- New Chevrolet Trax SUV priced from $20,995 including shipping
- Subcompact Trax uses Chevrolet Sonic platform; 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine
- Chevrolet says Trax will reach dealers in January 2015
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax will start from $20,995 with shipping when it goes on sale early next year. That’s the latest from Chevrolet, which has priced the Trax around $4,000 below the small crossover’s upscale Buick Encore mechanical twin.
For drivers who don’t know the Trax, Chevrolet’s latest crossover is a subcompact model based on the brand’s tiny Sonic, which is offered as a sedan or a 5-door hatchback. The Trax will be available in just one body style — a 5-door crossover featuring front- or all-wheel drive — and will feature just one available engine: a 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. Chevrolet says it should return up to 26 miles per gallon city and 34 mpg highway.
Interestingly, the Trax’s reasonable base price buys a surprisingly long list of standard equipment. All versions of the SUV will include keyless entry, a backup camera and even a 7-inch, center-mounted touchscreen for Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. In fact, the Trax seems to offer roughly the same level of standard equipment as the upscale Buick Encore, which came out for the 2013 model year and also shares the Sonic’s platform. The Trax, of course, won’t boast the Buick’s premium branding.
While Chevrolet hasn’t announced a comprehensive list of the Trax’s features, the automaker did confirm that the SUV will be offered in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ. Chevrolet also announced that the Trax will offer options including a remote starter, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and Siri Eyes Free compatibility for iPhone users.
With its base price of under $21,000, the Trax will be one of the least expensive new SUVs on the market when it launches in January. Similarly priced models include the Dodge Journey and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which also start around $21,000; and the Jeep Patriot and Compass, which start around $17,700 and $20,000, respectively.
What it means to you: The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is already a hit across the world, and its reasonable pricing suggests it may be popular in the U.S., too.