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2020 Chevrolet Trax Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: December 30, 2019

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Swapnil Kulshrestha Automotive Journalist


When the Chevrolet Trax first came into being in the year 2015, it was an entrant of an innovative market fragment, that had just begin to take shape- the compact crossover segment. Trax seemed like a promising set of wheels for the American-bowtie, however, the scenario changed as the competition in this segment rose with a number of new entrants joining the crossover bandwagon.

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Pros

Great on passenger space

Ample of standard infotainment features

Competitive handling

Cons

Lethargic acceleration

Low on cargo space

What's New?

Chevrolet Trax remains unchanged for the year 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21300

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

83 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

torque

148 lbs.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

60.6/60.6

dimensions

wheelbase

100.6 in.

length

167.6 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

64.9 in.

curb weight

3124 lbs.

ground clearance

6.2 in.

capacity

cargo volume

48.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

10.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/28/31 mpg

ev range

364 mi.

highway range

434 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Chevrolet Trax Review video
 2020 Chevrolet Trax Exterior video
 2020 Chevrolet Trax Interior video

Styles

 2020 Chevrolet Trax in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Trax in Nightfall Gray Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Trax in Satin Steel Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Trax in Silver Ice Metallic color  2020 Chevrolet Trax in Summit White color
Mosaic Black Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Chevrolet Trax LS

LS

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$22,295 - $23,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $22,295 MSRP (26/28/31) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
LS 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $23,795 MSRP (24/26/39) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Chevrolet Trax LT

LT

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$24,195 - $25,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $24,195 MSRP (26/28/31) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
LT 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $25,695 MSRP (24/26/39) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Chevrolet Trax Premier

Premier

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
26 combined

$28,595 - $30,095


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr SUV (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $28,595 MSRP (26/28/31) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
Premier 4dr SUV AWD (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $30,095 MSRP (24/26/39) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


Come the year 2020, the Chevrolet Trax still manages to somehow survive the cut-throat rivalry that characterizes this segment. Just like many other offerings of the segment, the Trax comes fitted with a small 1.4L inline-4 engine, that generates 138 hp, along with 144 lb.-ft. Of torque.

The Chevrolet Trax reaches the pedestals in 3 trims - LS, LT, and Premier, with prices starting from $22,295. The Trax packs in a plethora of standard features, which makes it a considerable, if not an absolute tempting option of this segment. The Chevrolet Trax goes against a number of contenders from a number of auto-marquees. In this review, we have placed rides such as the Hyundai Kona, Toyota C-HR, and the Honda HR-V.

2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Front View
2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Front View
2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Rear View

2020 Chevrolet Trax Features

The Chevrolet Trax is on offer in 3 trims, LS, LT, and Premier. The prices for the Trax start from $22,295 for the LS trim, in its FWD configuration. There is absolutely no mechanical difference between the trims. The only differences that come into being are in the form of exterior tweaks or interior updates.

Trim

LS

LT

Premier

MSRP FWD

$22,295

$24,195

$28,595

MSRP AWD

$23,795

$25,695

$30,095

Key features

Rear vision camera

Adds to/replaces LS features:

Adds to/replaces LT features:

 

Daytime running lights

LED taillamps

Fog lamps

 

16-inch painted steel wheels

16-inch aluminum wheels

18-inch aluminum wheels

 

Body-color power outside mirrors

 

Body-color liftgate appliqué

Body-color heated power outside mirrors

 

Cloth seat trim

Deluxe cloth seat trim

Leatherette seat trim

We recommend

We recommend you to go for the LT trim, as the base LS does no favors to the ride. Whereas, on the other hand, upgrading to the LT trim lends your ride with side roof rails and a brighter and better interior trim, along with several other additional features.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Engine and Performance

The Chevrolet Trax obtains power via a 1.4L inline-4 engine. This powerhouse, though, is turbocharged, but definitely does not feel like one. The engine churns out 138 hp along with 148 lb.-ft. Of torque, which feels meek, even when seen with the segment standards.

The 1.4L engine is further mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that routes the power to the front or all wheels, depending upon your choice of drivetrain. The transmission, though, is agreeably smooth but often feels sluggish when it comes to shifting the gears. The transmission’s hesitation to downshift is well-noticeable as well.

Models

Chevrolet Trax

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

MSRP

$21,300

$21,295

$20,820

$20,100

Engine

1.4 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.8 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed automatic with auto-manual

CVT with intelligence and Shift Mode

CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

CVT with Manual mode

Horsepower

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

141 hp @6500 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

127 lb. ft. @ 4300 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

The Toyota C-HR and the Hyundai Kona lead the power figure comparison with 147 and 144 horses being tucked underneath their hood respectively. The Honda HR-V isn’t too far behind as well, as the 1.8L I4 engine of the ride can fabricate a decent 141 hp along with 127 lb.-ft. Of torque.

