Chevrolet claims the Sonic is one of its most popular models for consumers under the age of 35. With a good mix of comfort and safety features and its affordable price tag, it’s easy to see why. Available as a hatchback and a sedan, the Sonic can be built to fit any lifestyle, and thanks to its compact size, it's a great option for urbanites.
What's New for 2018
After getting a refresh last year, the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic only gets minor changes for the new model year. Opting for the RS Package brings black bowties to the Sonic, while the Fun and Sun Package (available on both sedan and hatchback models) now comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, and a sunroof. Lastly, the Sonic lineup includes a new Ivy Metallic paint scheme.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Sonic
The 2018 Sonic is available as a sedan and hatchback with two engine choices. The base Sonic comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. The engine can be paired to either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The most fuel-efficient version of the Sonic with the 1.8-liter engine is capable of getting up to 26 miles per gallon in the city and and 35 mpg on the highway.
A 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four engine is also available that produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged engine is paired to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission and is capable of helping the subcompact get up to 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
In addition to being easy to maneuver in tight spots and getting good fuel economy, the Sonic is also capable of holding a large amount of cargo in its trunk. The sedan offers consumers 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space, while the hatchback offers a generous 47.7 cu. ft. with the seats folded down.
The subcompact vehicle also has an impressive list of safety features, including: electronic stability control with traction control and brake assist, a rearview camera, hill start assist, OnStar, and 10 airbags as standard. Advanced safety technologies including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear park assist.
The Sonic sedan is available in three different trims, while the hatchback comes in two.
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.