2015 Chevrolet Trax: First Drive

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By William Jackson

Buying a small car used to mean buying a hatchback or sedan, but now carmakers are rolling out SUVs to fill up that end of the market. Subcompact SUVs like the Nissan Juke and Kia Soul have been around for a while, but Chevrolet, Honda and Mazda are entering the fray with the Trax, HR-V and CX-3, respectively.

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With its 2015 Trax, Chevrolet offers a small SUV with exceptional visibility, good interior room, a surprisingly large cargo area, but pokey acceleration — especially with the optional all-wheel drive.

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Subcompact Chevrolet Trax SUV To Start At $20,995

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Small SUVs are on their way in force with the likes of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and other soon-to-be-released competitors, including the 2015 Jeep Renegade and 2015 Honda HR-V. The Trax, which is based on Chevrolet's subcompact Sonic sedan and hatchback, goes on sale in January 2015 and will start at $20,995, with a destination charge, for an entry-level front-wheel-drive LS trim.

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Already existing competitors like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Nissan Juke are priced at $20,445 and $19,980, respectively. All-wheel drive is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels for an additional $1,500, making the Trax Chevrolet's least-expensive all-wheel-drive model. With its January introduction, we're sure all-wheel drive will be much appreciated by snow-belt buyers.

The Trax's standard feature set consists of a backup camera, six-speed automatic transmission, voice-activate multimedia system with USB port and more. A pricing breakdown of the trim levels and optional equipment isn't available at the moment, but available features include remote start, OnStar 4G LTE wireless connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio and Siri Eyes Free for compatible Apple iOS devices.

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By Joe Bruzek | October 2, 2014 | Comments (3)

Recall Alert: 3,000 2011-14 GM Compact Cars, Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 3,000 GM compact cars and crossovers, including model-year 2011-14 Chevrolet Cruzes and 2012-14 Sonics, as well as 2013-14 Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore crossovers, and Buick Verano sedans

The Problem: Insulation on the engine block heater power cord, if equipped, may become damaged during very cold conditions.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or Buick at 800-521-7300.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Trax Video

Chevy's new baby SUV technically isn't new; it's been on sale in many global markets for years but will be coming to a dealership near you in early 2015. The Trax's grille and headlight treatment help it blend into the Chevy family, and its wedgy profile looks a lot like the tiny Buick Encore's, the Trax’s platform mate. Take a walk around the new subcompact SUV with Cars.com's Kelsey Mays.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 18, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Chevrolet Trax Photo Gallery (15 Photos)

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The subcompact SUV class is gaining a new member with the 2015 Chevrolet Trax. Although the wedgy, pint-sized SUV has been on sale in Canada, Mexico and other global markets since 2012, model-year 2015 marks the first time it's going on sale in the U.S.

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Similar in size to the diminutive Buick Encore, the Trax is slightly longer than Chevy's Sonic hatchback but shorter than the Sonic and Cruze sedans.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Chevrolet Trax: Up Close and Driven

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Chevrolet expects the small SUV segment to blossom in the next few years, with a growth of 80 percent by 2016. Chevrolet's new entry for the U.S. in this segment is the Trax, a five-passenger compact SUV that slots below Chevrolet's popular Equinox; the Trax is already on sale in Canada and other global markets. I briefly drove a Canadian-spec Trax at a Chevrolet preview drive at Monticello Motor Club in New York.

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The Trax shares many of its driving qualities with the Chevrolet Sonic on which the SUV's platform is derived from. The sole turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine is potent enough to make the small SUV feel spritely and pairs with a well-sorted chassis to live up to its sporty claim.

By Joe Bruzek | April 16, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Chevrolet Trax: First Look

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Competes with: Kia Soul, Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Looks like: A cartoonish miniature Chevrolet Equinox

Drivetrain: 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder; six-speed automatic transmission; front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Chevrolet has a new small car in its stable for 2015 with the Trax SUV, revealed at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The bite-sized five-passenger SUV goes on sale in the U.S. early next year; it's been on sale in Canada, Mexico and other global markets since 2012. The Trax slots below the considerably larger Equinox and is closer in size to the Chevrolet Sonic and Cruze small cars.

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Small doesn't mean basic, though, as Chevrolet will pump the Trax full of available connectivity and convenience features such as its 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Siri Eyes Free system, BringGo navigation app as well as optional all-wheel drive, leather trim and more. The Trax will be available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, and we'll know pricing closer to its on-sale date next year.

By Joe Bruzek | April 15, 2014 | Comments (9)

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