2020 Chevrolet Trax
The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV that packs the punch of a larger classed vehicle.
Plus it delivers a surprisingly spirited and agile drive. In fact, the Trax is quick. Because when I pulled out of Martin Chevrolet during my test drive for this review I chirped the tires. :0)
- Driving performance
- Interior comfort
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Trax In Chevy’s Crossover SUV Lineup
So, later this year the good folks at Chevrolet will reintroduce the Trailblazer crossover SUV. And it will also be a cute-ute (aka subcompact crossover SUV). Which has some autophiles pontificating that it will eventually replace the Trax? However, I don’t think that will be the case.
Because last year Chevy also reintroduced the Blazer and that seems to be meshing just fine with the Equinox.
And a final note on both sets of vehicles. While they share class designations, in both cases one is designed as more of a traditional crossover SUV and the other more sporty.
Specifically, the designs of the Trax and Equinox is more traditional. And the designs of the Trailblazer and Blazer is more sporty. (By sporty – think styling cues from the Camaro.)
Finally, my theory that they all stay in production makes further sense for this reason. And that’s that Chevy is reacting to increased consumer demand for more crossover SUVs and making more of them. While discontinuing the production of various sedans.
2020 Chevy Trax Prices And Trim Configurations
For 2020 Chevrolet is offering three different trim levels for the Trax.
- LS $21,300
- LT $23,200
- Premier $27,600
Remember that the pricing I share is for reference and it’s simply the manufacturers suggested retail price. Contact my friends at Martin Chevrolet in Torrance, California for the best deal.
And regarding the trim options, Chevy also offers a Redline Edition on the Trax. It’s an available add-on with the LT trim. But it gives the Trax a bit of a bolder and sportier look with black accents on the emblems, moldings, grille, and interior. And, as the name suggests, some of those accents are red too.
Engine, Transmission & MPG
All of the 2020 Trax trim levels come equipped with the same engine and transmission.
Therefore all trims receive a very peppy 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine along with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Plus that engine puts out a very well geared 138 horsepower with 148 pound-feet of torque.
And when it comes to MPG the ECOTEC engine and transmission come together to deliver a nice package.
Additionally, since the engine and transmission are the same for all trim levels. The only factor that makes a difference in fuel economy is front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
- FWD 26 / 28 / 31
- AWD 24 / 26 / 29
City / Combined / Highway
And with the Trax being fun to drive and great performing crossover SUV, that’s respectable fuel economy.
What Does 2020 Chevrolet Trax Look Like?
So again, the look of the Trax is a bit more traditional crossover SUV – or cross utility vehicle. And it’s stylish by subcompact crossover SUV standards and looks every bit as fun to drive as it actually is.
And Chevy keeps it fun offering eight different exterior color schemes for the 2020 Trax.
- Nightfall gray metallic
- Satin steel gray
- Silver ice metallic
- Summit white
- Mosaic black metallic
- Cajun red metallic*
- Pacific blue metallic
- Red hot (it is)
- Black cherry metallic
So, my test driver that you see in these pictures was the satin steel metallic. And that’s definitely a more subdued / blend into the crowd color. Whereas the red hot color is entirely the opposite.
Plus, the height of the Trax made getting in and out of it a breeze – I’m 5’10”.
And the width of the 2020 Chevy Trax made it simple to maneuver in and out of parking spaces or through tight spots.
- Wheelbase 100.6
- Length 167.6
- Width 69.9
- Track 60.6 – front and back
- Height 64.8 / 65.9 – with and w/out roof rails
Inside the 2020 Chevrolet Trax has taken some criticism by the arm-chair-quarterback-journalists out there. But I disagree.
Because, upon settling into the Trax the first thing I noticed was how spacious and comfortable the cute-ute was.
Specifically, I noted the great extension on the telescoping steering column. Plus the armrest attached to the driver’s seat made for many options in getting comfortable. And that’s a huge plus for long road trips. (Aka your daily commute if you live in Los Angeles County!)
While my test driver was the Premier trim with leather interior, I was also impressed with the high-quality feel of the material. So, if I was blindfolded and judging from touch alone I would have guessed I was in much more expensive, luxury vehicle.
- Headroom 39.6 / 38.8
- Legroom 40.8 / 35.7
- Shoulder room 54.1 / 52.8
- Hip room 51.7 / 50.7
* Front/rear inches
And regarding the overall spaciousness of the 2020 Trax, I was adequately comfortable in all four of the primary seats. Even the middle backseat was acceptable although I wouldn’t want to ride that seat for a long road trip. :0)
Plus the Trax delivers in stuff-carrying capacity. Because it delivers 48.4 cubic-feet of cargo volume with the backseats down. And that’s 18.7 cu-ft with the backseats up.
So, I really like what Chevy has been doing with its infotainment systems. Because Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come in just about everything.
And personally, I know very few people who actually use the navigation in their cars anymore. While I do, it’s only running in the background while I’m using Waze through my phone as my primary navigational device.
So, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard in all trim levels of the 2020 Trax. And also standard, an easy to use 7″ touchscreen.
Also, if you go with the LT or Premier trim levels, you can get a sweet-sounding Bose audio system.
Driver Assistance & Safety
And, depending on the trim level you go with, the 2020 Chevrolet Trax has plenty of available driver assistance features.
- Rear park assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Forward collision alert
- Side blind zone alert
- Lane departure warning
Plus, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the 2020 Chevrolet Trax a 5-star overall rating.
2020 Chevrolet Trax | Top-3
And that brings me back to my Top-3 favorite features of the 2020 Chevy Trax.
- Driving performance: Trax has plenty of power. The torque is great and its super-agile.
- Interior comfort: Cute-utes sometimes sacrifice comfort Trax doesn’t.
- Versatility: With optional AWD and a ton of configurable interior space Trax is ready for everything.
Finally, if a Trax or any Chevrolet is on your test-drive list then go see my friends at Martin Chevrolet for sure.
I’m happy to introduce you too. Just shoot me an email stating you’d like to be connected with them. My Address is Tom [at] iDriveSoCal [dot] com.
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