2016 Chevrolet TraxLS Front-wheel Drive

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The Chevrolet Trax is a compact crossover SUV with seating for five, an efficient drivetrain and generous cargo space.

The Trax is offered in three trims: LS, LT and LTZ; and two drivetypes: front- or all-wheel drive. A 140-hp 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is mated to a six-speed automatic with tap shift. Standard safety equipment includes electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes with panic brake assist, hill hold control, automatic headlamps, OnStar and ten airbags. Standard and optional features depending on the trim level include front fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels and tires, heated front seats, air conditioning with filtration, 110V AC outlet, power driver seat, XM satellite ratio, and remote engine start. OnStar 4G wi-fi hotspot and the Chevrolet MyLink system are standard on all trims.

After debuting in the US market for the 2015 model year, the Trax is unchanged for 2016.


The Chevrolet Trax is a five-passenger hatchback with a spacious and versatile interior.The Chevrolet Trax is basically a fewer-frills version of the Buick Encore.Both models are built upon the architecture of the Chevrolet Sonic sedan.

Trax was introduced for 2015 as Chevrolet's second smallest model, while Canadian dealers had the Trax for two years before its U.S.debut.Except for some new colors, nothing has changed for 2016.

As expected, fuel economy is a prominent benefit, while acceleration falls on the ho-hum side.And speaking of ho-hum, the styling is bland.

Beneath the hood, a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.The 6-speed automatic transmission has a broad range of ratios.This translates to comparatively swift takeoffs, while a deep overdrive sixth gear promises relaxed, thrifty cruising on the open road.

Despite having the footprint of a subcompact car, the Trax measures 66 inches tall.It's like a tall five-door hatchback, with an arched roofline, tall hood, and attractively sculpted bodysides that don't convey a slab-sided look.Lower body elements look like rubber, hinting at inherent ruggedness.That's something of an illusion, as the Trax is hardly ready for wilderness trekking, even with all-wheel drive.

Despite its official five-passenger capacity, Trax, like many smaller vehicles, seats no more than four adults comfortably.

Controlled handling and a comfortable ride are appealing, and responsive electric power steering yields good maneuverability, but there's nothing particularly sporty about a Trax.

Safety features include a rearview camera and 10 airbags, but Trax lacks any modern active-safety systems.Both the driver and front passenger get knee airbags, and all four outboard seating positions are fitted with side thorax airbags.Crash-test scores have been excellent, led by a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).Trax was deemed Good by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, its highest compliment.


The 2016 Chevrolet Trax comes in three trim levels: LS, LT, LTZ.Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is optional.

Trax LS has 16-inch steel wheels and plastic wheel covers.Standard features include air conditioning; keyless entry; power windows, locks, and mirrors; and a tilt/telescopic steering column; OnStar 4G LTE connectivity includes a wi-fi hotspot.MyLink entertainment comes with a 7-inch color touchscreen.

Trax LT gets 16-inch alloy wheels, deluxe cloth upholstery, remote start, roof rails, and heated power-adjustable mirrors.A sunroof is optional.

Trax LTZ rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and includes heated leatherette-trimmed front seats, a power driver's seat, auto-dimming mirror, foglamps, rear park assist, and a Bose seven-speaker sound system.


Even though Trax designers borrowed styling cues from Chevy trucks, placing them on a tall hatchback-style body, the general effect is generic.On the whole, Trax appears far less distinguished than Buick's Encore.Except for front doors, the two share nothing.

Chevrolet appears to have taken the safe route, compared with the look of a Jeep Renegade, MINI Countryman, or Nissan Juke.The end result is inoffensive, but unseasoned.Regardless, we think the Trax's slightly squarish body lines come off better than the Buick's collection of curvaceous swoops and metallic frills.

The base Trax LS has black door-mirror pedestals and lacks chrome beltline strips, signaling its low-budget nature.Roof rails are absent, too, which ironically results in a cleaner appearance.


