2018 Chevrolet Trax


Ranked #7 in Subcompact Suv

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$21,000 - $28,795

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Key Spec of 2018 Chevrolet Trax
fuel economy


fuel type

Regular Unleaded


138 hp @ 4900 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Loads of features even in the base trim

Engine feels underpowered

Redline Edition appearance package

Impressive interior space

Fuel efficiency is still behind the class

3 Exterior colors added to the lineup

Very affordable

TIght cargo space

Premier trim gets a sunroof, forward-collision system, and lane departure systems as standard

Good safety ratings

Sluggish acceleration

2018 Chevrolet Trax Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2018 Trax is the smallest SUV offering by Chevrolet. This car was introduced in 2015, and received a face-lift inside and out last year itself. The Trax is pretty simple in what it can do: it's quite fuel-efficient, is loaded with features even in the base trim, and has quite some interior space for its size. The Trax is an affordable crossover that is easy to maintain, light on the pocket, and simple to drive.

2018 Chevrolet Trax

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax enters a highly competitive market with a price tag of $21,000. It is offered in three trim levels, and comes with a turbocharged 1.4L I-4 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, with a front-wheel-drive configuration. This SUV had some complaints, but Chevy says these issues have been fixed. The Trax does have some limitations, and there are bits and pieces that are still against the Trax.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Latest Updates

  • Oct' 17, 2022 : The New 2024 Chevy Trax Gets Bigger And Cheaper Read More »

Trim wise pricing breakdown

NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)$20160$21000387 Listings
LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)$21600$22500204 Listings
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Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#7 in Subcompact Suv

#21 in Suv

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LS$21,000 onwards

  • 60/40-Split folding rear seat
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Chevy'S MyLink infotainment system w/ 7-inch touchscreen
  • Keyless entry & a rearview camera
  • Onstar communications
  • Six-Speaker sound system
  • Tilt-And-Telescoping steering wheel

LT$22,900 onwards

  • 110-Volt outlet
  • Cruise control
  • Heated mirror
  • Led daytime running lights
  • Led taillights
  • Satellite radio

Premier$27,300 onwards

  • 18-Inch wheels
  • Forward collision alert system
  • Full simulated leather upholstery
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Lane departure warning

Colors and Styles

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Cajun Red Tintcoat

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The Chevrolet Trax enters the 2018 model year without any major changes or updates. The Premier trim does get a sunroof and a couple of advanced safety features, and there is a new Redline Edition package as well. The Trax is powered by a 1.4l turbocharged engine that outputs 138 hp and has a torque output of 148 lb-ft. Transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed automatic transmission, and every Trax gets front-wheel-drive as standard, with AWD as an option. The Trax is easy to maneuver, simple to park, and is quite suited for roaming around in the city. The interior on the Trax is very well-equipped, and there's enough space to fit 4 passengers inside comfortably.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Redline Edition

With excellent safety ratings, the Trax is a complete package. However, there are a few drawbacks as well. The Trax lacks speed, and acceleration is sluggish. The fuel economy is also behind its rivals, and so is the cargo capacity. At $21,000, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax goes up against the 2018 Honda HR-V, the 2018 Buick Encore, and the 2018 Ford EcoSport. The EcoSport is all-new for 2018, and the closest rival to the Trax. The Encore is powerful and has a very elegant interior. The HR-V is an all-rounder, with balanced performance, and a roomy and versatile interior.


The 2018 Chevrolet Trax is offered in three trims, namely the LS, the LT, and the Premier. Pricing for these trims starts at $21,000, and goes up to $28,800 for the top trim. Although the Trax comes standard with FWD, AWD is offered for a premium of around $1,500 over the FWD variant. The LS is decently equipped, enough to not make you feel stripped off of features; whereas the Premier takes it a few levels up with its superbly equipped interior. Some main interior features across all trims have been listed below.

Trims LS LT Premier
MSRP (FWD) $21,000 $22,900 $27,300
MSRP (AWD) $22,500 $24,400 $28,800
Features 16-inch steel/alloy wheels Adds/Replaces features from the LS trim Adds/Replaces features from the LT trim
  Keyless entry LED DRLs 18-inch wheels
  Air-conditioning Heated mirrors Full simulated leather upholstery
  Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel Cruise control Keyless ignition and entry
  60/40 split-folding rear seats Remote vehicle start Heated front seats
  7-inch touchscreen LED taillights Six-way power-adjustable driver seat

The LS trim does not get any optional packages. On the LT trim, however, there are a few main packages. The LT Convinience Package adds a few interior features, for a price of $450. The Sun and Sound package adds an upgraded system for a price of $1,150. The Driver Confidence Package adds a few safety features. The optional Redline Edition adds exterior accents for a price of $1,350. The Premier trim gets a midnight edition for a price of $500.

