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7.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.4
Safety: 9.1
Reliability: TBD

2019 Chevrolet Trax Review

The 2019 Chevrolet Trax finishes in the bottom third of our subcompact SUV rankings. While there are reasons to like this SUV, it simply falls short of the competition in too many areas to merit a higher ranking.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Spacious, comfortable seats
  • Limited engine power
  • Jostling ride
  • Subpar fuel economy ratings
  • Many rivals have more cargo space

Is the Chevrolet Trax a Good SUV?

The Chevrolet Trax is a decent SUV, but calling it good is a stretch. The Trax has spacious, comfortable seats and user-friendly technology, but it's not a class leader in any area. It features an uninspiring engine, below-average fuel economy, so-so interior materials, a jarring ride, and less cargo space than much of its competition.

Should I Buy the Chevrolet Trax?

No, you shouldn't buy the Trax. Anything you like about this Chevrolet, you can find in a competitor. The Trax isn't even a great value, as many other subcompact SUVs have lower starting prices. Instead of the Chevy Trax, consider the Mazda CX-3.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Chevrolet Trax?

The 2019 Chevy Trax belongs to a generation that began with the 2015 model year. The Trax received an interior and exterior refresh for 2017, and that's when Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard. Otherwise, there have been no notable updates since 2015. With so few changes across the years, you could potentially save thousands by purchasing a used Trax, and you'd get essentially the same vehicle as the new 2019 Trax.

If you are interested in a used Trax, check out our reviews of the 2018 and 2017 Chevrolet Trax. Also look through our Used Car Deals page to see what discounts and deals you might find on a used vehicle.

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Trax generation, which runs from 2015 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Chevrolet Trax Cost?

With a base price in the low $21,000s, the Trax has a middle-of-the-pack starting price for a subcompact SUV. There are two higher trims, and the top trim, the Premier, starts at around $27,500. That's also typical for the class.

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Chevrolet Trax Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Trax or Toyota C-HR?

The Toyota C-HR joins the Trax in the lower echelons of the class rankings, but there are some notable differences between these two SUVs. The Toyota provides slightly more horsepower and gets better gas mileage than the Trax, though neither is all that fun to drive. Also notable: The C-HR does not offer all-wheel drive. The Trax has the edge when it comes to feature availability, passenger space, and cargo room. There are better options in the class than both of these SUVs, but the Trax bests the C-HR in this head-to-head matchup.

Which Is Better: Chevrolet Trax or Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 delivers performance that no class rival can match. It accelerates quickly and provides nimble handling, but it also rides smoothly. Its cabin is arguably the nicest in the class, and it has comfortable seats. No wonder it finishes near the top of the class rankings. And on top of all that, it costs less than the Trax. There's no comparison here. Pick the Mazda.

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Trax Interior

How Many People Does the Trax Seat?

The Trax seats five people. The front seats have a lot of head- and legroom and offer ample comfort and support. The rear seats can comfortably accommodate two adults, unless they're especially tall.

Trax and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The system earns an Acceptable rating (the second-highest rating) for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Trax Interior Quality

Inside, this Chevy mixes soft-touch materials and hard plastics. It doesn't feel particularly cheap, but many subcompact SUVs feature higher-quality cabins.

Trax Cargo Space

There are better choices than the Trax if you want a cargo hauler, but it still provides a useful amount of space. You get nearly 19 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats, which is enough space for your foursome's golf bags or gear for a day at the beach. Fold down the rear seats, and you have more than 48 cubic feet of cargo space. One demerit against this Chevy is the lack of small-item storage throughout the cabin.

Trax Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include the MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch-screen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. Available features include satellite radio, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, and a sunroof.

The MyLink system lets you control functions via the touch screen or physical controls. The touch screen's graphics are sharp and easy to use, though it gets mixed reviews for responsiveness. Connectivity features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, which isn't the case in some rivals.

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Trax Performance

Trax Engine: Not for Thrill-Seekers

With the Trax's 138-horsepower turbo-four engine, you won't have to worry about upsetting your neighbors with the “please drive slowly” and “stop the noise” signs in their yard. It accelerates at a leisurely pace – whether you want it to or not – and can feel strained with a full complement of passengers. It's fine for daily driving, however.

Trax Gas Mileage: Unimpressive

Several subcompact SUVs get better gas mileage than the Trax, which earns 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the Toyota C-HR gets 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, and the Mazda CX-3 gets 29/34 mpg city/highway.

Trax Ride and Handling: Trailing the Competition

There are some positives to driving the Trax – namely, its excellent maneuverability and stable feel around turns. Still, when it comes to driving enjoyment and overall athleticism, most of the Trax's classmates surpass it, and many also deliver a smoother ride.

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Trax Reliability

Is the Chevrolet Trax Reliable?

The 2019 Trax doesn't yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Chevrolet Trax Warranty

Chevrolet covers the Trax with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Trax Safety

Trax Crash Test Results

The 2019 Trax earned a perfect five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Trax Safety Features

A rearview camera comes standard in the Trax. Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

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Which Chevrolet Trax Model Is Right for Me?

You have three trim options with the Trax: LS, LT, and Premier. Every trim features a 138-horsepower turbo-four engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available in any trim for $1,500.

The LT represents the best value for most buyers. It comes with more features than the base trim, and it offers almost everything you can get in the top trim (the Premier) but for less.

Chevrolet Trax LS

The Trax LS has a base price of $21,200 and comes with a rearview camera and the MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch-screen display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system. It doesn’t offer much beyond the standard features.

Chevrolet Trax LT

The Trax LT starts at $23,100. In addition to the LS’ features, the LT comes with premium cloth upholstery, cruise control, remote start, and satellite radio. It also offers a few option packages. The LT Convenience package ($450) adds a power-adjustable driver’s seat and leatherette upholstery. The Driver Confidence package ($495) adds rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. The Sun and Sound package ($1,400) adds a sunroof and a Bose audio system.

Chevrolet Trax Premier

The Trax Premier starts at $27,500. This is the top trim, and it comes with all the features in the lower trims, as well as the Driver Confidence package, leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, and a Bose audio system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Chevrolet dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Chevrolet deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Chevrolet Trax delivers subpar performance and a so-so interior, which is why it finishes in the bottom third of our subcompact SUV rankings. It has a good infotainment system and comfortable seats, but you can find those in many competitors that provide more all-around quality.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "… if you carefully consider your priorities for a subcompact crossover, you're likely to find something else that better suits your needs. The all-new Hyundai Kona is better to drive, as is the Mazda CX-3 that also sports an upscale interior. The Honda HR-V can deal with all sorts of cargo needs, and if you require a small, all-weather AWD runabout, the Subaru Crosstrek is very capable. Chevy certainly hit the market sooner than most competitors, but compared to the current roster of options, the Trax isn't as refined or as purposeful." -- Edmunds
  • "No doubt, the 2017 Chevrolet Trax is a marked improvement over last year's model, as its refreshed styling and dashboard, as well as additional safety features, put a nice coat of polish on some of the vehicle's duller aspects. Still, the Trax labors against its remaining lackluster elements, chiefly its strained powertrain." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "A higher-quality interior and new multimedia technologies, including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, boost the Trax's appeal in the explosively growing class." -- Cars.com (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: January 18, 2019

Improving Demand: Sales of the Chevy Trax placed in the upper third of the subcompact SUV segment in 2018. The Trax is quickly gaining ground on the competition, as sales were up 13.4 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. Class competitors like the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade both experienced a decline in sales.

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