Tested: 2024 Chevrolet Trax RS

Nowhere has the switch from cars to utility vehicles been more evident than in the small SUV segment, which has grown 85% since 2017. More than half of the owners of the 20 vehicles in this segment came from cars.

Cognizant of this, General Motors pulled the little Chevrolet Trax, which had been around for five years, from the market for the 2023 model year.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS

 

After a year-long sabbatical, Chevrolet unveils an entirely new Trax.

The only thing carried forward is the name.

The 2024 Trax is 28 millimetres longer and 5 centimetres wider. That makes it longer than the Chevrolet Trailblazer, but lower. The extra size has brought 12% more cargo space, and 76 mm more legroom for rear seat occupants.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Lisa Calvi

 

The new Trax is packed with features aimed at first-time buyers, folks who might be considering a used car, and the leagues migrating from cars.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Brody White

 

Visually, the new Trax is a significant improvement over the old one which, simply put, looked cheap. The new Trax has attractive lines and different looks across the various trim levels.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

The flowing roofline is 9 cm lower than the old model, and plays a major role in this improved appearance. Inside, the use of contrasting textures and colours is used to effectively upscale the 2024 Trax compared to the old one.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Brody White

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax: More upscale, more features and plenty of poke off the line!

The all-new Trax has been priced to appeal to those potential customers, ranging from $24,498 to $30,798 across five trim levels. All get a suite of six safety features: automatic emergency and front pedestrian detection braking, lane keep assist with departure warning, forward collision alert, automatic high beams and a following distance indicator.

In addition, the standard equipment list of even the base LS trim includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, cruise control, heated front seats, and LED headlights.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

Power, a surprising amount of it, comes from a tiny three-cylinder engine. I say surprising because thanks to a turbocharger, the little engine acts like a much larger powerplant, much larger.

Only after checking the specs after 500 km of driving, did I discover 1.2-litres! There is plenty of poke off the line and the delivery continues uninterrupted to and above legal speeds. Passing and hill climbing are a breeze.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Brody White

 

Energetic powerplant outperforms the competition

Under full throttle the energetic little powerplant produces a distinct, not unpleasant, sound unique to odd-cylinder-count engines. It also outperforms most of the competition.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Brody White

 

Fuel mileage, as you would expect from an engine and vehicle this size, is pretty good. I saw an average of 7.8 litres/a00 km over the week of mixed city/highway use.

One downside, and it is a big one in this country, is the lack of all-wheel-drive. The new Trax come as a front-driver only. This might explain how GM kept the price below that of the outgoing model.

 

New Trax feels more substantial than the old one

Despite its diminutive size and light weight, the new Trax feels much more substantial on the road. The ride is pleasantly smooth and corners are welcome.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Garry Sowerby

 

After taking a year off, the Chevrolet Trax comes to market as a much-stronger competitor in this extremely crowded segment. Bigger, better looking, better equipped and less expensive, the 2024 Trax is worth a close look.

 

More on a behind-the-scenes look at the media launch of the 2024 Chevrolet Trax here.

 

2024 Chevrolet Trax RS
Photo: Brody White

 

FACTS & FIGURES – 2024 Chevrolet Trax 2RS

 

PRICE

Base: $24,498

As tested: $30,798 plus freight

 

SAFETY

LED headlights, Automatic emergency and front pedestrian detection braking, lane keep assist with departure warning, forward collision alert, automatic high beams, following distance indicator. rear cross traffic alert, lane change alert with blind spot detection

 

INFOTAINMENT

28-cm infotainment screen

 

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, power driver’s seat, 20-cm instrument cluster, 19-in alloy wheels, adaptive cruise control, a WiFi hot spot, keyless open and start, heated steering wheel and mirrors, automatic climate control

 

SIGNIFICANT OPTIONS

none

 

MECHANICAL

Turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder, 137 horsepower, 162 lb.-ft. of torque, regular fuel recommended. Six-speed automatic transmission, front-wheel-drive. NRCan rating (litres/100km city/highway): 8.3 / 7.4

 

DIMENSIONS

Length, 4,737; mm; width, 1,823 mm; wheelbase, 2,700 mm; weight, 1,391 kg

 

COMPETITION

Buick Envista, Ford EcoSport, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Kicks, Toyota Corolla Cross

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