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2015 Chevrolet Sonic KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $21,295

Fair Purchase Price $19,352
Fair Market Range ($19,042 - $20,255)

Invoice $20,271

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KBB Editors' Overview

By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor - Updated Date: 8/12/2014

Chevrolet’s 2015 Sonic subcompact sedan and hatchback are not the division’s smallest cars (that accolade goes to the tiny Spark micro car), yet as the old saying goes, good things come in small packages. In the Sonic’s case, those things include a roomy interior, excellent fuel economy and an affordable price tag. Every bit the equal of the Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta, the Sonic adds a bit more spice, with sporty handling and a turbocharged engine that delivers zippy performance around town. Also surprising is the Sonic’s impressive list of standard and available features that include streaming Bluetooth audio and GM’s impressive MyLink infotainment system that allows for hands-free control of messages, apps and music devices.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2015 Chevy Sonic sedan and hatchback are cute, fun to drive, extremely good on gas, priced to sell, and full of features younger buyers covet (like built-in Wi-Fi). Cool colors and a very high-end looking interior should help seal the deal.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re not a fan of really small cars, a little more cash can put you into a more substantial compact like the Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or Honda Civic. You might also aim for something a bit more customizable like the Fiat 500 or Mini Cooper.

What's New for 2015

Chevy’s subcompact Sonic for 2015 sees only a few minor updates. OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi is standard and comes with a 3-month/3GB free trial. Other changes include the addition of the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine to LTZ models and a new color, Blue Velvet.

Driving It Driving Impressions

One spin in the 2015 Chevy Sonic and you’ll have an entirely new take on the subcompact genre. The ride is smooth and stable, the steering precise, and the suspension nimble enough to round corners with confidence or dart through nasty city traffic with ease. Despite its compact dimensions, the Chevrolet Sonic feels more substantial than a Ford Fiesta or Honda Fit. When equipped with the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, the subcompact Sonic feels quick and agile, and its fuel economy figures earn two big thumbs up from our test staff. Stick with the base 1.8-liter engine and you’ll still find a very pleasing driving experience, plus you’ll have the choice of a slick shifting 5-speed manual or smooth 6-speed automatic. The front-wheel-drive Sonic subcompact really loves to hustle, be it on a twisting canyon road, a long stretch of highway or a snow-covered side street.

Favorite Features

Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system helps drivers keep connected to their music, messages and apps while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The system is also compatible with Siri Eyes Free and the BringGo navigation app.

Almost unheard of in this class, the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic sedan and hatchback offer an advanced safety package that includes Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

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