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2020 Chevrolet Trax Review | CarMax

As one of the trailblazers of the compact SUV movement, the Trax is still in its first generation but was refreshed back in 2017. With a peppy engine, available all-wheel drive, and a sporty Redline Edition (LT trim) boasting a blacked-out theme, it's made for young drivers, small families, and empty-nesters alike. If you're into the finer things in life—or projector headlamps, sunroofs, and available leather-wrapped steering wheels —don't look any farther.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Chevrolet Trax's on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Chevrolet Trax with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the Chevrolet Trax.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $13,5001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $14,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $15,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $16,0001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $16,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Chevrolet Trax review:

Key Specs and Features


  • The 2020 Chevrolet Trax with the 1.4L engine and AWD gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined.2
  • The 2020 Chevrolet Trax with the 1.4L engine and 4WD gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • Behind the second row, the Trax offers 18.7 cubic feet of storage space.
  • With the second row folded, the Trax offers 48.4 cubic feet of storage space.
2020 Chevrolet Trax Review: Cargo | CarMax

Seating Capacity:

  • All Chevrolet Trax models come standard with five-passenger seating.
2020 Chevrolet Trax Review: Back Seats | CarMax

Engine Options:

  • The Trax comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, as well as a turbocharged 1.4L engine, producing 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

  • The LS grade includes a backup camera, seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ and tire-pressure monitoring system.
  • The LT grade includes projector headlamps, cruise control, and SiriusXM® Radio.
  • The Premier grade adds fog lamps, a sunroof, and driver-assistance functionality.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Infotainment

Regardless of the trim level, every 2020 Chevrolet Trax has lots of infotainment tech loaded ready to go. For example, the base LS is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and packs an auxiliary input and two USB ports to allow the easy connection of devices. The subscription-based available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot means everyone onboard can get online.3 And if you're an audiophile, move up to the LT, which bundles a Bose® seven-speaker stereo.

2. Sporty Looks

The Trax is proof that crossovers don't have to appear pedestrian or purely utilitarian. Projector headlamps and signature LED daytime running lights (LT and Premier) inject some styling to the front end. Shopping for an LT? You can opt for a special Redline Edition boasting red accenting; smoked side mirror caps, grille and emblems; and Jet Black deluxe cloth and leatherette upholstery.

3. Abundant Tech Features

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax has a robust suite of technology features. This includes driver-assistance features as part of the Driver Confidence Package offered on the top-of-the-line Premier (optional on the LT). Moreover, the LS trim includes a seven-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which means you can always stay connected with your favorite tunes or podcast.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Review: Dash | CarMax

4. Comfort and Convenience

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax doesn't skimp on creature comforts and practicality. The front passenger seat can lie flat to accommodate items up to eight feet long when the second row is also folded. Premier grades get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which is available on the LT. This means you're bound to find a 2020 Chevrolet Trax that suits your need.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Review: Front Seats | CarMax

5. One Practical Engine

Thanks to the turbocharger, impressive power is squeezed out of the diminutive engine. The 1.4L four-cylinder achieves an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined for the AWD model and 28 mpg combined for the 4WD model, so going on road trips is going to be more enjoyable than ever.2 Helping the cause is an efficient Hydra-Matic™ 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Review: Engine | CarMax

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What You Need to Know

Available Trims:

  • LT: Includes 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, seven-inch touch screen display, backup camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more.
  • LS: Unlocks body-colored heated side mirrors, privacy glass, roof rails, cruise control, SiriusXM radio, and more.
  • Premier: Adds 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, a Bose stereo, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a driver-assistance package, and more.

Available Colors

  • Black Cherry Metallic
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Nightfall Gray Metallic
  • Red Hot
  • Satin Steel Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Stone Gray Metallic
  • Summit White


  • Seats five adults
  • 18.7 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row
  • 48.4 cubic feet of storage space behind front seats when the second row is folded
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with a seven-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Chevrolet Trax.

  • 2015 - Average prices less than $13,5001
  • 2016 - Average prices less than $14,5001
  • 2017 - Average prices less than $15,0001
  • 2018 - Average prices less than $16,0001
  • 2019 - Average prices less than $16,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Chevrolet Trax, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

2020 Chevrolet Trax Review: RepairPal | CarMax

Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Chevrolet Trax4

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Chevrolet Trax's with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Chevrolet Trax's.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 4.0/5
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $487.50

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Chevrolet Trax

The 2020 Chevrolet Trax was rated overall 5/5 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

Similar Vehicles

Buick Encore

The 2017–2019 Buick Encore is a subcompact crossover sold in either 4WD or AWD, and across five different trim levels. In other words, finding one perfectly suited to your tastes should be no problem. You have a choice between two turbocharged motors: a normal 1.4L four-cylinder and a 1.4L four cylinder with variable valve-timing technology. Standard equipment on 2017–2019 models include the following.

  • Six-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Lie-flat front passenger seat
  • Dynamic backup camera

Jeep Renegade

Launched in 2015, the Jeep Renegade is the off-road brand's smallest SUV that's perfect for urban motoring. Back road adventures aren't off the table either thanks to available 4X4 capability on all vehicles. A facelift in 2019 introduced new LED headlights and 19-inch wheel designs to the top-of-the-line High Altitude grade. Standard equipment on 2017–2019 models include the following.

  • Hill-start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system

Ford Escape

The third-generation Ford Escape (2013-2019) received a major update in 2017 that not only involved a refreshed front fascia, but the launch of the company's lauded SYNC 3 infotainment system (SE trims). The revised setup allows pinching and zooming controls similar to a smartphone, making things such as navigation inputs much easier. You can choose from three different trims: S, SE, and Titanium. Standard equipment on 2017–2019 models include the following:

  • Blindspot warning
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • Bluetooth® connectivity

The Bottom Line

If you're considering an SUV with a smaller footprint that's still practical and fun, look no further than the 2020 Chevrolet Trax. The turbocharged engine and optional AWD are just two attributes guaranteed to put a smile on your face every drive.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com in December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
3Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of December 2019. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability
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