value for money trim. We'd thus recommend you the LT trim. 

2018 Chevrolet Trax Engine

5.5/10

"The Trax continues to drive confidently for its small footprint, but its engine remains loud and wheezy, and the short wheelbase makes for a bumpy ride over rough patches of pavement” - Cars.com

Engine and Transmission

The Trax engine remains unchanged in its fourth year, with a single powertrain choice. Powering the Trax is a 138-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Very disappointingly, the engine feels underpowered and lacks athleticism. It feels out of breath under hard acceleration and can even be noisy at times. 

Since both Chevy Trax and Buick Encore lie under the parent company General Motors, they share a similar engine option. While the Hyundai Tucson makes 164 hp with the 2.0L, inline 4 engine. Only the Ecosport lacks on the power front by offering only 123 hp.

Models Chevrolet Trax LS Buick Encore 1SV Hyundai Tucson SE Ford Ecosport S
MSRP $21,995 $22,990 $22,550 $19,995
Engine 1.4L, Ecotec 4-CYL  1.4-L Ecotec 4-CYL 2.0L, Inline 4 1.0L EcoBoost 3-cylinder
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 6-speed Automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Power 138 hp @ 4900 rpm 138 hp @ 6000 rpm 164hp @ 6200 rpm 123 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm 148 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm 151 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm 125 ft-lbs @ 3500 rpm

Acceleration

Chevy Trax’s ECOTEC 1.4-liter turbocharged engine comes mated with a standard front-wheel drive and an optional all-wheel drive. The acceleration is really lethargic and even when you put your foot down, the car takes a lot of time to react. It takes 9.0 seconds to 60 mph which is really slow. The Hyundai Tucson is the fastest to 60 mph, reaching there in 8.3 seconds. The Hyundai has the largest engine and also is the most powerful and it's no surprise that Tucson is the fastest. 

Models Chevrolet Trax LS Buick Encore 1SV Hyundai Tucson SE Ford Ecosport S
0-60 MPH 9.0 sec 8.4  sec 8.3 sec 9.7 sec
Quarter mile 16.8 sec @ 80.9 mph 16.2 sec @ 86 mph 16.5 sec @ 84 mph 17.2 sec @ 81.3 mph
Engine 1.4L, Ecotec, Turbocharged 1.4-L Ecotec 4-CYL 2.0L inline 4 1.0L EcoBoost 3-cylinder
Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 6.3 6.3 6.8 6.3

Ride and Handling

Similar to other compact SUVs in the segment, the Trax is based on subcompact-car underpinnings, including the car’s front and rear torsion-beam suspension. The electric power steering is quite responsive and offers good maneuverability. The Trax has a pretty short turning radius which makes it quite easy to amble around in the city. The light and reasonably sharp steering give the car a nimble character in the city. 

That being said, the Trax does not ride particularly well. It remains fairly comfortable at low speeds but at decently higher speed sends all kinds of thuds and crashes into the cabin over rough patches. Larger wheels compromises the ride quality even more. It does not body roll much around corners but that's only till decent speeds. Push hard and it will disappointingly have considerable lateral movement. 

Braking

Where the Trax redeems itself a little is in the braking department. It takes 121 ft to comes to a standstill from 60 mph which is quite respectable and is in fact, the least stopping distance in the competition. The brake pedal feels solid and gives enough confidence. 

Model Chevrolet Trax LS Buick Encore 1SV Hyundai Tucson SE Ford Ecosport S
Brake Front(in) 11.8 11.8 12.1 11.8
Brake Rear(in) 11.0 10.6 11.9 12.0
Curb weight(lbs) 2805 3237 3300 3060
60-0 MPH (ft.) 121 126 123 125

2018 Chevrolet Trax Fuel Economy

7.9/10

With the combination of standard front-wheel drive, the 2018 Chevy Trax returns an impressive fuel economy of 25/33/28 (city/highway/combined). The mileage falls slightly with the all-wheel-drive configuration, to 24/30/27 mpg. In the city, Ford Ecosport proves itself once again and offered 27 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. All other rivals offer similar mileage as the 2018 Trax.

Model Chevrolet Trax LS Buick Encore 1SV Hyundai Tucson SE Ford Ecosport S
MPG (city) 25 23 23 27
MPG (highway) 33 33 30 29
MPG (combined) 28 28 26 28

2018 Chevrolet Trax Interior

4.8/10

"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

Interior Dimensions

The 2018 Trax offers interior space for five occupants, while three passengers might feel cramped in the rear row. Despite its small size, Chevy Trax offers ample cabin space. The front-seat headroom and legroom are plentiful, while the rear seat has enough room for tall passengers.

Model Chevrolet Trax LS Buick Encore 1SV Hyundai Tucson SE Ford Ecosport S
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 93.0 92.8 102.2 91.1
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/54.1/40.8 39.5/54.1/40.8 39.6/57.1/41.5 39.6/53.3/42.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.8/52.8/35.7 38.7/52.5/35.7 39.2/55.1/38.2 37.5/36.7/51.3

The subcompact crossover looks straightforward with the extensive use of black plastic in the cabin. Even the base trim gets black-clothing upholstery, which is accented with blue stitching. Chevy has assembled more traditional dash, that flows horizontally, along with the driver-focused conventional instruments. There are flowing lines and all controls are well laid out very ergonomically which makes the cabin look premium. The Premium trim adds more appealing dual-tone upholstery, contrast stitching on instruments panel, and patterned work on the console. 