We Recommend

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax LT Trim is the car to go for. At $24,400 for the AWD version, it is the best deal. The AWD helps with a better ride quality, whereas the optional packages let you customize the Trax as per your needs. Also, the optional packages are not only show, but offer some quite interesting features. We do recommend the Driver Confidence package.

Engine and Performance

"The 2018 Chevrolet Trax has average ride and handling, but its acceleration is slow even in a class not known for speed or sportiness." -TheCarConnection

2018 Chevrolet Trax Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax is powered by a turbocharged 1.4L I-4 engine that outputs 138 hp @ 4900 rpm and has a torque output of 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, and comes with FWD configuration as standard. AWD configuration is optional, for a premium of $1,500. This same setup has carried on for four years now, without any changes or additional powertrains on offer.

2018 Chevrolet Trax engine

The engine's best part is the available peak torque, which kicks in as low as 1850 rpm. Other than that, this small turbo 1.4l engine has just a little oomph in the city, and highway speeds take a while to reach and maintain as well. There is no manual gearbox, and the available 6-speed transmission has wide spaces, with a tall sixth gear for highway cruising and better economy.

Models 2018 Chevrolet Trax 2018 Buick Encore 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Ford Ecosport
MSRP $21,000 $22,990 $19,670 $19,995
Engine Turbocharged 1.4L I-4 Turbocharged 1.4L I-4 1.8L I-4 Turbocharged 1.0L I-3
Transmission 6-speed Automatic 6-speed Automatic 6-speed manual 6-speed automatic
Drivetrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
Power 138 hp @ 4900 rpm 138 hp @ 6000 rpm 141 hp @ 6500 rpm 123 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm 148 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm 127 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm 125 ft-lbs @ 3500 rpm

The Honda HR-V is the most affordable car in this lot. It is also the only car to get an engine with no turbocharger and has a manual gearbox instead of an automatic. The Buick is the most expensive in the lot. In terms of power output, the Encore and the Trax make the same power and torque figures. The most power output is on the HR-V at 141 hp, and the most torque is produced by the Encore and the Trax at 148 lb-ft. The EcoSport makes the least power out of these three. Peak torque kicks in the earliest on the Trax at 1850 rpm.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Acceleration

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax with the 1.4L engine and FWD setup takes 9.6 seconds to reach the 0-60 mph mark, whereas the quarter-mile comes up in 17.1 seconds. The car's top speed is rated at 116 mph. The AWD configured model is slower, with a 0-60 sprint time of 10 seconds, whereas the quarter-mile takes 17.4 seconds. Top speed drops to 115 mph. The added weight of the AWD system eats into the already slow Trax's performance.

Models 2018 Chevrolet Trax 2018 Buick Encore 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Ford Ecosport
0-60 mph (sec) 9.6 10.3 9.3 10.4
Quarter mile (sec) 17.1 17.5 17.2 17.9
Engine Turbocharged 1.4L I-4 Turbocharged 1.4L I-4 1.8L I-4 Turbocharged 1.0L I-3
Top Speed (mph) 116 115 119 111

The Honda HR-V is the quickest of the lot, with a 0-60 mph time of 9.3 seconds. The Trax is second in line, with its 9.6 seconds time, followed by the Encore at 10.3 seconds. The EcoSport is the slowest of all, taking 10.4 seconds for its 0-60 mph time. In terms of quarter-mile, the Trax is the quickest, whereas the HR-V takes the second spot, behind by 0.1 seconds. The Buick Encore takes third place, and the EcoSport is the slowest. Honda has the highest top speed at 119 mph.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Ride and Handling

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax's handling is composed and offers a stable ride quality. Despite this, the steering and handling on the Trax are behind the segment. At lower speeds, the Trax is quite easy to handle, but at higher speeds, the Trax fails to inspire confidence like some subcompacts do. The small underpowered engine does not help, and the tires offer too much resistance on turns.

