Just bought this in Blaze Red.
Was previously driving a Ford Fiesta but wanted something a bit bigger as I am married with a 2 year old & the car size was starting to make us feel cramped on drives any longer than a few mins away. Seems like a great subcompact suv, despite the mediocre reviews I keep seeing online when comparing them to similar in-class vehicles with better engines, better transmissions, nicer materials & interior design, etc.
Honestly, the less than stellar reviews I have been reading make me question if I have made a good decision. No one to blame but myself, as all things should have been researched and considered BEFORE buying, not after. But I have some personal reasons why I needed to buy a new vehicle and make the decision pretty quickly. So, having liked it when I saw it & test drove it, & because I got good rebates (2015 model, buying in 2016), I bought it.
1st tried the fwd, but preferred the feel of the AWD version when I actually drove it around. The car salesman said I wouldn't notice any difference in handling, but I feel I do. Maybe it's just the added weight or weight distribution I am sensing in how the AWD feels & behaves on the road vs the fwd. This may be because I'm used to driving so much lower to the ground and not as high up? For whatever reason(s), the AWD somehow feels sturdier, heavier, and more controlled. I drove nearly an hour in the rain in each, & I feel the difference was like night & day. So, needless to say, I ended up chosing the AWD. This very morning I had the opportunity to drive it to work in snow & slush-covered roads and it performed beautifully.
On another note, consistent with what some reviewers say about the actual ride, it seems to drive smoother than what I thought it would. It does feel a bit more punchy at times than I am used to. (As previously stated, I am used to being low to the ground in an extremely small car, all while having a very smooth ride.) But ALL vehicles feel differently & have their own little quirks & hiccups when driving them, so this is probably just the fact that I have only driven it two days and I am not used to this particular vehicle yet. Once I get used to how it behaves, driving something else will probably feel weird...lol. And I'm sure you shouldn't compare the feel and handling of a compact car on the road to a crossover/subcompact suv-type vehicle (or, for that matter, compare any vehicle to another vehicle not in its class).
I will also say that so far I absolutely LOVE driving it. I actually enjoy driving again. I had forgotten that this is something you can actually enjoy, not just a chore or a (sometimes cumbersome) part of life (i.e.-something you have to do to get to work everyday). Part of this I'm sure is the high seating and design that kind of gives you that open-air, panoramic-style view. So maybe I shouldn't give a crap about what the "experts" say...as long as it meets the needs of me & my family and I enjoy driving it.
Would love some encouragement from any Trax owners that are extremely satisfied with their vehicle (and the financial investment it represents) and can share!