Quick Spin: 2015 Chevrolet Trax LT
2015 Chevrolet Trax LT FWD
Class: Subcompact Crossover
Miles driven: 296
Fuel used: 10.0 gallons
Real-world fuel economy: 29.6 mpg
Driving mix: 60% city, 40% highway
EPA-estimated fuel economy: 26/34/29 (city, highway, combined)
Base price: $22,445 (not including $875 destination charge)
Options on test car: LT Plus Package ($670) LT Plus Package Discount (-$175)
|CG Report Card|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus other vehicles in the same class. Value grade is for specific trim level evaluated, and may not reflect Consumer Guide's impressions of the entire model lineup.|
|Room and Comfort||B-|
|Power and Performance||B|
|Fit and Finish||C|
Price as tested: $23,815
The great: Front-row passenger space, turning radius
The good: Pricing, fuel economy
The not so good: Second-row passenger space, limited cargo space
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With Trax, Chevrolet throws its hat into the hot subcompact crossover class. Though Trax trails class leaders for interior refinement and cargo-hauling utility, it is not without its merits.
Essentially a less-dressy and more affordable version of the Buick Encore, Trax shares that crossover’s nimble handling, easy-to-park maneuverability, and fuel efficiency. Additionally, the Trax’s 1.4-liter turbocharged engine provides sufficient power in quick takeoffs and highway-passing maneuvers.
Our front-wheel-drive tester arrived in midlevel LT trim, and represents a strong value at less than $24,000. If you’re looking for a small crossover, you’d do well to add Trax to your test-drive list—but check out the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 first.