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2016 Chevrolet Trax LTZ

The Chevy Trax is a relatively new addition to the market, and consumers may not have seen a great number on the roads since its release in 2015. However, Chevy has built this small crossover SUV in the innovative tradition of Chevy’s other SUV classes, such as the Traverse and the Equinox, which will surely have buyers taking notice.

With the release of the 2016 model, Chevrolet provides options that ideally target the active, urban chameleon. The styling offers curb appeal, along with a higher profile visibility. Offering compact car-like parking capability, impressive maneuverability, and nearly limitless cargo and seating configurations with a 60/40 split bench rear folding seat, the Trax can help you complete any task or errand, whether it’s cruising garage sales, mountain biking or taking everyone out for a night on the town in style.

Speaking of styling, the 2016 Trax sports appealing, athletic and smooth body lines with a wide selection of striking exterior colors. The LTZ trim level features upgraded 18-inch aluminum wheels and comfort-oriented interior appointments. Clearly distinguishable as a Chevrolet with the bowtie badging and bold grille, this versatile vehicle will turn heads, as well as turn on a dime in day-to-day driving conditions. In fact, the front wheel drive model proved quite capable in the snowy weather it was subjected to. With the all wheel drive option, the Trax has the potential to carve its very own niche in the market with many other popular models in its class, such as the Subaru Crosstrek, the Buick Encore, the Nissan Juke and the Ford Escape.

All of the safety features you expect from Chevy are also present, including 10 airbags, child security features and rear park assist, in addition to the rear camera, now standard in all new vehicles. The 7-inch Chevrolet MyLink radio with color touch display screen is easy to use, with Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming capability.

The Ecotec Turbo 1.4 liter, 4-cylinder engine does not lack for power. Fuel economy is enviable at 26 MPG city and 34 MPG highway, for a combined 29 MPG average.

Chevy takes exceptional care of its vehicle owners with Chevrolet Complete Care, including two maintenance visits, 5-year or 60,000-mile 24-hour roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, 5-year standard OnStar Basic Plan on most models, and 6-month OnStar Guidance Plan and Automatic Crash Response.

Available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, the starting price for the Chevy Trax is $20,300; well equipped at $25,230. The LTZ model, which I had the pleasure of driving thanks to GM and Chevrolet, came in at an MSRP of $26,125.

Amy Cotsworth is a long-time auto enthusiast with a 20-year-professional history in the automotive industry. She can be reached at with any questions, comments or review requests.