2015 Chevrolet Trax
2015 Chevrolet Trax LT

Consumer Guide Automotive 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
Room and ComfortB-
Power and PerformanceB
Fit and FinishC
Fuel EconomyB
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.

Price as tested: $23,815


Quick Hits

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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Chevrolet Trax Interior
The Trax’s front-seat area is fairly roomy by class standards, but materials quality trails most of the competition.

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Trax rear seat
Second-row knee space is limited, and folding the second-row seatbacks is a hassle if the front-row seats are adjusted far back; they get hung up on the flip-up bottom cushions and don’t fold flush with the load floor. 

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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.

Trax cargo area
There’s an acceptable amount of space behind the 2nd-row seats, but because the seatbacks don’t fold fully flush, the load floor isn’t extended as usefully as it is in most other small crossovers.

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