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2013 Chevrolet Trax

Originally published June 29, 2013

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I’ve hung up my large sedans for a small SUV this week – at least that is what GM would like you to think this vehicle is. A small crossover SUV is what they call the 2013 Chevrolet Trax – I call it a jacked up hatchback – that doesn’t really change the vehicle itself, but SUV this is not.

Call it what you want, it seems the Trax and the Buick version, the Encore, are selling like hot cakes. According to the GM dealer I spoke to, they cannot keep these things on the lot – great for GM! They certainly know their demographic here as they describe this vehicle’s target demographic as: single, youthful and female skewed.

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This small hatchback… I mean SUV is powered by a 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that outputs 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. It can be had with a manual transmission, but most buyers will equip their Trax with the six-speed automatic transmission that is in my tester.

My tester is an LS model, predicted by GM to be about 35 percent of the Trax volume and it is the base model – a rare thing in a press vehicle. With a starting price of just over $18,000, the automatic transmission ($1,450), air conditioning ($1,250) and freight and PDI ($1,500) bump the price nearly 25 percent – that’s rather significant and makes me as a consumer feel somewhat deceived by that base MSRP.

Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, my tester is the front-wheel drive model. Basic features include: power windows, steering wheel volume controls, power mirrors, and 10 airbags.

MSRP as tested (including destination): $22,895

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About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).