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2018 Chevrolet Trax Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax has some soft-touch materials in its cabin, but an abundance of hard plastics makes it look low-rent. The seats are supportive and the front seats have plenty of head- and legroom. Cargo space is a little above average for a subcompact SUV, but small-item storage is limited. The Trax has some nice tech features, and the MyLink infotainment system is fairly easy to use.

  • 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 (2017)
  • That bit of faux leather on the dash is the only soft-touch surface, but it's still a big improvement." -- CNET (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

This Chevy seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available seating features include premium cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and leatherette upholstery.

The Trax’s front seats have plenty of head- and legroom, and both rows of seats are supportive. The rear seats don’t have a ton of headroom, but there’s enough space for two adults as long as they aren’t especially tall.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The LATCH system is relatively easy to use, though the lower anchors are set deep in the seat, and the tether anchors could be confused with other hardware.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "… 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

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, two USB ports, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include satellite radio, cruise control, remote start, a seven-speaker Bose premium audio system, a 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.

The MyLink infotainment system features a touch screen and physical buttons, giving you flexibility in how you control audio and climate functions. The touch screen has fairly sharp graphics, and it’s generally – though not always – responsive. Connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, which is not the case in every class rival.

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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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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." -- Autoblog (2017)

Cargo

The Trax has 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 48.4 cubic feet with the seats folded. That’s a little more space than the average subcompact SUV provides. The Trax also lets you fold the front passenger seat flat, which provides space for longer items. There aren’t many storage spots throughout the cabin, however.

  • 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 (2017)
  • "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." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

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