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2015 Chevrolet Trax Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax ranks high in the subcompact SUV class, thanks to its exceptional safety score, strong maneuverability, and good reliability rating. Still, some rivals have more powerful engines and better-quality interiors.

Pros & Cons

  • Very maneuverable
  • Solid reliability and safety ratings
  • Good value for the money
  • Weak engine
  • Bland cabin styling
  • Small cargo hold

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Trax has a score of 8.3 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2015 Chevrolet Trax Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Trax a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Chevy Trax is an excellent little SUV for driving in the city. Its petite size and tight turning radius make maneuvers like parallel parking and squeezing through tight lots a breeze. An above-average reliability rating, an excellent safety score, and great fuel economy estimates enhance its appeal. Rivals might be better suited for highway driving, but the Trax is still a solid contender in the subcompact SUV class.

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We’ve analyzed 27 Trax reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

How Much Is the 2015 Chevrolet Trax?

Based on more than 850 used car listings for the 2015 Trax on our site, the average price is about $15,400. Prices range from $12,500 to $18,800 and vary depending on the trim level, features, vehicle condition, and mileage.

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How Much Does the 2015 Chevrolet Trax Cost to Own?

The average driver will spend around $23,000 over the course of five years to repair, maintain, fuel, and insure a 2015 Trax. That total is slightly below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Trax?

A new 2019 Trax carries a base price of around $21,000. That's quite a bit higher than the 2015 model's average price tag of $15,400. However, there are a couple of advantages to buying new. In comparison to the 2015 model, the new Trax has updated styling, and it's available with advanced safety features such as forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring.

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Prices for new subcompact SUVs are thousands of dollars higher than the average price of a used 2015 Trax.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Trax Is Best?

For the Chevy Trax, 2015 marks the beginning of the SUV's first generation. The Trax saw no major changes for 2016, so choosing the 2015 model will get you a similar vehicle while saving you some cash. The 2017 Trax is worth considering if you are comfortable spending about $1,800 more. Chevy refreshed the interior and exterior for 2017, also adding standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.  

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Trax?

The 2015 Trax has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Chevrolet Trax Recalls

As of the date of this review, there are six recalls for the 2015 Trax. Two recalls relate to front air bags that may not correctly deploy in a collision. One recall is for a potentially faulty steering column assembly. Additional recalls cover a missing wheel rim label, a faulty "key left in ignition" chime, and a defective seat belt reminder chime.

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Which Used Chevrolet Trax Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Chevy Trax comes in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. The base trim has enough features to satisfy the average shopper. Upper trims provide extra amenities like satellite radio, heated seats, and a seven-speaker Bose premium stereo. If these features are important to you, the two upper trims are your best bet.

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What Does Chevrolet's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Chevrolet offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

Chevrolet has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Hyundai, Buick, and Kia are better, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the Trax?

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax has superb safety ratings. It received the highest score of Good in five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, as well as a Top Safety Pick designation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Trax an overall rating of five out of five stars.

A backup camera is standard on all Trax models. Some models also come with rear parking sensors.

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2015 Chevrolet Trax Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Trax or 2015 Buick Encore?

The 2015 Buick Encore and Chevy Trax share the same platform and engine. The Encore sets itself apart from the Trax with an upscale cabin and more standard features. However, the Trax is expected to be much more reliable, and its average price is about $1,800 lower. Unless you prefer the styling of the Encore, the Trax is the better buy.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Trax or 2015 Nissan Juke?

With spirited acceleration and lithe handling, the 2015 Nissan Juke is one of the best-performing subcompact SUVs on the market. In all other areas, however, it pales in comparison to the Trax. The Juke has cramped rear seats, a below-average safety score, and higher ownership costs than the Trax. Both cars suffer from a small cargo hold, but the Juke’s is exceptionally small, measuring just 10.5 cubic feet. Unless performance is at the top of your checklist, the Trax is the obvious choice. 

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2015 Trax Performance

How Does the 2015 Chevrolet Trax Drive?

Every 2015 Chevy Trax comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower. This sole engine suffers from turbo lag, which becomes apparent when merging on the highway or passing other cars. Some rivals, such as the Nissan Juke, offer stronger powertrains, which are appealing if you do more highway driving. Still, the Trax has a tight turning circle, which makes squeezing into small spaces a piece of cake. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Chevrolet Trax Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Trax with FWD gets 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which are typical fuel economy ratings for this class. With its lower ratings of 24 mpg city/31 mpg highway, the Trax AWD will cost the average driver an additional $100 a year in fuel.

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2015 Trax Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Trax Seat?

Don’t be fooled by the size of the Trax. A high seating position gives this SUV good outward visibility, and there is ample head- and legroom in both rows. Cloth seats are standard. Some models may come with swanky upgrades such as synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Chevrolet Trax?

For installing child safety seats, the Trax has a complete set of LATCH connections on each of the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether anchor on the middle seat.

2015 Chevrolet Trax Features

Standard features include a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, an auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and keyless entry. Available features include a seven-speaker Bose sound system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, and satellite radio.

The standard MyLink infotainment system has easy-to-use audio and climate controls. That said, the cabin is filled with hard plastics and mundane styling.

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2015 Chevrolet Trax Dimensions

Chevrolet Trax Cargo Space

The Trax is a bit short on cargo space compared to some other subcompact SUVs. It has 18.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats. Collapsing the standard 60/40 rear split-folding rear seat creates a 48.4-cubic-foot cargo hold. 

2015 Trax Length and Weight

From bumper to bumper, the Trax extends just over 14 feet. Its curb weight starts at 3,048 pounds for the LS FWD, and it goes as high as 3,340 pounds for the LTZ AWD.

Where Was the 2015 Chevrolet Trax Built?

Chevy built the 2015 Trax in South Korea and Mexico.

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