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Chevrolet Sonic

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2019 Chevrolet Sonic Ratings & Reliability
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 a bit too responsive because of the overly quick steering. The sedan has a large trunk, but the hatchback version offers more utility. Creature comforts, such as keyless entry and push-button start, and the optional heated seats and steering wheel, bring some maturity to this subcompact. A 7-inch touch screen is standard and works with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. On the safety front, forward collision warning and lane departure warning are optional, and are welcome additions to the Sonic.
2012 Redesign Year
Chevrolet Sonic 2018
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
2018 $11,575 - $15,550 $8,620 - $12,220
2017 $10,875 - $13,750 $7,970 - $10,570
2016 $8,800 - $12,050 $6,025 - $9,000
2015 $7,150 - $10,250 $4,480 - $7,330
2014 $5,700 - $8,800 $3,130 - $5,930
2013 $4,550 - $8,050 $2,075 - $5,225
2012 $4,075 - $6,475 $1,680 - $3,780