One Year Review - SO NICe!!!
By ChicksHateMe on Sunday, March 29, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,600
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Comfort, Power, US Made, FUN, MPG's. VALUE!!!"
Cons: "No Center Console, Dash Glare, Factory Tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I took my time deciding on a vehicle to replace my 93 Cherokee. Things I focused on were American-Made, Price, Comfort, Power, and Storage space. First car I tried over the 8 month search was the Sonic.
I tried many others after in the same $$$ ballpark and they just didn't compare to the Sonic. I went back to the Sonic, and it still felt almost perfect. I went for the hatchback because I wanted rear storage access, like I had with my Jeep. Only things it didn't have that I wanted was a center console and AWD. I picked up a 2013 LT 1.4T AT with 56 miles on it for 16K. UNDER my target price. Last one on lot and I feel I stole it.
I now find I like it without the console that I "thought" I wanted. No AWD, but someday I may move up to the related TRAX.
Comfort AND power. With the 1.4L Turbo, I drive it like a kid, so I don't get the MPG's I could, but they are still 3 times better than my Ole Jeep.
Standard was wicked fun to test, but I'm older and went with the Auto to save the workout on my hips and shoulders. There are days though I wish I had the Manual :)
I have had a few issues though;
1.Brake problem. The issue I had is not common and happens to almost any type car. It was resolved.
2. A water leak on passenger side, but it was addressed in a Bulletin and fixed.
3. Water pump hasn't died (YET), but it's a known issue and Chevy sent a letter to us that points out they will cover it up to 100K miles.
4. Glare off my gray Dash. But a black dash mat fixed that and looks awesome too. Polarized Glasses worked too.
5. Stock Tires. They may be OK for most, but they are horrible in the snow. I worried it was the car, but with GOOD ALL-Seasons, the car handles a LOT better.
I did HATE the car for a while. But the reason wasn't the car itself, it was the incompetent dealership I went to for service first round. They didn't fix some of the things I listed above first try, and actually caused more issues. VERY frustrating. Once I brought the car to a GREAT Dealer, with Competent Techs, it was fixed professionally first try.
I LOVE the car again!!! It's been great since the few issues I did have got addressed.
There's a nice Sonic Owners forum on the web where I learned a lot more about the car and read shared stories.
I am really surprised The Sonic is not more popular than than it is, but I'm glad in a way. The price would probably have been higher if this gem was more popular.
If you're looking, at least take it for a drive. I think anyone will find it comfortable and Wicked Fun!!!!"
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