2017 Chevrolet TraxChange Vehicle
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From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Interior updates
- Ride quality
- Tall seating position
- Multimedia offerings
- Volume knob replaces touch control
- Weak acceleration
- Noisy engine
- Small side mirrors
- Poor gas mileage with all-wheel drive
- Safety features limited to expensive trims
- Redesigned instrument panel
- Seating for five
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard
- Turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder
- 7-inch touchscreen standard
- Six-speed automatic standard
- Front- or all-wheel drive
- 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hot spot
The refreshed 2017 Chevrolet Trax improves important things that damned the 2016 model to a dead-last finish in our 2015 Subcompact SUV Challenge, but not enough to earn it a spot on the podium.
Versus the Competition
A higher-quality interior and new multimedia technologies — including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto — boost the Trax's appeal in the new class of subcompact SUVs.
The Trax is part of an entirely new class of vehicles that didn’t exist a few years ago: subcompact SUVs. They’re high-riding hatchbacks with available all-wheel drive, including the Trax, 2017 Honda HR-V, 2017 Jeep Renegade and 2017 Subaru Crosstrek, among many others. In one of Cars.com’s multi-car comparisons in which we tested the old Trax against its class, it placed dead last.
For 2017, Chevrolet’s smallest SUV is updated with a new look and new features, but are there enough improvements to boost its finish? I think so. Chevrolet addressed former failing areas, such as interior quality and advanced safety technology, and its new multimedia offering shoots the Trax to the top of the class in smartphone integration.
Exterior & Styling
The Trax was on sale globally well before it debuted in the U.S., so it already looked dated when it landed stateside as a 2015 model. Adding contemporary styling to the cute-ute makes the 2017 look newer than it really is, and on mid-level LT and top-level Premier trims, there are strips of LED running lamps surrounding the headlights that give the inexpensive SUV an upscale look.
Dimensions are unchanged from 2016 and remain city-friendly along with the rest of the class. These really are tiny SUVs; the Trax is 20.6 inches shorter, bumper to bumper, than Chevy’s next size up, the 2017 Chevrolet Equinox SUV. Compare the Trax’s specs with its competitors here.
How It Drives
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Great Family Car
The Chevrolet Trax was perfect for my family of four. It was not too big and not too small either. Very spacious inside and the the drive was smooth. Great fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive. Read full review
I love this car so far
It’s great I love the design and great gas mileage Roomy and comfortable the price is totally reasonable I would absolutely recommend this vehicle to anyone Read full review