2020 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP range: $21,300 - $29,100
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MSRP$22,830
Edmunds suggests you pay$21,049

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2020 Chevrolet Trax Review

  • 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
  • Midnight Edition package no longer available
  • Part of the first Trax generation introduced to the U.S. for 2015

While compact crossovers are the go-to choice for many new shoppers, their smaller, less expensive siblings haven't enjoyed the same success. While subcompact SUVs are perfectly suited for one or two people, they don't have the passenger space or cargo capacity that shoppers look for when upgrading from a sedan or hatchback. Some small SUVs have other strengths — expressive styling or fun-to-drive dynamics, for example — to make up for the lack of room. This is not the case, however, with the 2020 Chevrolet Trax. Though an acceptable choice overall, the Trax doesn't offer anything unique compared to similarly priced crossovers and cars.

The Trax has a few redeeming qualities. It is easy to get into, generally affordable, and the tall ride height and large windows give drivers the expansive outward view preferred by SUV owners. Unfortunately, the benefits are vastly outweighed by its drawbacks. Passenger comfort is hampered by a harsh ride quality and narrow, unsupportive seats. The rear seat is a little claustrophobic, and there's less cargo room than in a Volkswagen Golf hatchback. And while most entries in the class have modestly powered engines, the Trax's turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder fails to live up to even those low expectations. There are a number of desirable small crossovers, and we suggest driving any of them before settling on the Chevrolet Trax.

Which Trax does Edmunds recommend?

The base LS is priced competitively and comes with enough features that it doesn't feel like a penalty box. If you have a little extra in your budget, however, we recommend upgrading to the LT. It has some useful convenience features, such as upgraded headlights and a cargo cover. It's also more versatile, with several packages that add options such as keyless entry and advanced driving aids.

Chevrolet Trax models

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact SUV sold in three trim levels: LS, LT and Premier. The base LS trim has enough standard equipment not to feel stripped down, but the LT adds more practical features and has access to several option packages. The Premier trim not only gets interior upgrades, but it also has added active safety features.

All three trims are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (138 horsepower, 148 lb-ft of torque). Also standard is a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. Front-wheel-drive models have front disc brakes and drum brakes in the rear, and all-wheel-drive models get disc brakes at all four corners.

The base Trax LS comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, manual-folding side mirrors, and a rearview camera. Inside, you'll find a 60/40-split folding rear seat, driver's seat power lumbar adjustment, OnStar communications (with a 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hotspot), a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. As its name suggests, the optional Tint and Cruise package adds tinted windows and cruise control.

That package is included on the LT, along with roof rails, upgraded headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, remote vehicle start, upgraded cloth upholstery, satellite radio, a household-style 110-volt outlet, a cargo cover, and a storage drawer under the passenger seat.

Four major packages are offered for the Trax LT. The LT Convenience package adds premium cloth upholstery with faux leather inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, and a six-way power-adjustable driver's seat. The Driver Confidence package includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. Opting for the Sun and Sound package gets you a seven-speaker Bose stereo system and a sunroof.

Another option for the Trax LT is the Redline Edition, an appearance package that adds black body accents and 18-inch alloy wheels painted black with red accent stripes.

The top-tier Premier trim comes with all of the LT's packages (aside from the Redline Edition), as well as 18-inch wheels, foglights, faux leather upholstery, an auto-dimming mirror and heated front seats. It's also the only trim that gets forward collision and lane departure warning systems.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2020 Chevrolet Trax.

Average user rating: 4.3 stars
18 total reviews
5 star reviews: 72%
4 star reviews: 6%
3 star reviews: 11%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 11%

Trending topics in reviews

  • value
  • comfort
  • fuel efficiency
  • appearance
  • ride quality
  • towing
  • acceleration
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • oil
  • wheels & tires

Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Sporty and tons of fun to drive
Donnie,
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I looked at all the competition and and the Chevy Trax beat them hands down. I purchased a 2020 Trax AWD LT and it has all the bells and whistles and comfort i expected. Getting in and out of it is easy. Has plenty of power to move in and out of traffic. Tons of storage and hidden compartments and that is with the back seat up. Fit and finish is excellent compared to the others. Only complaint is the gas mileage is a tad lower than expected, but since i only drive in the city that is to be expected. Will buy another one when i am in the market for a new car again. Hats off to Chevy for keeping the brand in my opinion the best on the market.
5/5 stars, Very Impressive
Chad R.,
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I'm 64 years old. I have been driving sense I was 9 years old. I Like Cars. I have owned well over a hundred used cars & trucks and about 20 new ones, I have owned just about every model GM made, Fords, Dodge, Chrysler's, Toyota's, Nissan,s, Kia's, VW's, and a Subaru just to name a few. Never put over 50,000 miles on any of them, (didn't keep them long enough). Well in 2014, I decided I wanted a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, at that time the reviews on them were not that great, well it's been one of the best cars I've ever owned, I bought one with just 9,000 miles on it, it now has over 109,000, yes I finally put 100,000 miles on a car... My wife and I love the car that much, very comfortable, we can haul just about anything in it, 23 to 25 mpg. always, Strong V-6, use it to pull my 6 X 12 utility trailer, Just oil and filter changes, tires, and one set of brake pads at 70,000 miles, No break downs or any issues what so ever. I said all that to say this, I just purchased a 2020 Chevrolet Trax LS, AWD. with cruse & 16 inch aluminum wheel option. it was a demo with 2,500 miles. I paid $16,000. (FYI. The LS is the only model that does not have start stop technology, that is a very good thing in my opinion) I drove the car 150 miles from the dealership to my home and was more than impressed, critics call it choppy and under powered. This is absolute nonsense. I found the car to be very comfortable and had very adequate power even at 70 to 90 mph. and the car is very stable at these speeds. I would compare this to my 2013 KIA Sorento which cost $24,000 at the time. Of course only time will tell on the reliability, Sometime I think the critics are bias toward cool and trendy, All I can say is the critics were wrong about my 2013 Caravan and I'm fairly confident they are wrong about this one.
5/5 stars, great fit
Chauncey Robinson ,
LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I'm a bigger guy, so I don't fit well in smaller vehicles. Don't let this one fool you, it is roomy, comfortable and fun!
5/5 stars, Test Drive
Tim,
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
My wife and I went for a test drive and this vehicle is just fine with great value.We were curious about the power since that was the negative concern from the " pro review crowd", the power is just fine. I would say peppy in traffic and adequate on the hiway, if you want more go big. This is a subcompact SUV not a V- 8 powered SUV. Further more why would pay 3 to 5 K for competition, your choice. For me this vehicle is being underrated, we are buying one.

