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I agree, there could be more that car makers could do, specially with the trax...i think it just depends on what the competition does, when chevy need a bump, theyll bring in what's enough.
 

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The final line of the review sums it up pretty well. Not a great review really. Does this change our opinion on the Trax at all? Perhaps a moment for reflection at least.

Competent but never confidence inspiring, the Trax reflects the notion that sometimes, mediocrity is more expensive than you ever expected.
 

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One of the issues when I was reviewing the Trax was the "lag" many said when moving on to the freeway. While its not a corevette moving on the Highway :), I found it to merge well. Much beter then I thought it would after reading all the reviews.
 

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One of the issues when I was reviewing the Trax was the "lag" many said when moving on to the freeway. While its not a corevette moving on the Highway :), I found it to merge well. Much beter then I thought it would after reading all the reviews.
Keep in mind that reviewers are paid to be critical. I think that many average drivers won't care quite as much about some of the more nit picking criticisms.
 

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One of the issues when I was reviewing the Trax was the "lag" many said when moving on to the freeway. While its not a corevette moving on the Highway :), I found it to merge well. Much beter then I thought it would after reading all the reviews.
Yup.
With all new vehicles I plan on getting, I almost always take them on the highway to see what it's like to over take other vehicles and merge onto the highway safely.

Top priority is having the ability to get up to safe speeds, anything beyond is a bonus :D
 

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Poor acceleration can be really frustrating. I hope that is not the case with the Trax. It would make me reconsider the purchase. There are definitely other choices that would have some more pick up.
 

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I'd say that the Trax is a mediocre vehicle. That's why it's built the way it is and is priced at the lower range SUV's. But that's why you buy a Trax for, for the exact definition of the type of vehicle it is. Personally, I think the Trax is a great Mediocre SUV.
 

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Poor acceleration can be really frustrating. I hope that is not the case with the Trax. It would make me reconsider the purchase. There are definitely other choices that would have some more pick up.
IMO, if it's bad enough that it becomes a safety issue, then that would be a deal breaker and it's no where near being that bad
 

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IMO, if it's bad enough that it becomes a safety issue, then that would be a deal breaker and it's no where near being that bad
Yeah. I think that would be a deal breaker for anyone. Engine response is a must when on the motorway or when you need to get out of the way. I wouldn't think that would be the case with the Trax - the engine it is equipped with should be enough power.
 

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Poor acceleration can be really frustrating. I hope that is not the case with the Trax. It would make me reconsider the purchase. There are definitely other choices that would have some more pick up.
its only frustrating if you've been told its poor. Without the journalists saying BAD ACCELERATION whats your criteria for determining acceptable levels of acceleration?
 

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its only frustrating if you've been told its poor. Without the journalists saying BAD ACCELERATION whats your criteria for determining acceptable levels of acceleration?
I've just been in a few cars that really struggle to go when you are merging onto the highway. As long as its not that bad then I'll be fine.
 

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all it means is you need to plan your moves ahead of time... you dont get to just mash the gas and go, you need to discern the situation and then make your decision how and when to make the move... how novel, actual driving ;)
 

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all it means is you need to plan your moves ahead of time... you dont get to just mash the gas and go, you need to discern the situation and then make your decision how and when to make the move... how novel, actual driving ;)
I appreciate your driving advice, but I am aware of how to merge and change lanes. It is easier with some more power at your foot than not though. I think most people will agree with that.
 

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You shouldn't have to adjust your driving style for lack of responsiveness. At the pace that highways run at nowadays you need to have access to instance acceleration at your toe tips. When you put your foot on the pedal your confident in your vehicle to get you out of a situation or into a lane.
 

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but the trax isnt terribly underpowered, yes it doesnt accel like a camaro but so what... if you need that kind of instantanious acceleration it means you're too close to the guy in front and you're making your move too late.

and on the freeway you car settles into top gear, there will always be a delay as the auto needs to downshift to find the power and then you get to go...

What that lag you guys are worried about is more downshifting then a lack of absolute power...
 

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Downshifting does help, some people just keep it in D and don't do anything.
Going through the gears when needed does go a long way.
 

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Downshifting does help, some people just keep it in D and don't do anything.
Going through the gears when needed does go a long way.
I mean if you are driving automatic you don't really have that option.

I think that we all know how to drive a car with less power. We are just talking about the differences.
 
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