Built on the same platform as the Buick Encore and Chevrolet Sonic, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax is one of the finest small crossovers on the market. With a relatively powerful 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine, which can produce 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, it is a fine competitor to the likes of the Kia Soul, Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a tall hatchback or small crossover that expands Chevy’s hefty repertoire of small cars even more. The Cruze already covers the compact sedan segment, the Sonic covers the subcompact family vehicle sector and the Spark takes care of the minicar market. But if we had to compare the Trax to a similar car from a different brand, it would be the Buick Encore, which is almost the same vehicle (with some minor differences) since they were both built on the same platform.
The 2015 Trax combines a broader version of the current Chevrolet corporate grille with a high hoodline, creating what basically looks like a tall hatchback. As with the models in the past, like the Suzuki SX4, the Trax has an arched-like roofline, well-chiselled edges that keep it from feeling too lopsided. The lower-body components make it seem a bit outdoorsy, but it’s obvious that the Trax isn’t meant for off-roading.
On the inside, the instrument cluster offers similar styling traits to those of the subcompact Sonic model. You’ll find a large analog tachometer, but the speedometer and other important info you will only see displayed digitally. Speaking of digital things, you’ll also see a seven-inch colour touchscreen display at the top of the centre console, which shows off Chevy's MyLink infotainment system and a standard backup camera. Some of the standard features include cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and rubber floor mats. You’ll also find plenty of storage space, which includes an upper and lower glovebox as well as a small “shelf” for a phone or wallet right above the centre console. It actually looks very neat.
Under the hood, the 2015 Trax is power by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which can pump out only 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. It’s combined with a six-speed automatic transmission that actually has a wide array of gear options. As a result, it allows relatively quick takeoffs, but if you use the overdrive sixth gear, you can go for a calm and slow highway cruise.
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax barely even costs $20,000. It’s not a big car like, the Traverse or even Equinox, but it does what it’s supposed to and does it will. Is worth the sticker price? It most certainly is – but only if you know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s a hatchback that looks somewhat like a crossover. It’s also an economy vehicle (as the price suggests). Does that pique your interest? If not, then stay away! If yes, then you already know the answer to that one.
2015 Chevrolet Trax
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Rating: 7.8 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|1LT AWD||$26,210||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|1LT FWD||$24,210||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2LT AWD||$28,765||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|2LT FWD||$26,765||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LS FWD||$19,130||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LTZ AWD||$30,600||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|LTZ FWD||$28,600||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||5|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
There's only one engine choice for the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and it comes in the form of a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Chevy is confident the 2015 Trax will earn an SAE certification of 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission is paired to this engine and is also the only option available. During our time with the Trax, we traversed rough, winding roads and overall the 1.4-liter turbocharged application was adequate, but we wouldn't mind a little bump in power, either. Acceleration uphill lagged a little bit but, while EPA fuel figures haven't been announced yet, we observed an average fuel economy just north of 33 mpg.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
A dual-cockpit instrument cluster shares similar styling traits to that of the subcompact Sonic. A large, performance-oriented analog tachometer stares back at you while the speedometer and other important info is displayed digitally. A 7-inch color touchscreen display is present at the top of the center console which showcases Chevy's MyLink infotainment system and a standard backup camera. Our vehicle had cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rubber floor mats. Storage space is abundant in the Trax with an upper and lower glovebox and another small spot for a phone or wallet above the center console.
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A rearview camera system will be standard, as well as an electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation, electronic brake force distribution, and Brake Assist. And the 2015 Chevrolet Trax offers an astonishing ten standard airbags. Both the driver and front passenger get standard knee bags; front and rear outboard positions get side thorax airbags; and side curtain bags cover those in front and rear outboard positions.
Originally appeared on The Car Connection.