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Car Review : Chevy Trax 2025

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The Chevrolet Trax is a comfortable and spacious SUV. It comes with a lot of features for the money too. All-wheel drive is unavailable, which might be a turnoff if you want it for wintertime driving. Otherwise, we think it’s one of the best picks around for a small SUV.

Pros

Many features for the money

Roomy seating and cargo area given its subcompact size

Available 11-inch center touchscreen is big and easy to use

Cons

Slow acceleration

All-wheel drive isn’t available

What’s new

No major changes for 2025

Part of the second Trax generation introduced for 2024

Overview

As the least expensive vehicle in Chevrolet’s lineup, it’s fair to say the 2025 Trax is the gateway to the brand. It’s actually a gateway to getting an inexpensive set of wheels, period, since only a few other automakers offer new vehicles for around the same price as the Trax. But this little crossover SUV proves that budget doesn’t have to be boring. Its turbo three-cylinder generates plenty of low-end punch to keep pace on the road, and its small size and light weight make for responsive handling, not to mention easy parking on crowded streets. It’s pretty roomy on the inside, too. For a subcompact SUV, the Trax is an impressive blend of price, features and utility.

Bigger and better than budget expectations

Given the Trax’s diminutive size, its interior space might surprise you, along with its clean and simple design. But comfort and ride quality are worth equal praise, with soft seats that hold up even on long drives, a commanding view of the road, and an absorbent suspension that shrugs off most rough and choppy asphalt. The Trax’s standard features include driver assist features you don’t typically see at this price, such as lane keeping assistance and automatic high beams, along with useful tech such as Apple and Android integration, an 11-inch touchscreen on midlevel and higher trims, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The optional Driver Confidence package is a worthy upgrade since it adds blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control.

Competitors to consider

Since the Trax was reintroduced last year (the first generation ran from 2015 to 2022), no major changes are happening for 2025. It competes with other highly ranked crossovers on Edmunds such as the sleek and sporty Mazda CX-30 and well-rounded Volkswagen Taos. Oddly enough, one of the Trax’s most direct challengers comes from within Chevrolet itself. The larger Trailblazer is only marginally more expensive, but it offers the advantage of available all-wheel drive (which the Trax does not offer) and more powerful engines. Since there’s some overlap between the two, it’s also worth checking out the Trailblazer to see if it better meets your needs. Read our test team’s Expert Rating below to learn more.

Performance 7.5/10

How does the Trax drive? The Trax comes with a three-cylinder engine, which might seem like a recipe for sloth-like acceleration. However, our test vehicle sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds at our test track, which is on par with its rivals. Around town, the little engine provides plenty of torque, so keeping up with traffic is a breeze. The only time the engine feels a little wheezy is when passing on the highway. The automatic shifts smoothly and is responsive when you need a downshift.

Braking and handling are about what we expect from a compact crossover SUV. It’s easy to park thanks to the light steering, and the brake pedal provides smooth stops and adequate emergency stopping power when you need it. The Trax isn’t sporty but it feels stable around turns.

Comfort 7.5/10

How comfortable is the Trax? The seats in the Trax are somewhat flat and don’t support you all that well when you’re driving around turns. But the soft padding is good for comfort. We put a few hundred miles on the Trax in a relatively short amount of time and had no complaints after a long stint behind the wheel. Passengers in the rear should be comfortable. The ride quality is comfortable, and the Trax’s suspension smooths out most bumps and imperfections in the road.

There’s a moderate amount of wind and road noise on the highway, but it’s never loud enough that you need to shout and it’s really no louder than any rivals. The main issue holding the Trax back is its climate system. While it is powerful enough to keep you comfortable, the lack of dual-zone climate control and rear air vents is a drawback if you often have passengers aboard.

Interior 8.5/10

How’s the interior? The Trax’s interior is one of the best you’ll find in an extra-small SUV. We like the easy-to-use layout for the buttons on the dashboard and on the steering wheel. You’ll never be hunting around for anything. The touchscreen’s menus are also logically set up, though we noticed the touchscreen was occasionally slow to respond during our testing.

The driving position makes everything easy to see and reach. The seat height and wide-opening doors make getting in and out very easy. It helps that there’s plenty of space in both rows, with more passenger area than nearly every other crossover in this class. The rear seat is roomy for all but the tallest adults, even for longer journeys. Visibility is very good too, thanks to upright windows, nicely sized mirrors and a crisp-looking backup camera.

Technology 8.5/10

How’s the tech? The Trax shares much of its in-car tech with the latest crop of vehicles from General Motors, though it’s been pared down a bit for this little crossover. The most notable difference is the lack of a built-in navigation system or voice commands, though you can use your smartphone easily enough by using the standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We had zero issues with either wired or wireless connection, something you can’t say for every vehicle with wireless smartphone connectivity.

