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    I had a business trip last week to Ft. Lauderdale about a 3.5 hour drive from St. Pete so I got a rental and drove since flying, including checking in and such, would have been just as long. Last time I did this trip I had a Ford Focus and I posted my review on FIN and was a bit harsh on it mostly because of hard plastics on the door panel and lower dash where my knee rested. This time I was hoping for something better when I got to Enterprise they had a ton of cars in the front so I was curious as to what I would get. I checked in and attendant came out and said you can pick any car you want. I instantly saw the red Charger and started walking towards it and he said well you got an intermediate so anything bigger will be an extra charge... (wtf then why say I can get any car) so I said ok what do you have here that's an intermediate and he pointed to a Hyundai Elantra. Eh at least it has blue tooth right? So I said I was ok with that and he said well for 2 dollars more a day you can have this Chevy Trax its an upgrade. I said no thanks but he insisted then told me the Hyundai wasn't ready because it still needed to be cleaned so he would give me the Trax for the same rate. Ok what ever I am off to Ft. Lauderdale in a Chevy Trax!

    First off I don't mean to offend anyone who has a Trax but my gripes with this vehicle are what I think pretty legit. I got disappointed fast when I took the short drive back to my house to grab my bags. First off the little cover over the storage area kept getting stuck up blocking my back window every.single.time I opened the hatch I had to keep going in the back seat to push it down. Also the small 4 cylinder was pretty gutless but that's to be expected of a vehicle like this. I will say though it was quieter than I expected it to be, no where near as quiet as my MKZ but a lot quieter than most rentals that I have had which was good cause I could carry a decent conversation on the bluetooth without yelling, just to add to that though mostly everyone I talked to heard me fine except my girlfriend she said I sounded muffled. The sound system itself wasn't bad but seriously lacked bass which was a bit disappointing.

    As I drove on across the everglades it started to get dark and the auto headlights came on they had excellent sensors. But this gripe is something that blows my mind. The power window switches... only the drivers window switch lights up the rest don't not even on their own door do they light up. WTF GM? I don't get why GM/Ford and other large companies do this with small value oriented vehicles where they skip out on basic little things like this it costs probably next to nothing to add that and just looks really cheap this isn't the 90s anymore. Also as I was driving on the door panels just like the Focus I had were made of really hard hallow sounding plastic that really hurt my elbow after a while. Why is it so hard to add a little padding to the arm rest or top of the door panel. Same with the lower console area, I am 6 foot tall and have long legs so my knees always seem to rest on the lower console below the HVAC controls and after a few hours my knee was hurting too.

    The last thing I noted which really drove me up the wall was the sun visor. Yes you read my right the sun visor. I left Ft. Lauderdale around 5 and by the time I got to the west coast and started driving North bound the powerful FL sun was starting to set so I moved the visor down and to the side but it only covered half of the window so I tried to pull it back and it didn't budge in fact it doesn't extend at all leaving my head completely exposed to the sun. I tried moving my seat up but that was just extremely uncomfortable. As I was struggling with this I kid you not swear to God up and down a Chevy City Express was driving next to me and I saw the person driving move their sun visor to the side and pull it back to block the whole window... are you kidding me??? This are basic little things that really made the whole thing unpleasant. It's the little things like this that can really turn a customer away I think and I know GM can do better. It's not just GM as I said the Focus suffered from similar things but I think overall the Trax was worse in this regard.

    Some of the things I really liked about it as I stated was the quietness of the interior, which I think GM has always done a great job with over time. I think for a long time GM always had a quieter car than Ford. Also the turning circle on the Trax was super tiny which I loved making parking a breeze. Storage was pretty good I liked the extra compartments it had where I was able to store all the receipts for my trip like the tolls etc. The radio controls weren't bad either, the only improvements I would add would be probably better speakers with more bass and when it connects to bluetooth to default to that device instead of the radio each time.

    Overall I averaged 28.6 MPG traveling around 75 MPH the entire time which puts it in range for the EPA. If GM fixes these things the Trax otherwise isn't a terrible little commuter.



