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There are several subcompact SUVs on the market, which is important because the demand for them is growing by the second. These extra small crossovers are versatile options that bridge the gap between power and affordable efficiency. Meaning, subcompact SUVs are a happy medium for those who want excellent fuel economy, travel space, and the occasional off-road venture. And this is especially true for the 2021 Chevy Trax.
The 2021 Chevy Trax offers up to 31 miles per gallon on the highway, 48.4 cu.ft. of cargo space, all-wheel drive capabilities, and a 1.4-liter turbocharged ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine. It comes in two trims, allowing for customization, but avoiding confusion. In all, the Trax has a lot to offer drivers, including an extremely affordable price tag. So today, we’re excited to give you a look at everything the 2021 Chevy Trax has to offer.
It’s hard to know what to expect from a subcompact SUV in terms of performance. It’s smaller than a truck, yet more capable than a car. So, how does the Trax fit into this? Well, not all extra-small crossovers get it right, but the 2021 Trax meets the mark with its turbocharged engine and 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. There are slight variations between each drive type, so let’s look at the differences between the FWD and the AWD options.
The 2021 Trax comes in two trims, the LS and the LT. Both trims come in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with FWD being standard. The front-wheel drive option gets up to 26 MPG in the city, and up to 31 MPG on the highway, with an overall combined mileage of 28 MPG. It has a city cruising range of 364 miles, and a highway cruising range of 434 miles, meaning you can drive that far before needing to refuel.
This one is a good option if off-roading or poor weather aren’t concerns for you as a driver. FWD vehicles are cheaper, so you’ll save money by purchasing a FWD Trax. Plus, it is the more fuel-efficient option. That said, though, for those who want something more off-road-capable, or are worried about harsh weather and rougher terrain, AWD may be the better choice.
Both the LS and LT trims are also available in all-wheel drive. These AWD options get up to 24 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, with a combined mileage of 26 MPG. This is only 2 MPG less than the FWD option. Additionally, the AWD Trax has a city cruising range of 336 miles and 406 miles on the highway.
The all-wheel drive Trax is best for those who venture outside the city and onto rougher terrain. Or, if you live somewhere with cold winters and potential ice or snow. AWD trims cost a little more, but the 2021 Trax’s price difference isn’t too extensive. So if you need the AWD for any reason, price need not be too big of a concern.
Both FWD and AWD options include the same engine, horsepower, and torque. The LS and the LT Trax get up to 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. They also both have electronic fuel injection, which helps the Trax achieve its optimal fuel economy. Whether you choose FWD or AWD mostly depends on driving preference and location. Either way, you are getting an excellent vehicle when you purchase the Trax.
The 2021 Chevy Trax does not hold back when it comes to technology. Even the lower LS trim comes with nice tech features. These include a 7-inch infotainment touch screen, which includes Bluetooth audio streaming for up to two active devices, voice command, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. It also comes with a Wi-Fi hotspot capability to save cell data, a six-speaker sound system, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat to help with cargo space. The LS comes with great standard features considering its base-trim status.
The LT comes with all this and a bit more. It adds cruise control, heated outside mirrors, an optional 6-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and keyless ignition and entry. The LT comes with a standard remote start, which is optional on the LS. You can also get heated driver and passenger front seats on the LT, along with a 120-volt power outlet to accommodate electronic needs. Overall, the LT has more convenience features than its base-level counterpart.
In today's vehicle world, technology also equates to safety. The LS is the base-level trim, so it comes with fewer safety options, but it is still well-equipped. The LS trim has plenty to offer nonetheless, with ten airbags, daytime running lamps, a LATCH system which makes it easier to install child restraint seats, OnStar, rear child safety locks, a tire pressure monitoring system, StabiliTrak, which helps with traction control, and a rear vision camera.
OnStar can connect drivers with an Emergency-Certified Advisor in case of an accident or unexpected health crisis. And tire pressure monitoring systems help to prevent tire blowouts and flats by monitoring tire pressure levels. Overall, these features help create an even safer driving experience.
The Trax LT comes with all the aforementioned safety features and more. It additionally has LED daytime running lamps, and optional rear cross-traffic alert, rear park assist, and side blind-zone alert. These features serve as an extra pair of eyes. In short, the main difference between the LS and the LT’s safety is that you can add extra driver-assist features to the LT trim that are otherwise unavailable on the LS. No matter the trim, though, the Trax will come fully equipped with tons of fun and safety technology features.
There’s a lot to say about the Trax’s exterior. It’s a compact crossover that can either look simple and modest or can be decked out to meet a sportier aesthetic appeal. The aesthetic is everything to some drivers. Chevy knows this, which is why they make the Trax widely customizable. Let's take a more in-depth look at the options.
The LS comes in eight different colors. This trim has 16-inch aluminum standard wheels and comes with six exterior add-on options. These include a carrier mount for a bike or skis, which further helps with cargo space, wheel locks, front and rear splash guards, deep-tinted glass for better privacy, front, and rear black bowtie emblems, and a front license plate bracket.
The LT comes with the same exterior color options, with one additional option. The LT also comes with standard 16-inch aluminum wheels, but you can upgrade to either 18-inch Gloss Black wheels or 18-inch Black finish with red accent stripes, which come from the Midnight, Sport, and Redline editions. The Trax LT includes all the same add-on options but with the additional black Trax badge and a black grille with black surround.
For more aesthetic appeal, you can also opt for special edition packages. The Midnight Edition package is for those who prefer a blackout aesthetic. This special edition includes 18-inch gloss black wheels, all-season blackwall tires, front, and rear black skit plates and bowtie emblems, and black beltline moldings and door handles for added darkness.
For a sportier appeal, the Sport Edition is available. This package includes the Mosaic Black Metallic exterior color, 18-inch black wheels with all-season tires, front and rear black bowtie emblems, along with front and rear black skid plates and black beltline moldings. This package is a bit more costly, but it comes with some tech additions on top of aesthetic changes.
The Redline Edition LT includes a black grille with black surround, 18-inch black wheels with red accent stripes, 18 all-season tires, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 6-way power driver’s seat, the LT convenience package, keyless open and keyless start, and a black Trax badge with a red outline. In short, this package creates the perfect black and red aesthetic. So whether you are looking for a simple, straightforward option or a completely blacked-out SUV, the Trax has something to offer.