The Trax has a place with the quickly developing subcompact SUV class, a dress-size littler than, say, a Honda CR-V or Toyota Rav4. It will contend most straightforwardly with such different newcomers as the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Jeep Renegade. The Trax we’ve been driving for the last few days, leased from Chevrolet, is a front-wheel-drive, completely stacked, high-trim LTZ. The $26,805 sticker cost is a great deal for a front-wheel-drive half-half quart, even one with a pocketful of cool toys.
As down-business kin of the ho-murmur Buick Encore, the Trax is little. Hunting down the Trax in our SUV-obstructed parking garage the first run through was a test; I at last spotted it holing up behind our Volkswagen Golf. Just its roofline peeped over the VW’s top.
One explanation behind the humble measurements is that the Trax, made in Korea and got from the Sonic subcompact, is really intended to serve non-U.s. markets. It’s simply ideal for spots where both streets and traditions request little autos.
When we purchase our own particular Trax we’ll be going down to the more prevalent LT trim, giving up what we need to get all-wheel drive without burning up all available resources. It’ll still likely come in at $25,000-in addition to.
Best case scenario, the driving knowledge with the Trax is innocuous. Beginning off on a level street, the 138-hp, 1.4-liter turbo four-barrel feels spritely, and the six-velocity programmed moves easily. Anyway once you go to your first modestly steep slope, the bubble goes out of your beverage.
The spec sheet may say there’s plentiful force, yet you simply don’t feel it from the driver’s seat. The transmission leaves an excess of those 138 stallions in the horse shelter, and the rest of the group battles and whines the distance up the slope. Increasing speed with the Trax’s wealthier Buick Encore cousin is additionally laggardly, however in any event in that auto the lodge stays considerably quieter.
The electric force controlling feels responsive enough at regular velocities, however the ride is nothing to boast about. Typical asphalt defects convey steady vertical butterflies, viably shaking up and blending whatever it was you simply consumed.
The Trax’s lodge configuration is flawless and clean, as it ought to be in an essential auto. High seating manages a decent view forward, however the clamshell body styling renders perceivability to the back lousy. No negligible decoration, the standard reinforcement cam is a close need here.
Besides, the lodge is confined, and the profound pocket front seats feel particularly restricted, at minimum for this normal estimated American male. Back seat room is tight also.
Our LTZ’s significant list of capabilities incorporates keyless push-catch beginning; a remote starter; warmed seats; an enormous, clear, 7-inch touch-screen control focus; and network additional items, for example, a portable Wi-Fi problem area, part of Chevrolet’s Onstar 4g telematics membership. The touch-screen showcase looks great, yet the radio’s tuning and volume controls are delicate keys instead of real handles. The numerous taps expected to make volume changes are a torment in the digit.
At last, this auto bodes well just in the event that you need or need an auto you could stop in a doghouse and have something against its characteristic rivals. For about the same cash or simply somewhat more, you could score a Subaru Forester, CR-V, Mazda CX-5, or Rav4, all of which bring substantially more auto for the cash.