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    Re: Chevy Trax

    So, what about ride quality? Encores are pretty smooth riders.

    With GM Card bonus my sister in law could've gotten one of these with a sunroof for $16.5K earlier this year. That's Jeep Patriot cheap.
    Next year when the refresh is available we should be able to compare old and new versions of both the Trax and Encore.

    The sister in law is definitely not a car person... she's a price shopper that wants a very small city CUV with cloth seats and a sunroof.
    She hates her loud, hard riding Fit. Quiet is good. Small turning circle is good. Trax meets these meager criteria to a tee.

    Wouldn't surprise me if she picks this version if there's a good deal.
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    Re: Chevy Trax

    What did you think of the seats; size/support/comfort? I found them inferior, compared to the Volt (and Bolt) I was appraising at the same time.
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    Re: Chevy Trax

    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    So, what about ride quality? Encores are pretty smooth riders.

    With GM Card bonus my sister in law could've gotten one of these with a sunroof for $16.5K earlier this year. That's Jeep Patriot cheap.
    Next year when the refresh is available we should be able to compare old and new versions of both the Trax and Encore.

    The sister in law is definitely not a car person... she's a price shopper that wants a very small city CUV with cloth seats and a sunroof.
    She hates her loud, hard riding Fit. Quiet is good. Small turning circle is good. Trax meets these meager criteria to a tee.

    Wouldn't surprise me if she picks this version if there's a good deal.
    Ride quality was decent nothing to complain about there but nothing memorable so perfect for non car people. For 16.5 that wouldn't be a bad price. Just a lot of stupid little things that I feel should be addressed that could be come annoying after a while. I haven't driven an Encore but I am curious to see how it compares to the Trax and if it addresses the things I mentioned

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    What did you think of the seats; size/support/comfort? I found them inferior, compared to the Volt (and Bolt) I was appraising at the same time.
    Seats were OK my back was starting to hurt towards the end of the drive but it does have power lumbar which is a plus and that helped a ton. The arm rest for the drivers side was too small I would rather see a true center console personally.
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    For 16.5 that wouldn't be a bad price.
    That's the pre-beatdown price. Just walk in and buy.
    Pretty sure I can do better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew L View Post
    Seats were OK my back was starting to hurt towards the end of the drive but it does have power lumbar which is a plus and that helped a ton. The arm rest for the drivers side was too small I would rather see a true center console personally.
    I'm big on thigh/knee support, I find many seats lacking, but for me, these were some of the worst, my Volt is much better.

    Additionally, if I'm on a trip, headrest comes into play; I've learned to love Ford's ratcheting/adjustable units, last month when I took my Volt to KY, I had a sweatshirt behind my neck for the last half of my trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    I'm big on thigh/knee support, I find many seats lacking, but for me, these were some of the worst, my Volt is much better.

    Additionally, if I'm on a trip, headrest comes into play; I've learned to love Ford's ratcheting/adjustable units, last month when I took my Volt to KY, I had a sweatshirt behind my neck for the last half of my trip.

    Oh yea I know what you mean my LS was the first car I owned that had 4 way adjusting headrest but it wasn't the ratcheting one the MKZ has, I learned very quickly how to use it and I agree with you works great!
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    Re: Chevy Trax

    Oh my goodness.....the Trax is a small and inexpensive vehicle....who would have ever known?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustywrench View Post
    Oh my goodness.....the Trax is a small and inexpensive vehicle....who would have ever known?
    At $23,540 to start, retail price of Trax 1LT FWD (similar to what Andrew L rented) isn't exactly on the inexpensive side. There are many other cars at that price point that do not exude the whiff of cheapness Chevy Trax does.

    Andrew L mentioned his car rental agency considered Chevy Trax an "upgrade" from Hyundai Elantra. Actually, it's a downgrade in almost every way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roy219 View Post
    At $23,540 to start, retail price of Trax 1LT FWD (similar to what Andrew L rented) isn't exactly on the inexpensive side.
    It can be very inexpensive OTD if the cards are played right.
    Especially true when considered vs. a sedan which doesn't have the "crossover penalty" included in the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustywrench View Post
    Oh my goodness.....the Trax is a small and inexpensive vehicle....who would have ever known?
    But visors and covers should still be sized right and work.
    My company car is a Chevy Sonic. Same short visor issue when you move it to the side.
    I know it is because of the way A pillars and windshields are slanted so far back today but you fix it by having the visor extend.

