2016 Chevrolet Trax review

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Chevrolet Trax highlights

Customer rating


  • Agility
  • In-cabin storage
  • Lots of standard equipment


  • Plain interior design
  • Limited cargo room
  • Under-powered turbo engine

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 31 highway, 27 combined

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A city-friendly compact SUV

Embrace city life with the 2016 Chevrolet Trax – a compact SUV that combines tidy dimensions, practicality, and comfort. The Trax tackles tight corners and bustling streets, offering nimble handling and good gas mileage for urban exploration. Discover a versatile cabin that accommodates passengers and cargo while advanced technology features keep you connected and entertained on the go. With its practical design and functionality, the 2015 Trax is a fantastic urban runabout for daily travel.

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What is new for the 2016 Chevrolet Trax?

  • Tow Hitch and Flex Fuel Vehicle features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Chevrolet Trax

1. Great gas mileage 

Are you shopping for a compact SUV that excels in city driving while extending fuel stops? The 2016 Chevrolet Trax deserves a spot on your list. Powered by a 138-hp turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine with 148 lb-ft of torque and a smooth six-speed automatic transmission, this nimble crossover is easy to pilot. While front-wheel drive comes standard, some models may have optional all-wheel drive, adding traction and stability in challenging road conditions. Whether it's running errands, shuttling passengers, or navigating urban streets, the 2016 Trax impresses with an EPA-estimated 29 mpg combined when equipped with FWD, making it a smart choice for everyday travel. 

2. Easy maneuverability 

Navigate through bustling city streets in the 2016 Chevrolet Trax with its nimble handling and compact size. With its raised ride height, you'll enjoy excellent visibility to spot obstacles and pedestrians ahead. The engine also provides ample power for urban driving, ensuring good acceleration and seamless merging into traffic. Whether cruising on the standard 16-inch wheels for a comfortable and controlled ride or the LTZ model's 18-inch wheels for added firmness, the 2016 Trax delivers a balanced and enjoyable driving experience. Paired with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission, this SUV maximizes every ounce of its performance, making urban navigation a breeze. 

3. Cabin comforts 

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax delivers comfort and practicality in a compact SUV package. With ample front-seat headroom and legroom, 39.6 inches and 40.8 inches, respectively, you and your passenger will enjoy space to stretch out. The back seat, accommodating three kids or two shorter adults, ensures everyone travels comfortably. Plus, with numerous storage slots for small items, essentials are always within reach. Need to carry cargo? With all seats in place, the Trax offers 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space, expanding to 48.4 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. From daily commutes to weekend adventures, the Trax provides a versatile and convenient cabin for every need. 

4. Tech-savvy features 

In the 2016 Chevrolet Trax, innovation meets convenience with modern technologies to enhance your driving experience. Command your entertainment and navigation effortlessly with the standard Chevrolet MyLink interface, featuring a seven-inch touchscreen display and seamless integration of smartphone apps. Stay in touch with the office using Bluetooth® phone and audio connectivity while an available WiFi hotspot keeps you online wherever you go.

Need to power up your devices on the fly? The LT trim offers the convenience of a built-in 110-volt power outlet. For audiophiles seeking premium sound quality, the LTZ model boasts a Bose® audio system to enjoy your favorite tunes. 

5. Driver assists 

Travel with more peace of mind in the Chevrolet Trax and its advanced driver aids. All 2016 trims come with a standard rearview camera, providing enhanced visibility while reversing, while included stability control ensures a confident driving experience on various road conditions. Additionally, the LT trim offers the convenience of standard remote ignition, allowing you to start your vehicle from a distance for added ease and comfort. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2016 Chevrolet Trax is a great car at a budget-friendly price. They say it is comfortable, and has good fuel economy.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Trax an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Chevrolet Trax 5th out of 8 among Subcompact SUVs.

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Chevrolet Trax features and specs

LS 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.8"/R 35.7"

Head room

F 39.6"/R 38.8"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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