Looking for an affordable runabout that's easy to drive, easy to park and offers up-to-date technology? The 2017 Chevrolet Trax crossover might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER: This is Edmund's editor Josh Sadlier, and here's an expert rundown of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax. The Trax is Chevy's smallest SUV, technically a subcompact crossover. New for 2017, is that refreshed nose you see. different headlights from fashion and so forth. It's notable, but let's not get carried away this is still basically the same vehicle we've known for a few years now. It's got a 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder under the hood, 138 horsepower, it's enough to get you off the line with some alacrity, but don't expect much passing power at highway speeds. The Trax's diminutive size makes it easy to park. Great little city car, but as you might expect cargo capacity is compromised. In terms of features the Trax is pretty competitive, including standard Apple car play and Android Auto for 2017. It's just the materials quality up there that leaves us a bit disappointed, lots of hard plastics. At this price point you're going to get some of that, but the Trax has maybe a little more than would like. Also there's a missing arm rest in the middle, no center armrest on top of the console. That is a bit unusual for a crossover. Bottom line with the Trax it's a nice little crossover for the city, but performance and build quality are just so-so. Would recommend shopping around in this segment before making your choice. For more Edmund's expert rundowns click the link to subscribe.
There's something adorable about the 2017 Chevrolet Trax. Maybe it's the smile in its newly redesigned grille. Or the way its profile seems to mimic a hunched-over bunny rabbit. But whatever it is that's so cute, it makes a driver want to get in and have fun.
The new grille and headlights bring a family resemblance between the Trax and other Chevy products like the Cruze, Malibu and Volt. But this isn't merely a gloss over the existing Trax, since the inside has also been thoroughly tweaked with a new instrument panel that has a more conventional and straightforward appearance, better gauge visibility and flows more naturally than before. The Lego look of the previous Trax dash has been banished to whatever place plastic toys go to when they die.
But more than better-looking, embedded in the dashboard is better technology. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are new to the Trax and promise seamless integration of your smartphone into the vehicle's entertainment and navigation systems. In fact last year's BringGo app navigation system has been ditched in favor of whatever app does those duties on your phone.
Other additions for this year's edition of the Trax include proximity triggered keyless entry and ignition for the first time, several new advanced safety features (including forward collision and rear cross-traffic alerts). And if the phone isn't enough, 4G LTE Wi-Fi is now on the options list.
Returning is the 1.4-liter turbocharged four rated at 138 horsepower. It feeds a standard six-speed automatic transmission and in either front or all-wheel drive.
Three trim levels are offered on the 2017 Trax. LS is the base model if you're more budget-minded. The LT is what most retail customers will buy. And at the top of the line is the Premier with blind spot monitoring, 18-inch wheels and, hold on, chrome accent door handles.
Fuel economy numbers for the Trax are modest considering its class and size. The front-drive Trax is rated at 25 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined. Throw on all-wheel drive and those numbers shift to 24 city, 30 highway and 27 combined.
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Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.