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2017 Chevrolet Trax
Select a Different Model (6 Available): LS AWD
Fair Market Price $ 14252
MPG (EPA) 24 CTY /30 HWY
Cargo (Std/Max) 19/48 cu.ft.
Seating (Std/Max) 5/5
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2017 Chevrolet Trax MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Small footprint makes parking a breeze
  • More attractive styling for 2017
  • Lots of connectivity and safety options

You Won't Like

  • Lackluster power
  • Turbo lag
  • Transmission programming

New For 2017

Though it's only been on sale since 2015, the 2017 Chevrolet Trax gets significant styling updates including a front clip with a revised fascia, grille, and headlights (LT and Premier feature halogen headlights with LED accents) as well as a revised rear fascia, taillights, and dual exhaust. Inside, the Trax gets a new dashboard and instrument cluster. The center stack gains a new infotainment system with a 7.0-inch screen. Connectivity includes 4G LTE, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Trax is now available with keyless entry and push-button start as are new active safety tech.

Vehicle Summary

The subcompact Trax crossover rides on GM's Gamma II global small-car platform that also underpins the Buick Encore crossover and Chevrolet Sonic. The Trax slots below the compact Chevrolet Equinox in the automaker's SUV/crossover lineup with a base price not far above $20,000.

Overview

The Chevrolet Trax plays in the growing subcompact crossover segment aimed at city-dwelling millennials. These vehicles combine a slightly higher riding position for better outward visibility with a smaller footprint for easier urban maneuverability and parking.

The Chevrolet Trax is powered by the same turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 as the Sonic, making the same 138 hp and 148 lb-ft. The engine is mated solely to a six-speed automatic; front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. Although the 2017 model hasn't yet been EPA-rated, the 2016 Chevrolet Trax is good for 24-26/31-34 mpg city/highway.

Safety

The Chevrolet Trax has a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA (out of five stars) for the 2015 and 2016 model years. The 2016 model also earned a Good rating from the IIHS in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, and roof strength tests as well as for its head restraints and seats. The 2017 model with its newly available active safety tech has not been evaluated yet. That newly available active safety tech includes Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. All models come with 10 airbags and a standard rearview camera.

What We Think

In a six-way small CUV comparison, the Chevrolet Trax finished fifth ahead of just the Nissan Juke, but behind the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, and Subaru XV Crosstrek. We concluded that although the Trax is solid on safety and value, its biggest problem is "a bland personality that lets it get lost in the shuffle." We were also unimpressed by the Trax' powertrain, saying, "Although we normally like small turbocharged engines, we're no fans of the Chevy's setup. Power is adequate at best, and the Trax is really let down by both turbo lag and a transmission that's reluctant to shift out of top gear."

Cool Fact

The available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connects up to seven devices.

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2017 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
24/30
Body Style
SUV/Crossover
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Fleet Convenience Package (Fleet)

INCLUDES: Cruise/Speed Control; Driver Seat, Reclining 8-Way Power Adjustable; Privacy Glass
$759 $835

Protection Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: [VQK] Custom Molded Splash Guards (Dealer); [VAV] Premium All Weather Mats (Dealer)
$250 $275

Cargo Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: [VLI] All-Weather Cargo Mat (Dealer); [W2D] Cargo Net (Dearler)
$100 $110

Interior Protection Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: [VLI] All-Weather Cargo Mat (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, Mosaic Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Blue Topaz Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

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

Cruise/Speed Control

CONTAINED IN: [PCI] Fleet Convenience Package (Fleet)
Pkg Pkg

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

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

Storage Box

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Cargo Net (Dearler)

CONTAINED IN: [PDD] Cargo Package (Dealer)
$54 $60

Wi-Fi Network

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

$91 $100

Tachometer

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

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

Std Std

Bumpers, Front Body-Colored and Rear Black

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

Mud Flaps

CONTAINED IN: [VQK] Custom Molded Splash Guards (Dealer)
Grp Grp

Privacy Glass

CONTAINED IN: [PCI] Fleet Convenience Package (Fleet)
Pkg Pkg

Accessory Carrier Mount (Dealer)

$218 $240

Custom Molded Splash Guards (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Mud Flaps CONTAINED IN: [PDC] Protection Package (Dealer)
$145 $160

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Rear Side

Std Std

Front License Plate Bracket

$36 $40

Rear Door

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Cargo Area Cover (/Rear Parcel Shelf)

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering, Carpet In Passenger And Load Area

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

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); [PDC] Protection Package (Dealer)
$127 $140

All-Weather Cargo Mat (Dealer)

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

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

Black 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

Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Vision Camera

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

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

Std Std

Driver Seat, Reclining 8-Way Power Adjustable

CONTAINED IN: [PCI] Fleet Convenience Package (Fleet)
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Cloth

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Jet Black Cloth

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Jet Black/Light Titanium Cloth

N/C N/C

Antenna

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Six Speakers

Std Std

Audio System, MyLink AM/FM Radio with Color Touch Screen

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