2017 Chevrolet Trax: Only Generically Chevy-Handsome?

Jan 19, 2017 08:10 AM EST | JP Olvido

The Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover that went into production in 2013. It's been recently made over with a 2017 model and is looking quite refreshing. But does it drive as good as it looks?

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax. The Trax went into production in 2013 but has only been on sale in the United States since 2015. Instead of being branded a 2013 model, it became known as the 2015 Chevrolet Trax. This year, it finally gets a much-needed makeover.

The new Trax gets a new fascia, headlights and taillights, hood, and the split-level Chevy grille. The LS trim has standard halogen bulb headlights and regular daytime running lights. The Premier and LT trims, on the other hand, have projector-beam headlights and LED running lights. The over-all style is a big improvement over the previous model with upgrades done to the materials used in production.

The LT trim of the new Trax sports 16-inch wheels and provides a better ride than the Premier mode's 18-inch wheels. Later, however, looks strikingly better.

Inside the new Trax is an all-new dashboard with chrome accents and detailed stitching. An analog speedometer is paired with a new digital 3.5 digital display. This year's Trax does not have dash-mounted storage bin and a secondary glove compartment like the previous model. The door panels' interior seems to still sport cheap plastic with the front passenger seat lacking an armrest.

The new Trax features an updated 7.0-inch MyLink infotainment system with a touchscreen display that is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto. Safety features include blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and forward-collision alert.

The Trax rides comfortably on the LT and LS trims with the standard 16-inch wheels. The 18-inch wheeled Premier, however, just does not feel comfortable enough. Under the hood, the new Trax has 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 148 pound-foot of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a sluggish 9.8 seconds.

The retail price of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax starts at US $21,895. It can, however, retail as much US$28,495.

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