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2016 Chevrolet Trax Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Chevrolet Trax was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax's cabin disappoints some reviewers, who say it has lots of low-rent, hard plastics and a drab design oriented more for utility than style. Even so, a few remark the cabin fits the Trax's price. The front and rear seats offer plenty of head- and legroom, according to auto journalists, and visibility is good from all seats. Test drivers say the infotainment system is simple to use, and they like that it uses the navigation from drivers' smartphones rather than its own integrated unit. The Trax's versatile cargo configurations, including its flat cargo floor and flat-folding front passenger seat, impress critics.

  • "[T]he Trax's cabin is plain with hard plastic and a conservative dashboard design." -- AutoTrader
  • "The environment isn't gorgeous, but it isn't detestable either. It occupies a middle ground that's about right in look, feel, and usefulness." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "If you're picky about interior design and quality, the Trax is far from best in class." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Seating

There are seats for five in the 2016 Trax, and it comes standard with cloth upholstery. A six-way power-adjustable driver seat, heated front seats and leatherette upholstery are optional. Most reviewers say there's ample head- and legroom in both the front and rear seats, though a few caution that tall passengers may find the rear seats cramped. Some critics add that the Trax's small roof pillars create good visibility, and the rear seats have a higher seating position than those in the front so riders in the back can see the road ahead.

  • "Front passenger space is a Trax strong suit, with plenty of headroom and legroom. Oddly, there's no shared center armrest, only a flip-down armrest attached to the seatback for the driver." -- AutoTrader
  • "[T]he 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 (2015)
  • "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." -- AutoWeek (2015)
  • "Although its smaller size would imply that the Trax is short on passenger and cargo space, that's not the case. There's plenty of head and leg room front and rear for full-size adults. …" -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Interior 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, a rearview camera 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 optional.

The Trax's audio and climate controls are easy to use, according to critics, and the infotainment system is straightforward, with smartphone-like swiping and menus. Some note the infotainment system displays your smartphone's navigation on the screen, which they say is more user-friendly than an integrated navigation system.

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  • "Connecting a device via Bluetooth was a no-brainer. If wielding a smartphone is routine, you'll find wiping and poking the menus intuitive. Fine-tuning infotainment and Wi-Fi settings was smoother than activating some other cars' climate controls." -- Motor Trend (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 Trax has 18.7 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and 48.4 cubic feet with them folded, which is a little less than average for a subcompact SUV. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat and a flat-folding front passenger seat are standard, and a storage drawer under the front passenger seat is optional. The cargo area has a low load height and offers decent space, some critics write, while others note the cargo area isn't wide enough for a golf bag. Test drivers like the flat-folding front passenger seat that lets you haul long objects, as well as the abundance of storage spaces throughout the cabin.

  • "With the second-row seats up, there's 18.7 cubic feet of space, a surprisingly large cargo area. It'd easily be enough for at least three adults' luggage, and the liftover height isn't terribly high. If that's not enough room, the second-row seats fold for 48.4 cubic feet of room, and all Trax models have a front passenger seat that folds flat and is backed with hard plastic for carrying long items such as surfboards." -- Cars.com (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "The Trax at least offer more places to stash your stuff, though, with copious little bins nearly everywhere you look." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "The middle seats flip and fold pretty quickly with simple manual pulls and when flat, the area does indeed offer loads of room." -- AutoWeek (2015)

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