2014 Chevrolet Trax Review (AutoGuide)
It’s mid-December and we’re somewhere outside Ottawa, Canada on a barely traveled road. With snow falling, temperature dropping and wildlife frolicking, it’s almost certain that this trip is going to end with a mishap.
Our all-season tires could choose to not grip going up, or down one of the many hilly routes along the way or when a suicidal deer jumps onto the road. The AWD system could prove to be understeer happy, sending me into a ditch or tree. The unsalted path could choose to spring some ice under our wheels, sending the car careening into oncoming traffic. Or I could just get lost, with no built-in navigation system, or cell-service coverage in the area.
Fortunately for me, none of this happens and Chevrolet’s new compact SUV, the Trax, is largely to thank. With its pluckiness and sheer determination, the Trax managed to get me out of every situation, one way or another.
TRAX LEADS TO CANADA
The Trax is a small vehicle in many ways. It’s small in price, starting at just $18,495 (CAN), which makes it more affordable than base models of the Nissan Juke, Hyundai Tucson and Kia Soul, although it’s not as inexpensive as the often-forgotten Suzuki SX4. When you start ticking the boxes like our 2LT equipped model, the price does get closer to its competition. Our vehicle was decked out with the automatic transmission and all-heel drive and came to $27,450. Overall value for the American vehicle is great.
Did that say American? Sorry, despite the Trax being sold to over 140 markets, it won’t make the move to the United States, which is why we’re in Canada testing out the local vehicle. The decision makes sense, as American buyers tend to opt for bigger vehicles, and already have access to the Buick Encore – a mechanically similar machines.
Canadians are often used to the out-of-city adventure. And for outdoor excursions ranging from snowboarding to camping a raised ground clearance or off-road capable drivetrain is preferred, as is storage space. Fortunately, the Trax acts like a good Canadian boy and scores well on all those points.