2016 chevrolet trax Model Overview
New for 2016
Four new exterior color choices have been added to the 2016 Chevrolet Trax, Crimson Metallic, Sable Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic, and Champagne Silver Metallic.
The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is an entry-level small crossover that slots below the larger Equinox and is available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations.
A turbocharged 1.4-liter I-4 rated at 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque is the only engine available and it’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is class competitive at 26/34 mpg city/highway in front-drive variants and 24/31 mpg with all-wheel drive.
Cargo space in the Trax is class competitive at 18.7 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats up and 48.4 cubic feet with them down. However, this is less than entries such as the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Subaru XV Crosstrek, which offer over 50 cubic feet or more with the rear seats folded.
In addition to dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 Trax comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, as well as rear-side airbags as standard equipment.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
The base LS trim comes standard with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, a seven-inch touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, cloth upholstery, and keyless entry. The mid-level LT trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, satellite radio, cruise control, front and rear skid plates, a 110V power outlet, and a storage drawer under the front passenger seat. 4G LTE connectivity is available but it has a monthly fee after the three-month/3GB trial period is over.
What We Think
Despite its small dimensions, the 2016 Trax is spacious and offers plenty of practicality wrapped in a compact package. In a 2015 First Test review, we said that the Trax’s cabin is well-insulated while the ride is reasonably comfortable for a vehicle with a short wheelbase. There’s also plenty of storage cubbies, making the Trax more practical. However, the 1.4-liter turbo-four doesn’t have much power and has leisurely acceleration. In a comparison test that also included the Mazda CX-3, Nissan Juke, Jeep Renegade, Subaru XV Crosstrek, and Honda HR-V, the Trax placed fifth because it exhibited excessive body roll on the road, slow acceleration, and poor interior build quality.
The Trax is closely related to the more luxurious Buick Encore and the European market Opel/Vauxhall Mokka.
- Roomy interior
- Plenty of storage cubbies
You Won’t Like:
- Unresponsive transmission
- Turbo lag
- Unimpressive build quality