How fast is the Chevrolet Trax?

Acceleration is definitely no forte for the crossovers of this segment. Not even a single offering of this segment posts off the mark figures which can be referred to as impressive or even respectable.

2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Rear View
2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV 0-60 MPH in just 9.3 sec

The Chevrolet Trax strolls from 0-60 in 9.3 seconds and can cover the quarter of a mile distance in 16.8 seconds. The power delivery feels absolutely flat and bland, without even the slightest of the punch.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

0-60 MPH

9.3

11.0

9.3

10.0

Quarter Mile

16.8

18.4

16.8

17.3

Engine

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.8-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

As we mentioned earlier, crossovers of this segment, are just not made to go fast. The Trax and the HR-V, however, are the least bad contenders, going from 0-60 in 9.3 seconds, as compared to the 11 and 10 second 0-60 figures of the C-HR and the Kona respectively. The Trax has the maximum amount of torque, which kicks in at 1800 rpm, thus lending this car an edge over other contenders.

What about the braking performance of the Chevrolet Trax?

The Chevrolet Trax offers two braking configurations, depending upon the trim. The base LS trim finds itself fitted with 4-wheel antilock front disc/ rear drum brakes, whereas, the LT and the Premier trim houses a 4-wheel antilock disc brakes arrangement.

2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Brakes
2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Front Brake is 11.8 in. 

The pedal feels firm and is quite easy to modulate around the city. The rear-disc brakes with front-drum decelerate the 2800 pound heavy crossover with ease. However, the exact 60-0 figures are not yet available for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Brake front

(in.)

11.8

11.8

11.5

11.8

Brake Rear

(in.)

9.0

11.1

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

2805

3300

2906

2890

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

125

129

What about its driving dynamics?

The Chevrolet Trax provides a decent driving experience but its not the engine that plays any part in this development and neither the transmission. The transmission, in fact, feels very sluggish and laggy which degrades the quotient for the Trax.

2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Front View
2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Front view

The main USP of the Chevrolet Trax is its steering wheel. The steering of the Trax is light and quick and provides the driver with nimble handling and responsive feedback. The Trax feels slow, and lacks power especially when trying to merge onto the freeways.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Fuel Economy

The Chevrolet Trax does fine in this department. Owing to its small footprint and relatively low weight, the Trax gives out a decent mpg score. The Trax with the FWD configuration can churn out a city mpg of 26, and a highway mpg of 31. Summing up these figures, we get a combined mpg figure of 28.

Employing the AWD configuration to the ride drops the figures by a nick, giving out 24 city, 29 highway, and 26 combined mpg.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

MPG (city)

26

27

28

27

MPG (highway)

31

31

34

33

MPG (combined)

28

29

30

30

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

14.0

13.2

13.2

13.2

Range (city/highway) (miles)

364/434

356/409

370/449

356/436

The Chevrolet Trax’s fuel economy numbers seem strong when considered in solidarity, however, the moment you place it against the competition, the same numbers start looking frail. The HR-V and the Kona offer the best in class combined mpg figure of 30, followed up by the C-HR and finally the Trax. The Trax, however, gets the most cavernous fuel tank in the segment.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Interior

The insides of the Trax are more of a mixed bag. While on one hand, some of the materials and details exude elegance, on the other end, some elements spoil the game for this compact crossover. Details such as the stitched dashboard inserts lend the ride an upscale look, while the cheap quality plastic inserts near the shifter do the downgrading tasks.

2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Rear Seats
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Rear Seats

There is no option of automatic climate control in the Trax and only the Premier trim comes equipped with resources such as heated front seats, and a sunroof. The front seats feel firm, and four-way power adjustment is a standard feature for the driver’s seat on the LS and the LT trims, while the Premier trim commences it to 6-way power-adjustable.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

39.6/54.1/40.8

38.1/49.0/43.5

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/55.5/41.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

38.8/52.8/35.7

38.3/52.5/31.7

38.3/54.5/39.3

37.8/54.5/34.6

The Trax offers a high seating position, along with a load of headroom, accrediting to the rising roofline. The cabin of the Trax looks roomy and airy, but in reality, it has lesser rear passenger space than some of its competitors.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The Chevrolet Trax houses a 7.0-inch focal touchscreen panel that takes care of all its infotainment needs. The arrangement is basic, yet effective, giving rapid reactions to your actions and loaded with several smart features. Some of the most prominent infotainment features of the Chevrolet Trax are:

2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Infotainment system
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Has a 7.0-inch Touchscreen
  • 6 speakers
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot capable
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Speed sensitive volume
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Voice-activated radio

Creature comforts on offer in the

The compact crossover from the house of Chevrolet offers a fair number of convenience features that can make the occupants feel at ease while on-board the Chevrolet Trax. Though there is also an absence of some basic features like automatic climate control or cruise control. Some of the most prominent comfort features that the Trax houses are:

  • Driver and passenger-side visor mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Rear cupholders
  • Auto-locking doors
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • 1 12V DC power outlet
  • 2 USB ports
  • Telescoping steering wheel

What about utility?

