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2017 Chevrolet Trax Review

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax ranks in the middle of the subcompact SUV class. It boasts excellent maneuverability, high safety scores, and plenty of features. Yet, it feels sluggish, has a noisy engine, and its cabin materials are cheap and unappealing.

Pros & Cons

  • Fantastic maneuverability
  • Above-average safety ratings
  • Noisy, underpowered engine
  • Low-rent cabin materials

New for 2017

  • Refreshed exterior and interior
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Chevrolet Trax has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Chevrolet Trax Overview

Is the 2017 Chevrolet Trax a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax is an OK choice among subcompact SUVs. This feature-filled SUV is  easy to drive and maneuver through tight spots, so you can tackle city streets with ease. The Trax also has good fuel economy estimates, but its underpowered engine and low-rent cabin keep it from ranking any higher in its class. Many competitors outshine the Trax in one way or another.

Why You Can Trust Us

We analyzed 38 Chevrolet Trax reviews and included information on safety, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a comprehensive overview of the 2017 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 2017 Chevrolet Trax?

You can expect to pay between $14,900 and $20,600 for a used 2017 Trax, based on almost 640 listings on our site for this vehicle. The average list price is $17,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 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 2017 Trax are $23,532, or around $4,700 per year. That is slightly above average for the subcompact SUV class. In comparison, five-year cost estimates for the 2017 Honda HR-V are about $1,100 lower, while estimates for the 2017 Jeep Renegade are $2,100 higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Trax?

A 2018 Chevrolet Trax starts at $21,000, which is $3,800 more than the average list price for a 2017 Trax. Because the new Trax saw no major updates for 2017, you’re better off shopping for a nearly identical 2017 model to save some money.

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Few new subcompact SUVs can come close to the average price of a 2017 Trax, but the 2018 Nissan Kicks comes close. This all-new model starts at $17,990, and it boasts more cargo space and better fuel economy than the 2017 Trax. You may be able to trim the price down by shopping this month’s Nissan deals or by using our U.S. News Best Price Program.

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Which Model Year of the Chevrolet Trax Is Best?

The 2017 Chevy Trax is part of a generation that launched for the 2015 model year. The 2017 Trax model received a refreshed interior and exterior, additional active safety features – like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic warning, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning – as well as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2016 Trax saw no major changes. If you can do without the 2017 upgrades, you can save money by shopping for a used 2016 or 2015 Trax. These models also earn a higher overall score than the 2017 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Chevrolet Trax?

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five.

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2017 Chevrolet Trax Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one safety recall on the 2017 Chevrolet Trax. It addresses the frontal air bags, which may not deploy in the event of a crash. Make sure this recall has been addressed by your Chevrolet dealer before you buy a used 2017 Trax.

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Which Used Chevrolet Trax Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax comes in three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. The entry-level LS trim comes with a rearview camera, OnStar with a Wi-Fi hot spot, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, and a MyLink 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system.

For additional amenities, we recommend the LT model, which adds alloy-wheels, satellite radio, cruise control, remote start, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, premium cloth upholstery, and LED taillights.

The top-of-the-line Premier trim features a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, proximity key entry, push-button start, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, fog lamps, chrome exterior accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

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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 excellent safety ratings for a subcompact SUV. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the second-highest rating of Acceptable 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 2017 Trax five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, as well as four stars in the rollover test.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2017 Trax, and available advanced safety features include rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

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2017 Chevrolet Trax Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevy Trax or 2017 Mazda CX-3?

The athletic 2017 Mazda CX-3 outperforms many of its competitors. While it doesn’t have an overly powerful engine, it still manages to move the CX-3 well and provides better acceleration than the Trax. The Trax offers tech features the CX-3 doesn’t, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Chevy also offers slightly more cargo space and rear-seat legroom than the Mazda. However, the CX-3’s cabin has quality materials and a high-end feel, in contrast to the Trax’s interior. Go with the Mazda CX-3 for a more upscale SUV that’s engaging to drive and better on gas.

Which Is Better: 2017 Chevy Trax or 2017 Ford Escape?

The 2017 Ford Escape is worth buying over the Trax if you can afford the jump in price. This compact SUV has a significantly roomier interior than the Trax, and it offers an upscale cabin fitted with high-end materials as well. There are three engines to choose from in the Escape, including two fuel-efficient turbocharged engines. They use a bit more gas than the Trax's engine, but they deliver much better acceleration. The Escape and the Trax have similar crash test scores, but the Escape has a higher predicted reliability rating.

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2017 Trax Performance

How Does the 2017 Chevrolet Trax Drive?

The 2017 Chevy Trax comes with a 138-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Trax is powerful enough for driving in the city, and it stands out among competitors for its maneuverability. However, the engine is loud under full throttle. Available all-wheel drive adds extra weight to the Trax, which makes it feel more sluggish. Handling is secure, with responsive steering and little body lean in turns. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available in all trims.

Does the 2017 Chevrolet Trax Get Good Gas Mileage?

With front-wheel drive, the Trax gets 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which is slightly above average for the class. The all-wheel-drive Trax is rated at 24/30 mpg city/highway.

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2017 Trax Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Trax Seat?

The five-seat Trax comes standard with cloth upholstery. Upgrades include leatherette upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats.

Despite the Trax's subcompact dimensions, there’s plenty of head- and legroom in the first row to keep the driver and front passenger happy. The seats are narrow but supportive, so both the driver and passengers will be comfortable on road trips or long commutes.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Chevrolet Trax?

The Trax has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether anchor on the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Trax’s LATCH system the second-highest score of Acceptable for ease of use, citing  lower anchors that are buried too deep in the seat.

2017 Chevrolet Trax Features

Standard features include a rearview camera and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Trax’s standard infotainment system features a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Optional features include satellite radio, cruise control, a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system, proximity key, push-button start, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, and a sunroof.

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2017 Chevrolet Trax Dimensions

Chevrolet Trax Cargo Space

Behind the rear seats, the Trax has 18.7 cubic feet of space for cargo. That’s plenty of space for luggage, shopping bags, or some sporting gear. Once you collapse the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, you’ll have 48.4 cubic feet and a flat load floor.

2017 Trax Length and Weight

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax is almost 14 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,124 to 3,344 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Make Model Built?

Chevrolet built the 2017 Trax in Korea and Mexico.

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