2020 Chevy Trax

2020 Chevy Trax

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2020 Chevy Trax

Starting at $21,300
7.3

Features

8.0/10

Interior

7.0/10

Exterior

7.0/10

Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Safety

7.5/10

Pros

  • Appealing passenger space for its size
  • Plenty of features for the price
  • Optional AWD
  • Intuitive Infotainment System

Cons

  • Ride quality is choppy on the freeway
  • Slow acceleration from the base engine
  • Less cargo space than some rivals
  • Fuel economy falls short for the class

Overview

The 2020 Chevy Trax is a baby crossover that was designed to be in the city and the highway, equally. Chevy’s entry model into the compact SUV segment is nothing short as it appears. It manages to enlighten and deliver a practical experience that cannot be found in any car.

This sub-compact SUV earns most of its points on value alone but as you start to add the options, a loaded-up Trax shows its true colours. At just $22,295 (including $995 for destination), it’s a reasonably decent buy.

2020 Chevy Trax Three Quarter Look
2020 Chevy Trax

What’s new in 2020 Chevy Trax?

Chevrolet has literally kept the same car for the new decade, except for a few subtractions. This “Bow Tie of America” will not be available in the following colour option: Storm Blue Metallic, Sandy Ridge Metallic, and Dark Copper Metallic

Trims & Features

The 2020 Chevy Trax is available in three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. The base LS trim features standard equipment but the LT trim is more practical with several useful package options. The Premier trim not only gets interior upgrades, but it has also added active safety features.

TrimsLSLTPremier
Starting Price$22,295$24,195$30,095
Features (standard)Chevy Infotainment 3 System with 7″ diagonal color touchscreenChevy Infotainment 3 System with 7″ diagonal color touchscreenChevy Infotainment 3 System with 7″ diagonal color touchscreen

Rear Vision CameraRear Vision CameraRear Vision Camera

StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system with traction controlStabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system with traction controlStabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system with traction control

3.5″ diagonal Driver Information Center3.5″ diagonal Driver Information Center3.5″ diagonal Driver Information Center

Flat-folding front passenger seatbackFlat-folding front passenger seatbackFlat-folding front passenger seatback

10 Airbags10 Airbags10 Airbags

Air filtration systemAir filtration systemAir filtration system

Power sunroof

Remote Keyless EntryRemote Keyless EntryKeyless Start

16″ painted-aluminum wheels16″ painted-aluminum wheels18″ all-season Blackwall tires

6-speaker audio system6-speaker audio systemBose® premium 7-speaker audio system

Our Recommendation

We would recommend the 2020 Chevy Trax LT model because it comes with a reasonable price tag and has important features as options available. If you would add them up, you still might not breach the $30,000 price tag.

Read the 2019 Chevy Trax

2020 Chevy Trax Performance

The Trax’ turbocharged 1.4-litre is the smallest engine in its sector. It does not have many numbers to boast off and it is definitely not the most refined engine in the market. The Trax feels absolutely at home during city drives. With decent acceleration speeds, this sub-compact SUV can get you out of any narrow spaces. But on the highway, the Trax feels scared for at high speeds, the cabin can become a pretty noisy place. Coupled to a sluggish six-speed automatic transmission, the car doesn’t feel eager to reach the three-digit bracket.

2020 Chevy Trax Engine
2020 Chevy Trax Engine

Acceleration

You might not think that the 6-speed transmission in this car is outdated but after spending some time, you’ll believe so. Upshifts are sluggish, likely to preserve highway fuel economy, but at the expense of decent driving experience. The car takes almost 10 secs to breach the 60-mph barrier and you have no other option in the gear-box or engine department.

0-60 MPH9.3 seconds
Quarter Mile16.8 seconds
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr) 6.8

Braking

There are two braking combinations available to two drivetrains, that the Trax offers. The slightly-shy, and a bit more upscale Premier and LT trims feature the four-wheel antilock disc brake arrangement, the base LS variant have rear drum brakes instead. Their effectiveness is as good as any average vehicle. If driven with the right intention, and softly, the Trax is a reliable vehicle.

Front Brakes size (Inches)N/A
Rear Brakes size (Inches)N/A
60-0 (Feet)N/A

Riding and Handling

When it comes to driving this SUV, it feels more like a safe utility vehicle. It does not offer an exhilarating drive, but what it manages offer is an experience that most automobiles lack these days. The Chevy Trax drives like a perfect car. The small 1.4-Liter engine will take you anywhere and just in case, the Trax is caught in the city. The 6-speed automatic’s long gear ratios will effectively take you out of squeezed spaces.

When on the highway, the Trax gradually gains speed. Having said that, this is not a wild goose. So once again, if driven with the right intention the Trax is the ideal vehicle in the market.

2020 Chevy Trax’s Fuel Economy

When it comes to fuel economy, the Trax features a relatively larger tank and that gives it an edge over its competitors. The front-wheel-drive Trax can do 31 miles to a gallon on the highway. So, when it comes to going the long distance the Trax can easily travel New York to Connecticut and then still have gas to go to Philadelphia.

City (MPG)26
Highway (MPG)31
Combined Fuel Consumption (MPG)28
Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)14
Range (Miles)
 (City/Highway)
364/434

2020 Chevy Trax Interior

If seen closely, the Trax has all the creature comforts that define a modern car. Standard across all the variants, is an exclusive dashboard that not only exudes class but also a quality that is reminiscent of the Chevrolets old glory days. The centre of the dashboard is adorned by an easy-to-use, well-integrated touchscreen that just amplifies the utilitarian aspect inside the car. For further comfortable experiences, the Trax also has heated seats and a sunroof.

Seating & Comfort

With significantly higher positioned seats, visibility from the Trax is not an issue at all. Furthermore, the front seats feel well-padded and have pretty good lumbar support. The rear seats are equally comfortable and the cloth quality is definitely dust resistant, for the better part.

Infotainment system

The core essence of the Trax lies in its sense of feasibility. The Trax may feature, high-end, electronic gadgets but when it comes down to its execution, it is one of the easiest systems available in the market. As far as the experience inside this car is concerned, these are the following features that come standard:

  • 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

To jot down a few more, because Chevrolet makes sure that this does SUV does not come compromised. It also offers:

  • 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

Cargo

If the Trax has a strong suit, it’s the cargo area. With the second row up, the Trax offers 18.3 cubic-feet of space available. If all the entire second-row is folded down then the Traz frees up to 48.4 cubic feet of space. So on the whole, the Trax offers pretty generous space and coupled with some good mileage figures this sub-compact SUV will perfectly any teenager’s garage, who is about to leave for college.

2020 Chevy Trax Interior Pictures

2020 Chevy Trax Exterior

The Trax’s sensibility in style lies in its practical utility. It has been designed genuinely following the styling grammar of an SUV outright, but at the same time, it retains the design aesthetics of a hatchback perhaps.

Design & Dimensions

The 2020 Chevy Trax has all the style, it’s functional, but it clearly didn’t come from an Italian design house. While the car is tall, it isn’t very wide. Getting in and out of narrow spaces is what this car has been designed for. The Chevy Trax’s dimensions are at least more than its competitor. But when it comes to appearance-wise, the Trax looks and feels roomier on inside and that gives an equal bigger impression.

ModelTrax LSTrax LTTrax Premier
Curb Weight312431463344
Length (in.)167.2167.2167.2
Width (in.)69.969.969.9
Height (in.)64.964.964.9
Ground Clearance (in.)6.26.26.2
Wheelbase (in.)100.6100.6100.6
Track Width (in.) F/R60.6/60.660.6/60.660.6/60.6

Exterior Features

There is a tinge of sportiness in the design, with certain cuts and creases which makes it cooler to look at too. With well tucked in bumpers on the front and the rear, the Trax doesn’t feel compromised from any angle.

The front fascia has retianedChevrolets aggressive two slap grille, that sits at the front. Though there are few inlets on the grille for the engine, the entirely is not functional. Chevy’s bow tie proudly seats on the slicer grille that joins the two headlights at the front. At the rear, the thick C-pillars exude safety and a very wholesome design. the slightly raised rear wheel arch also makes this SUV muscular looking.

