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The 2014 Chevrolet Trax is a small SUV that pleases with its looks Automotive columnist: , Updated:

Pros: The 2014 Chevrolet Trax is a small SUV with a cute, bulldog-like face, impressive safety content, a comfortable ride in the city, and a perfect size for easily navigating through traffic. Let's not forget the highly affordable base model, numerous storage compartments, and available MyLink interface.

Cons: On the other hand, the Trax has a number of drawbacks including a fairly soft suspension that results in significant body roll in corners, a noisy engine at higher revs, less-than-ideal fit and finish, as well as expensive high-end models.

2014 Chevrolet Trax Price: From LS to 1LT, 2LT, and LTZ, the Trax lineup offers plenty of selection. Prices vary a lot, too -- from $18,695 to $30,345.
Chevrolet Trax 2014
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2014 Chevrolet Trax Fuel Economy: Depending on the transmission you select, the 2014 Chevrolet Trax burns 7.8-8.1L/100km in the city and 5.7-5.9L/100km on the highway in FWD configuration. These numbers rise to 8.7 and 6.5L/100km, respectively, when AWD is part of the equation.

Powertrain: The 1.4L 4-cylinder turbocharged Ecotec engine generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The base LS model gets a standard 6-speed manual transmission; the optional 6-speed autobox is the only transmission available with higher trim levels. While all-wheel drive can be specified, the 2014 Chevrolet Trax is not designed for off-road driving.

Cargo Capacity: The trunk can haul up to 530 litres of cargo. Once you fold the rear seats, the volume increases to 1,371 litres.

Safety: Standard features include no fewer than 10 airbags, OnStar assistance, stability control, ABS, and hill-start assist.

Comparing the 2014 Chevrolet Trax: Interested in a small SUV/CUV? Your shopping should also include the Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Nissan Juke, Mitsubishi RVR, and Subaru XV Crosstrek.