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2017 Chevrolet Trax Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chevrolet Trax was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.6

The 2017 Chevy Trax’s interior shows some improvement over last year’s model, especially the leatherette upholstery on the dash trim, the new 3.5-inch digital information center, and a traditional analog speedometer. However, most dash materials consist of hard plastics, which look and feel cheap.

Seating is surprisingly spacious and comfortable, considering the subcompact dimensions of the Trax. Passengers who are 6 feet tall or shorter should have no problem sitting comfortably in the back seats. The new infotainment system features sharp graphics, but critics disagree over how responsive it is. Compared to other subcompact SUVs, cargo capacity is slightly above average, but small-item storage is substandard.

  • "Fortunately, our most damning gripes have been at least partly addressed in Chevy's refresh of the Trax for the 2017 model year. An all-new dashboard is primped with details like available contrasting stitching, chrome accents, and an analog speedometer that nestles around a new 3.5-inch digital information display. … Regrettably, the new dashboard’s improved perceived quality comes at the cost of last year’s lidded dashtop-mounted storage bin and secondary glovebox. Meanwhile, the Trax's door panels continue to be lined in cheap plastic, and the front passenger seat lacks an inboard armrest." -- Car and Driver
  • "That bit of faux leather on the dash is the only soft-touch surface, but it's still a big improvement." -- CNET
  • "Aside from the relatively small cargo area, the biggest issue is the substandard quality of the interior materials. Hard plastic covers most interior surfaces, and the handful of soft-touch surfaces don't impress as substantial when viewed or touched. Another example of cost-cutting is the absence of a center console, which impacts available interior storage." -- Edmunds

Seating

The five-seat Trax comes standard with cloth upholstery, but you can opt for the upper trims to get premium cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and leatherette upholstery. For those with children, the Trax’s LATCH system provides complete sets of anchors on both outboard rear seats and a tether-only connection for the middle seat.

Seating is supportive, which helps on road trips and long commutes. Taller folks may shy away from buying a subcompact SUV, but the Trax has a decent amount of room in the front. Although the seats are a bit on the narrow side, head- and legroom are fantastic. For those riding in the back, there’s enough room for adults 6 feet tall or shorter.

  • "Both front leg and headroom is ample, even with the optional moon roof, buyers over 6 feet tall will be able to fit. In the rear, there is less leg and headroom due to the Trax's slightly raked roof, however, it hasn't been decreased as badly as many of the coupe-like SUVs that have recently invaded the market." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "… we found [the seats] comfortable for the extended rush hours in the Chicagoland area where we tested the vehicles. We were pleasantly surprised by the tilt-telescopic steering wheel, which even appeared on the entry-level LS model." -- AutoTrader
  • "Despite its small size, the 2017 Chevrolet Trax gives you plenty of useful interior space. Although the front seats are narrow, front-seat headroom and legroom are plentiful, while the rear seat has enough room for a pair of adults, provided neither is over 6 feet tall." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features include a rearview camera and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The Trax’s infotainment system features a six-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, a USB port, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Optional equipment includes satellite radio, cruise control, remote start, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, proximity key, push-button start, a 110-volt power outlet, heated sideview mirrors, and a sunroof. Available advanced safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.

For 2017, Chevrolet added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This provides connectivity with Apple and Android devices, allowing you to pull up your music, navigation, and messaging apps onto the infotainment system’s display. An updated MyLink infotainment system uses a 7-inch touch screen and a control knob and redundant physical buttons, letting you choose between physical and touch controls.

Critics disagree on how well the latest iteration of MyLink works. Some say the display can be slow to respond, or it may not even respond at all. Others claim it’s more responsive. Regardless, the system has sharper graphics than before.

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  • "An improved 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen infotainment system adds both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and now also includes a physical knob for volume control, as well as a quartet of additional hard buttons." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Trax's standard MyLink interface features a 7-inch touchscreen on the dash that links with your smartphone via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto software. Both provide access to your music library, podcasts, navigation and certain apps such as Spotify. On the downside, the MyLink touchscreen can be slow and sometimes fails to register touch inputs, which can be frustrating." -- Edmunds
  • "Like a lot of new vehicles, the Trax's updated MyLink system features both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It's a welcome move considering MyLink's limited abilities as a standalone platform. The new seven-inch display's graphics look better, and the touchscreen feels better, too. In the 2016 car, the display's surface flexes with each input, but the 2017 MyLink screen feels more solid and responds more precisely to inputs, to boot." -- Autoblog

Cargo

Behind the rear seats, the Trax has 18.7 cubic feet of space for cargo, which is plenty of space for luggage, shopping bags, or sporting gear. Once you collapse the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, you’ll have 48.4 cubic feet with a flat load floor. Compared to other subcompact SUVs, that’s slightly above average. Folding down the front passenger seat yields even more space, allowing you to fit objects up to 8 feet long.

Small-item storage is disappointing, with fewer cubbies throughout the cabin than in the 2016 Trax. Higher trims come with a storage drawer underneath the front passenger seat, so you can hide your valuables. However, there’s no storage bin – or even an armrest – between the two front seats.

  • "The Trax rear luggage area has a modest 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and though that's more than the average sedan's trunk (assuming you pack up to the roof), there's not much utility in a vehicle sold as a sport-utility. The rear seats fold down to expand that to 48.4 cubic feet; lifting the seat bottoms first allows for a flat load floor, which is viable when trying to maximize available cargo space." -- Edmunds
  • "The second row offered a 60/40-split folding rear seat, which, when combined with the fold-forward front passenger seat, could accommodate items up to 8 feet long. It seemed sized right for a day of impulse shopping at the local bulk membership store. Total cargo capacity checked in at 18.7 cu ft. behind the rear seat, and grew to 48.4 cu ft. when that second row was folded forward." -- AutoTrader
  • "Still, the improved cabin represents a net loss. Chevy sacrificed too much versatility in its quest to improve the Trax's cabin design and materials. This little vehicle does not have a center console - there are just four cupholders running between the front seats - so by ditching the 2016 model's cubbies and storage slots, the only compartments left in the Trax's cabin are the glove box and a tiny change tray ahead of the shifter. Chevy makes it clear that the Trax is a car for urban millennials, but, as a millennial, your author can confirm that having convenient places to stick smartphones and other stuff is kind of a big deal." -- Autoblog

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