2016 Chevrolet Trax Review – Average Despite the Cool Name

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is the company’s entry in the subcompact SUV segment or crossover where every marquee strives to be more powerful, more agile, more efficient, more eye catching but in the case of the Trax, it has all of those traits but balances in a way that nothing stands out from its features. From looks, to performance; the Trax does its job but stays incognito all the time. It’s not a boring car per se, but compared to how the other companies are marketing their crossovers, the Trax is like that one classmate in your class that has decent grades but isn’t seen doing anything other than just being there and passing the required assignments and projects.

2016 Chevrolet Trax Review – Average Despite the Cool Name

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is Pretty Decent, Despite the Fact That it is Quite Boring

On the outside, especially the sides, the 2016 Chevrolet Trax resembles a junior Trailblazer with its boxy shape instead of the sleek looks other companies give their compact SUVs. Looks can be hit or miss, it’s either a cute SUV on the side and a cheap-looking product from GM on the front. Compared to the competition, it’s no wonder the Trax doesn’t get as much interest at first glance because it just can’t hold a candle in the looks department compared to the gorgeous crossovers. Under the hood is a 1.4-Liter turbocharged gasoline four cylinder that puts out 140hp and mated to a 6-speed automatic.

On the inside of the 2016 Trax, the average looks continues with the gray and black interior. Hard plastic is abundant but most of the touch points are padded in soft touch material. The steering wheel trimmed in leather feels good. Overall the interior looks simple with subtle design, where it shines is in utility with a surprising 15 storage compartments, excellent legroom front and back, and 1370L of total cargo space with the seats folded.

Driving the 2016 Chevrolet Trax, engine performance is decent but on a full load of passengers, cargo, or a mix of both, the turbo 1.4 doesn’t struggle but it loses its tepidness. Handling is okay but it’s no Mazda CX3. Where it performs outstandingly is in economy, returning an average of 14km/L in mixed city and highway driving but a little more bias in city driving, it still returned excellent figures. The Chevrolet Trax is likened to a humble person that doesn’t flaunt its abilities but exhibits them in practice and performs with excellent results. It’s too bad Chevy didn’t aggressively market the Trax in the tight crossover market as many consumers are missing a perfectly decent-performing crossover.


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