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2018 Chevrolet TraxLS Front-wheel Drive

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9.2

Litres / 100 Kms
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7.1

Its light-effort, rack-mounted electric power steering, however, provides ample feedback, and this little crossover SUV remains composed even on bumpy roads
- Car and Driver
The list of standard safety features is impressive as well. A rearview camera system is standard, as are electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, and an astonishing 10 airbags.
- The Car Connection

The Chevrolet Trax is a compact crossover SUV with seating for five, an efficient drivetrain and generous cargo space.

The Trax is offered in three trims: LS, LT, and Premier; and two drivetypes: front- or all-wheel drive. A 140-hp 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is mated to a six-speed automatic with tap shift. Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes with panic brake assist, hill hold control, automatic headlamps, OnStar and ten airbags. New safety features for 2017 include blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert, both are standard on the Premier, optional on the LT. Additionally, forward collision alert and lane departure warning can now be optioned on the Premier trim. Standard and optional features depending on the trim level include front fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels and tires, heated front seats, air conditioning with filtration, 110V AC outlet, power driver seat, XM satellite ratio, and remote engine start. OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and the Chevrolet MyLink system are standard on all trims.

For 2018, there are some paint changes and a new Redline Edition package.

Introduction

Chevrolet's smallest utility vehicle, launched as a 2015 model, doesn't qualify as fancy.Most entrants in the small-crossover category strive for and achieve a degree of stylistic flair, but Chevrolet took an opposing path.Externally plain, the tall-riding, strictly straightforward Trax stresses practicality inside.

Little has changed for the 2018 model year.Equinox and Traverse crossovers sit above the five-door Trax in Chevrolet's lineup

Three Trax trim levels are offered: base LS, midrange LT, and top-rung Premier.Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an option for each trim level.

Developing 138 horsepower, the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission.Peak torque, totaling 148 pound-feet, is available starting at only 1850 rpm.

Like many of the smallest crossovers, Chevrolet Trax is based on a subcompact-car foundation.Specifically, it's related to the Sonic hatchback and sedan.Some folks dub the Trax a tall hatchback or wagon, rather than a subcompact crossover.

All versions except the LS have LED running lights and taillights.Indisputably plain, devoid of chrome trim, the LS is fitted with steel wheels and black plastic mirrors that suggest an econocar.Trax LT comes with alloy wheels.

Build quality has been good, without noticeable squeaks, rattles, or buzzing.

New for 2018, a Redline trim package is available for the LT, adding black 18-inch wheels with red accents, black trim elements, plus black cloth and synthetic leather upholstery.

Crash-testing has yielded good results.The 2017 Trax earned top Good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, except for an Acceptable score in the small overlap frontal crash (passenger-side).The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Trax five stars overall and five stars in each individual test except rollover prevention, where it got four.That rollover score (a calculated figure) is typical for tall utility vehicles.

A rearview camera and 10 airbags are standard, but active-safety features are offered only on top models.Forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning are standard only on Premier trim, but unavailable for any other version.Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking assist are standard on Premier, but optional for LT trim.

Chevrolet's MyLink system includes Bluetooth pairing for hands-free phone and audio, a USB port, auxiliary input jack, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.Navigation is available using smartphone mapping.

Lineup

Trax LS ($21,000) comes with front-wheel drive, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and MyLink entertainment.Steel wheels have plastic covers.OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with wi-fi hotspot capability is available.LS options include keyless ignition, a power sunroof, and Bose premium seven-speaker audio.(Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

All-wheel drive is optional on all models ($1,500).

Trax LT ($22,900) gets 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, satellite radio, remote start, LED taillights and daytime running lights, and roof-mounted side rails.All-wheel drive adds $1,500.

Trax Premier ($27,295) includes a power driver's seat, heated front seats, leatherette seat upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, chrome accents, keyless ignition, a power sunroof, and Bose premium audio.Blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, and rear park assist also are standard.

Walkaround

Many small-crossover competitors rely on visual flair to attract notice.For its Trax, Chevrolet has relied upon practically, keeping the design simple, even generic.Modest updating for the 2017 model year brought the front end closer to the appearance of other Chevrolet models; but overall, little is distinctive about the Trax.

In terms of basic shape, the Trax might be considered somewhere between a short crossover or SUV, and a tall hatchback.Lack of a window aft of the rear door makes the hatchback designation more logical.

Even though the Trax shares its foundation and front doors with Buick's Encore, body styling differs substantially between the two GM vehicles.

Interior

Inside as well as out, the Trax comes across as practical and straightforward.Boasting a relatively spacious cabin for its size, it can seat four adults, or five, for short journeys.

