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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:

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.
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.
 

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While it isn't the best it's up their, plus who knows what more tuning potential it has for better MPG and power.
 

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While it isn't the best it's up their, plus who knows what more tuning potential it has for better MPG and power.
It's only been out since 2012-2013, unless they have motivations with a real sense of urgency, don't expect anything much for another couple years.
 

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I have a FWD and average 32 MPG in mixed driving.
It's great that you are getting better than the EPA estimate. What kind of driving do you do normally and would you say you are more conservative with the pedal, or do you have a heavy foot?
 

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It's great that you are getting better than the EPA estimate. What kind of driving do you do normally and would you say you are more conservative with the pedal, or do you have a heavy foot?
I'm definitely conservative, comes from when I was driving a V6 and getting 24 mpg -- I had to squeeze as much mpg out as I could! I do as much coasting as I can in town without affecting traffic.

According to the Trax my average speed is usually around 30 mph; although I do hit speeds of 70 mph a couple of times a week. :D
 

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I'm definitely conservative, comes from when I was driving a V6 and getting 24 mpg -- I had to squeeze as much mpg out as I could! I do as much coasting as I can in town without affecting traffic.

According to the Trax my average speed is usually around 30 mph; although I do hit speeds of 70 mph a couple of times a week. :D
70 mph! That's pretty fast. I guess you are in a bug hurry sometimes.

Best thing to do is to have constant power being applied, not slam on the gas and then coast, and then press on the gas again. That's what I was taught.
 

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The Encore is getting a new smaller engine apparently. That will be something to look out for although we might not get it in the trax,
 

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70 mph! That's pretty fast. I guess you are in a bug hurry sometimes.

Best thing to do is to have constant power being applied, not slam on the gas and then coast, and then press on the gas again. That's what I was taught.
I have my grandson on weekends and hit the interstate for about 5 miles (my 70 mph excitement!). :laugh:
 

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The Encore is getting a new smaller engine apparently. That will be something to look out for although we might not get it in the trax,
For better gas mileage? I'm happy with the engine the Trax has, not a race horse by any means, but it's peppy enough for my needs and decent mileage.

I have noticed I get better mileage with higher fuel grade, but can't financially do it every time. I've been trying to run it through every 3 or 4 tanks though. Anyone else notice the difference in mpg with the different grades of fuel?
 

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I have not been getting fwd, mpg that the paper says. I have been receiving 22.5 not the 26 it supposed to. I am very gentle with the pedals. I don't speed. I do mostly city driving but I do go on the highway once a week to go to the in-laws house. The average for the highway would be 25mpg. I don't know what's going on..
 
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