2020 Chevrolet Trax video

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.

2017 Chevrolet Trax Expert Rundown Review

NOTE: This video is about the 2017 Chevrolet Trax, but since the 2020 Chevrolet Trax is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

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.

Features & Specs

Base MSRP
$21,300
MPG & Fuel
26 City / 31 Hwy / 28 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.0 gal. capacity
Seating
5 seats
Drivetrain
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
Engine
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 138 hp @ 4900 rpm
Torque: 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm
Basic Warranty
3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Dimensions
Length: 167.6 in. / Height: 64.9 in. / Width: 69.9 in.
Curb Weight: 3124 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 18.7 cu.ft.

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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.
Forward Collision Alert
Lets the driver know to apply the brakes to avoid a collision with the vehicle in front.
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

2020 Chevrolet Trax

2020 Chevrolet Trax

2020 Buick Encore

2020 Buick Encore

Chevrolet Trax vs. Buick Encore

Mechanically, the Trax and the Buick Encore are nearly the same vehicle, but there are some key differences. The Encore is more expensive than the Trax at all trim levels, but it includes more features. Watch out for the Encore's base trim. Even though it costs only slightly more than the base Trax, it's a special-order vehicle that is unlikely to be at dealer lots. For all intents and purposes, the Encore Preferred is the true starting trim.

Compare Chevrolet Trax & Buick Encore features 

Chevrolet Trax vs. Chevrolet Equinox

The compact Chevrolet Equinox is the larger, more expensive sibling of the Trax. If you can stretch your budget, the Equinox is a far superior vehicle with few of the smaller SUV's shortcomings. The price difference between the two, however, is larger than it seems. Like the Encore, the Equinox's base trim is nearly impossible to find at dealer lots, so you're really starting at the midtier LS.

Compare Chevrolet Trax & Chevrolet Equinox features 

Chevrolet Trax vs. Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport is the Chevy's crosstown small SUV rival. The EcoSport is less expensive than the Trax at every trim level, so it might be the more economical choice if not factoring in dealer incentives. However, both subcompact crossovers are outmatched by rivals — nearly every competitor in our list of top-ranked small SUVs is better.

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FAQ

Is the Chevrolet Trax a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 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 2020 Chevrolet Trax?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax:

  • Midnight Edition package no longer available
  • 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 2020 Chevrolet Trax a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 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 2020 Chevrolet Trax?

The least-expensive 2020 Chevrolet Trax is the 2020 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 $21,300.

Other versions include:

  • LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $21,300
  • LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $23,200
  • LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $24,700
  • LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $22,800
  • Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $27,600
  • Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $29,100
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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), LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). For a full list of Trax models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Chevrolet Trax

2020 Chevrolet Trax Overview

The 2020 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), LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Chevrolet Trax models are available with a 1.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 138 hp, depending on engine type. The 2020 Chevrolet Trax comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 Chevrolet Trax comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2020 Chevrolet Trax?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Trax 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. 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 2020 Trax.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 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.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Chevrolet Trax?

2020 Chevrolet Trax LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,830. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Trax LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $1,781 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,781 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $21,049.

The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

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2020 Chevrolet Trax LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,760. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Trax LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $1,939 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,939 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,821.

The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 31 2020 Chevrolet Trax LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $28,900. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Trax Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $2,277 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,277 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,623.

The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 7.9% below the MSRP.

Which 2020 Chevrolet Traxes are available in my area?

Shop Edmunds' car, SUV, and truck listings of over 6 million vehicles to find a cheap new, used, or certified pre-owned (CPO) 2020 Chevrolet Trax for sale near. There are currently 32 new 2020 Traxes listed for sale in your area, with list prices as low as $23,189 and mileage as low as 0 miles. Simply research the type of car you're interested in and then select a car from our massive database to find cheap vehicles for sale near you. Once you have identified a used vehicle you're interested in, check the AutoCheck vehicle history reports, read dealer reviews, and find out what other owners paid for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax. Then select Edmunds special offers, perks, deals, and incentives to contact the dealer of your choice and save up to $7,260 on a used or CPO 2020 Trax available from a dealership near you.

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What is the MPG of a 2020 Chevrolet Trax?

2020 Chevrolet Trax LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
28 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/31 highway MPG

2020 Chevrolet Trax LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
28 compined MPG,
26 city MPG/31 highway MPG

2020 Chevrolet Trax LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, regular unleaded
26 compined MPG,
24 city MPG/29 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG28
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement1.4 L
Passenger Volume111.5 cu.ft.
Wheelbase100.6 in.
Length167.6 in.
Width69.9 in.
Height64.9 in.
Curb Weight3124 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2020 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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