2017 Chevrolet Trax

Overview

Call it a subcompact SUV or a tall-riding hatchback with available all-wheel drive, the Chevrolet Trax emerges as a cleverly crafted package destined to captivate budget-conscious urban dwellers.

Refreshed in 2017, the Trax boasts updated styling, improved interior design, and new safety technology, shedding some of its economy car feel without sacrificing affordability.

Maintaining an understated design, the Trax appeals to reserved shoppers avoiding traffic attention. Yet, its true strength lies in its compact dimensions—ideal for navigating city traffic, executing u-turns, or slipping into tight parking spaces.

But at the same time, its useful hatchback shape makes sure that it’s never cramped for passengers inside like the Nissan Juke or the Mazda CX-3. Coupled with a comfortable cabin, the Trax offers generous cargo space, accommodating spontaneous weekend getaways without an issue.

What’s also impressive is that even the most basic Trax model is equipped with respectable amenities including a 7-inch touchscreen  with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, OnStar (with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot), automatic headlights, and a power lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat.

The 2017 Trax is a propelled by a small yet hardy 137-hp 1.4-liter Turbo In-Line Four

that offers adequate low end pep for all your city-errands. While the engine might not thrill on the highway, the EPA-estimated 33 mpg (for front-wheel drive models during highway driving) ensures a contented journey. The 2017 Trax also offers available active safety features and boasts a high crash-test safety rating.

What’s New for 2017?

  • Revamped exterior aesthetics deliver a more attractive appearance.
  • The interior receives a modernized design and upgraded materials.
  • Standard inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity.
  • Introduction of several new active safety features.
  • The former LTZ trim has been replaced by the top-end Premier trim.

Trims and Pricing

Trim Original Starting MSRP (including destination) 
LS $21,895
LT $23,795
Premier $26,995

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax originally carried a starting sticker price of $21,895 for the LS trim. Every model features a standard 1.4-liter inline-4 engine. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automated transmission were standard across all models.

For a reasonable additional cost of $1,500, all models offered optional all-wheel drive and rear disc brakes, positioning the Trax as one of the most budget-friendly all-wheel-drive vehicles available.

Which Trim should you buy?

  • The LS model kicks off the lineup with a respectable set of features, featuring the MyLink 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
  • For optimal value, the LT model stands out, featuring an appealing starting price and a robust lineup of standard features. Additionally, it offers noteworthy available active safety features.

For a detailed breakdown of the differences between each trim level, please refer to the dedicated features description.

Interior

Design and Quality

In 2017, Chevy Trax interior underwent a substantial transformation, enhancing both its visual charm and practical functionality. The dash, thoughtfully crafted, now boasts a more organic and seamless layout. Analog gauges complemented by a new 3.5-inch digital information center replaces the previous motorcycle-style instrument display.

While the materials of the 2017 Trax interior maintain their budget-friendly nature, the inclusion of leatherette upholstery on the dash trim, complete with available contrasting stitching and chrome accents, elevates the overall feel-good factor.

The Higher Premier gets you features such as full leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery and heated front seats which further help the Trax feel less like its budget classification.

Space and Comfort

The 2017 Trax defies its subcompact exterior dimensions by offering an interior that feels remarkably more spacious and comfortable than expected.

Tall individuals, often hesitant about subcompact SUVs, will find ample front-seat headroom and legroom. While the seats may be somewhat narrow, they provide excellent support, with extended lower cushions—a thoughtful touch often overlooked in small cars.

The seats offer manual adjustments for height and rake, with the top-trim Premier model featuring a six-way power seat for added flexibility. However, adjusting the seat back requires manual effort through a somewhat inconspicuous lever on the side.

Even at the rear, accommodating 6-footers poses no real challenge, as long as there are two occupants.

Surprisingly, for a small and affordable utility vehicle, the cabin maintains a commendable level of quietness across various usage scenarios. Even at idle, the engine remains virtually unheard, contributing to an overall pleasant driving experience.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Technology stands out as a formidable strength across all 2017 Trax models. Standard across all Trax models is a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Chevy’s MyLink. Notably user-friendly, the system exhibits swift responsiveness to inputs.

Furthermore, it incorporates the latest smartphone integration capabilities, including standard features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and in-car Wi-Fi—a distinction, as some competitors either make these features optional or omit them altogether.

For a comprehensive overview of the infotainment features, please refer to the dedicated features description.

Cargo Space

In the subcompact SUV category, the Trax boasts slightly above-average cargo capacity. Behind the rear seats, it offers 18.7 cubic feet of space—ample room for luggage, shopping bags, or sporting gear.