2018 Chevrolet Trax in motion

The Trax uses a suspension setup of MacPherson struts in the front, with torsion beams in the rear. The wheels and the chassis are not very responsive, and it's felt the most in the turns. The car has significant body roll in corners, but it feels planted even then. In the city, the electric power steering is quite responsive, and the compact size of the Trax makes it quite maneuverable and easy to drive.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Braking

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax might not have good performance, but it has a strong braking setup. The Trax gets a ventilated disc brake at the front, measuring 11.8 inches in diameter. The rear brake uses a drum setup of size 11 inches in diameter. This has helped the Trax stop from 60-0 mph in a distance of 121 feet. The heavier AWD Trax also stops quite well, taking a distance of 123 feet. 

2018 Chevrolet Trax brakes

The brake pedal is quite soft to press, and even the slightest modulation activates the braking system. Full application shaves the speed off quite progressively. Under sudden braking, there is nose dive but it's very well controlled. 

Model 2018 Chevrolet Trax 2018 Buick Encore 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Ford Ecosport
Brake Front(in) 11.8 11.8 11.5 11.8
Brake Rear(in) 11.0 10.6 11.1 12.0
Curb weight(lbs) 2805 3237 2888 3060
60-0 mph (ft.) 121 126 127 125

The Trax has the best braking performance of these four cars. The EcoSport comes second, with a distance of 125 feet. The Buick is just behind at 126 feet, whereas the HR-V comes last at 127 feet. The HR-V gets the smallest rear brake, whereas the other three have the same front brake size at 11.8 inches. The rear brake is the smallest on the Buick, whereas the EcoSport gets the largest rear brake at 12 inches.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Towing Capacity

The Trax can tow up to 2000 lbs with the AWD step. The FWD can tow less, around 1400 lbs. The 1.4L engine feels stressed, and even more slow with a tow in the rear. 

Model 2018 Chevrolet Trax 2018 Buick Encore 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Ford Ecosport
Maximum towing capacity (lbs) 2000 2000 1500 2000
Engine 1.4L 1.4L 1.8L 2.0L

The Encore and the EcoSport have the same towing capacity at 2000 lbs. The HR-V's towing capacity is less, at 1500 lbs.

Fuel Economy

The 2018 Chevrolet Trac powered by the 1.4L engine, with the FWD configuration returns 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined. The car with the AWD configuration returns 24 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined. The car has a fuel capacity of 14 gallons. The range on the FWD Trax stands at 350 miles in the city, and 462 miles on the highway. The AWD Trax has less range, at 336 city miles, and 420 highway miles.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Trax 2018 Buick Encore 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Ford Ecosport
MPG (city) 25 23 25 27
MPG (highway) 33 33 33 29
MPG (combined) 28 28 28 28
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 14 14 13.2 13.6
Range (city/highway) (miles) 350/462 322/462 330/435.6 367.2/394.4

All four cars have the same combined mileage of 28 mpg. The EcoSport is the most efficient in the city, at 27 mpg. The Encore is the least efficient at 23 mpg. On the highway, the EcoSport is the least efficient at 29 mpg, whereas the other three have the same mileage of 33 mpg. The most city range is on the EcoSport at 367 miles, whereas the Chevy Trax and the Buick Encore have the most highway range at 462 miles.


"The 2018 Chevrolet Trax can hold four adults and has roughly average cargo volume, with lots of interior bins, trays, cubbies, and cupholders." - TheCarConnection

2018 Chevrolet Trax Interior Seating and Comfort

The interior of the 2018 Trax is not the best in terms of quality and materials used. There are loads of hard plastics used in this interior, which helps to keep costs low. A few stitched panel inserts do uplift the look. However, the fit of the panels is precise, with no panel gaps and the finish levels are top-notch, giving this interior a very polished feel nonetheless. The controls are well arranged, and easy to reach as well. The best part about the Trax's interior is that despite this being small, the usage of space has been excellent. There is a lot of storage space on the inside, in all forms, shapes, and sizes. There are a total of 15 such storage options. All in all, the interior appears very roomy, and airy.

