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2015 Chevrolet Trax Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Chevrolet Trax was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

Overall, critics are unimpressed by the 2015 Chevrolet Trax’s bland interior styling and hard plastics used throughout the cabin. Still, a few note that the Trax’s materials are appropriate for its price point. Auto writers agree that the Trax’s seats are roomy and comfortable in both rows and say outward visibility is good overall. A few automotive journalists point out that the Chevy Trax’s climate and audio controls and infotainment system are easy to use. Although the Trax has less cargo space than most rivals, reviewers think its cargo hold has plenty of useable space, and they appreciate that the second row folds flat.

  • "The list of standard and optional equipment is impressive, but one trait is distinctly lacking: style. In our test car, the interior was a sea of gray, with way too much hard plastic. But this is a Chevy, and there need to be ways for its Buick sibling to set itself apart. We are not sure this kind of interior ambience will cut it in this segment. The Trax cabin is better than the toylike Nissan Juke's, but it falls far short of the new Kia Soul's." -- Car and Driver
  • "Its cabin quality and design aren't as impressive, so it won't appeal to all shoppers in this increasingly competitive category." -- Edmunds
  • "The overall interior quality is OK. There is a lot of hard plastic, but it looks acceptable. The LTZ trims get more chrome accents and a nicer metallic finish around the climate controls and radio. Overall, it's fine for a Chevrolet, but if it were a Cadillac or a Buick I'd raise more complaints." -- Cars.com
  • "Inside, the Trax is every bit as excitement-free. Don't get me wrong, the styling of the cockpit is clean and refreshingly free of the kinds of faux-lux ornamentation that has turned many an entry-level GM vehicle into a gauche mess. But there's no part of the interior that feels youthful, or edgy, or otherwise indicative of must-have-it design. When viewed practically, though, the interior is the spiritual kinsman to a pair of duck boots paired with Carhartt cargo pants." -- Autoblog
  • "The only low points were a few hard plastics here and there, especially around the shiftgate, though perhaps this sort of thing is to be expected from a no-frills mini SUV." -- AutoWeek

Seating

The 2015 Chevy Trax seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. Test drivers say that despite the Chevrolet Trax’s small dimensions, there’s ample head- and legroom for adults in both rows. They also report that the seats are comfortable, and the cabin is generally quiet, aside from a bit of engine noise. Most reviewers also agree that the Trax has good outward visibility in most directions, but a few say the small back window hampers rearward visibility. 

  • "This sounds pocketsize -- indeed, it's shorter than a Honda Civic -- yet the upright packaging of the passengers makes this crossover far more comfortable on the inside than it looks on the outside." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "A nice architectural element proved to be the thin, forward-placed A-pillars and front door quarter windows, which did a good job of preventing the blind spots one sometimes encounters in SUVs and minivans at intersections and pedestrian crossing zones. The cab-forward layout also served to create an impression of a bit more interior space. Rear seat space was comparable to a Chevrolet Cruze in terms of room and comfort, which is adequate for a compact SUV with these exterior dimensions." -- AutoWeek
  • "Of course, being smaller on the outside means it has less space on the inside than its big brother. Yet the Trax's tall greenhouse not only provides a wealth of headroom, but it also allows for a taller seating position front and rear, and thus generous legroom. A 6-footer will still struggle to fit behind another (we expect this to be the norm in the subcompact SUV class), but average-size folks should be good to go. Plus, since the rear seats are mounted higher than the front seats, passengers have a better, less claustrophobic view ahead." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax’s standard features include a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required) and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen. Options include satellite radio, remote start, a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system and rear parking sensors.

Reviewers say the Trax’s climate and audio controls are straightforward, and the MyLink infotainment system is user-friendly. MyLink can use the navigation app found on your smartphone, and a few reviewers find that to be more practical than using a dashboard touch screen. However, a few note the MyLink screen doesn’t look well-integrated into the dashboard.

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  • "Audio and climate controls are quite handy and easy to use. Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen is standard, and it's simple enough to adjust." -- Consumer Guide
  • "In terms of technology, 4G mobile Wi-Fi is standard, as is a nifty infotainment system with a colorful 7-in touchscreen and smartphone integration. … the main controls and gauges are well-placed and user-friendly." -- AutoTrader
  • "… the 7-inch MyLink touchscreen interface that is reasonably easy to use but looks a bit aftermarket stuck into the dash as it is." -- Edmunds
  • "Finally, Chevrolet uses its MyLink system for multimedia and navigation integration. In the era of ubiquitous smartphones, having a system that works with your phone's navigation makes a lot of sense. Why pay for a fully integrated navigation system if you can punch the destination into your phone and have the map display on your vehicle's screen?" -- Cars.com

Cargo

The all-new Trax has 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and 48.4 cubic feet with them folded. That’s smaller than most rivals’ cargo holds. However, test drivers agree that the Trax has more than enough cargo space to accommodate a good amount of gear, including some large and lengthy items. Reviewers also appreciate that the Trax’s rear seats are easy to fold flat and that the seatbacks are covered in hard plastic to prevent damage. Some also report that there are plenty of cabin storage compartments.

  • "But the real deal here is what the 2015 Chevrolet Trax can carry. After all, it is a utility vehicle, right? First you start out with 15 interior storage compartments, which seem like a lot to us. Then there's the 60/40-split folding rear seat, plus a front passenger seat with a backrest that not only folds but also incorporates a plastic-covered rear surface to withstand abrasion from cargo." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "… Chevrolet has covered the back of the Trax's fold-flat front passenger seat with durable hard plastic, letting you load long items such as surfboards or skis without worrying about damaging your upholstery. On the other hand, even the Trax's rear cargo area -- i.e., the area behind the rear seatbacks -- isn't wide enough to accommodate, say, a golf bag with clubs, but it's a cinch to fold down one of those seatbacks and make room." -- AutoTrader
  • "Even with the seats up, there seems to be enough room to lug a 3,000-watt generator and a week's worth of groceries up to the camp... you know, as a general ‘for instance.’" -- Autoblog
  • "The middle seats flip and fold pretty quickly with simple manual pulls and when flat, the area does indeed offer loads of room." -- AutoWeek
  • "Although folding the rear seat backs is a multi-step process (lower the rear headrests, flip the seat cushions forward, fold the seat backs), doing so creates a nearly flat and level load floor." -- Consumer Guide

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