Just three model years removed from its refresh in 2017, the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic received a handful of changes. By far the most important of those changes is Chevy ridding it of the onetime standard 1.8-liter engine, making the more torque-heavy turbocharged 1.4-liter engine its base unit. Is the all-turbocharged 2019 Chevy Sonic lineup right for you? Continue reading to find out.

Best Value

The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic is available in only three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. The hatchback model is even more limited as it is only available in the LT and Premier levels.

While we’d never call the 2019 Sonic lavish, the Premier is well equipped but also pricey. So, we recommend going with the Sonic LT Hatchback, which comes standard with desirable features like a seven-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 15-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, heated mirrors, chrome accents, and more for a starting price under $19,000.

  • Model: 2019 Chevrolet Sonic LT Hatchback
  • Engine:1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 138 hp / 148 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed manual
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG:26 City / 35 Hwy
  • Options: Convenience Package ($650, two spare keys, six-way power front seats, keyless entry and ignition, heated front seats, enhanced driver information center, compass display), Driver Confidence Package ($495, rear park assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring)
  • Base Price:$18,895 (including an $875 destination fee)
  • Best Value Price:$20,040

Performance

Chevrolet Sonic

Thankfully, Chevy discontinued the wheezy 1.8-liter base engine in 2019, leaving just the 1.4-liter turbocharged unit. Sure, this is no powerhouse at 138 horsepower, but its 148 pound-feet of torque makes for a respectable launch. On top of its peppier base engine, the 2019 Sonic also has above-average road manners that deliver a comfortable ride and decent handling for its class.

Despite being above average for its class, buyers still need to curb their expectations because, as a compact sedan and hatchback, the 2019 Sonic is still no luxury cruiser. Also, the 2019 Sonic’s EPA estimated 34 to 38 miles per gallon highway rating comes up short next some of its competitors.

Style

Just a few years removed from a much-needed refresh, the Sonic’s looks are still modern. Inside, the 2019 Sonic punches above its weight class with well-placed climate control knobs and higher-quality materials than its competitors.

Cargo room is no problem in either body style. The sedan offers a mid-size-rivaling 14.9 cubic feet of luggage space in its trunk, while the hatchback offers up to 19 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats upright and 47.4 cubes with the rear seats folded. On the downside, all that cargo room gobbles up rear seat space, leaving only 34.6 inches of leg room for rear passengers.

The Best and Worst Things

The 2019 Chevy Sonic’s well-composed ride and large cargo area are surprising for this class of vehicle.

The Sonic’s lack of advanced active safety features like lane keeping assist and automatic emergency braking puts its more advance competitors.

Right For? Wrong For?

Chevrolet Sonic

The Sonic is perfect for a young buyer or college student looking for inexpensive and entertaining transportation.

Larger families and those with teenage children will find its rear seat a little too tight for weekend road trips.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Chevy Sonic is no doubt one of the best of the subcompact bunch with its roomy trunk and cargo area, array of options, and composed ride. But those who often haul a lot of cargo or are taller may find it a little too small.