Shopping used vehicles from award-winning automakers is one of the smartest ways to save money and still access the best of what the market has to offer in terms of performance, safety, convenience, and connectivity. For those who love the bow-tied brand, a used Chevy Trax is one of the best options – affordable and on par with its same segment competitors.

The Trax is Chevy’s compact crossover SUV. Ideal for city commuting and the resulting need to get away for the weekend, the Chevy Trax can accommodate five passengers, is available in either front or all-wheel drive, and offers drivers a choice of three compelling trim levels – the LS, LT, and LTZ.

Between its affordability (initially ranked #2 by US News & World Report – originally priced to start at $20,995) – especially when purchased used – and versatility, the Chevy Trax is certainly a compact crossover SUV worthy of your serious consideration. 


No matter which of the three trims choose for your used Chevy Trax purchase, they all share the same 1.4-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, partnered with a six-speed automatic transmission. Able to generate 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque, performance tests show the LTZ variant making the zero to sixty mph sprint in a solid ten seconds.

Perhaps not as zippy as some of its same-segment competitors, the Trax really isn’t designed to leave the carpool lane in the dust. It’s a reliable, stylish vehicle able to safely shuttle both kids and colleagues, depending on the day or night.

Fuel Efficiency

Depending on whether you prefer front-wheel or all-wheel drive, the Trax delivers satisfying fuel efficiency. From the front-wheel drive setup, expect 26 city mph, 34 highway mpg, and a combined 29 mpg. Those numbers drop against the all-wheel drive variant, which returns 24 city mpg, 31 highway mpg, for combined 27 mpg.

Between these fuel figures and the money you’ll pocket by buying used, you’ll save far more than you spend when it comes to piloting a used Chevy Trax.


Not surprisingly for Chevy, the Trax does exceptionally well with respect to standard safety fare and the resulting federal ratings. At minimum, each Trax model offers the following standard features: front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags up front and in back, airbags for the driver’s and front passenger’s knees, along with traction and stability control, and antilock brakes.

Oh, and a rearview camera to help with both parking and cross-traffic. Opt for the LTZ trim and enjoy even more rearview parking assistance, courtesy of parking sensors. In addition, Chevy backs each and every Trax model with its exclusive OnStar emergency telematics, featuring roadside assistance and automatic crash notification to first responders.

Choosing a front-wheel drive Trax means you’ll have front disc brakes and rear drum brakes as opposed to the four-wheel disc brakes found on all-wheel drive variants. Compared to the significant competition, the Trax returns a more responsive, quicker braking distance of 120 feet from 60 mph.

Given all these cutting-edge safety specs, it will hardly come as a surprise that the Chevy Trax performed exceptionally well in federal crash testing, receiving five stars overall, along with five stars for frontal impact and side crash safety. In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Trax its best possible designation of “Good.”

Whether you’re battling gridlock on your way to punch the clock, doing your best to focus over the noise of eager athletes on their way to the big game, or just cruising at your own speed while running weekend errands, buying a used Trax is a smart step to take towards your optimal, on-road safety.


Again, there are three choices that make up the Trax trim levels and those are the LS, LT, and LTZ. Depending on your driving preferences and budget (although another perk of buying used is accessing higher trims for less), you might want to test out more than one of these – or even all three.


The entrant LS provides plenty of standard features like full power accessories, automatic headlights, keyless entry, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, air-conditioning, fold-flat seat for shotgun riders, cargo cover, 60/40-split folding seat for passengers in back, all driven on 16-inch steel wheels. Basic technology perks are represented by Chevy’s exclusive MyLink, accessed on a 7-inch touchscreen and featuring Bluetooth phone and audio, a rearview camera, and smartphone integration. Other tech tweaks include built-in WiFi, GM’s OnStar services, Siri Eyes Free voice, six-speaker AM/FM radio system, and ports for USB and auxiliary connections.


One small step up to the mid-range LT model actually sees significant upgrades to the features found in the LS; for instance, there are the heated exterior mirrors, privacy glass in back, remote ignition, roof rails, enhanced cloth interior, satellite radio, 110-volt power source, extra cargo space beneath the passenger seat up front, OnStar RemoteLink app, and alloy wheels.


If driving the best of the bunch is your intention – and when buying used it very well should be – the LTZ is your ride. Complete with the bells and whistles of lesser trims, the LTZ also affords you with heated front seats, a steering wheel wrapped in leather to complement the upgraded leatherette premium vinyl interior, parking sensors in back, Bose sound system, six-way power-adjustable seat for the driver, an automatic dimming rearview mirror, and finally, 18-inch alloy wheels.


All the technology, safety, and convenience features hardly amount of much if the interior isn’t an inviting, comfortable space to either drive or ride in as a passenger. Fortunately, despite its less-than-wow interior materials, the Trax does have a lot to offer in terms of cargo space.

Compared to just about any sedan you’ll find on today’s roads, your used Trax provides a little extra cargo space, measured at 18.7 cubic feet. Of course, you can always access additional room by folding the back seats down, which nets you 48.4 cubic feet of space. Compared to some of its rivals, the Trax offers a considerable edge on cargo capacity for the compact crossover SUV class.

Interior material color schemes are jet black with cloth seat trim and jet black/light Titanium with cloth seat trim. Either one proves perfectly complements any of the seven available exterior shades, including Black Granite Metallic, Blue Topaz Metallic, Brilliant Blue Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, and Victory Red.

When you’re ready to get the real feel of the Chevy Trax, schedule a test drive and leave yourself enough time to try all three trims. No matter what, driving a used Trax makes it easy to “Find New Roads.”

Available Options

Curious about the possible options you might access in order to make your used Trax a little more in line with what you need and want behind the wheel. Well, there are few to choose from, but Chevy certainly didn’t offer as extensive an array of packages and stand-alone options compared to some other automakers.

However, if you choose the LT, you might want to consider a few enhancements as found in the Plus package – power seat for the driver, leather-wrapped steering wheel, back parking sensors, and an interior composed of a blended cloth/leatherette material.

Another alternative is the Sun and Sound package, featuring (as its name implies) a sunroof and Bose sound system. Drivers of the LTZ can opt for the sunroof as an individual feature.