Donate |

Cars

Chevrolet Sonic
Tested version:
Chevrolet Sonic
Find out how much the dealer paid with Cars Best Deals Plus Access.
    You'll get:
  • Consumer Reports Bottom Line Price
  • Unlimited New and Used Car Price Reports
Base MSRP price range:
$14,170 - $21,610
Dividing line
Car Type: Subcompact cars (Manual transmission)
CR overall score
What's this?
?
Chart key
Highest
68
This model
??
Lowest
52
Bottom key
Chevrolet Sonic Overview

The subcompact Sonic is fairly quick and quiet for the class and handles responsively, although the steering is a bit darty. The standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder performs well, while the uplevel trim gets a modestly-quicker and thriftier turbo four-cylinder with a six-speed manual. The sedan has a huge trunk and a better view out, but the hatchback has better cargo versatility. Both have a relatively quiet cabin, but the rear seats are cramped. Crash-test results are impressive. Advanced safety features such as forward-collision alert, lane-departure, and a backup camera are offered on all but base 2014 models. Reliability has been average.

A subscription to ConsumerReports.org includes Consumer Reports road test reports (based on over 50 different tests).

Chevrolet Blog Content
Redesigned Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe review
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon ReviewDriving the Chevrolet Suburban and Chevrolet Tahoe takes you back to a time when cars were cars and SUVs were, well, trucks. In this modern era of crossover wagons and car-based SUVs, these Chevy...
10 best end-of-summer new car deals
As summer winds down, dealerships are eager to clear out the remaining 2014 models to make room for the 2015 cars that will soon arrive. Already, advertisements are promoting deep discounts and n...
Cars that talk could save thousands of lives
If cars could talk, the stories they’d tell … and the lives they could save. Cars that communicated to one another—say, when they’re approaching an intersection or about to make a left turn—could...
GM recall puts bad ignition switches back in some cars
It’s a bad situation when a recall has to be recalled. Now after having recalled 15.3 million cars to remedy defective ignition switches and keys, General Motors is recalling some of them again, ...
10 best cars for older drivers
2014 Chevrolet Impala quick takeChrysler 300 2011-2014 review2013 Honda Accord first drive2014 Honda Odyssey ReviewHyundai Azera 2012-2014 review2014 Kia Soul first drive2014 Subaru Forester first driveToyota Avalon 2011-2012 reviewToyota Camry Hybrid 2012-2014 review2014 Toyota Highlander review It is a simple fact of life: Many seniors begin having limitations long before they lose their driving ability. Age takes it toll on flexibility and vision, meaning many older drivers experience ...