Why You Should Leave The Chevy Trax In The Dust
Compact SUVs are the largest growing auto segment in America. As a result, there are tons of little SUVs to choose from. There’s the Kia Niro, Jeep Renegade, Ford Edge, and more. So, how does the Chevy Trax compare?
A look At The 2020 Chevy Trax
At first glance, the Chevy Trax seems like an incredibly affordable option because they start around $21k. This price point puts it on par with the Nissan Kicks, and it’s cheaper than the Honda CR-V and Rav4.
But price savings aren’t always a good thing. Generally, they come at the expense of power. So, upon reviewing the engine, it does have some pep. In the U.S., the Trax has a 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC engine that pumps out 138 horsepower and 148 ft-lb torque.
Because the Trax weighs around 3,300 pounds, it’s considered to be massive for that amount of power and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds. This amount of pickup puts the Trax in the lower end bracket with other sluggish SUVs.
The Chevy Trax also only has a fair fuel economy by getting up to 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
However, one feature that works in the Chevy Trax’s favor is the fact that it’s available in all-wheel drive, providing more confidence and capabilities in this sporty little SUV that is marketed as luxurious compact vehicle that’s fun to drive.
The Chevy Trax Interior And Features
The Chevy Trax is built to seat up to five adults comfortably. There is 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, which is considered to be below average for trunk room.
The back seats have a 60/40 split and can be folded down almost entirely flat to create 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space. Based on these numbers, the Chevy Trax falls behind other more spacious models, but it can fit items up to 8 feet long.
What the Trax lacks in space it makes up for in materials by having comfortable leather seats to enjoy and a tilted touch screen infotainment center. It has a built-in LTE Wifi hotspot, can connect to Apple Car Play, can connect to Android Auto, and connects to the myChevorlet mobile app.
However, we are not sure if these features are enough to take your mind off of the harsh ride. The Trax’s suspension isn’t exactly comfortable.
But, on a positive note, the Chevy Trax has a small turning radius and nimble size, allowing it to be extremely easy for maneuvering around the city.
The Chevy Trax is also safe for drivers and passengers. It is equipped with ten airbags and modern safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, and forward-collision warning.
The StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with traction control helps maintain control in adverse conditions. It automatically sends power and braking to individual wheels as needed to help you stay on your path.
This system also detects slipping wheels when roads are slick due to heavy rain or snow and applies brake pressure and reduces engine power during acceleration to help drivers maintain control.
The Chevy Trax is a sporty little car that’s perfect for drivers who don’t need a lot of space or power in the city. However, it really falls behind the pack in terms of space and capabilities.