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.
2017 Chevrolet Sonic OVERVIEW
Anyone seeking a subcompact that offers a nice blend of safety, comfort, and features should find a lot to like in the Chevrolet Sonic. In addition to steady handling and respectable ride comfort, the Sonic offers plenty of advanced safety features. Available as a sedan or hatchback, the Sonic can be configured to meet a broad range of priorities without disrupting the family budget.
What's New for 2017
Freshening of the Sonic’s exterior includes new LED lighting, as well as a new hood and front fascia. LED daytime running lights and a heated steering wheel are now available. So is rear parking assist. A new gauge cluster incorporates an analog speedometer. The previous LTZ trim level is gone, replaced by the Premier. A new MyLink infotainment system, with a 7-inch screen, includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. A rearview camera now is standard on all Sonics.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Sonic
All four Sonic trim levels are available as a sedan or four-door hatchback. Base LS and LT models come with a standard Ecotec 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, which can be paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Generating a respectable 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque, the base engine is estimated at 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway with the manual transmission, or 24/34 mpg with the automatic.
Optional on the LT and standard for the Premier and RS is a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that also makes 138 horsepower, but offers more torque and up to 28/38 mpg.
The Sonic covers quite a bit of market territory, with three sedan trim levels and two for the RS hatchback:
Hatchback styling makes the RS versions stand out in this class. Especially with the Premier’s turbo engine and sport suspension, the RS delivers a ride that’s surprisingly snappy and fun. An RS Package is available for the sedan, too. If your priority is getting the most car for the money, the LT sedan or hatchback delivers a bit more value.
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