2018 Chevrolet Trax seating

The Trax can seat up to 5 passengers. The seats are comfortable front and back. In the front row, the seats are very comfortable, with good bolstering and decent back support. Tall passengers will be able to drive comfortably thanks to the adjustable steering and seat. In the rear, there's good enough space for two adults to sit comfortably, but the somewhat flat seats will not suit long drives. Visibility through the windows and windshield is excellent, and ingress and egress functionality is taken care of by the large, wide-opening doors.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Trax 2018 Buick Encore 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Ford Ecosport
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Passenger Volume(ft cube) 93.0 92.8 100.1 91.1
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 39.6/54.1/40.8 39.5/54.1/40.8 39.5/56.8/41.2 39.6/53.3/42.9
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.8/52.8/35.7 38.7/52.5/35.7 38.3/54.5/39.3 37.5/51.3/36.7

The HR-V has the most interior space. The front headroom is the most on the Trax and the EcoSport at 39.6 inches, but the Encore and the HR-V are just 0.1 inches behind. The front legroom is the most in the Ford EcoSport at 42.9 inches. In the rear, the Trax has the most headroom, whereas the most legroom is on the HR-V at 39.3 inches. The HR-V benefits from its longer wheelbase and more interior space. Some interior features on the Trax are:

  • Cruise Control
  • Six-way power-adjustable driver seat
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-Telescopic steering
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Heated front seats

2018 Chevrolet Trax Infotainment

The Chevrolet Trax gets Chevy’s latest MyLink infotainment system. This system is one of the best in this class, as it is very easy to use, and responses to touch inputs are quick. There is no lag of any sort, and the interface is easy to navigate through as well. As standard, all Trax trims get a 7-inch touchscreen, with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot, OnStar communications, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

2018 Chevrolet Trax infotainment and dash

The base Trax comes with a six-speaker sound system. Navigation is can be accessed through the smartphone integration function. The sound quality is decent and crisp. There are physical knobs on the base Trax as well. Some other infotainment features are:

  • Bluetooth
  • Two USB ports
  • Satellite radio
  • 110-volt outlet
  • Six-speaker Bose stereo system
  • Am/FM Stereo

2018 Chevrolet Trax Cargo Space

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax gets a standard cargo capacity of 18.7 cu-ft, which can be expanded up to 48.4 cu-ft with the seats folded down. This is less than what the competition offers, but it's useful as well. Folding the seats is very easy, done through the pull of a lever that drops the seats flat.

2018 Chevrolet Trax cargo

Longer items can also be stacked in a certain way, thanks to the fold-flat front passenger seat. The loading height on the Trax is not too tall, allowing for easy loading and unloading of cargo.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Trax 2018 Buick Encore 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Ford Ecosport
Behind Second Row(cube ft.) 18.7 18.8 24.3 20.9
Second Row Folded (cube ft.) 48.4 48.4 58.8 50.0

 The most standard cargo space is offered in the Honda at 24.3 cu-ft. The Honda also offers the most cargo capacity at 58.8 cu-ft, by making use of its long wheelbase. The EcoSport comes second in line, with a standard cargo capacity of 24.3 cu-ft, and a maximum cargo capacity of 50 cu-ft. The Encore offers a similar capacity as the Trax at 18.8 cu-ft.


 "The 2018 Chevrolet Trax has less flair than many competitors; its design is simple, straightforward, and practical." -TheCarConnection

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax was redesigned just last year, and gets no changes to its exterior this year. Overall, the Traxis very simple on the outside, with a simple design and nothing too excellent or unique about it. But that's where the Trax excels- this simple design although helps the Trax to keep a low profile, the design tends to grow on you the more and more one looks at it. At first glance, it's easy to tell that the Trax looks more like a tall hatchback than a crossover. At the front, the Trax gets a narrow grille between the swept-back headlamps, and this in turn has caused the lower grille opening to be larger than before.

2018 Chevrolet Trax front three quarters view

Along the side, it is quite basic: the tall stance and the squared-off wheel arches with the slightly tapered beltline and a bulged-out rear fender. At the rear, the vertical taillights and a short rear windshield complete the Trax's simple look.

2018 Chevrolet Trax rear three quarters view

The base trim of the Trax does not get the LED treatment to its lights, nor does it get the chrome inserts or the alloy wheels. It gets steel wheels, hidden away by plastic wheel caps in silver color. The Redline Edition on the LT trim adds black body accents and blacked-out 18-inch alloy wheels. Fun fact: the Trax shares its front doors with Buick Encore. Dimensionally, the Trax is 167 inches long, with a width of 69.9 inches and a height of 64.9 inches. The car sits 6.2 inches off the ground, and has a curb weight of 2805 lbs. The Trax has a wheelbase of 100.6 inches.

