The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback and sedan have been updated, with a freshened look inside and out, plus additional safety and tech features.

The styling update shows the current corporate Chevrolet grille as well as standard projector beam headlights. The Sonic has always had a youthful appeal, and it can be customized with various options including a wheel choice of 17-inch that can sharpen its look.

Inside, the gauge cluster loses the old motorcycle-inspired design in favor of more conventional dials. Creature comforts such as keyless entry and push-button start, and optional heated seats and steering wheel bring maturity to the subcompact.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

A standard 7-inch touch screen is backed by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, while OnStar and Wi-Fi hotspot are available by monthly subscription.

Rear camera becomes standard and on the safety front, optional forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning are welcome.

As for the trim levels, the Sonic sedan is available in LS, LT, or Premier (with an RS package possible), while the hatchback comes as RS with LT or Premier trims possible. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic goes on sale in the fall.

In our testing, the Sonic has proven to be one of the better subcompacts.

Read the road test on the current Chevrolet Sonic.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback rear

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