What They Have To Say
Medicore, that's how Blake at TheTruthAboutCars.com sums up the Trax. While this could be more noticeable as its rivals finally show up, coming from Fiat, Honda, Mazda and Jeep, a couple of the many automotive publications that reviewed it have positive things to say. In the end, the key takeaway here is to wait and see how the Trax stacks up to its competition once they arrive.
We all know the refrain, from our mouths to God’s ears: “there are no bad cars anymore.” No, there are no bad cars: twenty, thirty years ago, the only people brave enough to drive a Korean-built car through a snowstorm would be serial killers, presumably on the way to their next victims. But believe me, there is plenty of mediocrity, sheer and yawning mediocrity, and plenty of mediocre cars that leave no impression in its users, nothing particularly negative and certainly nothing positive. Mediocrity is the enemy of the car enthusiast, but it is also the bane of the daily driver. It is insidious to spend the second most amount of money anyone will shell out in a lifetime, on a car that doesn’t do anything particularly well.
Competent but never confidence inspiring, the Trax reflects the notion that sometimes, mediocrity is more expensive than you ever expected.
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is very competitive with the current crop of subcompact crossovers. I might even go so far as to say it’s the best… for now. It won’t be long until Fiat launches the new 500X, Honda hands the world its HR-V and Mazda makes waves with the SkyActiv CX-3, not to mention the new Jeep Renegade. Anyone interested in buying a Trax might be best served to wait until the spring when a few of these new competitors are on the market to see just how well the Trax really stacks up to the competition.
____________________The Trax's driver's seating had us cruising in comfort throughout our SoCal excursion, with good support throughout. What really surprised us, though, was the legroom in the rear seat. Able to accommodate three across, it was also equipped with 60:40 split seating that can be configured in different ways to carry cargo that ranged from suitcases, bags of mulch, band gear, and with the fold-flat passenger's front seat, a surfboard. Chevy was feeling boastful about their cargo space, which measures up at 18.7-cubic feet behind the rear seat to 48.7-cubic feet with the rear seat folded. They claim that is more than the Nissan Juke and comparable to the Kia Soul and Jeep Renegade.
Extremely maneuverable in almost every situation, the Trax proved itself quite capable while attacking the urban jungle. Racing for parking spots was mere kid's play because of the Trax's easy 36.7-foot turning circle.
We found the Trax to be an eager performer, offering decent acceleration but with a fair amount of protest from underhood while exercising the skinny pedal on an uphill grade. Otherwise, it quieted down after reaching touring speed.
We found that steering around town was extremely communicative but seemed to tip towards a more boosted feeling than we liked, especially while at higher speeds. Handling, on the other hand was fun as we flung ourselves down La Jolla-area canyon roads. We keep reminding ourselves that the target audience may actually enjoy the overly boosted feeling, which may be just a bit too much for an enthusiast-style driver.
For The Owners...
Bought yourself a Trax? Congrats!
Take a moment to visit the color and pricing threads. They'll be of interest to you, especially as other owners add details of their purchase along with any related information. Don't forget to subscribe!
Which of these 10 Colors is Your Chevrolet Trax In?:
What did you Pay for your 2015 Trax?:I thought it'd be great to have a single mass resource to see what the spread of ownership is like throughout the 10 available color options. Being the next best resource to the numbers Chevrolet might produce, i'm hoping all owners can add their color to the poll attached (scroll up!)
*Note: Feel free to include anything directly related (e.x. pictures of your Trax)
- Orange Rock Metallic
- Silver Ice Metallic
- Summit White
- Ruby Red Metallic
- Brilliant Blue Metallic
- Blaze Red
- Satin Steel Metallic
- Deep Espresso Metallic
- Black Granite Metallic
- White Pearl Tricoat
____________________Looking for what owners here ended up paying for their Trax out the door (OTD).
I'm in the market for an LTZ FWD Trax, keeping it basic as the only thing i'm adding is the optional powered sunroof, all amounting to a total MSRP of $27,800
For anyone that needs to build & configure their future Trax, access the configurator through this link:
--> Build Your 2015 Trax
Get In The Know!
Whether you need to add to your current arsenal of information before stepping into the dealer or just want more insight, here you'll find some of the latest and most valuable information on the Trax.
Improved Safety:Get yourself familiar with the 2015 Trax through the following Official spec sheet I found on Chevrolet's website:
2015 Chevrolet Trax Specifications Sheet - Download/View
(*Note: To Save As PDF, right click, save link as)
The IIHS recently tested the Buick Encore (which is the sister vehicle to the Chevy Trax). Both vehicles have been named IIHS Top Safety Picks now, and that is mostly due to a major improvement in the small overlap test.
Both vehicles received a poor rating in the small overlap test in the 2013-14 model year version. That rating improved to 'good' for this year. The Encore and Trax also got 'good' ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
Problems & Owner Complaints:
AWD Trax, Almost Everything You'll Want To Know:We have a 2013 with 50000 Kms and in the last month it seems to have lost some power. Tried different grades of gas and different suppliers, new air filter and new fuel filter. It happened all of a sudden. It seems to have a hard time holding highway speed (105-115 km/her), especially noticeable with cruise set. It will loose a couple Kms and if anymore will downshift and slowly get back to set speed. Any thoughts? Still under warranty, so would like some insight before we take it to dealer. Thanks!I have exactly the same issue as Boondocker. I have had to replace the Turbo once. I lost power and brought it to the dealership. They said the warranty wanted me to continue to drive the Trax after the engine code was reset. I drove it for another 50 km and it had the same issue. It was 4 days to repair the vehicle. Now it is doing the same thing again. This time it is intermittent. I dropped my speed from 100km/hr to 80km/hr and it seemed to reset something. I am waiting for it to happen again and with an engine code so they can see it happening. My wife also took a video of the spedometer this time. Unless GM comes out with a fix I will not be keeping this vehicle.
Emme Hall from The Fast Lane Car (TFLCar) and Richard Lee, Chevy Trax Program Engineer Manager give you almost everything you ever wanted to know, all in the 9 minute video, below!
If you're looking to buy an AWD Trax, this is a video you do not want to miss out on...
Trax Cargo Versatility:
[URL="http://www.traxforum.com/forum/474-chevy-trax-photos-videos/1746-chevy-trax-cargo-versatility-your-lifestyle.html"]Click to see 5 Cargo Configuration Examples
Pack it in there!
It does look like it can hold quite a bit for its size. The Trax is probably not going to be bought by people whose first priority is cargo space, but the good news is that this is a small vehicle that has enough cargo space to be functional.
Going forward, Trax Chief Engineer Al Manzor shed some light on the possibility of GMC getting their own version of the Trax saying, "I think that is certainly possible"
Recent Autonews article brings up the question, could there be a third stateside model based on the same platform?
http://www.autonews.com/article/20141206/OEM04/312089954/will-chevrolets-tiny-trax-spark-a-sibling-rivalryGiven that GMC's entire product lineup is shared with Chevrolet, it begs the question: Will GMC get a version of the new Chevy Trax small crossover?
"I think that is certainly possible," Trax chief engineer Al Manzor said when asked about the possibility during a media drive here.