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2020 Chevrolet Trax Performance Review


Performance: 5.9

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax has a weak engine and a stiff ride. However, its tight turning radius makes it easy to maneuver. Fuel economy is about average for the class.

  • "Braking performance is average for the class, and steering is precise if numb. Otherwise, the Trax falls behind the segment in terms of performance and handling." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "The Trax's steering, braking and acceleration are quite good, delivering a predictable driving experience we found quite enjoyable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • The Trax continues to drive confidently for its small footprint, but its engine remains loud and wheezy, and its short wheelbase makes for a bumpy ride over rough pavement." -- (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The Chevrolet Trax comes standard with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. Acceleration is generally weak, though some critics note that it's sufficient for city driving. The transmission is unrefined and delivers harsh shifts.

The standard front-wheel-drive Trax returns 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. All-wheel-drive models earn 24 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

  • "And while most entries in the class have modestly powered engines, the Trax's turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder fails to live up to even those low expectations." -- Edmunds
  • While motivation from the 1.4-liter Ecotec engine is not exactly the vehicle's strong suit, we realize that most owners won't be buying this small crossover to cut lap times on the Autobahn. Instead, buyers get a competent power plant with about-average fuel economy." -- Autotrader (2019)
  • "Chevrolet should serve its customers better than providing the Trax with its strained 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This gruff powerplant delivers agonizingly glacial acceleration, better measured in epochs than seconds. … Factor in a reluctant automatic transmission that stiffly punctuates shifts with big helpings of engine noise, and the Trax becomes tiresome to drive." -- Consumer Reports (2018)

Handling and Braking

The Chevy Trax offers great maneuverability in tight spaces but suffers from a harsh ride quality over uneven pavement. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.

  • "This combines with perfectly acceptable steering, acceleration and braking, predictable driving manners, tight turning circle, and a small overall size to make the Trax workable for a variety of situations." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
  • "Many competitors offer a better ride quality and a more pleasant driving experience." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • Handling benefits from this cute-ute's tidy size, giving the Trax a light veneer of agility. Although neither sporty nor nimble, it is very secure and highly maneuverable as evidenced from the commendably high speed posted in our accident avoidance test. However, the ride is never settled." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
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2020 Chevrolet Trax

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