WardsAuto had a chance to sit in the new 2017 Chevy Trax and they found it to be both upscale and practical.
Following the Encore, the Chevy Trax first went on sale in early 2013 and the design has largely remained unchanged until now. It’s still sporting that familiar 1.4L DOHC turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that’s cranking out 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft of torque in the 2017 model. Paired with a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission, the new Trax comes in standard front wheel drive configuration or optional all-wheel drive.
On the inside, the Trax is has been upgraded with a new dash. It may not have as much interior storage as the bin above the glovebox was replaced with leather trim and the storage above the dash was removed to accommodate center stack updates like a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, but the changes does make it feel more upscale. Along with a dash update, the Trax is upholstered with a more durable material and it’s even embossed with a line design.
The Trax’s performance doesn’t disappoint either, it performs as expected since it’s in no way a vehicle to take to the track. Its engine has enough power and torque to for casual city and suburban drives, performing without a fuss. Maybe it can even handle that wallet wrenching trip to Ikea. With the rear and front passenger seats folded down, the Trax has enough cargo space to outpace both the Nissan Juke and the Mazda CX-3.
According to Betsy Flegg, Chevy’s senior manager-advertising and marketing, the new Traxs are flying off the shelves and “dealers are asking for three to five times the number of Trax that we can give them.”