In case you haven't taken the hint based on the title above, the Chevrolet Trax is slow. Like 9.4 seconds to 60 mph slow. That's kind of a bummer because the Trax has the potential to be – dare it be said – more fun to drive and, of course, faster. An extra 40-50 horsepower would do the trick. Based on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the Sonic, the Trax is a subcompact crossover whose sister ship is the (more expensive) Buick Encore.
Point being is that we feel the Trax is the better bargain over the Encore, unless you must have that Buick emblem because you're too good for that Chevy bowtie. That lack of power comes from a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four with 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque that's paired to a six-speed automatic.
This is the only engine-gearbox combo offered, and our tester came with the optional $1,500 all-wheel drive. But we also think the Trax is the right vehicle for the times, being a subcompact crossover with a fair amount of standard connectivity features like 4G TLE Wi-Fi hotspot and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (both new for 2017), and a base price of around $21,000. Our nearly fully-loaded LT topped off at a reasonable $26,290. Still, the Trax is screaming for some more oomph, which is more evident than ever when accelerating while entering a highway. Special thanks to Woodland Motors for letting us film the car.