Chevrolet Sonic

Chevrolet Sonic

About Chevrolet Sonic

In an age where tiny houses are all the rage, it only makes sense someone builds a tiny car to park in the driveway. The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic is just such a car, slightly larger and more powerful than the Chevy Spark, but not quite as big as the compact Cruze. In this sweet spot, the 2018 Sonic offers plenty to like, including a very low starting price, high-tech options like Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hotspot, not to mention sporty styling and an available turbocharged engine. Base models lack even the most basic accommodations (you’ll have to crank open the windows), but when comparably equipped, the Sonic remains competitive against cars like the Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris.

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LATEST MODEL
2018 Chevrolet Sonic
What's new for 2018?
2018 Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevy Sonic receives some minor tweaks for 2018, mostly centered around some package shuffling and new color options.

  • Expert Rating: 8.7
  • Consumers Rating: 8.5
  • MPG 25|33
2017 Chevrolet Sonic
What's new for 2017?
2017 Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevy Sonic is refreshed for 2017 with new front and rear fascias, and even base models now come with a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. Premium features such as heated steering wheel, power-adjustable driver's seat and rear-park assist become available.

2016 Chevrolet Sonic
What's new for 2016?
2016 Chevrolet Sonic

Apart from three new exterior colors – Nightfall Gray Metallic, Mosaic Black Metallic and Kinetic Blue Metallic – the Chevrolet Sonic carries over for 2016 with no significant changes.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic
What's new for 2015?
2015 Chevrolet Sonic

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.

2014 Chevrolet Sonic
What's new for 2014?
2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Changes for the Sonic for 2014 are relatively few. A rear-vision camera is standard on the LTZ and RS and available on the LT. There’s an available advanced safety package that includes Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, and the LT Promotional Package includes MyLink radio, a power sunroof and front fog lights.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic
What's new for 2013?
2013 Chevrolet Sonic

The big news for the 2013 Chevy Sonic is the addition of the sporty RS that includes a stiffer suspension, leather seats and unique 17-inch wheels. There's a simplified version of the MyLink infotainment system and all Sonics gain integral blind-spot side mirrors. The LT trim adds cruise control, a USB port, second auxiliary input, steering-wheel audio controls and Bluetooth streaming audio.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic
What's new for 2012?
2012 Chevrolet Sonic

The Chevy Aveo had grown so uncompetitive and unloved enough that when it came time for a new generation, Chevy changed everything including the name. With the arrival of the radically improved 2012 Chevy Sonic, the short list of subcompact cars worth considering is now one car longer.

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Consumer Reviews

godsend when the gas prices are high.

By on Saturday, June 24, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,210

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Good gas mileage, big trunk"

Cons: "too many cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Easy to park, great gas mileage the ac blows me away. Turn it when I start the car an an go 50 feet down the road I have to turn it back down to 1st setting. I have plenty of room to take a friend with me to food shop or load it with donation items. I drove a Pontiac for several and thought a small car would be uncomfortable.....I was wrong."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

The LTZ Turbo is a blast to drive!

By on Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Gas mileage, sporty, fun to drive, great commuter"

Cons: "too small, tight squeeze with a car seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Great gas saver but still sporty enough!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Awesome car, Fun, Fast and excellent 40 plus MPG.

By on Sunday, December 9, 2012

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Value, great MPG, great fun to drive."

Cons: "Wish I had a center arm rest."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Decided to sell my 2001 Jeep Cherokee because of fuel economy and started to do the research. I really wanted to stick with domestic so my search was narowed to the Chevy Sonic and the Ford Fiesta and I did not want to wait for the Dodge Dart. Drove the Fiesta and the Sonic and there was no comparison, the Chevy rode better, was quicker, quiet and very comfortable. My research led me to order a sedan LT with the 1.4 Turbo, six speed manual. We have now driven over 5000 miles with a combined fuel avearge of 40MPG since we bought the car. If you are in the market for a subcompact car you really need to check out the Sonic. This car has exceeded all of our expectations and for someone who had not owned a GM vehicle for years it has created a new confidence that we can build a car in Michigan, USA, that can compete with the best in the world. Nice job Chevrolet, and thanks to the Lake Orion workers who have built a world class car. Keep it up!"

47 people out of 48 found this review helpful

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