2017 Chevrolet Trax

The Chevrolet Trax is the personification of what has made compact SUVs so popular. It’s cute, delivers agile performance, and comes equipped with a wealth of safety and technological features modern buyers will love. Best of all, with a low starting price of $21,000 it is one of the most affordable models in its segment.

Let’s start with one of the biggest selling points of the Trax: its styling.

Exterior Styling

Chevrolet understood perfectly the wants of modern buyers when designing the Trax. After all, the trend is on compact, sportier models that look more like cars than boxy SUVs. Chevrolet did an excellent job achieving its objective, as the Trax commands attention thanks to its sleek, sporty profile.

It mirrors other Chevrolet models like the Cruze, Spark, and Malibu with its muscular lines. These lines provide the SUV with a curved dimension. To make give the Trax symmetry in design, Chevrolet tapered the rear lines while extending the nose of the vehicle–this is a common design element found in roadsters and sports cars. The result is a muscular SUV that meets the style needs of many.

Interior Styling

When stepping inside the interior of the Trax, you’ll notice Chevrolet kept things simple in design. The fluid instrument panel and ergonomic controls create a cockpit feel in the driver’s seat, where you will have access to all the functions you need easily.

One of the biggest design touches Chevrolet kept is the muscular theme consistent in the Trax’s interior. Instead of a flat dash that is found in many older models, the Trax comes with a sportier dashboard, containing the same fluid lines found on the side of the SUV’s exterior body.

Arguably the biggest benefit of its interior is its versatility. With foldable seating, you can create cargo and seating solutions that work best for you. To illustrate, not only does the Trax have eight seating configurations you can choose between, you can fold down the rear passenger seats to create more cargo room, allowing you to transport items up to eight feet long. If you are a musician, camper, cyclist, or the busy parent transporting kids and gear, you’ll find the versatility to align with your lifestyle.

Technology

Keeping the theme of enticing the modern buyer in mind, Chevrolet loaded the Trax with features even the tech savviest will enjoy. First, let’s start with capabilities. Chevrolet, in partnership with OnStar, provides 4G LTE WiFi (subscription required). This allows you to connect up to seven devices at the same time. If you are on a family trip, this allows you to stream music while your kids can play games or listening to their own tunes. Alternatively, if you are conducting business remotely, the hotspot connection makes your SUV an office on the go, where you can complete all your online tasks.

Additionally, it’s easy to sync your smartphone through the Trax. The Trax features Apple CarPlay capabilities. This is where you sync your compatible iPhone to access music, text messages, compatible apps and more. Meanwhile, if you are an Android user, you will also receive the same connectivity through Android Auto. With this you can listen to your music, access Google Maps, and more.

A unique feature found with the Trax is the MyChevrolet App. Depending on the equipment installed in your SUV, you can use the mobile application to do this following:

  • Lock and unlock your vehicle
  • Send directions to its navigation system remotely
  • Start or stop your engine
  • Set parking location reminders
  • View diagnostic information

Speaking of diagnostics, many new Chevrolet models like the Trax come with a basic subscription to OnStar for five years. With this, you’ll receive monthly diagnostics on your vehicle’s main components such as its engine, cooling, electrical, and braking systems. You’ll also see the tire pressure in each tire, the oil life level, and learn if any recalls exist for your model. This monthly email is the perfect way to stay up to date on the condition of your vehicle.

Safety

The Trax performs best when you need it to. This is best demonstrated by its crash test performances, where it earned an overall five-star safety rating with the NHTSA. To build even more confidence in the model, here’s a look at some of the standard and available safety equipment offered:

  • 10 airbags*
  • Rear vision camera*
  • Made from a high strength steel cage to absorb and deflect crash energy away from the vehicle’s occupants*
  • Side blind zone alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning

*denotes standard features

Overall, what you will discover is the Trax comes with a full complement of standard and available safety components to make you feel more secure.

Performance

Because it’s a compact SUV, the focus is on delivering nimble handling and efficient performance. This means the Trax is far from a powerhouse, but it does deliver a good boost of power to make your drives exciting.

Chevrolet achieved this by installing the 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC engine. This engine can save you money in fuel costs, as it can earn up to 33 highway mpg. There’s also an all-wheel-drive option available. If you live in areas with varying climate changes or your commutes include rough road terrains, then this option is a must.

Our Impressions

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax is one of the more attractive models in a class dominated by stylish vehicles. It complements its sporty allure with nimble handling to make it a fun drive. Inside, you’ll find all the tools you need such as a WiFi hotspot and smartphone integration. Most important, with flexible seating and cargo configurations, and outstanding safety ratings, the Chevrolet Trax performs best in areas many need it to. Overall, for its low price and all-around performance, the Trax is an SUV you should take a look at closely.

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