2018 Chevrolet Trax Expert Review

3.9 Overall Score
Performance 4.0 Comfort 3.9 Styling 3.7 Value 3.8

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax combines the fuel efficiency of a compact car with the roominess and capability of a small SUV. The Chevy Trax is made all the more alluring due to its high-tech features that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as host of advanced driver-safety equipment. It’s also quite peppy and fun to drive.

You'll Like The 2018 Chevrolet Trax If...

With more interior room than the Mazda CX-3 and better fuel efficiency than the Jeep Renegade or Fiat 500X, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax hits the sweet spot for compact-crossover SUV shoppers.

You May Not Like The 2018 Chevrolet Trax If...

If you’re concerned about value once it comes time to trade up, the Chevy Trax’s low resale figures might make a Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR or Mazda CX-3 seem a better bet.

What's New

All models gain a revised MyLink radio with 7-inch touch screen, while the Premier trim gains forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning as standard. A new Redline Edition package is added to the LT trim’s optional equipment.

Interior Features

The interior of the Trax is tasteful and modern, highlighted by an attractive dash design incorporating a combination analog-digital gauge cluster, updated infotainment screen and nice soft-touch materials. The updates have certainly increased the visual and functional appeal of the cabin, but it still lags the class leaders in richness and overall aesthetics. With a roomier back seat and more cargo room than some of its sexier competitors, however, the Chevrolet Trax offers more of what’s important to many segment shoppers.

Exterior Features

Last year’s exterior update helped bring the Trax in line with the newer vehicles in the automaker’s lineup, while giving it a bolder, wider, more confident stance. Around back, the Trax features large taillights that incorporate a highly-sculpted surface. LED headlight accents are available, as are LED taillights. The entry LS model features base-level touches like black (non-body-color) mirrors and steel wheels, while top-line Premier trims are distinguished by a variety of tasteful chrome accents, big 18-inch aluminum wheels and fog lights, among other upgrades.

Driving Impressions

Thanks to its small size, tight turning radius and peppy turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax makes a great city-commuter car that can pull double duty as a weekend escape artist. The front seats are supportive for long trips and the MyLink infotainment system is thoroughly up to date for integration with the latest smartphone applications from music to navigation. At highway speeds, the Trax’s interior isn’t whisper-quiet, but it is does weed out the most obnoxious types of road noise, making crystal-clear conversation via a Bluetooth-enabled device possible. The Trax’s steering, braking and acceleration are quite good, delivering a predictable driving experience we found quite enjoyable.

Pricing Notes

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax starts at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $22,000 including destination, and climbs closer to $30,000 for a fully loaded Premier model. Check out the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for the 2018 Chevy Trax. Due in large part to average-at-best resale values, the Trax will likely cost several thousand dollars more than a similarly priced Honda HR-V over a full 5-year ownership cycle.

Notable Equipment

Even at its starting sticker price of under $22,000 including destination, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax offers a variety of appealing features. A new infotainment system incorporates a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth audio streaming, two USB ports, rearview camera, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The OnStar suite includes five years of basic functionality, plus a 3-month trial of the good stuff like 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, turn-by-turn navigation, automatic crash response and more.

Notable Options

In addition to familiar upgrades like a premium audio system, sunroof, heated Leatherette seats, and remote-sensing keyless unlock with push-button start, the list of 2018 Chevrolet Trax options includes side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning and rear parking sensors. A new Redline Package for the LT brings 18-inch black-finish wheels and black-out treatment for the grilles, mirror caps, bow-tie emblems and beltline moldings.

Favorite Features

APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO

With the ability to mirror one’s smartphone on the 7-inch MyLink infotainment setup, the Trax allows the driver to bring along navigation, music and even text messages in a safe and easily accessible format.


4G LTE Wi-Fi

Thanks to its built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the 2018 Chevy Trax offers its passengers instant access to the net, allowing use of phones, tablets or laptops anywhere a signal is available.


Under the Hood

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax matches a small, 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a traditional 6-speed automatic transmission to deliver a satisfying balance of power, responsiveness and fuel economy. Like all of its subcompact-SUV cohorts, the Trax is available in front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD).


1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4

138 horsepower @ 4,900 rpm

148 lb-ft of torque @ 1,850 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/33 mpg (FWD), 24/30 mpg (AWD)

Editors' Notes

The 2018 Chevrolet Trax combines the fuel efficiency of a compact car with the roominess and capability of an SUV. Known in the industry as a compact-crossover SUV, this design is gaining in popularity especially with younger drivers. The Chevy Trax is made all the more alluring due to its high-tech features that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as a host of advanced driver-safety equipment. Peppy and fun to drive, the Trax doesn’t feel heavy or bloated like some larger crossover SUVs, and its optional all-wheel-drive system is perfect for weekend ski trips or access to remote trailheads. The Trax’s overall ownership costs appear to be a bit higher than its rivals, however, something to keep in mind if you’re pinching pennies.

