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Chevrolet Sonic

Chevrolet Sonic 2018 sedan Trim Shown: 2018 LT sedan FWD Automatic
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The Chevrolet Sonic hatchback and sedan possess a relatively comfortable ride and a quiet cabin for a subcompact. Fuel economy of 28 mpg overall is nothing to boast about. Handling is secure but darty, thanks to the overly-quick steering. The sedan has a large trunk; the hatch offers more utility. Creature comforts such as keyless entry and push-button start, and optional heated seats and steering wheel bring some maturity to the subcompact. A standard 7-inch touch screen is backed by Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the safety front, optional forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning are welcome additions.
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2012 Redesign Year
Chevrolet Sonic 2017 Trim Shown: 2017 Hatchback
The standard Sonic uses an unimpressive 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which makes the expense of upgrading to the modestly quicker and more fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder worthwhile. The six-speed manual transmission is somewhat balky, but the automatic has to dig for gears constantly. Handling is fairly nimble, the brakes are excellent, and the ride is civilized for this class. The sedan has a huge trunk and gives a better view out, but the hatchback version has more cargo versatility. Both offer a relatively quiet cabin, but the rear seats are cramped. We'd opt for the LT automatic sedan for its extra cargo space and visibility and the MyLink system. We'd also get the quicker and more efficient turbocharged engine, as well as the advanced safety package with forward-collision warning and lane departure warning. This also includes a backup camera. Crash-test results are impressive.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2017 $12,725 - $14,175 $9,720 - $11,020
2016 $9,625 - $13,400 $6,865 - $10,315
2015 $8,225 - $11,575 $5,630 - $8,680
2014 $6,800 - $10,150 $4,275 - $7,325
2013 $5,675 - $9,450 $3,185 - $6,610
2012 $4,850 - $7,725 $2,380 - $4,980