Infotainment

Chevy’s latest MyLink Infotainment system features a touchscreen along with physical knob, letting you control climate and audio functions. The seven-inch touchscreen looks good with sharp and crisp graphics. The connectivity options include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which comes as standard.

Cargo Space

The Trax offers 19 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats, which is enough to store your luggage or chairs for a weekend outing. Upon folding the rear seats, you can expand the cargo space by 48 cubic feet, which lets you carry larger items like bike, snowboard, or furniture. However, there are only fewer smaller items storage options across the cabin.

Model Chevrolet Trax LS Buick Encore 1SV Hyundai Tucson SE Ford Ecosport S
Behind Second Row(cube ft.) 18.7 18.8 31.0 20.9
Second Row Folded (cube ft.) 48.4 48.4 61.9 50.0

2018 Chevrolet Trax Exterior

5.5/10

 "Its tidy dimensions make it maneuverable and easy to park in most scenarios—to be fair, that’s not a characteristic unique to the Trax in this segment." -Car And Driver

The 2018 Chevy Trax received a significant overhaul in 2017. The carmaker updated the 2017 model with a new dual-element grille, new thin headlamps, and a new hood, making it more in line with other Chevy models. The rear also got revised with sculpted tail lamps, all of which is carried away for the 2018 model.

Model Chevrolet Trax LS Buick Encore 1SV Hyundai Tucson SE Ford Ecosport S
Curb weight(lbs) 2805 3237 3300 3060
Length(in) 167.2 168.4 176.2 161.3
Width(in) 69.9 96.85 72.8 69.5
Height(in) 64.9 65.26 64.8 64.8
Ground clearance(in) 6.2 6.2 6.4 7.0
Wheelbase(in) 100.6 100.6 105.1 99.2
Track width(in) F/R 60.6/60.6 60.6/60.6 63.3/63.8 60/60

Towing Capacity

With AWD setup, the 2018 Trax is able to tow up to 2000 lbs. The similar towing capacity can be witnessed with the Buick Encore, which shares the same engine. Only the Hyundai Tucson offers a towing capacity of 1500 lbs, which is lower than as expected.

Model Chevrolet Trax Buick Encore Hyundai Tucson Ford Ecosport
Weight (lbs) 2000 2000 1500 2000
Drive Train AWD AWD AWD AWD
Engine 1.4L 1.4L 2.0L 2.0L

2018 Chevrolet Trax Safety

7.8/10

The 2018 Chevy Trax has received all five-star in overall crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the Trax with Good ratings in all five crash tests.

NHTSA Crash Test Results

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 Report

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front Passenger side Acceptable
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

The safety features offered by the 2018 Chevy Trax include:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • 10 airbags
  • Passenger Sensing System
  • OnStar Guidance Plan Limited Service Trial
  • OnStar Basic plan included for 5 years
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • 3-point rear outboard safety belts
  • LATCH System
  • Rear child security door locks

2018 Chevrolet Trax Competition

Chevrolet Trax Vs. Buick Encore

General Motors have made both the Chevy Trax and Buick Encore, which is why both the subcompact SUVs share too many similarities, but the Encore turns out to be a better version of the Trax. The Encore is, however, more expensive but offers more available features and nicer interiors than the Trax. Buick also offers a 153-hp powertrain, which you won’t find on the Chevy Trax lineup.

Chevrolet Trax Vs. Hyundai Tucson 

Since the Trax is much slimmer than the Hyundai Tucson, you’ll find enough space in the parking lot with your Trax. Chevy Trax has much lower horsepower and torque than the Tucson, which means you won’t feel the drive thrill. The larger turning radius of Tucson makes it difficult to maneuver narrow spots. The Trax holds significantly less cargo space than the Hyundai Tucson.

 Chevrolet Trax Vs. Ford Ecosport

Both of these subcompact SUVs offer decent performance and efficiency. However, the Trax gives you more horsepower than the Ford Ecosport. On the fuel economy front, the Ford Ecosport averages a few more city miles than the Chevy Trax. Most of the interior space is quite similar, given that the Ecosport is shorter in length, but the passenger capacity and cabin space appears to be the same. The Ford Ecosport is cheaper than the Chevy Trax on both the entry and top trim level.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Final Verdict

The 2018 Chevy Trax has made a bold entry in the rapidly growing sub-compact SUV market in the U.S. Buyers will appreciate the updated infotainment and its conventional features. The introduction of new multimedia technologies and features does boost Trax’s image in this highly competitive segment. The 2018 Trax holds a sweet spot among subcompact SUV segment, thanks to the outstanding safety ratings and features. If you are eager to look beyond the Ecosport’s below-average engine, the Trax will be a reliable and comfortable crossover.