    If they aren't going to make it work properly using it on the side, then they shouldn't even have it where it moves to the side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew L View Post
    Oh yea I know what you mean my LS was the first car I owned that had 4 way adjusting headrest but it wasn't the ratcheting one the MKZ has, I learned very quickly how to use it and I agree with you works great!
    They are truly awesome for trip-driving.


    Quote Originally Posted by roy219 View Post
    At $23,540 to start, retail price of Trax 1LT FWD (similar to what Andrew L rented) isn't exactly on the inexpensive side. There are many other cars at that price point that do not exude the whiff of cheapness Chevy Trax does.

    Andrew L mentioned his car rental agency considered Chevy Trax an "upgrade" from Hyundai Elantra. Actually, it's a downgrade in almost every way.
    Well, it was Enterprise........... I remember when GM wouldn't replace the wheels on our Jimmy, only send-out to refinish - they had our Jimmy for over a week, they gave me a clapped-out Prism, they dropped it off and I was on my way to work, so at the time, I had to take it, when I called and complained and they offered to give me a Cobalt as a "No-Charge" upgrade, being insulted when I was already PO'd, I just dropped the car off that night and said; no-thanks, I'm not going to allow you to bill GM for this POS on my behalf, I'll just drive my Mustang for the week.


    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    It can be very inexpensive OTD if the cards are played right.
    Especially true when considered vs. a sedan which doesn't have the "crossover penalty" included in the price.
    Based on my experience with the Trax, Andrew's assessment was more than generous, it would be interesting to see if the Encore is notably nicer on any of the Trax's week-points.
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    Re: Chevy Trax

    When you're as short as I am, sun visor issues happen on almost any car. One advantage of being short behind the wheel of a vehicle with high seating (even in our Flex), is that your legs kinda hang naturally and there's less fatigue, obviating the need to rest your right knee on the console.

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    Re: Chevy Trax

    Quote Originally Posted by roy219 View Post
    At $23,540 to start, retail price of Trax 1LT FWD (similar to what Andrew L rented) isn't exactly on the inexpensive side. There are many other cars at that price point that do not exude the whiff of cheapness Chevy Trax does.

    Andrew L mentioned his car rental agency considered Chevy Trax an "upgrade" from Hyundai Elantra. Actually, it's a downgrade in almost every way.
    LOL in so many ways. Elantra is mid-size? I suppose so in Vietnam.

    The guy who does the ads, he says you can have ANY CAR YOU WANT! I know he wouldn't lie.

    Quote Originally Posted by Myron 65 View Post
    But visors and covers should still be sized right and work.
    My company car is a Chevy Sonic. Same short visor issue when you move it to the side.
    I know it is because of the way A pillars and windshields are slanted so far back today but you fix it by having the visor extend.

    If they aren't going to make it work properly using it on the side, then they shouldn't even have it where it moves to the side.
    Rilly. What do you save per visor, $.25? Do it once, do it right. Do NOT piss off the customer. Lessons not learned.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    Well, it was Enterprise........... I remember when GM wouldn't replace the wheels on our Jimmy, only send-out to refinish - they had our Jimmy for over a week, they gave me a clapped-out Prism, they dropped it off and I was on my way to work, so at the time, I had to take it, when I called and complained and they offered to give me a Cobalt as a "No-Charge" upgrade, being insulted when I was already PO'd, I just dropped the car off that night and said; no-thanks, I'm not going to allow you to bill GM for this POS on my behalf, I'll just drive my Mustang for the week.


    Based on my experience with the Trax, Andrew's assessment was more than generous, it would be interesting to see if the Encore is notably nicer on any of the Trax's weak-points.
    LOL. Prism. Cobalt. What a deal, Ed! And you turned them down!

    Andrew will have to rent an Encore next time!
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