As we enter 2023, the excitement regarding the makes and models that will be a part of the 2024 model year has already been brewing for quite some time. For devotees of the bow-tie brand, the anticipation is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Earlier in 2022, the Silverado EV was announced, and the past several months have seen details of new and innovative creations slowly being leaked to the public. Among these is the exciting 2024 Chevy Trax.
With the SUV market being one of the most competitive and popular, manufacturers have a challenge: deliver unsurpassed quality to the public that is accessible and affordable. If the details that we’re introducing today are any indication, then Chevy will accomplish just that. For the company that shifted the paradigm of the SUV in 1969 with the introduction of the Blazer, Chevy is no stranger to defying the odds and exceeding the expectations of the car-buying public. With an announced MSRP that starts at the low price of only $21,495, the Trax is set to underbid and outperform its competitors.[a]
It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where eight cylinders are no longer needed to propel SUVs, and it actually takes much less to offer top-tier performance across the entire industry. Look no further than the Chevy Trax to see this concept in practice.
The Trax utilizes the same powertrain as the Chevy Trailblazer, which consists of a 1.2L turbocharged three-cylinder engine equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. Like many other manufacturers who have decided to streamline the production of specific models, this is the sole powertrain for the Trax. Still, it makes it ideal for those who seek a fuel-efficient vehicle that’s easy to drive. Ultimately, the Trax appears to be geared towards the consumer who calls the city home, as a four-wheel drive-only drivetrain compliments the powertrain.
While testing from the EPA has yet to be conducted for the 2024 Trax, we looked at the conservative fuel consumption of the Trailblazer, which has the same powertrain. In the realm of gasoline-powered SUVs, we were more than impressed by what the EPA had to report. A combined MPG of 30 is impressive, which is constituted by achieving 29 MPG in the city limits and 31 when the vehicle takes to the highway. Car and Driver have proposed that the results from the Trax will be in this ballpark, making it an ideal choice for the consumer who has a keen eye for cost-effectiveness. With a combined low MSRP and fuel savings estimated to be approximately $750 over five years, Chevy has once again proven its ability to deliver a better product to consumers at a much lower cost.
As children, we’re taught not to judge anything by outward appearances and instead look inside for important qualities. Luckily, for those who have a penchant for style and aesthetics, the exterior of the 2024 Chevy Trax is just as fetching and stylish as the newly-designed interior. While the engine of the Trailblazer is found underneath the hood, the exterior shares a great deal in common with the Chevy Blazer. That is to say, it’s curvaceous and fetching, with a jet-black front grill that suits it almost too perfectly. Like the Blazer, the interior has more in common with the Camaro than a typical subcompact crossover.
With its metallic gear shifter, circular HVAC ports, and a standard eight-inch infotainment screen that anchors the interior, the influence of the Camaro on the all-new Trax is instantly recognizable, just as it is with the Blazer. This approach certainly elevates the vehicle to a stylistic plane that will equally appeal to family-oriented consumers and devotees of the muscle car. Of all the new trimmings with the updated interior, the dashboard injected some liveliness into the equation. Its look compliments the horizontally shaped screen and possesses the razor-sharp aesthetic that is missing from so many other SUVs on the marketplace.
Upper trim levels have an available eleven-inch screen that’s just as accessible and user-friendly as the vehicle itself. This command center grants access to such features as wireless Apple and Android compatibility, a wi-fi hotspot, and wireless charging abilities. The expanded size of the 2024 Chevy Trax also means ample storage room to compliment its stylish interior. With 25 cu.ft. of storage with the seats up and an impressive 54 available with the seats folded down, the Trax delivers unparalleled versatility among the other competitor models in its class. Inside and out, the 2024 Chevy Trax takes the subcompact SUV and puts it on the fast track to sophistication, capability, and style.
We’ve saved the most important aspects of the 2024 Chevy Trax for the very last. For those of you who have been following the recent technological innovations of the automotive industry, you’re already aware of just how far safety and driving assistance features have come. Chevy has always had a keen eye for safety, allowing its drivers to have complete peace of mind whenever they’re on the road. Let's look at the innovative features offered on the 2024 Chevy Trax.
Some of the features that make a welcome return are connectivity with OnStar services, which have been proven many times to be an effective tool in security, roadside assistance, and even theft recovery. Parents who have younger drivers in their homes can rest a little bit easier thanks to the oversight provided by GM’s Teen Driver technology. This report card monitors driving habits and allows parents to set limits on stereo volume and speed. After all, it’s never too early to teach the next generation of drivers the successful habits that prevent accidents.
Chevy places a considerable amount of emphasis on the essential features that aid in accident prevention. Among these are automatic emergency braking and front pedestrian braking. These are imperative in assisting one of the most critical safety aspects—reaction time. The moment you notice whether another vehicle or pedestrian is in your line of sight and the fleeting seconds afterward mean the difference between being involved in a collision and avoiding one. Both of these features provide additional oversight when it comes to initiating evasive maneuvers and braking. We all share the road together, and everyone needs to do their part to ensure the safety of everyone.
Also standard is lane keep assist and lane departure warning. Another cornerstone of collision avoidance, this provides a substantial amount of oversight regarding staying in your lane and intervening if you do happen to drift outside of it. Both of these come in handy regarding additional visibility when weather or road conditions aren’t as favorable as they could be. Upper trims have access to other features, such as adaptive cruise control, which benefits long stretches of highway driving by monitoring traffic patterns and helping you keep a safe distance from the other vehicles you share the road with. It should be noted that while these features are in place to assist you and provide additional oversight, they in no way replace the habits of a responsible and experienced driver. Remember to obey all traffic laws and be aware of the other vehicles and objects in your immediate vicinity.