Chevrolet Trax ReviewNov 10th, 2014
For many car buyers, the choice between a compact car and compact SUV can leave them wanting more. Compact cars are great because they have a smaller size, and often can provide greater fuel mileage and a lower asking price. However, a compact SUV can provide you with added space and available All Wheel Drive to help in adverse weather. Making the choice between the two was a compromise, and left a gap in the market. That was until the Chevrolet Trax arrived and completed the wish list of many buyers looking for a compact crossover that was great on gas, easy to maneuver and wouldn’t break the bank.
The Trax has been a hit with buyers and other manufacturers are rushing to offer similar vehicles. Where the Trax succeeds is offering a vehicle that has overall length and dimensions similar to a compact car, yet still offering a lot of interior space, a higher seating position and available All Wheel Drive. With a turbocharged engine standard on every Trax, you don’t have to shell out more money to get an efficient and fun to drive vehicle.
Anybody who lives in an urban environment will appreciate having a compact vehicle that you can easily tuck into a tight mall parking spot or crowded downtown parking garage. The length of the Trax is just 4,280mm (almost 300mm shorter than a Honda CR-V or Ford Escape). When nosing the Trax into a parking spot, you will immediately appreciate its compact size. The elevated seating position also provides more visibility and a sense of security that is sometimes lacking in a compact car.
To make sure that you are spending less time at the gas station, every Trax comes standard with a 1.4L turbocharged 4 cylinder engine. The 4 cylinder sips fuel, both in the city and on the highway. When you need an extra boost of power, the turbo kicks in, pushing more air into each cylinder making each combustion more powerful. If you need some added traction and control in adverse weather, the Trax comes with available All Wheel Drive, another feature that is often lacking from compact cars.
Inside, the Trax manages to have a spacious interior that is comfortable and versatile for passengers and cargo. There is also clever use of space in the Trax with many storage bins located conveniently throughout the vehicle. The 60/40 split folding rear seat allows for multiple different configurations for your active life.
Technology is something that many buyers also covet and the Trax has numerous ways to keep you connected. Starting in 2015, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi will be available. You can also select Bluetooth, Chevrolet MyLink, a premium audio system, USB and auxiliary input, Satellite radio connectivity, Siri Eyes Free and more. All of these infotainment features make for seamless pairing and use of your smart phone and technology.
For safety, the Trax has you covered with six standard and ten available airbags. Stabilitrak electronic stability control, four wheel ABS with panic brake assist, Hill Start Assist and traction control will also help you in the event of an emergency. As with every GM vehicle, OnStar crash response alerts emergency service providers.
So what does all of this cost you? The Trax starts at just over $20,000 depending on cash credits and current incentives. If you want a more luxurious version, you can also check out the Buick Encore, which rides on the same platform and utilizes the same engine with all of the perks and a more upscale feel. Both the Trax and Encore are pioneering a segment that has not existed previously and other manufacturers are racing to catch up.
I invite you to come take a look at the Trax in person. You will find it to be a versatile, efficient and fun vehicle that fits well in many different environments. For more information please call 604-464-3941, visit our website at http://eagleridgegm.com or come for a test drive at 2595 Barnet Highway in Coquitlam, BC!