Small and Mighty: the Chevrolet Trax is a Great new Small Ute

August 5th, 2015 by

2015 Chevrolet Trax

For some reason we seem to want things smaller anymore.  SUVs used to be a truck that had room for more passengers and were so big you could sit with a passenger in the front seat and need a stick to reach the other person.  Whether it has to do with the world becoming crowded or the fact we need vehicles that are smaller in order to feel confident parking them the movement to smaller has continued and now we have a full menu of compact crossover SUVs on the market that are not much larger than some cars and in some cases can be mistaken for cars.

The Chevrolet Trax is a nice offering as a tiny SUV that competes with the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3 and Nissan Juke.  The Trax is and looks small from the outside with an overall size that is only one inch longer than an older air-cooled Porsche 911, but on the inside Chevrolet did a remarkable job using the interior space in an intelligent way to offer us a tiny SUV that is comfortable even for taller occupants who might hesitate to consider this small Ute.

The Trax is actually large enough inside to fit a six foot passenger behind a six foot driver and allow both to feel comfortable.  Entering and exiting the vehicle is also made easier by use of the large doors that give access to anyone to be able to fit nicely in this SUV.  Once inside the tow-toned colors and metal trimmings are attractive to the eye and the features desired are certainly in place as the Trax does have a great infotainment system installed to give a feeling of a vehicle that has been fully modernized to the needs of today’s car shoppers.

To power this little SUV there is a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes in with 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque that is pushed through a six-speed automatic transmission.  The Trax can be had with four-wheel drive to give you the ability to drive in a variety of weather conditions as well as the ability to head off road when desired.  The fuel mileage of this great little SUV is rated at 24 city/31 hwy to make it one of the most efficient SUVs on the market that helps you keep money in your pocket and not spending on gas.

The drivability of this little SUV is great.  As a vehicle that is not much larger than most cars the drive is agile and quick on the road with instant response to any steering input you can toss and turn this great little SUV and it will simply come back smiling, looking for more.  As an attractive entrant into the compact crossover SUV segment the Chevrolet Trax is a vehicle that doesn’t make a fuss or asks for a lot of attention, this is certainly an SUV that you can take out for a wild ride and know it will come back ready to play again the next day.

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