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2024 Chevrolet Trax

Starting from CAD 24,530

The 2024 Chevrolet Trax is making a comeback, aiming to be one of the top affordable small SUVs in the market. It’s a significant improvement over the older model, which, let’s be honest, wasn’t the greatest. The new 2024 Trax is better in every way. It’s still budget-friendly by being the most affordable vehicle in the Chevrolet lineup, but it’s got a sleek exterior, a spacious interior, upgraded tech, and a smooth ride.

Chevrolet outdid itself by offering a small SUV that looks and feels more expensive than what it costs. The Trax offers a great deal of value at an affordable price point.

Performance

No matter which trim you go for, all Trax models come with a 1.2L turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which creates 137 horsepower. The engine isn’t exactly thrilling, but performance isn’t really a high priority for the Trax. It’s not the quickest in the class, but holds its own with enough power for everyday driving. Whether you’re merging onto the highway or passing slower cars, the Trax delivers when you step on the accelerator. There’s ample passing power thanks to the 162 pound-feet of torque, keeping it from feeling lackluster or sluggish. The 6-speed automatic transmission is responsive to throttle inputs and does a good job at providing smooth shifts and for the most part, stays in the right gear.

Buyers might be put off by the fact that the Trax doesn’t have an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) option. No matter which trim you go for, the Trax is only available in Front-Wheel Drive (FWD). It would have been better if Chevrolet gave the option for AWD, even if it was just for the highest trim or with an additional cost. Despite being such a great little SUV, the absence of AWD seems like a missed opportunity, considering that some SUV shoppers prefer it over FWD.

Interior & Comfort

The Trax’s interior looks surprisingly good for an affordable entry-level SUV. The interior doesn’t feel cheap, which is impressive given the Trax’s affordable price. Despite using some hard plastic to keep costs down, Chevrolet did a great job of making the interior visually appealing. The overall design and layout of the cabin make it a comfortable and enjoyable place to spend time in.

Comfort is a top priority in the cabin. The front leather seats with 8-way power adjustability and 2-way power lumbar support are comfortable and supportive. It’s important to note that only the top trims include leather seats; all the other trims come with cloth seats. There’s also plenty of leg and headroom in both rows, even for adults which adds to the overall comfort in the cabin.

The climate control system is effective, and though dual-zone isn’t an option, higher trims do come with a single-zone automatic climate control. You can change the climate settings using physical buttons for the climate controls, which is always appreciated. Chevrolet also provides the option to adjust climate settings through the infotainment system for extra convenience. Additionally, there are no vents in the second row which isn’t a deal breaker but something to be aware of. Adding to the comfort features, the Trax also offers heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Both work well, and warm up quickly.

The Trax has a smooth ride, and the suspension does a good job of absorbing bumps without feeling too harsh. In terms of cabin noise, there is some road and wind noise at higher speeds, but it’s not too intrusive.

Technology & Connectivity

The Trax excels in the tech department, starting with its impressive 11-inch infotainment system, available on the higher trims. It not only looks great but also responds well to touch inputs. Even the base model comes with Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, which is a great addition and adds to the value of the Trax. Unfortunately, the Bluetooth wasn’t working in our test vehicle, so we had to use a wired connection for Apple CarPlay and it was responsive and worked well. The infotainment user interface is pretty good, especially compared to some other manufacturers. It’s easy to get used to, but when it comes to simplicity and user-friendliness, nothing beats the UI of Apple and Android phones.

Behind the steering wheel, there’s an 8-inch digital instrument cluster that looks good but lacks extensive customization as it gives you six preset options to choose from. It’s a bit unconventional to use, as you need to hold down the button on the steering wheel and let it go to see and select the preset options. Despite this, the display is clear and showcases most of the essential information nicely. An interesting feature is the following distance indicator in the instrument cluster that indicates the distance in seconds from the vehicle ahead.

Most driver assistance and safety features are included even on the base model, and the common ones like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist work well. However, the lane keep assist does occasionally have difficulty keeping the vehicle perfectly centred in the lane. This is why it’s essential to use these features as assistance tools and not solely rely on them.

Cargo Space

The Trax shines when it comes to cargo space, offering 725L of cargo space behind the second row. The Trax is a class leader when it comes to cargo space and if that is a priority for you, the Trax won’t disappoint. When you fold down the rear seats, you get 1,532L of cargo space to accommodate longer items.

Inside the cabin, functionality is excellent, and Chevrolet did a great job designing a well-thought-out interior that prioritizes space. In front of the gear shifter, there’s a spacious phone-holding bin that also serves as a wireless charger on higher trims. You also get a decent-sized armrest bin to accommodate most personal items. Additionally, there’s another phone slot between the cup holders but it only fits smaller phones.

If space is a top priority for you in a small SUV, the Trax should be at the top of your list in the segment.

Fuel Economy

The Trax prioritizes fuel efficiency over performance and it’s evident based on the ratings. The Trax is rated at 8.3L/100km in the city and 7.4L/100km on the highway. These numbers are quite impressive, considering there is no hybrid variant either. In our week-long test, we averaged 9.1L/100km with mostly city driving and some highway driving. We were pretty heavy on the throttle for testing purposes, so you can likely achieve even better mileage in regular driving conditions.

Pricing

The Trax stands out as one of the most budget-friendly small SUVs currently on the market. It offers five different trims, providing options that cater to the needs of most buyers.

The LS trim stands as the most budget-friendly option in the lineup, making it perfect for budget-conscious buyers who want a small SUV without breaking the bank and are willing to forgo extra luxuries. Despite its affordability, it includes essential safety features for peace of mind. Some of these features include Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

The LT trim sits in the middle of the lineup, giving you the best of both worlds—it stays under $30,000 and packs a punch with added value and upgraded tech. A big upgrade is the inclusion of a larger infotainment screen that enhances the cabin’s visual appeal. Other features that add to the overall comfort are the leather-wrapped steering wheel, sunroof, automatic climate control system, remote start, and adaptive cruise control for those busy rush hour drives.

We tested the Activ trim, the most expensive option in the lineup, which comes fully loaded with all the bells and whistles. Despite its $31,030 price tag, it provides good value for a relatively low cost. The Activ trim includes upscale features such as leather seats with power adjustability and stylish 18″ black-painted wheels for a sporty look.

If we were in the market for a Trax, the LT trim would likely be our choice. It strikes a balance by offering most features found even in higher trims, all while keeping the price below that 30k mark. The LT trim is a great option, especially if you can do without leather seats.

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