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2018 Chevrolet Trax Walk Around


Many small-crossover competitors rely on visual flair to attract notice. For its Trax, Chevrolet has relied upon practically, keeping the design simple, even generic. Modest updating for the 2017 model year brought the front end closer to the appearance of other Chevrolet models; but overall, little is distinctive about the Trax.

In terms of basic shape, the Trax might be considered somewhere between a short crossover or SUV, and a tall hatchback. Lack of a window aft of the rear door makes the hatchback designation more logical.

Even though the Trax shares its foundation and front doors with Buick’s Encore, body styling differs substantially between the two GM vehicles.

Interior

Inside as well as out, the Trax comes across as practical and straightforward. Boasting a relatively spacious cabin for its size, it can seat four adults, or five, for short journeys.

Black plastic is prominent around the traditional, horizontally-arranged dashboard, with its conventional gauges. Yet, some details counteract any dreariness. Even the base model’s black cloth upholstery boasts blue accent stitching. Premier trim features attractive two-tone upholstery, with contract stitching decorating the instrument panel. In some areas, patterned trim edges aside the less-appealing black plastic panels.

Front seats are comfortable, though the two occupants might feel rather close together. The driver gets a fold-down armrest, but there’s no between-the-seats console.

Unlike some smaller vehicles, seat cushions are long enough to satisfy taller drivers. Upper trim levels include power seat adjustment, but moving a very short lever is the only way to alter backrest angle.

Rear seating is acceptable for adults. Pulling a fabric tab lets the bottom cushion fold forward. The front passenger seatback also folds.

Cargo volume ranks around average, totaling 18.7 cubic feet with the seatback upright, expanding to 48.4 cubic feet when folded down. Passengers can expect plenty of storage spots around the cabin: bins, trays, and twin gloveboxes.

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