Based on the Chevrolet Sonic platform and kin to Buick’s Encore, the Trax places thrift above spirited performance. Considering its bantam-sized body dimensions, the Trax interior is more spacious than expected. Specifically, there’s 18.8 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats. With the back seat folded, volume expands to 48.4 cubic feet. The front passenger seat folds down, to carry objects up to 8 feet long while still being able to close the tailgate.
The turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine develops 138 horsepower, mating with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available in each trim level. Fuel economy is a strong point, estimated at 26 mpg in city driving and 34 mpg on the highway (29 mpg in combined driving). All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 24/31 mpg (27 combined).
Equipped surprisingly well, the basic Trax comes with 10 airbags, a rearview camera, air conditioning, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, power mirrors, power locks and windows, daytime running lamps, a compass, and cloth upholstery. Six-speaker sound mates with a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment interface, including a seven-inch color touchscreen, USB and aux ports, Bluetooth streaming audio, and Siri Eyes Free. The latest rendition of GM’s OnStar features 4G LTE connectivity, with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Steel 16-inch wheels have plastic covers.