Despite the brand-new Trailblazer arrived recently, this similarly-sized crossover remains in the offer, despite the age. It has been in North America since 2015, but we are actually talking about the design that has been originally launched in 2012. That’s one of the reasons why this model falls behind competition in some aspects. Still, the 2021 Chevrolet Trax will have some good things to offer.
When it comes to changes, most of them are in terms of standard equipment. On the other side, the overall layout remains the same, which means you may count on a typical subcompact crossover. It is small and maneuverable, but still offers a higher driving position and very good visibility. The list of standard and available equipment could be longer, while the engine definitely isn’t able to provide decent acceleration and overall performances. On the other side, handling and braking are more than decent for the class.
2021 Chevrolet Trax Design
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 Chevrolet Trax comes without notable changes. We are talking about a well-known design, based on a familiar Gamma II platform. The model shares most of its parts with Buick Encore. We could say these two crossovers are mechanical twins. The Trax is good for about 100.6 inches between the axles, which makes it one of the smallest models in the segment.
When it comes to the styling, the 2021 Chevrolet Trax continues with the styling that has been updated a couple of years ago, when we saw a completely new face, along with new headlights, taillights, wheels and similar things. All in all, the best we could see for the next year are new color options. Other than that, things are about to remain the same.
Once again, there are no notable changes to come. We are about to see a familiar interior layout, which has both strong and weak points. On one side, we do like a high driving position, which ensures very good visibility. Also, the amount of space seems more than decent given the model’s size.
When it comes we don’t like, one of the first things that come to mind is the overall quality. Although there are areas with pretty nice soft-touch materials, the Trax still features more hard plastics than rivals.
When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on typical ratings for the class. There are 18.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats and more than 48 cubic feet with rear seats folded down. Also, the front passenger seat folds down, which is super-convenient if you need to load some longer objects.
The biggest changes for the 2021 Chevrolet Trax came in terms of available equipment. More precisely, the range-topping Premier trim has been dropped. Furthermore, you can’t get things like a power sunroof, available Bose stereo system, and two-tone Jet Black and Brandy interior theme anymore.
On the other side, the list of standard equipment has remained pretty much the same. It includes goodies like a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, six speakers, Bluetooth, voice command, USB ports, remote keyless entry etc. Additionally, you can get cruise control and remote start.
When it comes to safety features, a rearview camera is the only standard feature. Still, you can get goodies like rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert etc.
2021 Chevrolet Trax Engine
A familiar 1.4-liter turbo-four will remain the only available engine in this small crossover. With less than 140 horsepower, it’s obvious that it can’t provide any particular driving dynamics. Moreover, this lackluster engine is one of the weakest points of this crossover. It needs more than 9 seconds to hit 60 mph. While this seems okay for daily commuting, it’s a little bit frustrating on the highway.
The six-speed automatic transmission does a quite decent job, though.
When it comes to fuel economy, you may count on typical ratings for the class. The standard FWD model returns around 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. AWD models are slightly thirstier.