2020 Chevy Trax Exterior Pictures

Safety Features in 2020 Chevy Trax

As far as ratings are concerned, the Trax has scored an all-rounder five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has declared that the Trax has a “Good” roof strength. The seats have also been rewarded “Good” in the IIHS crash tests. Some of the additional key safety features include:

  • Forward-collision warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear parking sensors

How much will the 2020 Chevy Trax cost?

Cost of Ownership

The Cost of owning the Trax for 5yrs with an estimated 15000 miles per year is very reasonable and low on the pocket too. The average cost of maintaining the Trax in this period is just MRP $33,000. The table below explains the cost breakdown from the LT variant perspective. This is a Chevy-Caers recommended variant, so the numbers are to your benefit:

CRITERIAYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Tax Credit$0$0$0$0$0$0 
Insurance$774$801$829$858$888$4,150 
Maintenance$408$613$781$1,546$1,678$5,026 
Repairs$0$0$119$283$411$813 
Taxes & Fees$2,007$21$64$21$64$2,177 
Financing$1,152$926$686$429$155$3,348 
Depreciation$4,296$1,326$1,255$1,471$1,394$9,742 
Fuel$1,474$1,518$1,564$1,611$1,659$7,826 
True Cost to Own®$10,111 $5,205 $5,298 $6,219 $6,249 $33,082 
*Based on a 5-year estimate with 15,000 miles driven per year.

Pull up to the top-end variant, i.e., Premier, the amount you spend would not breach more than $40k mark.

CRITERIAYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Tax Credit$0$0$0$0$0$0 
Insurance$779$806$834$864$894$4,177 
Maintenance$408$613$781$1,643$1,578$5,023 
Repairs$0$0$128$307$444$879 
Taxes & Fees$2,478$21$64$21$64$2,648 
Financing$1,486$1,196$885$553$200$4,320 
Depreciation$6,549$1,707$1,614$1,894$1,794$13,558 
Fuel$1,529$1,575$1,622$1,671$1,721$8,118 
True Cost to Own®$13,229 $5,918 $5,928 $6,953 $6,695 $38,723 
*Based on a 5-year estimate with 15,000 miles driven per year.

2020 Chevy Trax Competition Check

2020 Chevy Trax vs. 2020 Buick Encore

Mechanically, both the Trax and the Buick Encore are nearly the same vehicles,with some key differences. The Encore is more expensive than the Trax at all trim levels, at the cost of more added features. But where the Trax triumphs over the Encore is its availability.

The Buick Encore is apparently a special order vehicle that is not easily available in dealer lots, unlike the Trax. So when it comes to feasibility, the Trax is much more than the Encore.

Chevy Trax VS Buick Encore
Chevy Trax Vs Buick Encore

2020 Chevy Trax vs. 2020 Ford EcoSport

Chevrolets rival cousin, Ford has a similar offering in the market. Though, both the cars are reminiscent of each other, yet they are different in every aspect. it must be noted down here that all variants of the EcoSport cost less than the Trax but then again, it does so and looses out on some essential features, unlike the Trax.

Chevy Trax VS Ford EcoSport
Chevy Trax Vs Ford EcoSport

2020 Chevy Trax vs. Toyota C-HR

This looker from Toyota competes directly with the Trax but when it comes to performances, it’s the almost same vehicle. The C-HR scores point with its uber friendly, futuristic outlook but that’s it. On the additional benefit of the doubt, Toyota’s trusted reliability will back the C-HR but then that’s it. Both cars are not that different from each other, except for a very minute price difference.

Warranty Package of 2020 Chevy Trax

The Trax’s warranty coverage is entirely average, but Chevrolet offers the first scheduled maintenance visit as complimentary—a nice perk that you won’t commonly find among its competitors.

  • Limited warranty of 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty of 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for the first visit

Our Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Trax is one of those vehicles that exemplifies what simple driving is. The six-speed automatic transmission, if not the quickest, is hassle-free. It doesn’t consume fuel in a gazillion and it offers space that can easily fit in a young crowd of five or a crowd of four old people. Again, if driven with the right intentions then this car will be that perfect companion. At a starting MSRP price of $22,000, the Chevy Trax can be categorised as one of those better deals in this market.

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