Review and Photos by Tom Sedens

Let’s talk some numbers first, and then we’ll get into the vehicle to check it out.

The Trax begins at the affordable end of the vehicle spectrum. They start at $18,495 – my LT trim with the optional sunroof comes in at $30,250 – everything in. You can still move up a notch to the completely loaded LTZ trim level.

The Trax looks bigger than it really is. To put things into perspective, it shares its platform with the diminutive Sonic.

It sits high off the ground, and the shape is top-heavy, giving it a bulky appearance. Speaking of appearance, the exterior styling is definitely the most polarizing aspect of the vehicle.

Test Drive: 2013 Chevrolet Trax car test drives chevrolet
Test Drive: 2013 Chevrolet Trax car test drives chevrolet
2013 Chevrolet Trax. Click image to enlarge

Some people absolutely love it. Some do not. Some hate it. It is an interesting looking thing, to be sure. It looks like the rear end got squished a bit as, visually speaking, there is very little vehicle behind the rear wheels.

Chevy’s corporate snout can be found in the front, the horizontal trim bar splitting the grille. The rear flanks are pushed out to the sides a bit, so there’s some definition from the rear fenders back.

The larger wheels on the LTZ trim definitely look better than the ones on this LT.

I appreciate that Chevy kept the lines clean and relatively simply. Overall, I didn’t find it an offensive shape, although I wasn’t particularly fond of it either.

Under the hood, you’ll find a tiny 1.4L turbocharged Ecotec inline-four. It almost looks lost in the engine bay. As in other GM applications, it puts out 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and the torque comes on at a low 1,850 RPM – 148 lb-ft of it.

All that terrifying power makes its way through a six-speed automatic and on to an on-demand all-wheel-drive system, which means the Trax is front-wheel drive until you lose traction. Definitely more suited for those “city adventures” than any off-road ones.

Fuel economy is quite good. It is rated at 8.7 L/100 km in the city and 6.5 L/100 km on the highway. During my week with it, driving through rutted, icy, crappy roads, and not paying attention to driving economically, I saw the Trax return 9.8 L/100 km, which is reasonable.

It’s no flyweight, but it isn’t a porker either – in this trim, the heaviest it can get with automatic and all-wheel drive, it tips the scales at 1,476 kg (3,254 lb).

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