2020 Trax New Car Test Drive
The principal selling point for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax boils down to price. Anyone planning to drive home a Trax is advised to purchase a low-cost model. That said, tangible virtues aren't wholly absent. In addition to an urban-friendly footprint, the subcompact crossover provides good visibility along with ease of entry/exit.
Part of Chevrolet's lineup since 2015, the Trax was freshened two years later. Little has changed for the 2020 model year, meaning it still comes in three trim levels: LS, LT and Premier.
Beneath the hood of each Trax, a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes a modest 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission works with standard front-wheel drive. For more confidence in harsh weather, all-wheel drive adds just $1,500 to the total price.
A small footprint and relatively low weight make the Trax competitive in fuel economy. The FWD version is EPA-rated at 26 mpg city, 31 highway, and 28 combined. All-wheel drive drops efficiency to 24/29/26 mpg.
Especially when considering its diminutive dimensions, the Trax has performed admirably in crash testing. The NHTSA gave it a five-star overall safety rating, and it earned the top score of 'Good'? on every IIHS crash test but one.
The total lack of automatic emergency braking gives the Trax a demerit, essentially outweighing its good crash test scores. The Nissan Kicks and the Mazda CX-3, for instance, offer automatic emergency braking.
All Trax models get 10 airbags and a rearview camera, but even the top-rung Premier's list of advanced safety features is limited to forward-collision warnings. If safety is a priority, picking a bigger crossover with more up-to-date safety technology might be prudent.
The Chevy Trax is available in LS, LT, and Premier trim levels.
The base Trax LS starts at $22,295 including destination, bringing a four-way manual driver's seat, cloth upholstery, a flat-folding front passenger seatback, air conditioning, power door locks, and a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
The $24,195 LT trim upgrades to LED taillights and daytime running lights, heated power mirrors, cruise control, remote start, tinted rear windows, and upgraded interior trim elements.
The range-topping Premier is priced from $28,595. It adds heated front seats, a six-way power driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a Bose seven-speaker audio system, 18-inch wheels, and a sunroof, as well as lane-departure and forward-collision warnings.