The 2015 Chevy Trax lives up to the fuel economy rating that the EPA has given it according to a real world fuel economy review by Green Car Reports.
Reviewers took an AWD 2015 Chevy Trax from New York City to suburban Virginia and back again. The whole trip was 767 miles. The Trax used up 2 tanks of gas, and the on board computer logged the overall fuel economy at 30.7 mpg.
That number lines up pretty well with what the EPA has published as the estimated mpg for the Chevy Trax. The EPA rates the Chevy Trax at 24 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined. Considering most of the trip taken in this review was on the highway, that makes total sense.
It's worth noting that the FWD version of the Trax gets slightly better EPA estimated fuel economy ratings because it is lighter. The FWD version is rated at 29 mpg combined, 26 mpg city, and 34 mpg highway.
The Trax is a respecable vehicle in terms of fuel economy, but its not the best:
Other factors to consider include the automatic transmission having to down shift to get acceleration (which benefits the vehicle's fuel economy), and it being sensitive to crosswinds.Eliminating the AWD, however, puts the Trax into competition with subcompact hatchbacks that offer higher fuel economy--right up to the 50-mpg Toyota Prius C hybrid.
In the all-wheel-drive group, three somewhat larger Subaru compact models are rated higher: the XV Crosstrek at 29 mpg, and the XV Crosstrek Hybrid and standard Impreza hatchback at 31 mpg.