2019 Trax New Car Test Drive
Ranked as a small urban crossover SUV, Chevrolet's Trax competes in an overcrowded, if popular, field. Introduced as a 2013 model and facelifted for 2017, the Trax blends a small turbocharged engine with a low-budget selling price.
Little is new for the 2019 model year, except for three new body-color choices.
LS, LT, and Premier trim levels are offered. Developing 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, the turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive a $1,500 option for each trim level. All-wheel-drive models are equipped with all-disc brakes, while front-drive versions stick with rear drums. Needless to say, AWD can be a welcome benefit in harsh weather and on slick pavement.
Chevrolet offers two special Trax versions: a Redline Edition for LT trim, and a Midnight Edition that can be fitted on Premier versions. Two Driver Confidence packages also are offered, featuring such safety equipment as blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward-collision warnings, and lane-departure warnings. Both packages are standard on the Premier trim..
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
LS ($21,300 with front-drive, $22,.800 all-wheel drive) comes with a rearview camera, a four-way driver's seat, remote keyless entry, 16-inch steel wheels, and a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
LT ($23,200 with front-drive, $24,700 all-wheel drive) adds alloy wheels, cruise control, LED taillights, and deep-tinted rear windows.
Premier ($27,600 with front-drive, $29,100 all-wheel drive) includes synthetic leather seat upholstery, heated front seats, keyless start, Bose 7-speaker audio, power sunroof, 18-inch wheels, lane-departure warnings, and forward-collision warnings..