What Is It?
The 2017 Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover that first went on sale for the U.S. market in 2015. This year, it’s already getting a facelift, touting a new front end that gives it a more similar look to other recent Chevy models such as the latest Malibu sedan.
That front end is immediately noticeable when you first glance at the latest Trax, as it touts a larger opening below the bumper, a revised grille and new headlights. Other exterior updates include a revised rear bumper and new taillights, along with revised wheel designs.
The Trax also receives a few small updates on the inside. Most notable are changes to its center control stack, where the climate control vents are relocated, and the gauge cluster, where analog dials replace last year’s screen.
While the Trax retains its 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged powertrain for 2017, it touts a few new features. Chief among them is a revised MyLink infotainment system, which now boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SUV also offers keyless access with a push-button starter, which wasn’t available last year.
Although Chevy hasn’t yet announced pricing, we wouldn’t expect a huge bump over today’s $21,200 with shipping.
When Can You Get It?
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The subcompact-crossover segment is heating up, with challengers now reaching dealers from just about every mainstream automaker. Updates to the 2017 Chevrolet Trax will help it remain competitive in the face of highly popular rivals while also assuring that the tiny SUV keeps a modern design and many desirable high-tech features.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 FIAT 500X — The tiny FIAT 500X touts bold styling and excellent fuel economy, along with impressive driving dynamics. It also offers more power than the Trax.
2016 Honda HR-V — The HR-V is one of our favorite subcompact crossovers, largely due to its competitive pricing, fuel-efficient powertrains and impressive equipment. It’s more expensive than the Trax but potentially worth it.
2016 Mazda CX-3 — The subcompact CX-3 offers unusual styling, but it touts reasonable pricing and a fuel-efficient powertrain.
Used Chevrolet Equinox — If you like the Trax’s equipment and shape but want more room, consider Chevrolet’s midsize Equinox — the next model up from the Trax in its growing SUV lineup. Prices are higher, though, so you may have to get a used model.