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Review: Chevrolet Trax is an affordable SUV option

| Friday, April 17, 2015, 9:17 p.m.

Budget-conscious buyers don't have to settle for a used sport utility vehicle or a small sedan any more.

A nimble, five-seat SUV — the 2015 Chevrolet Trax — is a commendable alternative, with a low starting retail price of $20,995, smart features, competitive fuel economy and strong crash test scores.

The five-door Trax has nice, mainstream exterior styling, a back seat for adults and a comfortable, higher-than-a-car ride height for all passengers.

Based on Buick's small Encore SUV, the Trax uses the Encore platform and same 138-horsepower, turbocharged four cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the Trax recorded an exemplary five out of five stars overall in federal government crash tests, including five stars in both frontal and side crash tests.

Chevrolet reports the Trax is the only vehicle in its class to come with 10 standard air bags, including knee air bags for front passenger and driver. Other standard safety features are electronic stability control and traction control.

A rearview camera is standard equipment, too.

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