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2016 LS Manual 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $14,345
2016 LS Manual 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $14,945
2016 LS Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $15,595
2016 LT Manual 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $16,155
2016 LS Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $16,195
2016 LT Manual 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $16,755
2016 LT Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $17,545
2016 LT Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $18,145
2016 LTZ Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $19,780
2016 RS Manual 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $20,095
2016 RS Manual 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,095
2016 LTZ Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $20,345
2016 RS Auto 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,495
2016 RS Auto 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,495


Those looking for a subcompact that offers a nice blend of safety, comfort and features will find a lot to like in the Chevrolet Sonic. It provides steady handling, respectable ride comfort and advanced safety features. Available as either a sedan or hatchback, and with plenty of feature upgrades, the Sonic can be fairly easily dialed-in to match a wide range of priorities without breaking the bank.

What's New for 2016

Changes to the 2016 Sonic are relatively minor. MyLink infotainment system will now come standard on the LT, an automatic transmission will come standard on the LTZ, and new exterior colors will be offered. OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi Hotspot will also come standard, however, OnStar will be subscription-based with Chevrolet offering a six-month trial subscription at no extra cost.

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Choosing Your Chevrolet Sonic

All Sonic trim levels are available as either a sedan or four-door hatchback. From there, the base LS and LT models come with a standard Ecotec 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that can be paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automatic. It generates a respectable 138 horsepower, 125 pound-feet of torque and an estimated 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway (manual), or 25/35 mpg (automatic).

Optional on the LT and standard on the LTZ and RS is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 138 horsepower and 148 pound feet of torque. It delivers an estimated 29/40 mpg when matched with the six-speed manual or 27/37 mpg when automatic.

The Sonic covers quite a bit of market territory across four trim levels:

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The base LS comes equipped with 15-inch wheels, remote keyless entry, OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, an AM/FM audio system, Bluetooth compatibility, steering wheel controls, air conditioning, 10 air bags and the StabiliTrak stability control system. Available options focus on exterior trim and colors.

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Moving to the LT builds on the LS with a premium 6-speaker CD/MP3 audio system, SiriusXM, remote starter system, cruise control, power windows, and daytime running lights. Available packages include the Fun and Sun package, which bundles an upgrade to the 1.4-liter turbo engine along with 16-inch tires and a power sunroof for $1,550. An optional Advanced Safety Package adds forward collision alert and lane departure warning for $395. Also available is a Dragon Green promotional package that bundles metallic green paint with 16-inch wheels, foglamps and a power sunroof for $1,620.

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The LTZ starts with the 1.4-liter turbo engine standard, and builds on the LT with MyLink radio, leatherette interior, heated front seats, 17-inch wheels, fog lamps, and halogen headlights. The Advanced Safety Package continues as an option, and a power sunroof and rear spoiler are available as individual add-ons.

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Building on the LTZ, the RS includes four-wheel disc brakes, leather seats, a sport-tuned suspension, a sport steering wheel, and sportier exterior trim.

CarsDirect Tip

The RS stands out in this class as it delivers a ride that is surprisingly zippy and fun. If that’s a priority for you, it should definitely be a consideration. However, if your priority is the most bang for your buck, we still find the LT to offer the best overall value.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 138 HP / 125 ft.lbs.
5-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.8L I-4 / 138 HP / 125 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
12.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.9 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
90 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
173.1 "
Exterior Width
68.3 "
Exterior Height
59.7 "
Front Headroom
38.7 "
Rear Headroom
37.8 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
34.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
53.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,733 Lbs.
Wheel Base
99 "
Turning Radius
17.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
15.0 " Steel
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual Remote Convex Spotter
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Colored
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm Stereo, Clock, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Sport
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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