With Chevrolet expected to redesign the Trax for the 2020 model year, this subcompact crossover carries over into 2019 with very minor changes: some fresh paint colours and a new tailgate badge for the range-topping Premier trim.
At the very least, the Ecosport's recent arrival means the Trax is no longer the goofiest-looking car in the category (a 2017 styling revision helpled smooth things over a bit, too), but Ford's popularity in the crossover classes means the Trax will be overlooked more than in years previous.
The Trax can't match the sharp handling of the Mazda CX-3 nor the off-road ability of a car like the Jeep Renegade, but it does boast a smooth highway drive and good fuel economy from a 1.4L turbocharged engine that makes 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard in most models, but the LS FWD gets a six-speed manual. LS and LT models come with either front- or all-wheel drive, while the top-end Premier is AWD-only.
Goofy or not, the Trax's tall roof means good headroom all around, even if taller riders will find a lack of legroom in the rear seat.
Standard tech includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while blind spot, rear cross traffic and forward collision alerts and lane departure warning are all available. There is also a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen plus keyless entry, power windows and air conditioning.
LT trim adds cruise control, roof rack rails, satellite radio, remote engine start, heated mirrors, under seat storage drawer, 110-volt power outlet and LED running lamps.
Premier trim adds leatherette seats, illuminated vanity mirrors and a premium stereo. Power and heated seats are also standard, as is a power sunroof.
Fuel economy for the front-drive Trax is rated at 9.1/7.6 L/100 km (city/highway) with the automatic transmission, and 9.4/6.9 with the stickshift. Add AWD and consumption increases to 9.9/8.1 L/100 km.
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