When it comes to power and performance, things are not complicated with the 2021 Chevy Trax. You don’t have to comb through a giant list of specs to figure out which powertrain is best suited to your driving needs. The new Trax is available with only one powertrain, and it’s quite capable of performing the tasks you need to be done.
What's Under The Hood
Rumbling under the hood of every 2021 Chevy Trax is a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder ECOTECH engine. Using a 6-speed automatic transmission and FWD, it makes 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. While those numbers might not look very exciting in writing, we can assure you that this powertrain can get the job done. The best part is the fuel economy. Set at an average of 28 MPG combined (26 city/31 highway), you don’t have to waste so much time or money at the gas station. If you need better traction, you can opt for the AWD system. You should keep in mind that this model comes standard with protective skid plates. So, if you go camping, you won’t have to worry about damaging the underbelly of the vehicle.
While there are only two available trim levels, that does not mean that your options are limited. These two trims are very well equipped, and they can have stand-alone options and packages added onto them for extra features you may want. Let’s break down the trims for a closer look.
Trim 1: The LS
First, the LS base model rolls on 16-inch aluminum wheels and comes with body-colored power-adjustable side mirrors, door handles, and liftgate. Solar-absorbing glass helps prevent the cabin from overheating, and a back windshield wiper allows you to see better during inclement weather. Also on the outside are daytime running lights for optimized visibility and a spare tire just in case you get a flat.
Once you climb inside the cabin, you will be able to adjust the driver’s seat manually in 4 different ways. If you need to reconfigure the back, you can fold the 60/40 rear seats easily as well. Four tie-downs are included to secure your groceries or luggage in place. A 7-inch touchscreen serves as the infotainment interface. This system uses a 4G LTE Wifi hotspot to keep you connected everywhere you go. It also operates with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling and text messaging. Plus, it is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A 12-volt outlet is included as well as a 6-speaker stereo. The Trax has a total of six cupholders. Four are located in the front, and two more are situated in the back. Other basic conveniences include a rearview camera, keyless entry, full power accessories, control mounted to the steering wheel, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Trim 2: The LT
If you opt for the LT trim, then you will get a lot of upgrades. Plus, different features also become available. For example, the same LS wheels come standard on the LT, but two more styles are also offered. One is finished in Gloss Black, and the other is Black with Red stripes. Other exterior enhancements include deep-tinted glass, LED taillights, daytime running lights, halogen projector-beam lights, heated side mirrors, and roof rails. You can travel with extra luggage or oddly shaped items secured to the top of the Trax.
Interior enhancements are also included in the LT trim. The 12-volt outlet from the LS is replaced by a 120-volt power outlet. Cloth upholstery is traded in for leather, and a hidden storage compartment is nestled underneath the front passenger seat. Remote start technology allows you to get the Trax warmed up or cooled off before you get inside. This comes in very handy on cold winter nights or scorching summer days. Cruise control has been installed as well as a cargo shelf for optimized organization.
The LT trim may also be equipped with several stand-alone features. You may add advanced safety systems such as rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, or blindspot monitoring. You can even add heated seats, keyless ignition/entry, and a power-adjustable driver’s seats as well.
Since the 2021 Chevy Trax is only available in two trim levels, there are several packages that you can have added to your new vehicle. These are separate from the aforementioned stand-alone options, and they can only be added to the LT trim. The LS is not eligible. Let’s take a look!
First on the list is the Driver Confidence Package. This bundle's several safety systems, including rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and blindspot monitoring. These systems all work in unison to help prevent accidents. You won’t have to worry about causing a fender bender or side-swiping another vehicle. The second notable package is the LT Convenience Package. It adds keyless ignition/entry, a steering wheel that has been wrapped in premium leather, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.
Cargo and Protection Options
For the cargo area and floors, there are a few different packages that you can choose. The Cargo Package comes with a mat, tray, and organizer for the cargo area. Next, the Protection Package features front/rear splash guards and all-weather floor mats. Then, the Interior Protection Package includes a cargo mat as well as all-weather floor mats. This is a great option if you plan on going on adventures frequently. Lastly, the Road Trip Package gets the roof rails and all-weather floor mats.
If you want to customize your new 2021 Chevy Trax even more, then you are in luck! There are several special edition models that you might like. They are all built off of the LT trim. So, keep the LT features in mind while you explore the special edition models.
The Sport Edition
First up is the Sport Edition. Featuring Black beltline moldings, bowtie emblems, and skid plates in the front and rear, this model has a more aggressive style to it. Rolling on 18-inch aluminum wheels finished in Gloss Black, this special edition Trax gets all-season Blackwell tires as well.
The Redline Edition
Next is the Redline Edition. Similar to the Sport Edition, it comes with the same Black exterior accents. Building on that darkened theme, it adds Black mirrors caps as well as Black badging and a Black grille. Red outlining provides a stylish contrast on the badging too. As for the wheels, they are the same size, but they get Red accent stripes as well.
The Midnight Edition
If you are looking for a 2021 Chevy Trax that is completely blacked out, then the Midnight Edition is the one you want. It comes with Black exterior accents on everything, including the door handles. Its darkened aesthetic gives off a mysterious vibe that will have heads turning everywhere you go.