2019 Chevy Trax Review, Specs, Pricing, MPG

Chevrolet Trax 2019

What’s new in 2019 Chevy Trax?

2019 Chevy Trax doesn’t have any new significant changes in its crossover SUV. The 2019 Trax is almost similar to the yesteryear iteration, except for some very minor upgrades made to the infotainment system.

  • Comfortable Seats
  • AWD comes optional for all the three trims
  • User-friendly layout
  • Intuitive Infotainment System
  • Base model priced competitively
  • A long list of standard features
  • Roomy cabin
  • Good amount of boot space
  • Price climbs steeply for upper trims
  • Average build quality
  • Low Resale Value
  • Compromised Ride Quality
  • Less worthy compared to certain rivals such as Mazda CX-3

Overview

The Trax is Chevrolet’s simple and sober car – packed with many handy features and available at an affordable price. Though this iteration is new, sadly, no noticeable changes are there to brag about. Back in 2015, the vehicle gained massive popularity among the customers as it has unraveled an all-new segment. However, today, the Trax is facing stiff competition from many new cars in its very segment.

The 2019 Chevrolet Trax comes equipped with a 1.4-Liter turbocharged engine that churns out 138 hp along with 148 lb-ft of torque. On the road, the overall engine performance feels slightly underpowered, but it’s something obvious to expect from an affordable crossover. Nonetheless, the engineers have tuned the engine well to make the vehicle deliver an impressive combined fuel economy of 28 mpg.

This car is available in three trims that are LS, LT, and Premier. As for the drivetrain, each trim offers an option between front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. The price range of the Trax starts from $21,300 and goes up to $29,100.

Trims and Features

The 2019 Chevrolet Trax is available in 3 trim choices: LS, LT, and Premier. Irrespective of the trim selected, you get a 1.4L inline turbo-four engine combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. There is no optional transmission available, however, each trim can be equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive by shelling out an extra $1500.

TrimLSLTPremier
MSRP$21,200$23,100$27,500
Key FeaturesMyLink infotainment system
Rearview camera
Bluetooth connectivity
6-speaker audio system
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Cruise control
Remote start
Satellite radio
Leatherette upholstery (optional)Blind-spot monitoring (optional)
Sunroof (optional)
Blind-spot monitoring
7-speaker Bose audio system
Heated front seats
Leatherette upholstery
Rear parking sensors

2019 Trax LS Features

2019 Trax LT Features

2019 Trax Premier Features

The base trim LS comes standard with a 6-speaker audio system, a 7-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Moreover, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also available. A Wi-Fi hotspot and two USB ports are also available in the base trim. Beyond the standard features, there aren’t many optional upgrades available, most notably safety and driver assistance features.

Stepping up to the LT trim adds cruise control, cloth upholstery, remote start, and satellite radio. Opting for the $450-priced LT Convenience package adds leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable driver’s seat to the list. For adding blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors to the list, you can go for the Driver Confidence package that costs $495. The optional Sun and Sound package equips the Trax trim with a sunroof and a premier Bose audio system.

The top-of-the-line Premier trim comes with all the features available in the LT trim plus the Driver Confidence package. Moreover, it has a 7-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats, and leatherette upholstery available as standard features.

Which 2019 Chevy Trax We Recommend?

Most people will find the LT trim the best pick as it offers the best value for the price it asks. The trim offers better value than the base LS and the top-of-the-line Premier trim. It has many more features than the base, LS trim and can have all the features that are available in the range-topping Premier trim but for a significantly less amount. So, naturally, it is the most suitable trim for anyone looking to get the maximum value.

Although the 2020 Chevy Trax remains unchanged but Chevy has removed some colors from their 2019 Trax lineup.

2019 Chevy Trax Performance

Engine & Transmission

The stock 138-hp producing 1.4L turbo-four engine isn’t meant for thrill-seekers unlike the name says. Despite having the turbocharged label added to its name, nothing is exciting about the engine. It produces a fair 148 lb.-ft. of torque and comes paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that feels lazy while downshifting. Although the front-wheel-drive system is standard, the all-wheel-drive system is available as an optional upgrade. Acceleration is an arduous process for the 2019 Chevrolet Trax. The subcompact crossover SUV offers a sluggish acceleration when the car is completely occupied with passengers and cargo. The 2019 Chevrolet Trax feels under powered even when at highway speeds. 

