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2016 Chevrolet Trax
Select a Different Model (6 Available): LS AWD
Fair Market Price $ 13251
MPG (EPA) 24 CTY /31 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/48 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2016 Chevrolet Trax MODEL OVERVIEW

New for 2016

Four new exterior color choices have been added to the 2016 Chevrolet Trax, Crimson Metallic, Sable Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Champagne Silver Metallic.

Vehicle Summary

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is an entry-level small crossover that slots below the larger Equinox and is available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations.

Overview

A turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 rated at 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available and it's paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is class competitive at 26/34 mpg city/highway in front-drive variants and 24/31 mpg with all-wheel drive.

Cargo space in the Trax is class competitive at 18.7 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats up and 48.4 cubic feet with them down. However, this is less than entries such as the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Subaru XV Crosstrek, which offer over 50 cubic feet or more with the rear seats folded.

Safety

In addition to dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Trax comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as rear-side airbags as standard equipment.

Trims, Packages, and What's Standard

The base LS trim comes standard with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, a seven-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, and keyless entry. The mid-level LT trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, satellite radio, cruise control, front and rear skid plates, a 110V power outlet, and a storage drawer under the front passenger seat. 4G LTE connectivity is available but it has a monthly fee after the three-month/3GB trial period is over.

What We Think

Despite its small dimensions, the 2016 Trax is spacious and offers plenty of practicality wrapped in a compact package. In a 2015 First Test review, we said that the Trax's cabin is well-insulated while the ride is reasonably comfortable for a vehicle with a short wheelbase. There's also plenty of storage cubbies, making the Trax more practical. However, the 1.4-liter turbo-four doesn't have much power and has leisurely acceleration. In a comparison test that also included the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, Subaru XV Crosstrek, and Honda HR-V, the Trax placed fifth because it exhibited excessive body roll on the road, slow acceleration, and poor interior build quality.

Cool Fact

The Trax is closely related to the more luxurious Buick Encore and the European market Opel/Vauxhall Mokka.

You'll Like:

  • Roomy interior
  • Plenty of storage cubbies

You Won't Like:

  • Unresponsive transmission
  • Turbo lag
  • Unimpressive build quality

Key Competitors

--Stefan Ogbac

2016 CHEVROLET TRAX SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter EcoTec
Transmission Name
Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (MNK-6T40)
Trim
LS AWD
Class
Compact Utility
Horsepower
138@4900
Standard MPG
24/31
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Protection Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber; Mud Flaps NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [VQK] Custom Molded Splash Guards (Dealer)
$250 $275

Cargo Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf); Load Restraint NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [W2D] Cargo Net (Dearler)
$100 $110

Interior Protection Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: [VLI] Cargo Mat - Carpet (Dealer); [VAV] Premium All Weather Mats (Dealer)
$159 $175

Engine: 4-Cyl Turbo 1.4 Liter EcoTec

Std Std

Transmission, Hydra-Matic 6 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode (MNK-6T40)

Std Std

Exterior Color, Crimson Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Silver Ice Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Summit White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Cyber Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Brilliant Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Black Granite Metallic

$204 $225

Exterior Color, Black Granite Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Brakes, Power 4 Wheel Disc with 4 Wheel ABS

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Cargo Tray (Dealer)

$100 $110

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Load Restraint

CONTAINED IN: [PDD] Cargo Package (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internet

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Cargo Area Organizer (Dealer)

$127 $140

Telematics

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Cargo Net (Dearler)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PDD] Cargo Package (Dealer)
$54 $60

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Storage Box

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.530

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 14.0 Gallon

Std Std

Heater, Oil Pan

$68 $75

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: Full and Part-Time Four-Wheel Drive with Automatic Selection

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [VQK] Custom Molded Splash Guards (Dealer); [PDC] Protection Package (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

Accessory Carrier Mount (Dealer)

$218 $240

Custom Molded Splash Guards (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PDC] Protection Package (Dealer)
$145 $160

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Bumpers, Front Body-Colored and Rear Black

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

CONTAINED IN: [PDD] Cargo Package (Dealer)
Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [PDC] Protection Package (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy Look On Console And Instrument Panel ; Chrome On Shift Knob

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Tilt telescoping steering wheel

Std Std

Storage, Below Seat

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Driver and passenger vanity mirror

Std Std

Premium All Weather Mats (Dealer)

CONTAINED IN: [PDH] Interior Protection Package (Dealer)
$127 $140

Cargo Mat - Carpet (Dealer)

CONTAINED IN: [PDH] Interior Protection Package (Dealer)
$54 $60

Floor Mats

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Body-color driver and passenger power door mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror

Std Std

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlights, Halogen

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Vision Camera

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Jet Black Cloth

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Jet Black/Light Titanium Cloth

N/C N/C

Driver Seat, 2-Way Power Bucket; Passenger Seat, Folding Bucket

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Audio System, AM/FM Radio

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Antenna

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Suspension, Front Strut/Rear Torsion Beam w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P205/70HR16 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheel Lock Kit (Dealer)

$63 $70

Wheels, 16" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, Single Rear

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
100000
Maintenance Warranty Months
18
Corrosion Warranty Months
72
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60000
Full Warranty Miles
36000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
60000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
15000
Roadside Assistance Months
60
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
5
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
5
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
4