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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 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 27 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Chevrolet Trax Review

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

Pros & Cons

  • Very maneuverable
  • Great fuel economy estimates
  • Good reliability
  • Weak engine
  • Bland cabin
  • Small cargo hold

2015 Chevrolet Trax Overview

Is the 2015 Chevrolet Trax a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Chevy Trax is an excellent SUV for driving in the city. Its petite size and tight turning radius make maneuvers like parallel parking and cornering a breeze. Above-average reliability, excellent safety ratings, and great fuel economy estimates enhance its appeal. Rivals might be better suited for highway driving, but the Trax is still a definite contender in the subcompact SUV class.

Used 2015 Chevrolet Trax Performance and Interior

Every 2015 Chevy Trax comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that yields 138 horsepower. Its sole engine suffers from turbo lag, which is apparent when trying to merge or pass cars on the highway. Some rivals, such as the Nissan Juke, offer more potent powertrains – 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. The Trax gets 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with its standard six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

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Don’t be fooled by the Trax’s size. Its high seating position contributes to good outward visibility, and it has ample head- and legroom in both rows. 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. The Trax’s upscale sibling, the Buick Encore, has high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces. For installing child safety seats, the five-seat Trax has upper tethers on all three rear seats and lower anchors on both rear outboard seats. Its cargo hold is small for the class.

Standard features include cloth seats, a 7-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free, a USB port, an auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, and OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include leatherette seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, heated power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, and satellite radio.

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Used 2015 Chevrolet Trax Prices

A used 2015 Chevy Trax starts around $13,650 in the front-wheel-drive base configuration and goes up to $18,660 in the all-wheel-drive LTZ trim. Prices vary based on condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 23 Reviews Analyzed

For this 2015 Chevy Trax overview, we analyzed the findings of 23 reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more to help you make a buying decision.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking and reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs for 10 years, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of automotive industry experience combined. To ensure we remain impartial, we do not accept expensive gifts from automakers, and a third party manages our advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Chevrolet Trax?

The 2015 Chevy Trax has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This is one of the highest ratings in the subcompact SUV class, and it’s above average compared to all cars on the road.

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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 all five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, as well as a Top Safety Pick designation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five out of five stars overall.

The Trax has one standard driver assistance feature: a rearview camera. Rear park assist is available in all but the base trim.  

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Should I Consider Another Used Trax?

The 2015 Chevy Trax marks the first year of the model’s first generation. The 2016 model year saw no major changes, so choosing the 2015 model will get you a similar vehicle while saving you some cash.

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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 comes with enough features to satisfy the average consumer. 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.

Despite the Trax’s above-average predicted reliability score, you may wish to shop for a certified pre-owned model. For all of its certified pre-owned vehicles, Chevy extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Chevrolet CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Chevy’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 Chevrolet Trax and Other SUVs to Consider

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 stands out from the Trax with an upscale cabin, a higher reliability rating, and more standard features. Both cars have similar ownership costs, so you’ll get a better SUV by choosing the Encore over the Trax.

Which Is Better: 2015 Chevrolet Trax or 2015 Chevrolet Equinox?

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox is an affordable compact SUV with above-average cargo space compared with the Trax and its below-average space. Both SUVs have a weak base engine, but the Equinox has other available engines to improve that – namely, a powerful V6. The Equinox also has a more refined cabin and a higher predicted reliability score than the Trax. The downside to the Equinox is its dull handling, which is a strong suit of the Trax. Still, the Equinox is the better all-around option.

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. It has cramped rear seats, poor safety scores, and higher ownership costs. Both cars suffer from a small cargo hold, but the Juke’s looks exceptionally small (10.5 cubic feet of trunk space). Unless performance is at the top of your checklist, the Trax is the obvious choice.  

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