2018 Chevrolet Trax

 
2018 Chevrolet Trax
 
2018 Chevrolet Trax
 

2018 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP 
$21,995
Invoice 
$21,575
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Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 25 mpg City, 33 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4L Turbo Gas 4-Cyl, 138 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Chevrolet Trax competes with other small SUVs such as the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V and the Ford Escape. Setting the Trax apart from the competition, are its turbocharged engine and its high levels of interior equipment, including a standard 7-inch color touch screen. With a base price of around $21,000, the Chevrolet Trax is a strong addition to the small SUV segment.

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What's New For 2018

The Chevrolet Trax gets several new options for 2018. The most noticeable change is a "Redline Edition" package. This package includes black 17-inch aluminum wheels, mirror caps, grille and bowtie badging. Three colors have been swapped removing Crimson Metallic, Orange Burst Metallic and Blue Topaz. Additions include Storm Blue Metallic, Sandy Ridge Metallic and Cajun Red.

Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2018 Chevrolet Trax

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system includes Traction Control
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    • Daytime Running Lamps, reduced intensity low beam
    • Air bags, 10 total frontal and knee for driver and front passenger, side-impact seat-mounted and roof rail for front and rear outboard seating positions, includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Passenger Sensing System sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child/presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable; EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
    • Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Chevrolet Smart Driver, Marketplace and more EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018 (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Chevrolet vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Safety belts, 3-point rear outboard and center position lap belt
    • Safety belt pretensioners, driver and front passenger, dual
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Knee protector, driver and front passenger, bolster
  • Entertainment Features
    • Chevrolet 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first); EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Audio system feature, USB ports (2) with auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo voice pass-through technology, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) steel
    • Tires, P205/70R16 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheel, spare, 16" (40.6 cm) steel
    • Tire, compact spare
    • Moldings, beltline side glass (Black.)
    • Headlamps, halogen reflector with automatic exterior lamp control
    • Tail lamps, sculpted
    • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding with Black base
    • Windshield, solar absorbing
    • Windshield, acoustic laminated
    • Glass, solar absorbing
    • Wipers, front intermittent
    • Wiper, rear intermittent
    • Door handles, body-color
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket with driver power lumbar
    • Seat trim, cloth
    • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual
    • Seatback, front passenger flat-folding
    • Map pocket, driver seatback
    • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable (up/down), front
    • Armrest, driver seat
    • Seat, rear 60/40 split-bench, folding
    • Cargo security cover, rigid, removable
    • Cargo storage, tray under rear floor
    • Cargo tie downs, 4
    • Lighting, cargo area
    • Shift knob, satin silver and chrome
    • Lighting, interior with front reading lights
    • Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard includes coat hooks on rear handles
    • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Power outlet, auxiliary, 12-volt
    • Cup holders, 4 front in console and 2 rear in center armrest
    • Defogger, rear-window, electric
    • Heater duct, rear, floor
    • Air filter, particle
    • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
    • Theft-deterrent system, unauthorized entry
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Up/Down and front passenger and rear Express-Down
    • Keys, (2) foldable
    • Remote Keyless Entry with panic alarm
    • Door locks, power programmable
    • Compass display located in the Driver Information Center
    • Speedometer, miles/kilometers
    • Driver Information Center 3.5" monochrome display with True White back lighting and digital readouts, including speedometer, odometer, trip odometer and fuel gauge
    • Instrumentation with analog speedometer and tachometer
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Steering wheel, 3-spoke, urethane
    • Steering column, manual tilt and telescoping
    • Floor mats, color-keyed and carpeted front and rear
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI (138 hp [102.9 kW] @ 4900 rpm, 148 lb-ft of torque [199.8 N-m] @ 1850 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic
    • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio
    • Chassis, front-wheel drive
    • Battery, 60AH
    • Alternator, 130 amps
    • Suspension, Ride and Handling
    • Steering, power, non-variable ratio, electric
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, front disc/rear drum
    • Mechanical jack with tools

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - No
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.8 x 1.0
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 9.0 x - TBD -
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 57.00
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 29.30
    • Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - 31.80
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 48.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 18.7
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 6.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 130
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LUV
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged Gas 4-Cyl
    • Displacement - 1.4L/83
    • Fuel System - Electronic Fuel Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 138 @ 4900
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 148 @ 1850
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 100.6
    • Length, Overall (in) - 167.20
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.90
    • Height, Overall (in) - 64.9
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.6
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.6
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 6.2
    • Rear Door Opening Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Rear Door Opening Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.60
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.80
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 54.10
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 51.70
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.80
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 35.70
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 52.80
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 50.70
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 28
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 33
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 16.1
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.7
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.7
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Trax
    • Body Style - Sport Utility Vehicle
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - - TBD -
    • Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - RAJ
    • Front Tire Order Code - RAK
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RAJ
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RAK
    • Spare Tire Order Code - - TBD -
    • Front Tire Size - P205/70R16
    • Front Tire Size - P215/55R18
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/70R16
    • Rear Tire Size - P215/55R18
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MNK
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.58
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.45
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.94
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.53
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Special Purpose
    • EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 6
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.3
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2805
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 16 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

2018 Chevrolet Trax Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Mosaic Black Metallic Storm Blue Metallic Summit White
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Storm Blue Metallic
  • Summit White

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Introduction

Chevrolet’s smallest utility vehicle, launched as a 2015 model, doesn’t qualify as fancy. Most entrants in the small-crossover category strive for and achieve a degree of stylistic flair, but Chevrolet took an opposing path. Externally plain, the tall-riding, strictly straightforward Trax stresses practicality inside.

