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2021 Chevrolet Trax

What’s new

  • Previous top-level Premier trim discontinued
  • Part of the first Trax generation introduced to the U.S. for 2015

Pros & Cons

  • Appealing passenger space for its size
  • Plenty of features for the price
  • Ride quality is choppy on the freeway
  • Slow acceleration from the underpowered engine
  • Less cargo space than some rivals
  • Fuel economy falls short for the class
Other years
2021
Chevrolet Trax for Sale
MSRP Range
$21,400 - $24,700
MSRP Starting at
$21,400
MSRP Range
$21,400 - $24,700
MSRP Range
$21,400 - $24,700

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MSRP Range
$21,400 - $24,700
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MSRP Range
$21,400 - $24,700
MSRP Range
$21,400 - $24,700

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2021 Chevrolet Trax Review

Extra-small SUVs typically offer high fuel economy, easy maneuverability, and a decent amount of cargo capacity. The 2021 Chevrolet Trax checks these boxes and is also easy to get into and see out of. But the Trax is hampered by some fairly uncomfortable seating, a noisy, harsh ride and a back seat that could induce claustrophobia.

Much of the problem is that the Trax is a fairly old design, having come out for the 2015 model year. Since then, newer and fresher competitors have arrived, including the Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-3 and Subaru Crosstrek. Furthermore, Chevrolet has just introduced the Trailblazer, which is also an extra-small SUV but considerably more modern. We recommend going with any of these picks before settling on the Trax.

Which Trax does Edmunds recommend?

In LS trim, the Chevrolet Trax offers a decent amount of features for the money. And while the upper-level LT trim doesn't stand out for extra standard features, it is our pick since it holds the promise of options including the Driver Confidence and LT Convenience packages.

Chevrolet Trax models

The Chevrolet Trax is an extra-small SUV available in either an LS or LT trim level. They both come with a turbocharged 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional for either trim level. Highlight features include:

LS
Starts you off with:

  • 7-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Wi-Fi hotspot capability
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat

LT
Includes the LS's standard features and adds:

  • Cruise control
  • Upgraded seating surfaces
  • LED running lights
  • Roof rails
  • Heated outside mirrors

Optional features for the LT include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Faux leather upholstery with heated front seats

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Consumer reviews

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    Features & Specs

    LS 4dr SUV features & specs
    LS 4dr SUV
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
    MSRP$21,400
    MPG 26 city / 31 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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    LT 4dr SUV features & specs
    LT 4dr SUV
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
    MSRP$23,200
    MPG 26 city / 31 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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    LS 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    LS 4dr SUV AWD
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
    MSRP$22,900
    MPG 24 city / 29 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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    LT 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    LT 4dr SUV AWD
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
    MSRP$24,700
    MPG 24 city / 29 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Trax safety features:

    Side Blind Zone Alert
    Warns the driver if a lane change might result in a collision with another vehicle.
    OnStar
    Includes services such as automatic crash response and stolen vehicle locator.
    Lane Departure Warning
    Sounds an alert if the driver drifts out of the lane without activating a turn signal.
    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover19.8%

    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Good
    Roof Strength Test
    Good
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Chevrolet Trax vs. the competition

    Chevrolet Trax vs. Buick Encore

    Mechanically identical to the Trax, the Encore gives off a more upscale vibe with marginally better materials and a few more standard features. We applaud the Encore's serene interior at highway speeds, but the tepid acceleration and smaller than average cargo capacity that haunt the Trax also limit the Encore.

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    Chevrolet Trax vs. Ford Escape

    The Escape is a class bigger than the Trax but in lower trims can be had for a similar price. Ford has just redesigned the Escape so it presents as considerably more modern and stylish than the aging Trax, which is now in its sixth year without any major upgrades. The Escape also offers a variety of engine options.

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    Chevrolet Trax vs. Ford Escape

    Offering similar practicality and maneuverability to the Trax, Ford's EcoSport looks a bit better on paper. The EcoSport has more horsepower and more cargo capacity as well as more rear legroom. But the EcoSport is also painfully slow and can struggle to get up speed even when not carrying extra passengers. The Trax also gets substantially better fuel economy.

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    FAQ
    Is the Chevrolet Trax a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Trax both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet Trax fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Trax gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg to 28 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Trax has 18.7 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Trax. Learn more
    What's new in the 2021 Chevrolet Trax?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Chevrolet Trax:

    • Previous top-level Premier trim discontinued
    • Part of the first Trax generation introduced to the U.S. for 2015
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    Is the Chevrolet Trax reliable?
    To determine whether the Chevrolet Trax is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Trax. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Trax's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2021 Chevrolet Trax a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Chevrolet Trax is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Trax is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2021 Chevrolet Trax?

    The least-expensive 2021 Chevrolet Trax is the 2021 Chevrolet Trax LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $21,400.

    Other versions include:

    • LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $21,400
    • LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $23,200
    • LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $22,900
    • LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $24,700
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    What are the different models of Chevrolet Trax?
    If you're interested in the Chevrolet Trax, the next question is, which Trax model is right for you? Trax variants include LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). For a full list of Trax models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2021 Chevrolet Trax Overview

    The 2021 Chevrolet Trax is offered in the following submodels: Trax SUV. Available styles include LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Chevrolet Trax?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Trax.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Trax featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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    Should I lease or buy a 2021 Chevrolet Trax?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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