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Car and Driver is starting to wrap up the year by giving out awards and ranking every segment they can get their hands on. This week the subcompact crossover SUV segment is getting its turn. All-in-all 8 models are ranked, and the Trax places in the middle of the pack.

Here is what Car and Driver has to say about the Chevrolet Trax:

Despite a cool name, the Trax is an unadventurous alternative in a segment known for bold designs. It offers a roomy and flexible cabin and is powered by a 138-hp 1.4-liter turbo four with a six-speed automatic; take your pick of either front- or all-wheel drive.

Steering feedback is okay, and the ride is smooth but tuned more for comfort than sporty handling. Inside the hard-plastic interior, tech and safety are the main focus, with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a touch-screen radio, a backup camera, and lots of airbags.
I think that the assessment is pretty fair. The Trax isn't trying to be anything special. it aims to give owners a comfortable and practical CUV, and that is exactly what it delivers. Interestingly, the Trax is placed higher on the list than its more premium cousin, the Buick Encore.

Here is the full list:

1. Mazda CX-3
2. Nissan Juke
3. Jeep Renegade
4. Fiat 500X
5. Honda HR-V
6. Chevrolet Trax
7. Buick Encore
8.Mini Cooper Paceman
 

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Not a bad ranking considering it's in a very competitive segment. Come time for a next generation model... Trax will shoot up the ranks.
 

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Some of us want, safety and comfort too... And the price point was right for us.
 

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I looked at a few other CUV's before I bought my Trax, I bought the Trax because it had a real transmission, it has been around for years, the others have CVT's or new untested in real world 8 and 9 speed units.

The 6 speed has been with GM for a number of years, I know its a good trans, I have no faith in the CVT's offered in most of the other choices, I don't want to be a test dummy on the new units.

I like my Trax, the only reason I would get rid of it would be to get an LTZ Trax I wish I bought the loaded Trax, but I will stick with what I got for now.
 
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