Thanks for providing specific information! Not a lot of people do that.
What you won't like is a sedan or low hatchback. A small (or subcompact) SUV seems perfect for you, but there isn't much selection at your price point. Unfortunately there are not many great new cars in your price point. They will be more uncomfortable than an SUV that is 3 grand more.
The Chevy Trax isn't a great car. It's a very poor value. For $21k, you don't even get cruise control. You have to go to the $23k LT. Also, it's not very highly rated.
There are three good cars in your budget (or very close):
2018 Toyota C-HR ? This is probably my #1 choice by far. It is the best value and is the most luxurious with a quiet cabin and spacious interior. This car has great curb appeal and comes with Toyota Safety Sense standard, their entire suite of safety features which includes Automatic braking with pedestrian detection, full-speed Adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, backup camera, and automatic high beams. They are the best features ever put into a car. Standard features on the base XLE trim include those active safety features, headlights that automatically turn on and off, really cool-looking Vortex-styled wheels, dual zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather trimmed steering wheel and gear shift, auto up/down windows for all passengers, and electric parking brake with the brake hold feature. MPG is 27/31 city/hwy. This car is very new so don't expect many rebates or price markdowns. It rides on the new TNGA platform, which is shared so far with the Prius and 2018 Camry. It's a great platform that makes the car fun to drive. The drawbacks are that it's slow like all the cars in this segment, it has a CVT transmission, and you can't get Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. It has 19 cu. ft of cargo room behind the second row seats.
2017 Kia Soul ? The Soul has a lot of curb appeal and is an attractive value. MPG is 25/30 city/hwy. This car will probably have the easiest access of the three cars here. In your budget I would look at the + (plus) trim. It's also the only car I recommend here that doesn't have a CVT. Standard features include headlights that automatically turn on and off, front fog lights, backup camera, 5" color LCD touch screen audio display, cruise control, 1 USB port, 1 AUX port, the FlexSteer system, which allows you to adjust steering feel to Normal, Comfort, or Sport mode, auto up/down driver and passenger windows, and single zone climate control. You can probably get a big discount on the Soul. Also consider a used Soul because Kias depreciate fast. It has been reliable though. It has 24.2 cu. ft of cargo space behind the second rows.
2017 Honda HR-V ? I wouldn't recommend this car as much as the other two, but still take a look at it. It can be had for under $20k. It's very practical with a lot of cargo space and rear seat room. It's very fuel efficient, with MPG at 28/34 city/hwy for the FWD CVT. Backup camera, automatic up/down driver's window, cruise control, two 12 volt power outlets front and rear, and AUX jack are standard on all trims. 1 USB port is standard on the LX and 2 USB ports on the rest of the trims. It is very slow but it is definitely enough power for most people. It has 24.3 cu. ft of cargo space behind the second row seats.
Of course you need to test drive all three to see which one fits best.