The Chevy Trax Gets a Bit More Stylish in 2017
Published February 15, 2016
One of the country’s top-selling small SUVs, the Chevy Trax has proven pretty popular in the US since its debut just two years ago (it’s been selling well globally since 2012). I wouldn’t call it an exciting car – but the 2017 Trax has gotten some stylish upgrades that make it worth a look.
The updated Trax was unveiled this week in Chicago. While the changes may be all cosmetic, they give the 2017 Trax a sporty yet sophisticated edge over the small SUV competition. Chevy has ramped up the front end by incorporating their dual port grille – seen in their latest Cruz and Volt models – and wraparound headlights. There are three available trim levels; the LS features halogen reflector headlights, while the LT and Premier sport halogen projector headlights. The rear fascia is all new, with dual taillights and available LED. All-over chrome detailing gives the exterior that little something extra. Premier models also offer 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The interior has gotten quite a boost, taking a cue from the higher-end Buick Encore. The 2017 Trax comes with a 7-inch touchscreen, and the MyLink system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot means that the five passengers that fit into the Trax can connect up to seven devices. Seems excessive, but I guess some people need lots of stimulation during long car rides.
While Chevy may not have done any fiddling with the inline-four engine of previous Trax models, some new safety features have been added. Rear view cameras and 10 airbags come standard, and there’s also available alert systems, including blind spot monitoring, front and rear collision alerts and lane departure warning.
When it comes to performance, the Trax isn’t about the 0 to 60 or blazing down the highway at top speeds. The modest Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine will give you 138 horsepower, and 148 foot pounds of torque. I’ve got the same engine in my Encore, and while it certainly took some getting used to after over a decade driving an F150 with a roaring V8, I find its performance admirable and perfectly adequate. It doesn’t lose speed going up grades, and it doesn’t stutter at sudden acceleration. Overall, a really decent engine.
The Trax isn’t likely to turn heads, and you aren’t going to be doing any street racing in it, but with a base price of just over $20,000, you get a decent amount of safety, reliability and comfort. This is a car for someone who is looking for a cute little SUV that handles well and is fun to ride in. About 60% of Trax purchasers are women, and I can see why. You get all the benefits of an SUV – the rear cargo space, higher profile, rear headroom – with the driveability of a sedan. The 2017 Trax is sure to remain in the top tier of its class.
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