The Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover that’s big on cute and superb in the city. While the Trax may only have average fuel economy in its class, this is a fuel-thrifty class in general. Compare its 25/33 combined mpg to other midsize SUVs to get a taste of what were talking about. We like the Trax because of its relatively spacious interior and great infotainment. In fact, you’ll be surprised at how many options the Trax comes with.
A new Trax starts at $21,300, but you can save a bundle buying used. The Chevy Trax hasn’t been around too terribly long. The first model year in the USA was in 2015. So if you’re looking to buy a used Trax, you’re going to take advantage of great tech and safety features older used vehicles may not have, all while saving big on this petite crossover. The big question, then, is pre-facelift or post-facelift.
Not to be too on the nose, but the Trax’s fascia had a very different look. The Trax’s fascia was flatter back then and not very well defined. But one thing you will notice is just how much equipment comes with the Trax, regardless of trim level. Standard features include automatic headlights, keyless entry, full power accessories, AC, the Chevrolet MyLink interface with a 7-inch touchscreen and integrated smartphone apps, rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, GM's OnStar telematics, built-in WiFi hotspot, Siri Eyes Free voice control for iPhones, USB and auxiliary inputs and audio system with six speakers. One of the great fears of buying used is settling for yesterday’s tech. With the Trax, everything still feels pretty modern. On top of that, the Trax received excellent crash test scores.
But we recommend steering clear of the pre-facelift Trax. Why? If you’re going to have unexpected problems, chances are you’ll have them in the 2015 and 2016 Trax. Some owners have reported issues with the AC and heater. Still, these reports have been relatively few.
The Chevy Trax got a facelift in 2017 and ironed out its AC and heater issues. The Trax looks a little more Corvette, taking cues from both the Chevy Volt and Malibu. The result is a more attractive nose, new halogen projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, dual tail lights and new grille design. The interior benefited from a new dashboard and center instrument panel. Even better, the Trax continues to offer plenty of passenger room and a whole buffet of standard features and plenty of passenger room. In 2017, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard features, adding to that already long list. What’s more, the NHTSA and IIHS organizations gave the Chevy Trax their top scores. Every Trax comes standard with a rearview camera, and available advanced safety features include rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.