2017 Chevrolet Trax Review Apr 5, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The small Chevrolet Trax has the versatility you want from an SUV with plenty of efficiency and style. The Trax is perfect for those living in urban areas or anyone who wants a subcompact crossover on a budget that will save money on fuel. The athletic front fascia was lifted from the Chevrolet Corvette, and available LED signature lighting on the halogen projector headlights further enhance the style while illuminating the road in front of you. It looks better than the previous model year, while the updated interior is a refined space with available premium features like leatherette upholstery.
Efficiency or Traction
With the 2017 Trax, Chevy struck a balance of efficiency and performance. The secret to this combination is the standard 1.4-liter ECOTEC turbocharged engine that gives you 33 mpg on the highway. The Trax performs well when driving around town and has decent acceleration that fits in perfectly with the competition. While the ride is comfortable, the engine doesn’t have an athletic feel to match the bolder fascia. You can also opt for all-wheel drive to add some traction and give you confidence when driving through challenging conditions. Keep in mind that going with an all-wheel drive Trax will increase the weight, decrease the acceleration, and increase the ride height, something you may notice when behind the wheel.
All SUVs claim to be versatile, but the 2017 Chevrolet Trax takes this to the next level for its size with a total of eight cargo and seating configurations. The tall body guarantees a roomy cabin that’s more comfortable than a comparable competitor or a hatchback. The front passenger seat can fold down, making room for items that are up to eight feet in length, and the rear seats split 60/40 to let you fit an additional passenger even if you need to extend the cargo area. Making the Trax more impressive is its ability to seat four adults in comfort, something few vehicles in its class can do when put to the test.
Connectivity You Need
The 2017 Trax truly delivers when it comes to technology: It’s one of a growing number of vehicles on the market that offer Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, a feature that we find particularly useful on road trips and day trips to the park or beach. With both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, nearly anyone can connect their smartphone and access its features on the touchscreen display. One feature that our reviewer appreciated was the myChevrolet Mobile App, which lets you use your smartphone to lock or unlock the doors of your Trax, send destinations to the navigation system, sets parking reminders, and more. This is the type of feature you would have expected from a luxury brand until recently, but Chevrolet has included it on the budget-friendly Trax. The technology in the Trax isn’t limited to connectivity and infotainment: This 2017 Chevy model comes with a rearview camera and 10 airbags, plus available features such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Side Blind Zone Alert.
The updated Chevrolet Trax is versatile and spacious for its weight class with an athletic new look but still emphasizes comfort over acceleration. If that’s your speed, the Trax is a handsome new contender among subcompact crossovers.