Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2016 Chevrolet Sonic OVERVIEW
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.
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:
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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