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I guess that it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

Well we've only had it a month, so. . . Anyway, absolutely no problems. It handles like a dream. It is compact and very maneuverable. The comfort level couldn't be better in my opinion. I really like the USB ports that are provided for charging your phone or other devices, or for listening to your favorite streaming service over the vehicle's sound system. It has a really good radio with great sound. It is not super fast or powerful, but it has all that I should ever need I would think. There is an impressive amount of room for such a small vehicle, with an impressive amount of cargo space for hauling groceries, etc. I am kind of looking forward to the winter to really give the all wheel drive a real test. On top of all of that it is just a great looking rig. Needless to say we love it.

- Greg S

My Chevy Trax is awesome and I love all of the accommodations it comes with.

I love my Chevy trax. It's great on gas consumption! It drives smoothly and so spacious inside. I enjoy all the features it comes with. I love that it is keyless. I can open the doors with buttons on the outside of the car without having to unlock the car from key ring. I love that the car locks itself whenever I exit. The amount of cup holders in the car is perfect as well as the sound system. I always feel safe driving my trax. It's easy to back into spaces especially with its back up camera. I love that it has an outlet in the back that I can plug a regular charger into. Having two USB adapters is also awesome as well a cigarette outlet. Being able to auto start the car from an app and key is also awesome.

- Alex J

The Chevrolet tax, the good and the bad.

Comfortable ride, steering control is good with smooth braking. The interior is nice but front passenger does have an armrest. Touch screen is a good size for easy viewing but the android auto program can be intrusive and glitchy. Sound systems is great and the controls for it are easy to use. The climate control fan has a large jump from the #1 setting to the #2 setting and this was not the case with my 2016 tax. Another difference from the 2016 model and the 2018 model is Chevy removed 2 storage compartments from the dashboard and I truly miss the 2 extra compartments. Chevy improved the LCD control screen and the rear facing camera but devolved the storage situation. Overall I am pleased with my purchase.

- Paul C

My redline edition Chevy trax

I love the size of the car on the outside it seems really small but once you get inside it doesn't feel like a car that small. The seats lower all the way in the back which makes it nice for fitting bigger items in the trunk. I have the redline edition so mine feels a bit sporty which is nice for when you just want to step on the gas. I also travel a lot and it does amazing on gas. The only thing I wish it had is the same type of ac that the traverse has were you can have two different temps on each side

- Ryan G

Overall reliable, small family vehicle.

I really do like my trax. It is compact so I do not feel like I am driving a truck, but it is higher off the ground than a car. It gets good gas mileage. I wish the passenger seat had an arm rest. I have had it for almost a year and I have only found one issue with the vehicle. Sometimes when I plug my phone into the USB port, I lose control of my radio and the screen goes blank. One time I had to turn the car off in order to access my radio in any way while it continued to play music.

- JoAnna T

Nice little SUV for the price on the market.

I very much like my Chevy trax. It is a small SUV which is perfect for city and highway driving. I have black cloth seats. I find the Chevy trax to be a very reliable vehicle. It drives nice and it is very comfortable. I have OnStar and Wifi in my trax. I can also play my music on my iPod in my car. It has apple play and plugs so you can plug in a charger to charge a phone, tablet and iPod. My vehicle came with two sets of floor mats; rubber and rug.

- Joann E

Should have stuck with the Kia line of vehicles; a much better deal.

The lease has less features than a rental vehicle. Everything is manual, you have to pump the seat up and down. The seat moves forward as you pump up, if you have long legs; you will have problems. No inside lift release for the back door/gate. The low fuel goes and will not let you check to see how far you can go... Is it.25 miles or 25. The windows are hard to control, they either go down all the way or do not move at all-dangerous when driving!

- Jill T

It is reliable and gets good gas mileage.

I am happy with the way it drives and the gas mileage that it gets. I didn't realize when I bought it that it didn't come with cruise control - I really miss that! Unless the back seats are down there really is not much cargo space but for the most part it is not a problem. I do like how easily the seats go down when I do need more space. Overall, I am pleased with the Chevy trax but probably not going to buy one again.

- Laurie F

Great price. Buy this car. 2018 SUV Chevrolet Trax. Small, good gas mileage.

Bought my new car august 2018 following a no fault of mine accident. My 2018 Chevrolet Trax AWD is the perfect SUV size the interior is beautiful with the latest technologies such as on star, GPS navigation, weather gage, Wi-Fi, phone, bonus points which can be used for services. Finally the best thing of all is the price under fifteen thousand dollars gas mileage is amazing I recommend buying this car.

- Yvonne L

Great mom car or teenage!

I haven't had any problems with the car internally. The car is very comfortable for the driver and gives the options to change support in the upper and lower back and distance from the wheel. The backseat is pretty big but is truly a crossover vehicle. The trunk is not very big but fits enough. As a taller person you may not be comfortable sitting in the vehicle but it's great for a shorter person.

- Julie L

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