Little has changed for the 2018 model year. Equinox and Traverse crossovers sit above the five-door Trax in Chevrolet’s lineup

Three Trax trim levels are offered: base LS, midrange LT, and top-rung Premier. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an option for each trim level.

Developing 138 horsepower, the 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mates with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Peak torque, totaling 148 pound-feet, is available starting at only 1850 rpm.

Like many of the smallest crossovers, Chevrolet Trax is based on a subcompact-car foundation. Specifically, it’s related to the Sonic hatchback and sedan. Some folks dub the Trax a tall hatchback or wagon, rather than a subcompact crossover.

All versions except the LS have LED running lights and taillights. Indisputably plain, devoid of chrome trim, the LS is fitted with steel wheels and black plastic mirrors that suggest an econocar. Trax LT comes with alloy wheels.

Build quality has been good, without noticeable squeaks, rattles, or buzzing.

New for 2018, a Redline trim package is available for the LT, adding black 18-inch wheels with red accents, black trim elements, plus black cloth and synthetic leather upholstery.

Crash-testing has yielded good results. The 2017 Trax earned top Good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, except for an Acceptable score in the small overlap frontal crash (passenger-side). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Trax five stars overall and five stars in each individual test except rollover prevention, where it got four. That rollover score (a calculated figure) is typical for tall utility vehicles.

A rearview camera and 10 airbags are standard, but active-safety features are offered only on top models. Forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning are standard only on Premier trim, but unavailable for any other version. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking assist are standard on Premier, but optional for LT trim.

Chevrolet’s MyLink system includes Bluetooth pairing for hands-free phone and audio, a USB port, auxiliary input jack, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Navigation is available using smartphone mapping.

Lineup

Trax LS ($21,000) comes with front-wheel drive, a rearview camera, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, 7.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and MyLink entertainment. Steel wheels have plastic covers. OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with wi-fi hotspot capability is available. LS options include keyless ignition, a power sunroof, and Bose premium seven-speaker audio. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $995 destination charge.)

All-wheel drive is optional on all models ($1,500).

Trax LT ($22,900) gets 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, satellite radio, remote start, LED taillights and daytime running lights, and roof-mounted side rails. All-wheel drive adds $1,500.

Trax Premier ($27,295) includes a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, leatherette seat upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, chrome accents, keyless ignition, a power sunroof, and Bose premium audio. Blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, forward collision alert, and rear park assist also are standard.

Walkaround

Many small-crossover competitors rely on visual flair to attract notice. For its Trax, Chevrolet has relied upon practically, keeping the design simple, even generic. Modest updating for the 2017 model year brought the front end closer to the appearance of other Chevrolet models; but overall, little is distinctive about the Trax.

In terms of basic shape, the Trax might be considered somewhere between a short crossover or SUV, and a tall hatchback. Lack of a window aft of the rear door makes the hatchback designation more logical.

Even though the Trax shares its foundation and front doors with Buick’s Encore, body styling differs substantially between the two GM vehicles.

Interior

Inside as well as out, the Trax comes across as practical and straightforward. Boasting a relatively spacious cabin for its size, it can seat four adults, or five, for short journeys.

Black plastic is prominent around the traditional, horizontally-arranged dashboard, with its conventional gauges. Yet, some details counteract any dreariness. Even the base model’s black cloth upholstery boasts blue accent stitching. Premier trim features attractive two-tone upholstery, with contract stitching decorating the instrument panel. In some areas, patterned trim edges aside the less-appealing black plastic panels.

Front seats are comfortable, though the two occupants might feel rather close together. The driver gets a fold-down armrest, but there’s no between-the-seats console.

Unlike some smaller vehicles, seat cushions are long enough to satisfy taller drivers. Upper trim levels include power seat adjustment, but moving a very short lever is the only way to alter backrest angle.

Rear seating is acceptable for adults. Pulling a fabric tab lets the bottom cushion fold forward. The front passenger seatback also folds.

Cargo volume ranks around average, totaling 18.7 cubic feet with the seatback upright, expanding to 48.4 cubic feet when folded down. Passengers can expect plenty of storage spots around the cabin: bins, trays, and twin gloveboxes.

Driving Impressions

Like other attributes of the Trax, ride comfort and handling qualities score average for the Trax’s category. No hint of sporty behavior will be observed, but the ride is comfortable and roadholding ranks as controlled. Electric power steering is admirably responsive, yielding good maneuverability.

Acceleration can only be called slow, even when compared to other vehicles in its class, which is hardly renowned for speed or sportiness. Chevrolet’s little turbo four simply lacks sufficient vigor to propel the Trax to highway speeds with any degree of haste. Passing on the highway thus requires some pre-planning.

Transmission gears are widely spaced, with a high-ratio sixth gear. That translates to relaxed, fuel-efficient highway cruising. A Trax rides quietly overall, but the engine can sound harsh when pushed.

Fuel economy is satisfactory, but some small-crossover competitors do better. With front-wheel drive, the Trax is EPA-rated at 25/33 mpg City/Highway, or 28 mpg Combined. Optional all-wheel drive drops the estimate to 24/30 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined.

Summary

Despite a lack of flashiness, the Trax represents good value. The base LS model is indisputably plain, but otherwise the Trax scores well on safety and features, and satisfactory in comfort and quality. Relatively feeble performance is a drawback, and fuel economy isn’t as impressive as some rival subcompact crossovers. Chevrolet’s Trax excels in connectivity and infotainment.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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