2018 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: The 2018 Chevrolet Trax gains a new Redline Edition for the LT model with 18-inch wheels and unique exterior trim. The Premier trim gains a standard sunroof. 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. The sole powertrain is a 138-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic. Trax is offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Available safety features include: forward-collision alert, blind-spot alert, lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert. Other available features include keyless access with pushbutton start, along with Apple CarPlay and Andoid Auto compatibility. 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: $21,995
AWD LS: $23,495
LT: $23,895
AWD LT: $25,395
Premier: $28,290
AWD Premier: $29,790

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

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2018 Chevrolet Trax
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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