Chevrolet Trax: in the middle of the pack

Avto 26 August, 2017
  • Germain Goyer

    Friday, 25 August, 2017 14:53

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    The segment of the compact SUV has truly exploded in recent years. To put that in context, this category includes the Honda HR-V,
    Jeep Renegade,
    Fiat 500X, Mazda CX-3 and Toyota CH-R. The Chevrolet Trax is also part of the. For 2017, it has had a slight refresh of the mid-term.

    We drove for seven days in the Chevrolet Trax. Here’s what we liked, but also what we didn’t like.

    What we liked :


    General Motors put a lot on the technology built in to the edge of its vehicles. To appeal to a younger clientele, it is a strategy that is ingenious. With the compatibility of Apple Car Play and Android Auto, the Trax scores points and takes a step ahead of the manufacturers, such as Toyota, who have not borrowed this turn. Its central screen measuring nearly 18 cm is intuitive and easy to use. It does not require too much manipulation unnecessary to access the desired function.


    It is not fond of, as he did not need SUVS, you admit it from the outset. Is it that it will advance so far as to say that the Trax is beautiful? No… But we will still get wet and have to say that it is not ugly. For the interior, very dark, it is frankly successful. Almost all black, it is trimmed by appliques of aluminium and fine finish red. It is in good taste, not the choice of the underline in the passage.

    Chevrolet Trax 2017

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    Driving Position

    On the personal level, a driving position too high is not what I like the most. However, for a vast majority of drivers, it is much appreciated. Moreover, the driving position, which gives the impression of better visibility, is often part of the factors that encourages consumers to swap their car against an SUV. In the Chevrolet Trax, the driving position is particularly high. However, with a centre of gravity raised, the road holding of the vehicle is damaged.


    In winter conditions, awd makes it much easier life. Once one has tasted, it is difficult to pass. It does, however, not a series, but it is estimated that it is part of the interesting features box on the order form. If you are considering the purchase of a Trax traction, without a doubt, should you take a look at the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback that is almost as roomy, but much more comfortable.

    What we didn’t like :


    Automatic six-speed, the transmission of the Trax we appeared a bit old-fashioned. When it comes time to downshift, you can feel it hesitate long enough to miss his passing on the highway. In addition, its gear changes are jerky. This is the kind of transmission that had its place there for a dozen years.

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    As tried, the Chevrolet Trax cost a little over$ 34,000. For a compact SUV, it is a lot of under. Good, it should be said that this was the version First, which is the most luxurious of the range. Rather than adding a ton of options on a vehicle whose base price is about$ 22,000 and abruptly up the bill, it would be more advantageous to turn to the Buick Encore. Built on the same platform as the Trax, the Encore also has the same engine. However, it comes series better equipped.

    Lack of equipment

    Considering that the trial version is the most luxurious of the range Trax, one is entitled to expect a little more equipment on board than what is offered. It is disappointing that the seats, leatherette, not electrical. For the base model, it would be more than acceptable. But for the version that is most well-to-do, it is
    cheap on the part of GM. One wonders a bit what it was in exchange for the$ 12,000 added to the starting price.

    Chevrolet Trax 2017

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    Absence of the “S” in SUV

    SUV is an acronym for “sport utility vehicle”. With its Trax, Chevrolet only meets two criteria of the definition. Yes, it is a vehicle. And yes, it is utility. Unfortunately, as is the case of many SUVS, the sporting aspect has been completely neglected. It was found that the conduct of the Mazda CX-3, a direct competitor to the Trax, was much more upright and sporty. If you expect to conduct intoxicating, you will be disappointed with the Trax. Very disappointed.


    The Chevrolet Trax is not a vehicle exceptional or impressive. In the same category, for more space, the Honda HR-V would be a better choice. For more driving pleasure, the Mazda CX-3 would be considered seriously. There are of the best, but there are also some of the worst also. When one leads, he is far from being impressive. He did what we asked of him, but no more. To express themselves in the language of hockey, it can be said that it is far from being a first-round, but it is an effective third player trio.

    Chevrolet Trax 2017

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    Technical data sheet

    Name: Chevrolet Trax 2017

    Base price : 21 945$

    Price of model tested: 34 095 $

    Configuration : the Vehicle front-wheel drive with engine at the front or all-wheel drive vehicle with engine at the front

    Mechanical : four-cylinder Engine 1.4-litre turbocharged

    Power/torque: 138 hp/ 148 lb-ft

    Transmission : 6-speed Manual (available for version LS fwd only)or 6-speed automatic

    Fuel consumption announced (automatic and awd): 9,8 L/100 km (city) and 7.7 L/100 km (highway)

    Warranty basic : 3 years/60 000 km

    Competition: Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Mazda CX-3, Toyota CH-R