Inside, Trax adapts Chevrolet's twin cockpit styling theme to a more practical, upright layout, while exhibiting a similar motorcycle influence.The instrument cluster itself is almost identical to the one in the Chevrolet Sonic.The standard 3.5-inch monochrome display screen holds a digital speedometer.

The simplicity and trim in a Trax exude an almost sporty tone, though impaired by abundant hard black plastics.That's one sign of cost-cutting on lower-end models.

Cargo space expands from 18.7 cubic feet with rear seatbacks up, to 48.4 cubic feet with them folded.In comparison, Honda's HR-V offers 23.2 and 57.6 cubic feet, respectively.The front passenger seat can fold flat for long items.

The base-model's black-cloth upholstery has contrasting blue stitching, whereas the LTZ gets better-quality two-tone vinyl upholstery.

From inside, the Trax feels like a larger vehicle.Front and rear occupants get plenty of headroom, and seats are comfortable, but front passengers' shoulders aren't very far apart.Seat cushions are long enough to suit most taller drivers.You can count 15 storage spots.

Driving Impression

With such a small engine, performance isn't a strong point.Acceleration is good up to about 50 mph; but then, the Trax begins to lose vigor.When a burst of energy is needed for passing, safety concerns dictate planning ahead.Ordinarily quiet, the engine gets considerably noisier past 3500 rpm.In addition to modest engine power, transmission gearing aims at economical around-town driving.

Handling ranks about average for a small utility vehicle: unremarkable and non-sporty, yet well controlled.Though it feels solid on the highway, and the suspension soaks up bumps reasonably well, a Trax isn't nearly as much fun to drive as a Mazda CX-3 or Jeep Renegade.

On the plus side, steering weight feels about right at almost any speed, with adequate feedback to the driver.The electric power steering provides good on-center tracking, minimizing variance from the desired path on straightaways.No rattling or squeaking is likely to reach occupants' ears.

A Trax with all-wheel drive Trax rides half an inch higher and feels a bit heavier than a Trax with front-wheel drive.Expect some body roll, but the relatively wide track helps eliminate any sense of imminent tipover.Intended to improve traction in inclement weather rather than permit off-road treks.AWD includes rear disc brakes in place of drum brakes.

At up to 29 mpg EPA Combined, fuel economy is good, but the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 are more frugal.With front-wheel drive, the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) estimates 26/34 mpg City/Highway.All-wheel drive drops estimates to 24/31 mpg.


Short on sportiness in both appearance and highway performance, Trax scores high in fuel economy and safety features.Qualifying as Chevrolet's least-expensive model with available all-wheel drive, Trax delivers most of the features of the larger Chevrolet Equinox.

Driving impressions by Kirk Bell, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver and passenger
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Audio security systemYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matCarpet
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimMetal-look
Dash trimMetal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with storage
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRigid
Rear area cargo coverRigid
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Front Head Room1,006 mm
Front Hip Room1,313 mm
Front Leg Room1,036 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,374 mm
Front track1,540 mm
Overall height1,656 mm
Overall Length4,247 mm
Overall Width1,775 mm
Rear Head Room986 mm
Rear Hip Room1,288 mm
Rear Leg Room907 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,341 mm
Rear track1,540 mm
Wheelbase2,555 mm
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Axle ratio3.83
Axle ratio3.53
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.50 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Displacement83 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power138 hp
Max RPM4,900 RPM
Max Torque RPM1,850 RPM
Size1.4 L
Torque201 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Fuel Consumption
City9.1 L/100 km
Combined8.1L/100 km
Highway6.9 L/100 km
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.4 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFlip forward cushion/seatback
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
FoldingFold flat passenger
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
Width205 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Number of speeds6
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place530 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,371 L
Curb weight1,382 kg
Curb weight1,363 kg
Fuel Capacity53 L
Gross vehicle weight1,990 kg
Gross vehicle weight1,990 kg
Ground clearance157 mm
Max cargo capacity1,371 L
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear quarter windowsWiper park
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Rear side impact airbag
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Driver seat mounted armrest
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2016 Chevrolet Trax LS Front-wheel Drive, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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