New 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic offers good fuel economy, a sporty attitude and cool features, but falls short in offering advanced driver assists.
2019 Chevrolet Sonic Pricing
For Sale Near 20146
2019 Chevrolet Sonic KBB Expert Review
Despite rumors of its eminent demise, the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic remains part of GM’s small-car lineup, getting a few tweaks this year to help it keep up with newer competitors like the Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent and Toyota Yaris. Of course, Americans’ sudden lurch toward small trucks and SUVs is making cars like the Sonic a hard sell, even with their low sticker price and reasonable cost of ownership. To make its second-smallest car more appealing to younger buyers, Chevy equips the Sonic with such high-tech features as Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a peppy turbocharged engine. Inexpensive base models are oddly equipped with manual windows and transmission, but also power door locks and an advanced infotainment setup.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2019 Chevy Sonic offers a low price, good fuel economy and a surprisingly space-efficient interior perfect for first-time buyers or growing families in need of a second car. Cute, sporty and filled with features, the Sonic proves you don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot.
You May Not Like This Car If...
It’s called a “subcompact” for a reason. If you have tall kids, a dog, or the need for copious cargo space, you’d be better off moving up a class to a car like the Chevrolet Cruze. Regrettably, emergency-braking systems standard on some rivals are missing from the Sonic.
What's New for 2019
For 2019, the 1.4-liter turbo becomes the Sonic’s standard engine. The Fun and Sun package is dropped, and remote start is now optional, part of the LT Convenience Package.
In the world of tiny cars, the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic plays a big role. Its 1.4-liter turbocharged engine is a cut above the competition, offering plenty of power for merging with traffic, while still sipping fuel. The Sonic’s suspension and steering return a very playful feel, a situation that gets better when equipped with the optional Performance Package. So equipped, the Sonic is more fun to drive than a Kia Rio or Toyota Yaris, but still not up the standard set by the Ford Fiesta. Despite its short wheelbase, the Sonic’s ride isn’t bumpy or choppy, and its interior is relatively quiet, although you will hear the engine and tires at highway speeds. The driver’s seat is firm and supportive, and the adjustable tilt wheel and driver’s-seat armrest make it easy to find the perfect driving position. We were impressed with our test car’s infotainment setup. The touch screen’s bright icons and easy-to-use features were a surprise, as was the level of connectivity via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The standard audio in the 2019 Sonic is leaps and bounds above its rivals, offering an advanced 7-inch touch screen, OnStar 4G LTE, Bluetooth for phone and streaming, a Wi-Fi hotspot plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
BIG SAFETY FEATURES
Keeping the Sonic’s occupants safe are 10 airbags including a driver’s-knee airbag, electronic stability control and such helpful driver-assist options as forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning.
Whether sedan or hatchback, the Sonic's 5-passenger interior is eye-pleasing, roomy for its size and has an air of sophistication thanks to the standard 7-inch touch screen that dominates the center front of the cockpit. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the segment, and the versatile and recommendable hatchback models offer 47.7 cubic feet of cargo room with rear seats folded. That's still less than a Honda Fit hatchback, but the Chevy has more space than the Honda with the rear seats up -- 19 cubic feet vs. the Fit's 16.6. We also like the handy dual-glove-box arrangement.
All 2019 Chevy Sonics have small footprints and tidy proportions. We favor the design of the hatchback, which reminds us of classy-yet-practical European models, featuring hidden rear-door handles in the black areas of the C-pillars that make the Sonic hatchback appear more like a 2-door. For traditionalists, the sedan offers a large trunk. Both versions benefit from an attractive face that makes the Sonic appear wider and better integrates the headlight housings. The RS package, standard on hatchbacks and available on sedans, features a unique body kit and rocker moldings, rear spoiler and other sporty bits.
Notable Standard Equipment
The 2019 Sonic sedan is available as LS, LT and Premier, while the pricier Sonic hatchback is offered in LT and Premier form. The lowest priced LS Sedan includes some surprisingly sweet features but lacks others. For instance, it includes a robust 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system with CarPlay and Android Auto, rearview camera, built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity and remote keyless entry, but lacks cruise control, power windows or power-adjustable mirrors. We recommend the hatchback or stepping up to the LT sedan, which includes better-quality cloth seating, 6-speaker audio and those features lacking in base models.