Black plastic is prominent around the traditional, horizontally-arranged dashboard, with its conventional gauges.Yet, some details counteract any dreariness.Even the base model's black cloth upholstery boasts blue accent stitching.Premier trim features attractive two-tone upholstery, with contract stitching decorating the instrument panel.In some areas, patterned trim edges aside the less-appealing black plastic panels.

Front seats are comfortable, though the two occupants might feel rather close together.The driver gets a fold-down armrest, but there's no between-the-seats console.

Unlike some smaller vehicles, seat cushions are long enough to satisfy taller drivers.Upper trim levels include power seat adjustment, but moving a very short lever is the only way to alter backrest angle.

Rear seating is acceptable for adults.Pulling a fabric tab lets the bottom cushion fold forward.The front passenger seatback also folds.

Cargo volume ranks around average, totaling 18.7 cubic feet with the seatback upright, expanding to 48.4 cubic feet when folded down.Passengers can expect plenty of storage spots around the cabin: bins, trays, and twin gloveboxes.

Driving Impression

Like other attributes of the Trax, ride comfort and handling qualities score average for the Trax's category.No hint of sporty behavior will be observed, but the ride is comfortable and roadholding ranks as controlled.Electric power steering is admirably responsive, yielding good maneuverability.

Acceleration can only be called slow, even when compared to other vehicles in its class, which is hardly renowned for speed or sportiness.Chevrolet's little turbo four simply lacks sufficient vigor to propel the Trax to highway speeds with any degree of haste.Passing on the highway thus requires some pre-planning.

Transmission gears are widely spaced, with a high-ratio sixth gear.That translates to relaxed, fuel-efficient highway cruising.A Trax rides quietly overall, but the engine can sound harsh when pushed.

Fuel economy is satisfactory, but some small-crossover competitors do better.With front-wheel drive, the Trax is EPA-rated at 25/33 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined.Optional all-wheel drive drops the estimate to 24/30 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined.

Summary

Despite a lack of flashiness, the Trax represents good value.The base LS model is indisputably plain, but otherwise the Trax scores well on safety and features, and satisfactory in comfort and quality.Relatively feeble performance is a drawback, and fuel economy isn't as impressive as some rival subcompact crossovers.Chevrolet's Trax excels in connectivity and infotainment.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver and passenger
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotChevrolet MyLink Touch
Premium BrandChevrolet MyLink
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with storage
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRigid
Rear area cargo coverRigid
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Dimensions
Front Head Room1,006 mm
Front Hip Room1,313 mm
Front Leg Room1,036 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,374 mm
Front track1,540 mm
Overall height1,648 mm
Overall Length4,257 mm
Overall Width1,775 mm
Rear Head Room986 mm
Rear Hip Room1,288 mm
Rear Leg Room907 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,341 mm
Rear track1,540 mm
Wheelbase2,555 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.53
Axle ratio3.83
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.50 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinders4
Displacement83 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power138 hp
Max RPM4,900 RPM
Max Torque RPM1,850 RPM
Size1.4 L
Torque201 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City9.2 L/100 km
Combined8.2L/100 km
Highway7.1 L/100 km
Header
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.4 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
TransmissionManual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFlip forward cushion/seatback
TypeSplit-bench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
FoldingFold flat passenger
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassTouring
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront
Telematics
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsOnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile70
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width205 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticManual
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Number of speeds6
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place530 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,371 L
Curb weight1,427 kg
Curb weight1,417 kg
Fuel Capacity53 L
Gross vehicle weight1,990 kg
Gross vehicle weight1,990 kg
Ground clearance157 mm
Max cargo capacity1,371 L
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width6.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Rear side impact airbag
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Driver seat mounted armrest
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
GM CA Cruze Limited Returning Lease Bonus
Trax
$1,750 May 31, 2018
GM CA Toronto Auto Show Bonus
Trax
$500 Apr 30, 2018
GM CA Finance Cash (FC2)
Trax
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Military Appreciation
Trax
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Lease Cash (GFC)
Trax 2WD LS
$1,000 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Near Prime Finance Cash (FC3)
Trax LS
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Student Bonus Program
Trax
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Quebec City Auto Show Bonus
Trax
$500 May 31, 2018
GM CA Montreal Auto Show Bonus
Trax
$500 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA GMF Near Prime Financing
Trax LS
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA Financial Lease Rates
Trax LS
1% 1% 1% 1% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
GM CA GM Financial Residuals
Trax 2WD LS
47% 38% 30% 26% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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