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2016 Chevrolet Trax Review

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax ranks high in the subcompact SUV segment, thanks to its abundant cargo capacity, top-notch safety scores, and above-average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent maneuverability
  • User-friendly technology
  • Strong safety scores
  • Underpowered engine
  • Lackluster cabin materials

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2016 Best Subcompact SUV for Families award. Currently the Chevrolet Trax has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.0
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Chevrolet Trax Overview

Is the 2016 Chevrolet Trax a Good Used SUV?

The 2-row 2016 Chevy Trax is a solid choice in the subcompact SUV class. Other SUVs may outdo it in one or two areas, but few can match its overall package. Its crisp handling makes it a perfect daily driver around town, though it can struggle at higher speeds. Seating is comfortable but not class leading. Finally, the infotainment system is user-friendly and intuitive.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 25 Chevrolet Trax reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2016 Trax. U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Chevrolet Trax?

You can expect to pay between $13,300 and $19,000 for a used 2016 Trax, based on the 1,047 listings on our site for this vehicle. The average list price on our site is $16,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Chevrolet Trax Cost to Own?

The cost of owning a vehicle goes far beyond the sticker price. Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Trax are $22,175, which is about average for the 2016 affordable subcompact SUV segment. The 2016 Encore will cost you an estimated $21,702 over five years, while the 2016 CX-3 will cost $20,583 and the 2016 HR-V will cost $22,223.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Trax?

A 2018 Chevrolet Trax starts at $21,000, which is $5,000 more than the average list price for a 2016 Trax. The new Trax comes with standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and push-button start. There are no other differences between the two, so save your money and buy the 2016 Trax.  

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Chevrolet Trax?

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax has a reliability rating of four out of five, which is above average for the industry.

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2016 Chevrolet Trax Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are four safety recalls on the 2016 Chevrolet Trax. Two are for the frontal air bags, which may not deploy. The other two pertain to faulty warning chimes. Some models equipped with Bring Your Own Media radio may not chime if the driver fails to remove the key from the ignition or fasten his or her seatbelt. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before you buy a used Trax.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Trax Is Best?

The 2016 Chevy Trax is part of a generation that launched in 2015. The 2017 Trax saw the addition of standard Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and push-button start. The interior and exterior were also refreshed. The 2017 Trax is the best model year to buy; its average price is only about $1,500 higher than the 2016’s price, and it has better standard features.

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Which Used Chevrolet Trax Model Is Right for Me?

The base Trax LS comes with Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a rearview camera.

LT models add satellite radio and remote start, while rear park assist, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a power sunroof, a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available. The top-of-the-line LTZ adds niceties like leatherette seat trim, heated front seats, and driver and passenger vanity mirrors.

The base LS comes with a decent amount of tech, but you'll want to try to find an LT model for the additional amenities and active safety features, like rear park assist.

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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 Chevrolet Trax has above-average safety ratings for the subcompact SUV class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it an Acceptable rating, the second-highest score offered, in the small overlap front passenger-side crash test. The Trax received the highest rating of Good in all other IIHS tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Trax five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, as well as four stars in the rollover test.

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2016 Chevrolet Trax Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevy Trax or 2016 Buick Encore?

The 2016 Buick Encore shares the same platform as the Chevy Trax, so the two SUVs are very similar. Both have excellent maneuverability and the same underpowered base engine. However, the Encore has a more powerful 153-horsepower engine available in its Sport Touring Group trim. This engine greatly improves highway driving by making merging and passing easier. You'll also get a more upscale interior with the Encore. These advantages come at a price, though; the 2016 Buick Encore’s average price is about $2,300 higher than that of the Trax. Still, if your budget allows for it, you're best served by tracking down a used Encore in the higher trim.

Which Is Better: 2016 Chevy Trax or 2016 Honda HR-V?

The 2016 Honda HR-V's powertrain and interior quality share much in common with the Trax, but the Honda has considerably more room than the Chevy. The HR-V features 10 more cubic feet of cargo space when the second-row seats are folded. You can also fold the rear seat up or down to fit taller cargo. The front passenger seat folds down as well, accommodating longer objects or long-legged back-seat passengers. Both are excellent SUVs, but the HR-V is the better selection if space is a priority.

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2016 Trax Performance

How Does the 2016 Chevrolet Trax Drive?

The 2016 Chevy Trax comes with a turbocharged, 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is noisy and underpowered, resulting in mediocre acceleration from a stop. The automatic transmission also downshifts sluggishly.

Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. Thanks to its small size, the 2016 Trax is easy to drive and maneuvers in and out of parking spaces effortlessly. Its steering is sharp, though it could provide more road feedback. The Trax has composed handling, even over rough pavement.

Does the 2016 Chevrolet Trax Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Trax with front-wheel drive gets slightly better-than-average fuel economy for the class, at an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive Trax is rated at 24/31 mpg city/highway. In comparison, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 gets better fuel economy around town and on the highway, at 29/35 mpg.

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2016 Trax Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Trax Seat?

There are seats for five in the 2016 Trax. Cloth upholstery is standard, and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, and leatherette upholstery are optional. Head- and legroom are ample in the front and rear seats, though tall passengers may find the rear seats cramped.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Chevrolet Trax?

The Trax has full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether anchor on the second-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Trax’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating for ease of use – the second-highest score offered. It noted that the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seat, and the tether anchor can be confused with other hardware.

2016 Chevrolet Trax Features

Standard features in the 2016 Chevy Trax include a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, a USB port, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system, and a Wi-Fi hot spot (subscription required). Features like satellite radio, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, a power sunroof, remote start, and rear parking sensors are available in some models.

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2016 Chevrolet Trax Dimensions

Chevrolet Trax Cargo Space

The 2016 Trax has 18.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats, and 48.4 cubic feet with the second row folded. These totals are a little lower than average for a subcompact SUV. A 60/40-split-folding rear seat and a flat-folding front passenger seat are standard. The flat-folding front passenger seat lets you haul long objects. The cargo area has a low load height and offers decent space.

2016 Trax Length and Weight

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax has a gross vehicle weight of 4,387 pounds. Its curb weight for the front-wheel-drive model is 2,805 pounds; all-wheel-drive models have a curb weight of 3,208 pounds. The Trax has a length of just over 14 feet.

Where Was the 2016 Make Model Built?

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax was built at factories in Korea and Mexico.

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