The 2020 Chevy Trax is a baby crossover designed to meet the needs of the urban population. They want easy entry and exit, good visibility and easy city drivability. The 2020 Trax may lack some of the standout options, but the most stand-out feature is something you won’t find anywhere in the market: its affordable price tag!

The 2020 Chevy Trax earns most of its points on value alone but as you start to add the options, a loaded-up Trax starts to lose its luster compared to similarly positioned competitors. At its base price of just $22,295 (including $995 for destination), it’s a reasonably decent buy.

2020 Chevy Trax Three Quarter Look
2020 Chevy Trax
2020 Chevy Trax Ratings
Overall
7.3/10
7.3/10
  • Features - 8/10
    8/10
  • Interior - 7/10
    7/10
  • Exterior - 7/10
    7/10
  • Fuel Economy - 7/10
    7/10
  • Safety - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Engine & Performance - 7.3/10
    7.3/10

Pros & Cons

The Trax might be a good option for those who want to have good drivability but then it also comes with some of its shortcomings and those are the major ones.

ProsCons
Appealing passenger space for its sizeRide quality is choppy on the freeway
Plenty of features for the priceSlow acceleration from the base engine
Optional AWDLess cargo space than some rivals
Intuitive Infotainment SystemFuel economy falls short for the class

What’s new in 2020 Chevy Trax?

Aside from the deletion of few color choices—Storm Blue Metallic, Sandy Ridge Metallic, and Dark Copper Metallic—the Trax soldiers on into the 2020 model year unchanged.

2020 Chevy Trax Trims & Pricing

The 2020 Chevy Trax is a subcompact SUV sold in three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. The LS trim, the base trim has the standard equipment but the LT trim is more practical and gets several option packages. The Premier trim not only gets interior upgrades, but it also has added active safety features.

The base, LS comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, manual-folding side mirrors, and a rearview camera. Inside, you’ll find a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, driver’s seat power lumbar adjustment, OnStar communications (with a 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hotspot), a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system with two USB ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. As its name suggests, the optional Tint and Cruise package adds tinted windows and cruise control.

That package is included on the LT, along with roof rails, upgraded headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated mirrors, remote vehicle start, upgraded cloth upholstery, satellite radio, a household-style 110-volt outlet, a cargo cover, and a storage drawer under the passenger seat.

Four major packages are offered for the Trax LT. The LT Convenience package adds premium cloth upholstery with faux leather inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, and a six-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Driver Confidence package includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors. Opting for the Sun and Sound package gets you a seven-speaker Bose stereo system and a sunroof.

Another option for the Trax LT is the Redline Edition, an appearance package that adds black body accents and 18-inch alloy wheels painted black with red accent stripes.

The top-tier Premier trim comes with all of the LT’s packages (aside from the Redline Edition), as well as 18-inch wheels, fog lights, faux leather upholstery, an auto-dimming mirror, and heated front seats. It’s also the only trim that gets forward collision and lane departure warning systems.

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

Which 2020 Chevy Trax We Recommend?

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

Read the 2019 Chevy Trax

2020 Chevy Trax Performance

The Trax is offered with a single engine option and that too is not a great one. The turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder makes 138 horsepower, a low number for this segment, and it’s buzzy and unrefined. Around town, there is enough low-end punch but as soon as you need to pass or merge on the highway, the engine runs out of steam, providing more noise than actual acceleration when you step on it. The six-speed automatic is smooth enough, but the shifts are sluggish and are reluctant to shift down often, which is not a good thing.

Engine & Transmission

It’s powered by a 1.4-liter, turbo-4 packing 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged torque makes it punchy enough for around-town driving, but that’s about as good as the experience gets. If you need all-weather confidence, all-wheel drive is just $1,500 away.

TrimsLS/LT/Premier
Engine (standard/Available)1.4L Turbo ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine with VVT
Performance (HP/Torque)138hp/148 lb.-ft.
Transmission (standard/Available)6-speed manual
Acceleration (0-60)9.3 sec
2020 Chevy Trax Engine
2020 Chevy Trax Engine

Acceleration

You might not think that the 6-speed transmission on this car has been outdated but spending some time will make you believe that. Shifts are sluggish, likely to preserve highway fuel economy, but at the expense of the driving experience. The car takes almost 10 secs to breach the 60-mph barrier and you have no other option to choose in the gear-box or engine department.

Braking

The Trax has only drum brakes in the rear on front-wheel-drive models, with discs included in the bump to all-wheel drive. Either should be more than adequate for daily use, seeing the sluggish nature of the engine.

2020 Chevy Trax’s Fuel Economy

In the area of fuel economy, the Trax hasn’t achieved something over and above its competition. The combination of fuel efficiency and acceleration is actually lowest in the competition. The front-wheel-drive Trax underperformed in the highway fuel-economy test, falling short of its EPA number with a 29-mpg result.

