The 2013 Chevrolet Trax is GM's newest crossover type vehicle. I'm not normally a huge fan of crossovers — my personal preference is either a sedan or an SUV... but the Trax had me reconsidering.
Here are some key features that made my life easier:
The Trax's entertainment system called MyLink is basically an extension of your smartphone. It connects to your phone and plays music, shows pictures and makes hands-free phone calls possible. It's a much more cost-effective way of having a great entertainment system since the technology in the dashboard unit is pretty basic. It's all being driven by your smartphone! The MyLink system also minimizes costs as it comes without a CD player. It worked out for me because most of my music is on my phone anyway.
Now you can have navigation without paying for the cost of the system. Since MyLink is an extension of your smartphone, you can download BringGo as a GPS app for your phone and have it display on the MyLink screen.
Under the Hood
Super easy layout of the fluid reservoirs that you would need to check regularly (such as coolant, washer fluid and brake fluid), as well as easy access to the engine oil level indicator (that's the technical term for 'dipstick'). The battery terminals are easily accessible in case you need to jump start the car. The air filter is up top too in case you wanted to replace that on your own. So overall, although the engine compartment is quite compact, it's well laid out for do-it-yourself maintenance for the average driver.
Child car seat
The back row's seating is quite flat which makes it easy to get the right angle when installing a rear-facing child car seat. The headrests also come right off — which is handy when tethering a forward-facing child car seat. There is a bit of cushioning in the seat though so you have to make sure you put a good amount of weight on the child seat when tightening up the straps during the seat installation.
There were compartments galore in the Chevy Trax — I love it! It was perfect, I had a place to store anything that I needed while driving. Very helpful when trying to keep the car tidy and organized. Compartments were located in the usual spaces — glovebox, armrest, door panel...and there were many more available in the dash. Loved it, loved it.
Uber Cool — TuneIn Radio
The Trax's MyLink is compatible with TuneIn Radio — a free app that allows you to listen to live radio from around the world! So even if you're driving to the States for that much needed shopping trip, you can listen to your fave local radio station. People like my parents, for example, will love this feature because they can listen to live radio from 'back home'... Hong Kong, in my parents' case.
As always with GM products, the Trax's owners manual was detailed and informative. Lots of information about car safety and do-it-yourself maintenance. I personally didn't like the digital speedometer, I much prefer an analog gauge. But my mom loved it... for her, the digital reading was so convenient. To each his own, I suppose. Lastly, the coolant temp gauge is absent from the instrument cluster — no biggie for those of you who don't look at that anyway... but as a technician, I like my gauges! The 2013 Chevrolet Trax starts at $18,495.