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2018 Chevrolet Trax KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 7.9 / 10
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This Car - 2018 Chevrolet Trax
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Consumer Rating 9.1 / 10
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KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor


The 2018 Chevrolet Trax combines the fuel efficiency of a compact car with the roominess and capability of an SUV. Known in the industry as a compact-crossover SUV, this design is gaining in popularity especially with younger drivers. The Chevy Trax is made all the more alluring due to its high-tech features that include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as well as a host of advanced driver-safety equipment. Peppy and fun to drive, the Trax doesn’t feel heavy or bloated like some larger crossover SUVs, and its optional all-wheel-drive system is perfect for weekend ski trips or access to remote trailheads. The Trax’s overall ownership costs appear to be a bit higher than its rivals, however, something to keep in mind if you’re pinching pennies.

You'll Like This Car If...

With more interior room than the Mazda CX-3 and better fuel efficiency than the Jeep Renegade or Fiat 500X, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax hits the sweet spot for compact-crossover SUV shoppers.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re concerned about value once it comes time to trade up, the Chevy Trax’s low resale figures might make a Honda HR-V, Toyota C-HR or Mazda CX-3 seem a better bet.

What's New for 2018

All models gain a revised MyLink radio with 7-inch touch screen, while the Premier trim gains forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning as standard. A new Redline Edition package is added to the LT trim’s optional equipment.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Thanks to its small size, tight turning radius and peppy turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax makes a great city-commuter car that can pull double duty as a weekend escape artist. The front seats are supportive for long trips and the MyLink infotainment system is thoroughly up to date for integration with the latest smartphone applications from music to navigation. At highway speeds, the Trax’s interior isn’t whisper-quiet, but it is does weed out the most obnoxious types of road noise, making crystal-clear conversation via a Bluetooth-enabled device possible. The Trax’s steering, braking and acceleration are quite good, delivering a predictable driving experience we found quite enjoyable.

Favorite Features

APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO
With the ability to mirror one’s smartphone on the 7-inch MyLink infotainment setup, the Trax allows the driver to bring along navigation, music and even text messages in a safe and easily accessible format.

4G LTE Wi-Fi
Thanks to its built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the 2018 Chevy Trax offers its passengers instant access to the net, allowing use of phones, tablets or laptops anywhere a signal is available.


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