Long winded "we looked at one today" post... LT with the plus package for $25k-ish I think.
It's our Sonic morphed into cute ute, as expected. It wasn't as SUV as I had feared. It's just a little roller skate.
The interior layout was instantly familiar. Good looking interior materials, but don't search for any soft plastics. Build quality of this Korean-built model was just as good as my US built Sonic. Same gauge cluster found in the Sonic, same radio, same overall layout but it has some things relocated to smarter places (e.g. no 12V outlet or stability control buttons placed right next to a cup holder.)
Out of all the infotainment systems we played with today at the auto show, the stripped-down MyLink in the Sonic/Spark/Trax was the easiest one to work with. We thought the same when we first looked at the Sonic, so it isn't completely a matter of being familiar with it.
Great sounding system, and that was just the base and not the optional upgraded Bose setup. All Trax models come with the MyLink unit and rear camera, but the base does not have XM. The LT/LTZ have an AC power outlet at the back of the center console.
Rear cargo area with the seats up can't match the Vibe. But it seems like it would be enough for most of our needs. I was wondering if it would be worth the extra premium over a Sonic hatchback for the small increase in utility, looks like it may be. The Vibe's flat load floor and ease of folding the seats will be missed. To fold the rear seat, you have to move the front seats up, flip up the rear bottom cushion, get the headrest out of the way, then fold the seatback down. The front passenger seat folds down just like the Vibe, only it's easier to fold it here (just flip the seatback recline lever and lay it flat, unlike the VIbe's which will not lay totally flat unless you make sure it isn't reclined first then fold it flat.) You can still haul 8' long stuff they say.
There are lots of nice storage bins. The two glove boxes and bins next to the center stack ala Sonic, a covered bin at the top of the dash, a small one to the left of the wheel, a nifty drawer that slides out from under the passenger seat, and the doors. In the back, there is more storage for smaller items on the side of the quarter panel trim.
Nice amout of room in it with pretty comfortable seats, though they are firmer than the Sonic. This model had a power driver's seat and power lumbar adjuster. A rear seat armrest is always a nice touch.
We also compared the Encore which the fully loaded AWD model on display rang up at somewhere in the mid $30k range. It was very nice but that's too much money for a Sonic.
It has better materials, more features, and a more premium feel as one would expect. But I like the Trax's dash with less clutter and the smaller, cheaper to replace tires. And while it does have a large color LCD, I don't believe it is touchscreen.
No idea how it rides or drives. I have the same powertrain in the Sonic so I'm sure it's going to drive like a heavier, taller, lesser efficient version of my car.
In the end, it's probably not a bad Vibe replacement after all.