For spontaneous trips to the local bulk membership store, the 60/40 split-folding rear seats can be collapsed. Doing so reveals 48.4 cubic feet of space along with a flat load floor.

Enhancing the Trax’s versatility, the front-passenger seat folds flat, accommodating items up to 8 feet in length.

Features

Chevrolet Trax LS Features

The base Trax comes with the following standard features:

  • 16-inch steel wheels (Alloy wheels on all-wheel drive models)
  • Automatic headlights
  • Full power accessories
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Air-conditioning
  • Power lumbar adjustment for the driver seat
  • 60/40-split folding rear seat
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat and a rear cargo cover
  • Driver information display
  • 7-inch touchscreen with Chevrolet MyLink interface
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • OnStar (with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot)
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Two USB ports

Standard safety features on the base Trax include:

  • 10 airbags
  • Four-wheel disc brakes (All-wheel drive models)
  • Anti Lock braking system
  • Traction control
  • Stability control
  • Rear view camera
  • Tire-pressure monitor

Chevrolet Trax LT Features

The LT adds the following extras:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Silver-colored exterior accents
  • Upgraded headlights
  • LED Tail Light
  • LED DRLs
  • Roof rails
  • Remote engine start
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • Upgraded cloth upholstery
  • 110-volt household-style power outlet
  • Satellite radio
  • Cruise control
  • Storage drawer under the front passenger seat
  • Rear privacy glass

Optional Packages on the 2017 Chevy Trax included:

Sun and Sound package

  • Sunroof
  • Seven-speaker Bose audio system

LT Convenience package

  • Keyless entry and go
  • Cloth / leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Six-way power-adjustable driver seat

Driver Confidence package

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

Chevrolet Trax Premier Features

Along with the LT’s standard features, the Premier trim got its optional features also as standard (except the sunroof). The Premier also adds:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated front seat
  • Full leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery.
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Optional on the Premier is the Driver Confidence II package. It adds:

  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning

Engine and Performance

2017 Chevrolet Trax Specs

  • Engine: 1.4-liter Turbo In-Line Four
  • Horsepower: 138 hp @  4,900 RPM
  • Torque: 148 lb-ft @  1,850 RPM
  • Transmission: -Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive / All-Wheel Drive
  • 0-96 km/h in 9.18 seconds for FWD models and 10.08 seconds for AWD models

Chevrolet Trax Drive Experience

The 2017 Chevy Trax is designed to be dutiful if not effortless. The numbers aren’t to write home about, but the purpose build of the Trax instantly shows off when you take it on a drive.

In urban settings, it exhibits a satisfyingly peppy performance, courtesy of the engine’s ability to deliver maximum torque at remarkably low revs, starting from 1,850 rpm. The Trax’s subcompact footprint, nimble steering, and agile nature collectively make it an easy and enjoyable city runabout. Adding to its urban prowess is the Trax’s exceptionally tight turning radius, simplifying parking and executing u-turns with ease.

While it’s no corner carver, the Trax handles reliably and there’s very minimal body roll despite the Trax’s towering height. The ride is on the firmer side which does give the Trax a feeling of solidity. However, it’s still advisable to get the LS and  LT models which are better riding because of their 16-inch wheels.

What’s also impressive is how quiet the cabin is for a car of this class, and that coupled with supportive front seats alleviate fatigue on longer journeys. However, like other cars in its class, highway driving demands thoughtful planning and patience for merging and passing maneuvers.

The Trax’s brakes stand out as among the most potent in its class, particularly with all-wheel drive models benefiting from four-wheel disc brakes. The feel from the pedal is solid and confidence-inspiring.

Fuel Economy

The Trax impresses with its EPA-rated fuel efficiency, reaching a commendable 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The 2017 Trax gas mileage numbers does see a minor adjustment to 24/30 mpg city/highway in case you choose the all-wheel-drive model.

Safety

The Chevrolet Trax boasts outstanding safety ratings for a subcompact SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2017 Trax a top-tier five-star overall crash test rating. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluations, it received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front passenger-side crash test, while attaining the highest rating of Good in all other IIHS tests.

