The Chevy Trax was first introduced to the market for the 2015 model year. And throughout its time on the market thus far, it has gained numerous fans due to its reliability and great features. That said, the 2021 Chevy Trax offers the same great performance and technology features as the past models, plus more. So today, we are going to look this modern vehicle over from the bottom up to understand all of its greatness. Let’s get started!
Over the years, the Chevy Trax has been equipped with the same engine and provided the same performance to drivers. There has been no need to change it because the Trax performs perfectly for commuting and families, which is exactly what it is built to do. The 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine produces a solid 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, again, perfect for the vehicle’s intention.
Making this an even better commuter and family vehicle, though, is its fuel efficiency. With FWD, the 2021 Trax gets 26 MPG in the city, 31 MPG on the highway, and 28 MPG combined. These numbers are really great for an SUV and limit the amount of time and money spent at the gas station. When equipped with AWD, these numbers drop, but only slightly to 24 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway, and 26 MPG combined. In all, the Trax is the perfect vehicle for both long and short drives as it offers solid performance and fantastic fuel economy. But how safe is it?
Serious Safety Features
The Chevrolet Trax offers several features to keep drivers safe. Its braking system involves anti-lock brakes that can automatically sense when a tire has stopped rotating with extreme braking. The brakes will automatically modulate pressure to the brakes to rotate the tires. This automatic tire rotation helps the vehicle to turn while braking. Additionally, stability control can automatically tell when the car has exceeded its handling limits and reduces engine power or applies the brakes to help the driver keep control of the vehicle.
The 2021 Chevy Trax also has a fantastic airbag system. There are front-impact airbags that are designed to protect front-seat passengers and the driver during a frontal crash. Side impact airbags deploy to protect passengers from torso injuries. And overhead airbags and knee airbags deploy to protect passengers from heads and lower limbs during accidents. With all of these airbags, you can feel extra safe and secure if you were to ever get into an accident.
In addition to the run-of-the-mill safety features, the Trax offers tons of driver-assist features, including adaptive cruise control. This type of cruise control can sense the speed of cars in front of you and will stay at a safe distance from the traffic. Other driver-assist features available on the 2021 Trax are rear park assist, a rear vision camera, blind-zone alerts, and even OnStar. With all of these safety and driver-assist features, the Trax is one of the safest vehicles to drive.
Beyond being safe, this SUV is also secure. Security in the car extends to detecting and preventing outside intrusion. The vehicle has an ignition disable device to prevent the engine from starting if an intruder uses a fake key. When it comes to safety and security, the 2021 Trax is fully equipped to handle anything and everything.
Loads of Space
Another consideration to make when looking at an SUV is how much space it has to offer. The 2021 Chevrolet Trax offers space in a great way and is quite roomy for a vehicle in its class. Passenger space is measured at around 92.8 cu.ft. This allows the front passenger to get 40.8 inches of legroom, and the back seat passengers to get up to 35.7 inches of legroom. This ample space enables comfort no matter where the passengers are seated.
Additionally, the front driver seat has 6-way power controls to allow for the best seating position. The rear seats have a 60-40 split-bench with adjustable headrests and center rear adjustable armrests. Combined with the ample space, these small features make the most out of comfort for both the driver and the passengers.
The cargo space is also great for this class with up to 48.4 cu.ft. of space with the rear seats folded, and 18.7 cu.ft. with the seats up. The Trax also has a unique cargo feature that allows you to fold down the passenger seat all the way flat to accommodate cargo up to 8 feet long. In all, this compact SUV is surprisingly spacious, making for an even more practical vehicle. A lot of the features of the Trax come down to practicality; however, there are some parts that are there to please the eye instead.
Looks to Please
The Chevy Trax is actually quite the attractive vehicle. It is sleek and modern with looks that intrigue drivers everywhere. However, the looks do vary based on the trim. For example, the Trax LS and LT both have 16-inch aluminum wheels, but the LT comes with additional features with heated, body-color side mirrors and taillights with LED accents. Additionally, a premium Trax Midnight edition based on the LT trim sports 18-inch gloss-black aluminum wheels and dark-hued aesthetics such as front and rear black skid plates.
And if you are concerned about finding a color to suit your personality, don’t be. There are tons of available colors, including Mosaic Black Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Crimson Metallic, Black Cherry Metallic, Stone Gray Metallic, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, and Shadow Gray Metallic. This extensive list of colors, along with the various exterior features, allows you to get a vehicle that looks just the way you want.
Technology Brings Comfort and Fun
The interior of the Trax is also quite good looking and feature-filled. This SUV offers an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, a 6-speaker AM/FM audio system with SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth streaming, and two USB inputs. An integrated 4G LTE Wi-Fi system is available, too, for fast internet access for passengers’ phones, tablets, or laptops. And the system supports up to seven devices.
The base LS package includes remote keyless entry, single-zone air conditioning, a 4-way manual-adjust driver’s seat, and a compass while the higher LT trim has cloth/leatherette upholstery with heated front seat with power adjustment. Other options for the higher trim include keyless ignition and entry. The lighting in the Trax is also adequate, with a fading light dome and front reading lights. Additionally, rear and front cupholders are available for the driver and passengers. These features make long rides in the Trax feel short. And often, they may make you want to stay in your car for hours after you get home.
The Final Word
In all, the 2021 Chevy Trax is a great car for commuting and hauling the family. With plenty of space for both passengers and cargo, traveling long distances with the whole family is never an issue. Plus, there are tons of features that will keep both you and your family safe and entertained. The Chevy Trax is truly the best commuter family SUV.