The Chevrolet Trax is a high-riding compact crossover, that offers 18.7 cubic feet of space. Drop the second-row seats and you end up with 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which can accommodate plenty of luggage for you.

2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Cargo space
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Cargo Volume with rear seats up is 18.7 cu ft.

Considering the space, you can fit in up to 18 carry-on suitcases in the trunk, which is a decent number.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

18.7

19.1

24.3

19.2

The Chevrolet Trax presents you with a generous amount of space behind its trunk hood, but other contenders of the segment do so much better than what this Chevy offers. The HR-V is the pick of the litter if you often find yourself carrying hefty luggage. The Kona and the C-HR offer similar cargo space with both the rides offering 19.2 and 19.1 cubic feet of space.

2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Front Seats
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Front Seats
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Dashboard
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV speed meter
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV speed meter
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Seats
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Seats
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Rear Seats
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Rear Seats

2020 Chevrolet Trax Exterior

The Chevrolet Trax does impose a strong, mild, or any kind of presence on the streets. It’s just another car, that goes mostly unnoticed when waiting on a traffic signal or stationed at a parking lot.

2020 Chevrolet Trax SUV Three Quarter View
Chevrolet Trax SUV Three Quarter View

The base trim of the Trax is actually basic, rolling upon steel wheels with plain wheel caps and unpainted bumpers. The upper trims, though make an attempt to somewhat enhance the look for the Trax by adding roof-mounted side rails and bigger alloy wheels, but the Trax does not really seem to get anywhere near the appealing track.

Model

Chevrolet Trax

Toyota C-HR

Honda HR-V

Hyundai Kona

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3124

3300

2906

2890

Length (in.)

167.6

172.6

170.4

164.0

Width (in.)

69.9

70.7

69.8

70.9

Height (in.)

64.9

61.6

63.2

61.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

6.2

5.9

7.3

6.7

Wheelbase (in.)

100.6

103.9

102.8

102.4

Track Width (in.) F/R

61.0/61.2

60.6/60.6

60.6/60.6

60.0/59.5

The design philosophy of the Chevrolet Trax is very simple to understand – not overdone but simply curved and molded with a dash of – ‘this will do’ – mindset. A rear lip spoiler rests above the windowpane, while the same hard plastic design found in the front is twinned in the back.

What are those eye-catching features?

The Chevrolet Trax is an average looking car from the house of Chevy which plays the role of a layman family transporter. The Trax does not really have any astounding charm in its design rather it carries a basic character. Some of the exterior features of the Chevrolet Trax are:

  • Spoiler
  • Liftgate rear cargo door
  • Power remote manual-folding side-view door mirrors
  • Black grille
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Bodyside cladding
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Front headlight
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Front headlight
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Front view
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Front view
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Rear light
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Rear light
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Three Quarter View
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Three Quarter View
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Top view
2020 Toyota C-HR SUV Top view

2020 Chevrolet Trax Safety

Chevrolet offers features such as rearview camera and stability control as standard safety highlights on the Trax, however, it lacks automatic emergency braking feature which is not offered in any of its trims. Some other prominent safety features of the Chevrolet Trax are:

  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Traction control
  • Daytime running lights
  • 10 airbags

2020 Chevrolet Trax Competition

Chevrolet Trax vs. Toyota C-HR

The Chevrolet Trax and the Toyota C-HR are two faces of the same game. The only difference being, that on one hand where the Trax dons an old and boring character, the C-HR, on the other hand, carries a more urban appeal with it. Other than this one aspect, both the rides perform similarly, without much of a difference on any of the fronts.

2020 Toyota C-HR
2020 Toyota C-HR

Chevrolet Trax. vs. Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is one of the most reasonable offerings of this compact crossover segment, with prices starting from $20,820. The HR-V houses a 1.8 Liter Inline-4 engine, which just like the Trax’s powerhouse feels noisy and unrefined. However, the HR-V is the top pick of the litter if utility is what you expect from your ride.

2020 Honda HR-V
2020 Honda HR-V

 

2020 Chevrolet Trax Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Trax was one of the first vehicles that rose to the concept of “compact crossovers”. However, the Trax is more of a veteran now, as evident from the boring and bland design and character it dons and the ride quality it offers. There are a lot of better options to go for, which can offer a better ride, classy interiors, and a much appealing body design.