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2017 Chevrolet Trax Walk Around

Though it blends some styling cues from Chevrolet trucks into its tall, two-door hatchback body, the Trax looks bland. Buick’s Encore has a far more expressive look, as do such rivals as the Jeep Renegade and Nissan Juke. Still, the Trax conveys a candid, practical personality.

Adopting a front-end similar to other Chevrolets, for the 2017 updating, makes the Trax a bit more appealing. Trax LT and Premier models add halogen projector headlights with LED lighting, and LEDs are used for the taillights of the Premier model. Steel wheels on the Trax LS, in contrast, hark back to the past, though its lack of roof rails improves its appearance. Even on the Trax LS, small trim items are body-colored.

Interior

Upgrading gives the 2017 Trax cabin a fresh theme, to complement the admirably quiet interior. A new dashboard eliminates the prior twin-cockpit, digital-readout design, in favor of analog gauges and a flowing shape. Even the base model’s black cloth upholstery features contrasting stitching, though some materials fall short in quality.

From the driver’s seat, the Chevrolet Trax feels larger than its external appearance suggests. In both front and rear, occupants get ample headroom. Comfortable front seats have lower cushions that are sufficiently long to suit taller drivers. Seat height is manually adjustable, via a very short lever, even if power seats are installed.

Still, the Trax is a narrow car, and front passengers’ shoulders are only inches apart. Only the driver gets a fold-down armrest. More than a dozen storage spots can be found.

Cargo space totals 18.7 cubic feet with the 60/40-split rear seat up; and 48.4 cubic feet with the seat flat-folded. That’s more than competitors like the Nissan Juke or Mini Countryman provide. Folding the front passenger seat makes space for long objects, such as surfboards.

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