A mini-road trip in the Chevrolet Trax

chevy trax road trip

My sweet ride for last month’s mini-road trip to downstate Illinois and western Indiana was a 2015 Chevrolet Trax. I was given access to the vehicle for a few days to test it out, and I was not disappointed.

The vehicle drove as smoothly as any I’ve ever seen. The potholes of Illinois were not a problem as the vehicle handled the roads just fine. The gas mileage was also fantastic (officially, it gets 34 mpg highway and 26 mpg city), and I appreciated the gauge that indicated precisely how many miles I had remaining before I needed a fill-up.

The Trax took me to the town of Olney, Illinois, which is known for its albino white squirrels. I got to watch one of the squirrels from the front seat of the Trax:

chevrolet trax white squirrel

In terms of amenities, the thing I loved about the Trax was the in-car wifi hotspot. I could stream music, connect to Google Maps and keep up with social media without having to use my cellular data. I couldn’t get enough of the satellite radio, either. I hope they didn’t have a hidden camera in this vehicle, or else I’m going to end up on Youtube belting out karaoke renditions of George Michael’s “Faith” and the Verve Pipe’s “Freshmen.”

After Olney, I headed to another kooky town, Santa Claus, Indiana. As you might expect, everything here is all about Christmas. Here’s the Trax in front of the Santa Claus post office:

trax 2015

The only challenge with the Trax? It took me 10 minutes to open the gas tank. I could not find a latch inside the vehicle to release the gas tank lid, and there was no latch on the tank itself. I even read through the user manual and was surprised to find no mention of how to open the gas tank.

Finally, after some Googling, I discovered that all I had to do was push on one corner of the gas tank lid, and it popped open. Duh. Is this typically how gas tanks open these days? Some of us aren’t used to driving brand new Chevys, so that detail may be worth including in the manual!

trax front view

The Trax is marketed as a city-smart small SUV, and I found it to be a perfect vehicle for navigating Chicago’s busy streets. Hopefully this will not be my last experience behind the wheel of a Trax.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

2 comments on “A mini-road trip in the Chevrolet Trax

  1. I think it’s somewhat funny how long it took you to figure out how to open the gas tank. Granted, I might not have figured out how to open it either, since I’m so used to using a latch to pop it open. Maybe more GM gas tanks are switching over to the type of lid you described, but I honestly have no idea. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  2. Hahaha! I feel your pain about not being able to open the gas lid! I had the exact same thing happen to me when traveling in a rental car in Mexico. So embarrassing even though it is not your car. Sounds like the Trax is a cool little car though, it was not even on my radar before reading this.
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