Chevy Trax’s steering is responsive and light and works well on the city roads. The crossover SUV also features excellent maneuverability and is stable around the turns. However, at high speeds, the steering makes the driver, less confident. The Trax isn’t meant to excite the driver, it is simply meant for a modest daily driving. Although the braking performance fails to impress, it is decent for a car, though having automatic emergency braking could have been better.

2019 Chevy Trax Fuel Economy (MPG)

When it comes to fuel economy, the new Trax doesn’t disappoint. The 2019 Chevrolet Trax offers an impressive mileage of 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on highways. Competitors, however, like Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3 perform better in this segment.

2019 Chevy Trax Interior

On the inside, the 2019 Chevrolet Trax has a thoughtfully laid cabin. It is a mix of hard plastics and soft-touch materials. The overall cabin quality is slightly above average but could have been better, especially considering the stiff competition in its segment. The standard cloth upholstery is acceptable but you could opt for the premium cloth upholstery or the superior leatherette upholstery for an enhanced comfort level. A power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats are also available as options.

The car, nonetheless, has a decent trunk volume of 18.7 cubic feet, which is ample for carrying 4 to 5 big luggage bags for a long weekend vacation. Folding down the rear seats increases the cargo capacity to an admirable 48.4 cu-ft. The small-item storage, however, is scarce.

How are the seats like?

Like any other subcompact crossover SUV, Chevrolet Trax can accommodate 5 persons at max. The front seats are comfortable and offer a good amount of support to the occupants. Although the headroom is good, the legroom is exceptional. Even the 6-footers won’t have a problem squeezing in. Whether you are in for a quick ride or going on a long getaway, there isn’t any issue with the comfort level.

The 4-way manual driver’s seat comes with a fold-down center armrest. A 6-way power-adjustable seat is available as a standalone upgrade that further enhances the comfort level. The standard cloth upholstery is only acceptable. Seating quality on the LT trim with the premium cloth upholstery and leatherette upholstery on the Premier trim is nice.

The rear seats in the 2019 Chevrolet Trax are astonishingly roomier, despite the vehicle’s small dimensions. Although rated for 3, the rear seats of Trax can accommodate two adults, not tall ones, and one kid. The headroom is good but the legroom could’ve been better. There is no lack of comfort and support here though.

Infotainment

The latest iteration of the 2019 Chevrolet Trax features MyLink infotainment system. You can use the infotainment system with the standard 7-inch touch display or using the physical controls, both of which are intuitive to use. The touch display offers clear and crisp graphics and is easy to use. One of the aspects that could have been better is the responsiveness. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard in all Trax trims. This is something that isn’t available as standard in many subcompact crossover SUVs.

  1. MyLink infotainment system
  2. 7-inch touchscreen display
  3. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support
  4. Wi-Fi hotspot
  5. Bluetooth connectivity
  6. Two USB ports
  7. A 6-speaker audio system
  8. A 7-speaker Bose audio system
  9. Satellite radio

Overall, the infotainment system in 2019 Chevrolet Trax is decent enough.

How much will the 2019 Chevy Trax cost?

The lowest amount that you can spend and still get the 2019 Chevrolet Trax is $21,200. The amount will get you the base LS trim. If you settle for the FWD then the price will remain the same, however opting for the AWD will take the bill a bit higher.

Opting for the LT trim requires you to spend $23,100 for the front-wheel-drive variant and $24,600 for the all-wheel-drive variant. The optional LT Convenience package and Driver Confidence package are available for $450 and $495, respectively. Some other standalone optional upgrades require you to spend some more.

The range-topping Premier trim has a starting price-tag of $27,500 for the front-wheel-drive and $29,000 for the all-wheel-drive variant. The LT trim is the one that offers the most value amongst the three Chevrolet Trax trims.

Cost of Ownership

Unlike a performance car, the 5-year ownership cost for this isn’t too high. You need to spend anywhere between $21,200 and $29,000 to get the Trax. However, the total amount that you need to invest in the Chevy Trax further increases when several other criteria such as insurance, maintenance, fuel costs, and depreciation are added.

The 5-year ownership cost is calculated on the assumption that you own the car after making a 10% down payment, driving it 15,000 miles in a year, and get a loan for 60 months. When taken all of this into account, the 5-year ownership cost of 2019 Chevrolet Trax LS comes out to be $30,383.

CRITERIAYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Total
Tax Credit$0$0$0$0$0$0
Insurance$720$745$771$798$826$3,860
Maintenance$392$591$753$1,498$1,625$4,859
Repairs$0$0$116$275$400$791
Taxes & Fees$1,172$93$93$93$93$1,544
Financing$1,029$828$613$384$138$2,992
Depreciation$3,791$1,280$1,213$1,422$1,347$9,053
Fuel$1,372$1,413$1,456$1,499$1,544$7,284
Real Cost of Ownership$8,476$4,950$5,015$5,969$5,973$30,383

Cost of ownership in various states

The cost of 5-year ownership for a 2019 Chevrolet Trax varies from state to state. This is due to several factors. While one state might impose more tax on emissions the insurance might be cheaper in another state. Following are the 5 states where the Trax is most popular:

  1. Florida: $14,667
  2. North Carolina: $12,895
  3. Ohio: $22,045
  4. Texas: $18,395
  5. Virginia: $14,822

North Carolina is the place where it’s cheapest to own the 2019 Chevrolet Trax, while the subcompact crossover SUV is the priciest to have in Ohio. Depending on the state you purchase and drive the Trax, the total amount that you need to invest in it will vary.

2019 Chevy Trax Competition

2019 Chevy Trax vs 2019 Toyota C-HR

In the Subcompact SUV segment, Chevrolet’s Trax competes with Toyota C-HR. Although the C-HR isn’t any better than the Trax, when it comes to the driving experience, it offers better power output and fuel economy. Also, it has a higher predicted reliability rating. Unlike the Trax however, there is no all-wheel-drive available with the Toyota C-HR.

Chevrolet Trax easily outshines Toyota C-HR in cargo capacity, passenger space, and features offered. Therefore, if you are looking for a practical & subcompact SUV with a comfortable interior, ample space, then the Trax must be your go-to option.

2019 Chevy Trax vs 2019 Honda HR-V

Another major competitor to the 2019 Chevrolet Trax is the 2019 Honda HR-V. The Honda HR-V features a bigger 1.8L inline 4-cylinder engine that maxes out at 141 hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. It offers a CVT gearbox, mated to its motor. However, bigger is not better in this case as HR-V’s engine is not up to the mark. Like the Trax, the HR-V comes standard with a front-wheel-drive system and has all-wheel-drive available as an optional upgrade.

On the inside, the Chevy Trax is more stylish and offers slightly more rear headroom. The HR-V, on the other hand, beats its rival in terms of rear legroom. Although the Trax has a decent cargo capacity of 18.7 cubic feet, the HR-V is a class leader with 24.3 cubic feet of trunk volume that can be further increased to a massive 58.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.

2019 Chevy Trax vs 2019 Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 effortlessly beats Chevrolet Trax. In fact, the car is among the A-list vehicles in this segment. It delivers an athletic performance that is no match for any of its segment rivals. The CX-3 shoots to higher speeds in a flash and features nimble handling.

Adding to the list, the CX-3 offers a smooth driving experience. The cabin has no scarcity of craftsmanship and the inclusion of premium materials. The seats are spacious and comfortable too. However, the most amazing aspect of the CX-3 is that it costs even less than the Trax!

What We Think about the 2019 Chevy Trax?

The 2019 Chevrolet Trax offers an uninspiring performance and a mediocre interior. Also, the base trim is deprived of any helpful driving assistance and safety features. Fuel economy and cargo capacity are both averages for the segment, with many rivals offering a better number.

The 2019 Chevrolet Trax, despite its strong selling points, fall short to secure even a middle-rank in the list. If you need a better all-around quality, you should look out somewhere else. If the comfortable interior is all that you demand then Chevrolet Trax is a good option.

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