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2015 Chevrolet Trax

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/16/2014 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a new model. It is a small crossover designed to compete in the new subcompact segment.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Trax is a subcompact crossover sold in LS, LT, and LTZ trims, and in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. Its sole engine is a turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 making 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Overview

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is best described as a small urban crossover with all-weather capability thanks to its available all-wheel-drive system. It's best in city driving where its handling, small size, and maneuverability help it maneuver through tight spaces and traffic. However, the crossover's tiny turbocharged I-4 is strained going uphill, causing it to rev higher. Fuel economy is respectable at 26/34 mpg city/highway for front-drive models and 24/31 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Interior space in the 2015 Trax is decent for its size with cubbies for small items, two glove boxes, and 60/40 split folding rear seats that expand cargo room to up to 48.4 cubic feet. Tech features are similar to the Sonic subcompact hatch and sedan with an available seven-inch touchscreen and MyLink infotainment system and an available smartphone-based navigation system. Additionally, Chevrolet will also offer an option to turn the crossover into a mobile wi-fi hotspot with 4G LTE high-speed internet access.

The 2015 Trax has a five-star frontal crash safety rating and a four-star rollover score from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

UPDATE: The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is considered a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, earning a Good score in five categories (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax could be a more sensible alternative for buyers who think the Equinox is too big.

You'll Like

  • Maneuverable
  • Available all-wheel-drive system
  • Flexible interior

You Won't Like

  • Underpowered
  • Heavy all-wheel drive models

Key Competitors

  • Nissan Juke
  • Honda HR-V
  • Jeep Renegade
  • Fiat 500X
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Rating

3 star

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