2020 Chevy Trax Interior

The cabin feels spacious and airy due to the higher seating position and extensive headroom. But the rear seat room and cargo space is actually less than its rivals. The Trax comes standard with a well-integrated, easy-to-use touchscreen mounted at the top of the dashboard.

The dash has some of the stitched inserts which actually give an upscale look but once you come down to the center stack, you will find cheap plastics for the climate control, around the shifter and the center console, which is evident of the cost-cutting.

The top Premier model offers nicer amenities such as heated front seats and a sunroof, while automatic climate control isn’t available at all. Rivals including the Honda HR-V, the Jeep Renegade, and CX-3 offer all of the above features for less money.

Seating & Comfort

The cost was obviously a factor in appointing the little Chevy’s interior. The front seats are firm, and only the driver’s side chair offers an armrest. Four-way manual adjustment is standard for the driver’s side with a six-way power adjustment available if you spend a little more. The basic cloth feels just that, while LT models get a nicer fabric and Premier bumps you up to synthetic leather.

You don’t want to put more than two adults in the rear seat for very long, especially those who have long legs, but the rear seat space is slightly more generous than expected.

ModelTrax
Passenger capacity5
Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in inches)39.60/54.10/40.80
Rear (head/shoulder/leg) (in inches)38.80/52.80/35.70
Cabin Volume (in cu.-ft.)92.8

Cargo

If the Trax has a strong suit, it’s cargo area. Behind the second row, you’ll find 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space. Drop that seatback and it expands to 48.4 cubic feet, which is a serious plus for this class, but its rear seats aren’t as easy to fold as they are in several competitors. The cavernous HR-V, which held four more carry-ons with the seats folded, is the pick of the subcompact-crossover litter for those who frequently carry large items.

Infotainment system

The Touchscreen on the Trax is a 7.0-inch and comes as standard on all models. It looks basic but it’s one of the best in its class. It’s quick to respond and has all the latest integration capabilities. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions are standard on all Trax models, which is good because navigation isn’t an option. In-car Wi-Fi is standard, although it does require a monthly subscription fee after the free trial period expires.

2020 Chevy Trax Interior Pictures

2020 Chevy Trax Exterior

The aesthetics are not the biggest point of the Trax, the base trim LS especially. It does Trax no favor as it comes with the steel wheels with hub caps and unpainted bumpers. Such cost-cutting exercise dates back to the ’90s and makes the Trax look outright cheap and ugly. However, moving up the trim ladder gets you painted bumpers and stylish looking alloys.

Design & Styling

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, the car isn’t very wide, which does make it look ungainly from certain angles. There is a tinge of sportiness in the design, with certain cuts and creases, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that there are certain design flaws.

Dimension & Weight

The Chevy Trax’s dimensions are at least more than its competitor. Its roomier inside and big outside but that’s something which doesn’t work in its favor. The exterior proportions of this car are likable, it’s more of a please all and offend none design.

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

2020 Chevy Trax Exterior Pictures

Safety Features in 2020 Chevy Trax

Although it earned five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and held up decently well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests, the absence of some important driver-assistance features means that the Trax lags behind newer rivals. Key safety features include:

  • Available forward-collision warning
  • Available blind-spot monitoring
  • Available rear parking sensors

How much will the 2020 Chevy Trax cost?

Cost of Ownership

The Cost of owning the Trax after ownership of 5yrs with an estimated 15000 miles per year will not burn a hole in your pocket. You would only be spending around $33k even after driving for 5yrs. The below table is for the LT variant, which we recommend you to buy if you have shortlisted this car.

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 the $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, the Trax and the Buick Encore are nearly the same vehicles, but there are some key differences. The Encore is more expensive than the Trax at all trim levels, but it includes more features. Watch out for the Encore’s base trim. Even though it costs only slightly more than the base Trax, it’s a special-order vehicle that is unlikely to be at dealer lots. For all intents and purposes, the Trax comes across as a more Value for Money proposition.

Chevy Trax VS Buick Encore
Chevy Trax Vs Buick Encore

2020 Chevy Trax vs. 2020 Ford EcoSport

The Ford EcoSport is the Chevy’s crosstown small SUV rival. The EcoSport is less expensive than the Trax at every trim level, so it might be the more economical choice if not factoring in dealer incentives. However, both subcompact crossovers are outmatched by rivals — nearly every competitor in the list of top-ranked small SUVs is better.

Chevy Trax VS Ford EcoSport
Chevy Trax Vs Ford EcoSport

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

Although the 2020 Chevy Trax is classified as a small SUV, it’s easier to think of it as a subcompact-crossover SUV. It’s in the same category as the Honda HR-V and the Toyota C-HR. When all-wheel drive is optioned, the Trax is fine for the weekend to ski trip or reaching a somewhat remote hiking spot. But just like a mountain bike is great for the rough terrain of pot-holed city streets, the Trax excels as an urban runabout.

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