2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
As Chevy brought the Trax over to the 2021 model year, it decided to ditch the Premier trim. This leaves just two trims for 2021. A few other options have also been taken away, and they include a sunroof and Bose stereo system. These moves may be a reflection of how the Trax is viewed as a budget-friendly vehicle. Perhaps the company felt that the fancier components weren't a good match for the model.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
The LS and LT feel pretty similar, especially since they run on the same type of engine and six-speed automatic transmission. However, they do differ in a few notable ways.
On the exterior of the LT, which is the nicer trim, there are heated power outside mirrors. In contrast, the mirrors on the LS don't have heating elements. The LT also has more premium lighting in the form of halogen projector-beam headlamps, LED taillamps, and LED Daytime Running Lamps. Both trims side on 16-inch wheels, though the LT has the option to upgrade to 18-inch wheels.
In the cabin of the LS, there are cloth seats. Its seven-inch touchscreen and smartphone compatibility might be a pleasant surprise for some people. For convenience, the LS has remote keyless entry and can be set up to support remote start.
In the LT, many things feel a little bit more upscale. Take the seats, for example. They are trimmed in deluxe cloth and leatherette, and there's the option to get leatherette seats in a few different color schemes. Remote start is standard in the LT, and this trim comes with a 120-volt power outlet just in case its needed. The LT's cargo shelf can keep items in the back hidden from view. Also, the underseat storage in the front passenger's seat can be useful.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The two trims differ in price by about $2,000. This isn't an insignificant amount, but it's not too exorbitant either. Since the LT is still priced very competitively, it's the recommended trim. It comes with a more sophisticated exterior, and its extra interior amenities can really be appreciated.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
Despite being a fairly modest vehicle, the 2021 Chevy Trax does have a great infotainment system. It features a seven-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. The Bluetooth technology can work with two different devices. Another standard component is SiriusXM Satellite Radio. To provide more access to charging ports, the Trax comes with two USB ports.
How Does It Perform?
The Trax is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. This helps it appeal to those who may have to deal with difficult driving conditions. With either configuration, the Trax will run on a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. This engine can deliver 155 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque.
A benefit of driving this SUV is that it can travel pretty far on a single tank of gas. A front-wheel-drive Trax can earn an estimated 24/32 (city/highway) miles per gallon. When equipped with all-wheel drive, the estimated fuel efficiency drops slightly to 23/30 miles per gallon.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
Chevy has put a few advanced safety components into the Trax. First, there's a rear vision camera that can be very useful when backing up. Every position has three-point seatbelts, and regardless of whether the SUV has FWD or AWD, it comes with a stability control system.
With the Trax, customers have the opportunity to get driver-assist technology. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind zone monitoring are both options to consider. In addition, there's a rear park assist that can be integrated into the vehicle. It provides alerts that let drivers know that they're getting too close to objects behind them. Note that these driver-assist systems are options on the LT but not on the LS.
What's the Interior Like?
As a smaller SUV, the Chevy Trax can fit five people, but it doesn't have a lot of extra space. Second-row leg room is 35.7 inches, and in the back, there's a cargo area that has a volume of 18.7 cubic feet.
One nice thing is that the rear seats can fold down to more than double the cargo capacity. When those seats are lowered, there is 48.4 cubic feet of storage space. Since the rear seats have a 60/40 split, there's the option of folding down just one side at a time.
A manually adjustable driver's seat is standard in the Chevy Trax, though a power-adjustable one is available. Also available are heated front seats, a leather steering wheel, and leatherette seats. If one chooses to get the basics, the seats would be trimmed in cloth on the LS or deluxe cloth and leatherette on the LT.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
There are a lot of choices if anyone is looking into getting a compact or subcompact SUV. Alternatives to the Trax include the Jeep Renegade, Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Nissan Kicks.
Note: All Chevrolet Trax lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.