Chevrolet Trax 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2015 Chevrolet Trax
|LT||1.4L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||9.8 sec||17.5 sec @ 79 mph||24/31/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LT||1.4L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||10.1 sec||17.5 sec @ 78.2 mph||24/31/26.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
|LT||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||9.3 sec||17.1 sec @ 79 mph||26/34/28.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
|LTZ||1.4L Turbo I-4||AWD||6A||9.4 sec||17.2 sec @ 80 mph||24/31/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|LTZ||1.4L Turbo I-4||FWD||6A||9.0 sec||16.8 sec @ 80.9 mph||26/34/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
About Chevrolet Trax
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax was originally made for the European market, but due to its popularity became available in Canada, Mexico, the US and other countries. Basically this is a mini crossover, and the emphasis is on style, practicality and connectivity. The Trax is clearly focused on the youth market, and judging from the response, looks like a winner.
Engine and Performance
The Trax has the Buick Encore’s powertrain and engine, but the car has its own identity. It has one engine, the port fuel injected, turbocharged 1.4 L capable of generating 148 lb-ft of torque @ 1850 RPM. However, the car doesn’t reach full power until the crankshaft hits 4900 RPM, at which point you’ll get the full 138 HP. The engine is relatively smooth even when you push it up to 5000 RPM.
The engine turns a bit noisy when you crank it up all the way to the 6500 RPM redline, but even then it’s nowhere near the noise level you get from other crossovers. Also, the Trax engine is very responsive and the turbocharger runs along with no noticeable lag, very impressive considering the specs.
From 0 to 60 mph the Trax takes 9.8 seconds, not in supercar range but the norm for crossovers. As for the transmission you get a six-speed 6T40 Hydra-Matic, and downshifts and up shifts can be done manually by way of the tap shift on the shaft mounted at the console.
The standard is the front-wheel drive but a variable AWD system is available. The AWD is heavier by a couple hundred pounds so that means the crossover will be around 3300 lbs. which isn’t too bad.
The Trax offers a pleasant driving experience, and for an all-purpose vehicle, it runs very well with none of the understeer you may have come to associate with these vehicles. Particularly impressive here is the electric power steering as it provides sufficient feedback to the driver, and this crossover can even handle some bumpy roads, which is a pleasant surprise.
This isn’t a vehicle you’d take on the track or to go an off-road excursion, as it’s mainly for commuting. In that regard the Trax holds its own when paired against other crossovers as the steering wheel handles easily and it doesn’t feel like you’re wrestling the vehicle when making turns into sharp corners.
For a small vehicle the Trax has a very spacious interior. It’s not that long, measuring 168.5 inches from tip to tip, but at 65.9 inches it’s quite tall. The Trax is also pretty wide to at 69.9 inches so when passengers get inside it’s going to be airy with plenty of leg room.
The cargo volume when you raise the seats is 18.7 cubic feet, and if you fold the backseats this increases to 48.4 cubic feet, great news if you bring a lot of cargo as you travel. The visibility is also good and there’s even a rearview camera included for a better view.
Don’t let the mini crossover term fool you because the Trax is fully packed as far as tech is concerned. Depending on the trim you buy, the Trax will have the MyLink system, several USB ports, 4G LTE connectivity, Siri service and several storage areas for your gadgets. In addition there are a number of other optional equipment that you can add, which is very cool.
The interior is a stylish gray with hard plastic components, and the roomy cabin gives it a nice, relaxing ambience. Just like the other Chevy SUV crossovers, the Trax is available in several trims namely the LTZ, LT and LS. The LS is the base model while the LTZ is the high end version, but you won’t be lacking convenience even with the LS, so any way you look at it, it’s a good deal.
The overall impression you get from the design is that it is very competent and comfortable, with the emphasis on technological convenience than overdoing the aesthetics. This should suit a great many people just fine, and proof of this is the fact that it’s become a fixture in city centers and suburbs.
- Engine Type: DOHC 16-valve inline-4
- Power: 138 hp @ 4900 rpm
- Torque: 148 lb-ft @ 1850 rpm
- Displacement: 83 cu in, 1364 cc
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Curb weight (C/D est): 3100-3300 lb
- Width: 69.9 in Height: 65.9 in
- Length: 168.5 in
- Wheelbase: 100.6 in
- Zero to 60 mph: 9 seconds
- EPA city/highway driving: 23-26/30-34 mpg
The bottom is that this crossover is all about getting you from one point to another in as convenient a manner as possible, and it succeeds in that area. This isn’t a flashy crossover and it doesn’t aspire to be. What it is though, is a vehicle that has all the features you’d need for a practical ride, and if that’s your thing then grab this.