NHTSA Safety Ratings

Crash Test Rating
Frontal crash Five-Star
Side Crash Five-Star
Rollover Four-Star
Overall Rating Five-Star

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Safety Ratings

Moderate Overlap Front Test Good
Side Impact Test Good
Roof Strength Test Good
Small Overlap Front Driver Test Good
Small Overlap Front Passenger Test Acceptable
Head restraints and seats Good
Front Crash Protection Basic (With Optional Equipment)

Safety and Driver Assistance Features

Standard safety features on the base Trax include:

  • 10 airbags
  • Anti Lock braking system
  • Traction control
  • Stability control
  • Rear view camera
  • Tire-pressure monitor

Available driver-assistance features include:

  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision Alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Rear Park Assist

To know the exact trim-wise breakup of available safety tech, check out the features section.’

Reliability

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax reviews on reliability is pretty solid. JD Power gave it a respectable 80/100 in quality and reliability, while Repair Pal too gave it a strong 4/5.

Conclusion

Pros:

  • High Anticipated Reliability Ratings
  • Roomy and versatile interior accommodating four adults comfortably
  • Abundance of standard equipment for the price.
  • Excellent crash test scores provide additional peace of mind.
  • Commanding seating position
  • Capable handling
  • Reasonable prices across all trims
  • All trims available with all-wheel drive (AWD)

Cons:

  • Slightly firmer ride quality
  • Highway driving needs patience
  • Might appear too plain for some

Should you Buy a Used 2017 Chevrolet Trax?

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax, a mini SUV with a compact wheelbase and adaptable cabin, proves ideal for urban driving. Abundant standard amenities, high anticipated dependability, and fuel efficiency, coupled with optional AWD, position it as a capable choice. Noteworthy active safety technology and above-average safety scores further enhance its appeal.

Chevy’s 2017 updates bring improved aesthetics, enhanced comfort, and additional features and tech. These enhancements significantly elevate the Trax’s appeal, solidifying its status as a well-rounded option in the segment.

If your shopping criteria include a blend of SUV capability and city-friendly dimensions, the multitasking 2017 Chevrolet Trax is a used option you won’t want to miss. While some may argue it leans towards simplicity, we believe that, beyond style or performance, it emphasizes what’s genuinely important to many shoppers in this class – solid utility without breaking the bank.

Check out well-maintained used Chevrolet Trax examples at SchumacherUsed.

FAQ’s

Is the Chevy Trax all-wheel drive?

Yes, the 2017 Chevy Trax is among the most affordable all-wheel-drive options available. The AWD feature was a $1,500 option on all models, providing excellent value, and it also included rear disc brakes for a reasonable base price.

Is 2017 a good year for the Chevrolet Trax?

Absolutely. The 2017 Chevy Trax, part of the 2015-launched generation, received a refreshing update that enhanced both its interior and exterior aesthetics. With added features and solid reliability ratings, it stands out as a wise choice in the used car market. You find high-quality 2017 Chevrolet Trax for sale at Schumacher Used.

How much is a used 2017 Chevrolet Trax worth?

The worth of a used 2017 Chevrolet Trax can vary widely, ranging from approximately $13,000 to $19,000. The actual price depends on factors such as the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

How is the 2017 Chevrolet Trax compared to competitors?

The 2017 Chevrolet Trax may not be as sexy or sharp to drive as a CX3 but is far more accommodating for passengers and cargo inside, as the CX3 feels quite cramped. The Trax’s ride also feels more sorted (especially models with 16-inch wheels) than the CX3 which can feel unsettling on harsh bumps. Comparing the 2017 Trax to the Nissan Juke, the Trax isn’t as powerful as the Nissan Juke, however, once again the Trax is simply the better car here for carrying passengers around with its surprisingly roomy cabin.

How is the Chevy Trax so cheap?

The affordability of the Chevy Trax is attributed to smart packaging by Chevrolet. By focusing on essential elements and combining them efficiently, Chevy manages to save costs without compromising quality. The use of the same turbocharged 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine across all trim levels adds to cost-effectiveness.

Is Chevy Trax good for long drives?

Surprisingly, yes. Despite its budget positioning, the Chevy Trax performs admirably on long drives. While the engine may not feel entirely at home on freeways, the impressive 33 MPG Chevy Trax highway economy ensures contentment. The roomy cabin, supportive seating, standard tech features, and good ride quality further contribute to its suitability for extended journeys.

Is the Chevy Trax a car or SUV?

Chevy classifies the Trax as a subcompact crossover SUV. The Trax is manufactured in Mexico and South Korea by General Motors.

What are the key features of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax?

Notable features of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, providing seamless smartphone integration for music, messaging, and navigation. The inclusion of 4G LTE Wi-Fi as a standard feature turns the Trax into a rolling hotspot. The Trax also comes loaded with available driver-assistance features including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision Alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist.