2015 Chevrolet Trax

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What's New for 2015:
  • All-new model for 2015
  • Compact crossover SUV offers FWD or AWD
  • Smallest SUV in Chevy's lineup
  • Raised ride height promises better view
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

Previously available only in other countries, the Chevrolet Trax makes its U.S. debut for the 2015 model year. It shares a platform and architecture with another of GM's compact crossovers, the Buick Encore. Outside of the GM stable, the Nissan Juke and Kia Sportage are notable competitors.

Models and Features
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is about 5 in. shorter than the Chevrolet Sonic sedan, and 3 in. narrower than  the Chevrolet Equinox. The new Trax is available in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). Three trim levels are offered--LS, LT, and LTZ--each equipped with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Standard equipment on the base LS trim level includes 16-in. steel wheels, automatic headlights, and keyless entry. The LT upgrades to alloy wheels, and adds roof rails, heated exterior mirrors, and rear privacy glass. The LTZ features 18-in. alloy wheels, and adds rear park-assist sensors.

Despite its compact build, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax offers 18.7 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats, or 48.4 cu. ft. with the seats folded down. Standard interior features on the Trax LS include power windows and locks, air conditioning, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, and rear cargo cover. The electronics lineup includes the Chevrolet MyLink interface as standard (with a 7-in. touch screen and integrated smartphone applications), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, proprietary OnStar telematics, voice controls, and a 6-speaker sound system. The Trax LT adds cruise control, remote ignition, premium cloth upholstery, under-seat storage, and various electronics upgrades. The Trax LTZ features a 6-way power driver's seat, premium vinyl upholstery, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and upgraded audio system.

Options and Packages
A power sunroof is available on the Trax LTZ. The Plus package adds many LTZ features to the LT trim, including the leatherette upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and power driver's seat. The Sun and Sound package adds the LTZ's sunroof and audio system to the LT.

Under the Hood
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax may be had with FWD or AWD; regardless of drivetrain or trim level, the SUV features a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode is standard. The Buick Encore, and some versions of the Chevrolet Cruze, also use this engine.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax can be expected to get 26 mpg in the city, 34 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined with FWD, and 24/31/27 mpg with AWD.

Safety Ratings and Technology
Standard safety features on the 2015 Trax include 10 air bags, standard rearview camera, OnStar with emergency response services, and anti-lock brakes. Rear drum brakes are standard on FWD variants, though they're upgraded to discs when AWD is selected.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2015 Chevrolet Trax 5 stars (the highest rating possible) overall, including 5 stars for frontal and side crash protection and 4 stars for rollover protection, whether equipped with FWD or AWD. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2015 Chevrolet Trax a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--in every test category, and designated it a \"Top Safety Pick.\"

Chevrolet is promoting the 2015 Trax as particularly advanced, technologically, for a small crossover. Electronic highlights include a fast 4G mobile connection for multiple devices via OnStar with built-in Wi-Fi; Siri Eyes Free (which allows iPhone users to operate their smartphones with voice commands); and BringGo app integration that transforms the infotainment screen into a navigation system.


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