Six-speed automatic with console shifter and shifter-mounted button
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
For a small SUV, the Trax is slower than average. What's interesting is that one might never guess this is a turbocharged engine powering it because the power doesn't surge or swell in a way that's noteworthy. It just feels like a low-powered four-cylinder engine. Upshift occurred below the indicated redline. We tried a run in manual mode to push the limit and discovered the rev limit is 6,200 rpm, also well below the 6,500 indicated.
Some initial pedal squish, but it firms up after a short amount of travel and response ramps up as well. Some dive, but no left-right wander. After four stops, we observed typical distance creep (up to 8 feet) and mild brake odor. This is an average performance for braking in the segment
According to the raw numbers it produced, there's a fair amount of handling capability in this small SUV, but it doesn't feel particularly sporty while performing in this arena. The steering is responsive and rather precise but also lifeless. The left-right-left body motions in our slalom were well controlled, but didn't happen rapidly enough to be called sporty or spirited. The electronic stability control system (ESC) is liberally tuned/programmed to engage just as the tires begin to howl (and recede once they aren't) so the handling envelope is pretty large for a vehicle like this. A good performance, just a little uninspiring.