Despite its positive reception by North American vehicle buyers, the all-new 2024 Chevy Trax is one of the “popular compact cars to avoid” according to Consumer Reports, based on the nonprofit organization’s findings during testing of the crossover.
Shortcomings of the 2024 Chevy Trax according to the report include uninspiring predicted reliability and low predicted owner satisfaction. Driving tests were claimed to reveal “uneven” power generation, leading to either anemic or excessive acceleration. The Trax also offered testers less agility than expected.
Other CR criticisms of the second-gen compact crossover include a stiff ride, a lot of interior noise when driving, and “low-rent” fit and finish in the cabin. The lack of available all-wheel drive (AWD) on any trim level was repeatedly cited as a significant point against the Trax.
On the plus side, the 2024 Chevy Trax offered a relatively spacious interior thanks to redesign and its biggest dimensions relative to the first generation. Its features, including safety features, were described as “nice” for its MSRP, while it was responsive and offered good fuel economy during driving. It was rated at 64/100 for the road test, 43/100 for predicted reliability, and 2/5 for predicted customer satisfaction, for an overall score of 57/100.
Based on these findings, Consumer Reports recommended buying a 2024 Toyota Corolla Hatchback or a Nissan Kicks instead. These models are described as “under-the-radar alternatives,” with the Corolla scoring 73/100 with good predicted reliability and good road test results, while predicted owner satisfaction was average.
As a reminder, the 2024 Chevy Trax is motivated by the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine developing 137 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 162 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 to 4,000 rpm. Under the body panels, the GM VSS-F vehicle set provides structure for the Trax. Production takes place at the GM Changwon plant in Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea.