Chevrolet's resident subcompact remains a favorite of buyers looking for economical transportation that doesn't skimp on technology or overall performance. The Sonic is highly scalable too, meaning you can add a plethora of upgrades to match your priorities.
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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Overview
What's New for 2015
The standard OnStar system gains a built-in WiFi hotspot, and the upmarket LTZ now comes exclusively with the turbocharged engine.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Sonic
The Sonic does an admirable job of imitating a larger car with legitimate seating for five passengers and a relatively comfortable ride. The sedan's 14-cubic-foot trunk rivals some midsize cars, and the standard split-folding seatbacks allow for even more space. With up to 30 cubic-feet available for cargo, the hatchback is the more versatile choice, though it's not to be mistaken for a small wagon.
The standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder produces 138 horsepower and is available with your choice of a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The optional 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes the same number of horses, but delivers significantly more torque for snappier acceleration. A six-speed manual comes standard with the turbo, and the automatic remains optional. With the manual, the base engine achieves 30 mpg in combined driving, while the turbo is good for 33 mpg. Expect a 2 mpg drop with either engine when you opt for the automatic.
The Sonic covers a lot of market territory across its four trim levels:
All things considered, the LT offers the best balance of features and affordability, which is probably why it's so popular with buyers. We should also mention that the line-topping RS is truly enjoyable to drive, a rarity in this price class.