When you long for the tough capabilities of an SUV but need a vehicle that easily handles crowded urban traffic, you want the 2018 Chevrolet Trax. Powerful, efficient, comfortable, and technologically advanced, this vehicle combines the best of ruggedness and comfort. Depending on the amenities you want and the budget you have, you can pick from three trim levels in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations: the entry-level LS, the mid-range LT, or the top-level Premier.
When you’ve got a long daily commute or want to go far on the weekend, you can count on up to an EPA-estimated 33 MPG on the highway from the 1.4-liter turbocharged MFI ECOTEC® engine. This powerplant gives you plenty of get-up-and-go through sequential multi-port fuel injection and Variable Valve Timing and heightens response and performance by maximizing torque along a wide RPM.
Shifting becomes effortless with the electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission that features Overdrive and Driver Shift Control. Making your drive smoother is Ride and Handling Suspension. Electric non-variable-ratio power steering delivers more steering assist at low speeds, such as when you’re parking, but gives you more road feel at high speeds, such as when you’re on the highway. Front-wheel drive is standard although all-wheel drive is also available to give you more road grip when rain, snow, or sleet reduces traction.
The interior easily accommodates five although you can configure the seating in up to eight different ways to accommodate up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo, with the rear 60/40-split seatback folded down, or items up to eight feet long when you also fold the front passenger seat. An available six-way power driver seat adjusts up or down and forward or backward, or tilts back or upright. The seatback also reclines.
Enhancing your infotainment choices is Chevrolet MyLink®, which you can access using your voice for the radio and phone, or through the 8-inch color touchscreen. To make phone calls or access your playlist, you can integrate your compatible smartphone through support for Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™. Surf the internet with up to seven devices using the available built-in 4G LTE Wi-FI® connection.
Your music will sound fantastic on the available Bose® premium sound system, which has seven speakers including a subwoofer in the well of the spare tire. A three-month trial subscription to SiriusXM® Satellite Radio introduces you to over 150 channels of exclusive talk, live sports, news, and commercial-free music.
To ensure your comfort in the summer, the single-zone manual air conditioning includes an air filtration system to minimize dust, pollen, and allergens. When the winter comes, available heating can be built into the driver and front-passenger seats. A rear heat duct brings warm air to those seated in the back.
Whether you’re looking at the Trax as a solo commuter or for family transportation, you’ll be grateful for the numerous protective features. They begin with a high-strength steel safety cage that diverts crash energy away from the passengers and 10 standard air bags with sensors designed to adjust bag inflation based on accident severity. Available Automatic Crash Response can hook you up to a live OnStar® Advisor to send you help even when you can’t ask for it.
Five driver-assist technologies are designed to help you avoid accidents to begin with:
- Forward Collision Alert relies on camera technology to detect slowing vehicles in front of you and let you know if you’re about to hit them.
- Side Blind Zone Alert warns you when a vehicle has entered your blind zone so that you can change lanes with more confidence.
- Lane Departure Warning informs you if you start to drift across the road without engaging a turn signal.
- Rear Park Assist tells you if you’re getting too close to an object like another car when you back into a parking space.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert lets you know if another vehicle is about to cross your rearward path when you back out of your garage or parking space.
The standard Rear Vision Camera automatically activates when you go into Reverse to show project the view directly behind you on the infotainment screen.
At night, available halogen projector headlamps illuminate your drive while during the day, the signature LED daytime running lamps keep you visible to other drivers. In the rear, the available LED tail lights react quickly to your driving operations.
Enhance the exterior style of the Chevrolet Trax with the Midnight Special Edition that is available on the Premier trim. It includes a Mosaic Black Metallic color for the body and black on the door handles, beltline moldings, front and rear bowties, and liftgate applique.
For the LT trim, the Redline Special Edition puts black on the mirror caps, front grilles, beltline moldings, and front and rear bowties. Exterior colors include Mosaic Black, Summit White, or Silver Ice Metallic.