Notable Optional Equipment
Top-line Sonic Premier models have the most robust set of features, including Leatherette upholstery with heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated steering wheel, 17-inch wheels, sport suspension, fog lights, and the RS package that bundles unique interior and exterior aesthetics. Options include a lowering-suspension kit to improve handling on LT and Premier models. The option we most recommend -- and a great value at $495 -- is the Driver Confidence Package that includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning and rear-park assist. It, too, is available on all but base LS sedans.
Under the Hood
For 2019, the Sonic drops the old 1.8-liter option, leaving only the 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. We like this engine for its healthy torque and good fuel economy. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual, but all trims can be matched with a 6-speed automatic. In our experience, we found no reason not to like either of the transmission choices.
1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4
138 horsepower @ 4,900 rpm
148 lb-ft of torque @ 2,500 rpm (manual)/1,850 rpm (automatic)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/38 mpg (manual, sedan), 26/35 mpg (manual, hatchback), 26/34 mpg (automatic, sedan and hatchback)
The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $16,295 for a manual-transmission LS sedan, or $17,595 for one with an automatic transmission. Unless you don't mind cranking your own windows, rolling on steel wheels and not having cruise control, we recommend stepping up to the LT sedan or hatchback, each starting below $19,000. Loaded, even the slightly pricier Sonic 5-door hatchback checks in below $25,000. The Sonic's price is in line with the Toyota Yaris and slightly less than the Honda Fit. It's not quite as low as the Nissan Versa, Kia Rio, Hyundai Accent, Ford Fiesta or the hard-to-recommend Mitsubishi Mirage. Still, this subcompact Chevy represents a good value. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying. The Chevy Sonic's resale value is expected to be below that of leaders like the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
Chevrolet Sonic Consumer Reviews
April 12, 2019
My first Chevy
I got this car when my old one broke it's timing chain guides and bent the valves. In doing research on cars in my price range, this...
March 28, 2019
Best car I've ever had!
I bought this car brand new off the lot and I'm still driving it! I've only had to to one major repair to it ever, and that was just a...
January 05, 2019
Excellent car for the money!
Good overall car!
November 11, 2018
Possibly the most economically valuable car. 78k
I purchased this car last year from the original, single owner of the car. It is an LTZ hatchback with leather, the 1.4l turbo, and a 6...
November 07, 2018
Very stylish and sleek. Extremely reliable.
This car has curb appeal and is very fuel efficient. It handles exceptionally well, has a decent turning radius and is quite comfortable...
June 06, 2018
Great vehicle and fun to drive
I purchased the LTZ Turbo and it is like driving a sports car. I love it. It has many safety features. Gets great mileage. All amenities...
May 24, 2018
I love it!
Just purchased it in March. Had so many people say, its really nice for the price. Got the LT and would of loved to have heated seats,...
February 21, 2018
Best Car I Have Ever Owned
Solid as a rock. Nothing rattles. No strange sounds. Styling makes it look bigger than actual size. Fun to drive. Handling is tight and...
February 01, 2018
This car saved my life
I want to start off by saying Im not sponsored or paid, I fell in love with this car. My first car in my name. I was driving home from...
December 22, 2017
Great value and VERY low cost of ownership
We are now approaching 87,000 miles and our list of maintenance or repairs has been limited to oil changes, tires (done at 80k), and a...
2019 Chevrolet Sonic Specs
2019 Chevrolet Sonic Safety Ratings
How does it compare?
|#1||2019 Chevrolet Sonic||138|
|#2||2019 Hyundai Accent||130|
|#3||2019 Kia Rio||130|
|#4||2019 Ford Fiesta||120|
|#5||2019 Toyota Yaris||106|
|#1||2019 Mitsubishi Mirage G4||35|
|#2||2019 Toyota Yaris||34|
|#3||2019 Kia Rio||32|
|#4||2019 Hyundai Accent||31|
|#5||2019 Chevrolet Sonic||31|
|#1||2019 Kia Rio||5 / 5|
|#2||2019 Mitsubishi Mirage G4||4.8 / 5|
|#3||2019 Toyota Yaris||4.5 / 5|
|#4||2019 Chevrolet Sonic||4.4 / 5|
|#5||2019 Ford Fiesta||3.9 / 5|