Model 2018 Chevrolet Trax 2018 Buick Encore 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Ford Ecosport
Curb weight(lbs) 2805 3237 2888 3060
Length(in) 167.2 168.4 169.1 161.3
Width(in) 69.9 69.85 69.8 69.5
Height(in) 64.9 65.26 63.2 64.8
Ground clearance(in) 6.2 6.2 7.1 7.0
Wheelbase(in) 100.6 100.6 102.8 99.2
Track width(in) F/R 60.6/60.6 60.6/60.6 60.4/60.6 60/60

The  Trax is the lightest car in the lot, whereas the Encore weighs over 3200 lbs. The EcoSport has the least length at 161 inches, whereas the HR-V has the most length at 169.1 inches. The most width is on the Trax at 69.9 inches, whereas the EcoSport has the least width at 69.5 inches. In terms of height, the Encore is over half an inch taller than the Trax at 65.26 inches, whereas the HR-V has the least height at 64.8 inches. The wheelbase is the longest on the HR-V at 102.8 inches, whereas the EcoSport has the tightest wheelbase at 99.2 inches. The Trax and the Encore have the same wheelbase at 100.6 inches.

2018 Chevrolet Trax Redline Edition

Some exterior features on the Trax are:

  • LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Roof rails
  • Foglights
  • Alloy wheels
  • Heated mirrors

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax received a top rating in the safety tests conducted by the NHTSA and the IIHS. The NHTSA rated it with an overall score of 5-stars, with 4stars in rollover rating and all other tests getting 5-star ratings. The IIHS awarded it 'Good' overall, with the small overlap front passenger-side test getting an 'Acceptable' score. The Trax is based on subcompact underpinnings and uses the GM Gamma II platform. As standard, the Trax is not very well equipped and comes only the most basic of features such as ten airbags, a rearview camera, traction control, stability control, Tire pressure monitoring system, and 4-wheel ABS. Some other safety features on the Trax are:

  • Blindspot Monitoring system
  • Chevrolet's OnStar communications system
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Forward collision alert
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2018 Chevrolet Trax vs 2018 Buick Encore

The 2018 Buick Encore is quite similar to the Trax. The Encore gets the same 1.4L engine with the 138 hp output, but it also gets a 153 hp version of this engine as optional. That helps the Encore get quicker performance runs by nearly a second. The cars have similar handling characteristics as well. In terms of braking, the Trax has a shorter braking distance than the Encore. The fuel economy is similar on both, but the Trax is more efficient in the city and has a longer city range.

2018 Buick Encore

The interior on the Encore is better - it's well-finished, uses higher quality materials, and is more premium overall. Both the cars are strong in their offered feature list, but the Encore gets an 8-inch screen and comes standard with a satellite radio. The cargo capacity on both cars is identical as well. In terms of safety, the Encore and the Trax have similar ratings, similar features, and a similar array of advanced features. In terms of pricing, the Encore is nearly $2,000 more expensive, but it's the better car of the two.

2018 Chevrolet Trax vs 2018 Honda HR-V

The 2018 Honda HR-V is an all-rounder subcompact SUV, which offers a balance between performance and economy, space and comfort, and looks and dimensions. In terms of performance, the HR-V gets a 1.8L engine that makes more power and torque than the Trax, and it's lighter than the Trax as well. However, the HR-V is just 0.3 seconds ahead of the Trax, with a slightly higher top speed. The Trax although does excel with its strong brakes that offer better braking performance. Both the cars have the same fuel economy with the FWD setup, but the Trax has got a longer range.

2018 Honda HR-V

The HR-V's interior is roomier, and the interior is better done with higher quality premium materials. The HR-V's rear has the most legroom, and the HR-V also gets a very large and useful cargo capacity. The Trax's interior is better equipped in terms of standard features and a more user-friendly infotainment system as well. Both the cars get top NHTSA ratings, but the Trax's IIHS ratings are better than the HR-V's. The HR-V is also more expensive to own, but the better interior and a more smooth and refined engine make it a better car overall.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax does not offer a strong, bold experience in any factor, and is more of a car that is average in most ways. Its performance is not the best, there's nothing special about its handling, and nor does it have an excellent fuel mileage. However, the Trax does have a spacious interior, with lots of standard features and gets top safety ratings as well. This makes the Trax a perfect car for city usage, with some shopping and mostly commuting. However, the 2018 model is mostly similar to the 2017 model, and in that way buying a used 2017 Trax might be a better option than a brand new Trax.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

83 cu in

horse power

138 hp @ 4900 rpm


148 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm


6 speed Automatic


168 in


101 in


70 in

curb weight

3280 lbs


65 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

passenger volume

83 cu ft

cargo volume

48.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

24/27/30 mpg

highway range

420.0 mi

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

Chevrolet Trax 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $41,573
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
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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