2017 Chevrolet Trax

Pros: Close-quarters maneuverability; ride quality and noise levels are impressive considering the small size

Cons: Cramped rear-seat space; limited cargo room; middling acceleration

CG Says: Chevrolet Trax gets revised styling inside and out for 2017. It also gains some newly available safety features: forward-collision alert, blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Other available new features include keyless access with pushbutton start, along with Apple CarPlay and Andoid Auto compatibility. The Trax is about 10 inches shorter and 2 inches narrower than the Ford Escape compact SUV. Trax shares its basic design with the Buick Encore, but it has less-luxurious trimmings and a more mainstream feel. Trax’s ultra-compact dimensions make for tight rear-seat space and limited cargo versatility compared to larger vehicles. However, Trax also boasts outstanding close-quarters maneuverability and usefully tall driving position that makes it exceptionally easy to drive and park. The subcompact SUV segment is growing fast, and Chevrolet has a compelling entry in the class.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices LS: $21,000
AWD LS: $22,500
LT: $22,900
AWD LT: $24,400
Premier: $26,100
AWD Premier: $27,600

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-33