The basic baby crossover | 2017 Chevrolet Trax First Drive

Sometimes things just work out, with fate conspiring to help you do your job. That was the case with this review – we needed a way to get from our Michigan base to Chicago to test the restyled 2017 Chevy Trax, and it just so happened there was a 2016 model available to make the trip in. It's rare we get to do a direct back-to-back test.

If there's one thing we learned from the 600-mile round trip in the 2016 Trax, it's that Chevy's smallest CUV has a lot of room for improvement. After a full day of city-heavy work with the 2017 model, it's clear GM addressed some of its smallest crossover's glaring flaws. This is the CUV Chevrolet should have introduced in the first place.

Those changes don't really concern the hardware. The Trax is the same basic Gamma II-based crossover it was before, a sibling to the Buick Encore. It again comes standard with a 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder Ecotec engine with 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission, with standard front- and optional all-wheel drive. Like the Encore, the Trax rides on McPherson struts in front and a torsion-beam rear suspension, and the rack-and-pinion steering has electric assist. Read more...

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08 Jan 2017

By Brandon Turkus