The Trax is available with a handful of advanced driver aids, including adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning. We found the systems to be easy to activate and smooth in operation. The adaptive cruise kept up with traffic on the highway without leaving a huge gap from the vehicle ahead of you.

Storage 7.5/10

How’s the storage? The Trax’s cargo area measures out to 25.6 cubic feet, which is more than nearly every rival in this class. The cargo area itself is wide and deep, fitting a couple weeks’ worth of groceries and supplies with ease. The angle of the rear window might make installing taller items a bit of trouble, but that’s the case for most vehicles in this class. As it goes, it’s hard to find more space behind the seats at this price.

Storage in the cabin is good, too, save for one big miss: the lack of rear cupholders. That seems like a big oversight when most rivals offer somewhere for a rear passenger to put a cup of coffee. The door pockets are big enough for a water or soda bottle, and the front cupholders are reasonably spacious and have a small slot between them to store a phone. Storage for other small items is good, too, thanks to a deep center console and bins on the front and back sides of the shifter. There are plenty of spots to store a phone, sunglasses and more.

The Trax is fairly small for an SUV, but there’s plenty of space in the rear for a rear-facing car seat. Installing the seat should be mostly painless thanks to easily accessible anchors and wide-opening doors. The rear cargo cover might have to come off to hook onto the back seat, but that’s true for rivals too.

Fuel Economy 7.0/10

How’s the fuel economy? The Chevrolet Trax has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg combined. That is about average for this class, but we saw a somewhat disappointing 28.7 mpg on our evaluation test route. Other rival small crossovers have done a little better in our real-world testing.

Value 8.0/10

Is the Trax a good value? The Chevy Trax is one of the most inexpensive vehicles in its class. It doesn’t offer quite as many features (all-wheel drive, for example) but in general we think you’re getting lots of value. There are some hard plastic interior panels, but most have a nice design or texture that keeps it from feeling cut-rate. Chevy did a fine job keeping the cost down without making cost-cutting immediately obvious.

The Trax includes a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty. The powertrain is covered for five years or 60,000 miles. You also get five years of roadside assistance, and the first service visit is included with the price.

Wildcard 8.0/10

The Trax’s styling is right in line with most of the rest of the class: sharp and striking without pushing things so far as to be divisive. Simply, it’s a handsome little SUV both inside and out. Thanks to a nice ride height and some design tweaks like black trim on the fenders, we think it’s one of the few extra-small SUVs that actually looks like an SUV rather than a slightly lifted hatchback. We do wish it were a bit more entertaining to drive, but we also don’t think it’s something to loathe either. Just simple, straightforward transportation.

Chevrolet Trax models

The 2025 Trax is available in five trim levels: LS1RSLT2RS and Activ. All are powered by the same 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine (137 horsepower, 162 lb-ft) paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Unlike some other small SUVs, all-wheel drive is unavailable. Here are the feature highlights for each trim:

LS

Comes reasonably well equipped with:

17-inch steel wheels

LED headlights

8-inch infotainment screen

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Four-speaker audio system

Wi-Fi hotspot

All Trax models also come standard with:

Forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don’t respond in time)

Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)

Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)

Automatic high beams

The optional LS Convenience package adds:

17-inch alloy wheels

Remote start

Heated front seats

Heated, power-adjustable mirrors

1RS

The 1RS adds some visual flair, with small tweaks to the interior and exterior. Features on the 1RS include those on the LS, adding:

Gloss-black exterior trim

18-inch alloy wheels

Revised front and rear fascias

LS Convenience package features

Heated flat-bottom steering wheel

LT

Builds off the LS trim with different styling as well as:

17-inch alloy wheels

Automatic climate control

11-inch touchscreen infotainment system

Digital instrument cluster

Six-speaker audio system

Push-button start

Roof rails

The optional LT Convenience package includes:

Keyless entry

Heated, power-adjustable mirrors

Heated front seats

Heated steering wheel

2RS and Activ

These two trims are priced the same but have different aims. The RS offers sporty looks, while the Activ adds a few more creature comforts. Both build on the LT features and add:

Features from the LT Convenience package

18-inch alloy wheels (Activ only)

19-inch alloy wheels (2RS only)

Power-adjustable driver’s seat (Activ only)

An available Driver Confidence package for all trims adds:

Blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic warning (alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)

Adaptive cruise control (all trims except LS and 1RS; maintains a driver-set distance between the Trax and the car in front)

A sunroof and wireless charging pad are optional on all but the base LS trim.

 
 
 

 
 
 

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