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:
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:
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!
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.