Debuting in the United States back in 2015, the Chevrolet Trax is an affordable suburban vehicle that is easy to drive, easy to park and features the latest technology but is followed by not fast and sub-standard interior materials. Three years later, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax is still easy to drive, but Chevy does not give much change to it.
Indeed Chevy gave the Trax a face-lift last year both outside and inside and added more technology, but the underlying mechanics remained the same. Regardless of the improvements, performance, quality and fuel efficiency, the 2018 Trax lags far behind its class competitors. However, the Trax competitors have all been completely redesigned or introduced fresh in the following years.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax is subcompact crossover SUV available in three trim levels: LS, LT and Premier.
The base LS comes standard with 16-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, power-adjustable manual-folding side mirrors, a rearview camera, air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, OnStar communications with a Wi-Fi hotspot and 4G LTE connection, Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen interface, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports and a six-speaker sound system.
The LT gets LED daytime running lights, roof rails, LED taillights, remote vehicle start, heated mirrors, cruise control, a storage drawer, a 110-volt outlet and satellite radio.
There are several optional packages for the 2018 Chevrolet Trax LT. The Convenience package adds keyless ignition and entry, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium cloth upholstery and a six-way power-adjustable driver seat. The Driver Confidence package adds rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. The Sun and Sound package gets you a sunroof and six-speaker Bose stereo system. The new Redline Edition adds black body accents and 18-inch alloy wheels painted.
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax Premier gets all the LT packages except the Redline Edition plus 18-inch wheels, foglights, forward collision alert and lane departure warning, heated front seats and full simulated leather upholstery. The only options package for the Premier is the Midnight Edition, which adds exterior trim pieces, black paint and black interior.
All the 2018 Chevrolet Trax is powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine generates output 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Front-wheel-drive models have front disc brakes and drum brakes in the rear, and all-wheel-drive models get disc brakes at all four corners.
In performance testing, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax Premier with all-wheel drive accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in 10 seconds. A front-wheel-drive model was quicker at 8.9 seconds. Both are average times for a subcompact crossover SUV. The EPA estimated fuel economy at (25 city/33 highway) with front-wheel drive and (24 city/30 highway) with all-wheel drive.
Though small, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax offers you plenty of useful interior space. The front seats are a bit narrow, but there is plenty of headroom and leg room, while the rear seat has enough room for two adults, as long as the height is not more than 6 feet.
The Trax 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space is enough, although it’s more than the average sedan, not many utilities in the vehicle sold as SUV. Folding the rear seat down extends the cargo space to 48.4 cubic feet, lifting the bottom of the seat allows for a flat load floor, which is worth a try to maximize available cargo space. These figure is equivalent to the Mazda CX-3 but less than the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V or Subaru XV Crosstrek.
Apart from the relatively small cargo space, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax biggest drawback is the sub-standard interior material quality. Hard plastic covers most of the interior surfaces, and soft touch surfaces are not impressive when touched and viewed. Another example of cost cutting is the absence of a center console, which affects the interior storage.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax is on sale and starting to arrive at dealers. Official pricing for the LS will start at $21,945 (include destination fee) range up to $28,240 for the top-range Premier. Opting for all-wheel drive adds $1,500. In this range, the Chevy Trax competes with the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V and the Fiat 500X.