Rumored to be discontinued last year, the Chevrolet Sonic has returned for another go-round. Starting at $16,295 (all prices include an $875 destination charge), the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic is offered as a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback, available in three trim levels, with single powerplant option. While it’s sparse on tech and safety features, the Sonic is an affordable and reliable subcompact that'll transport you efficiently around town.
What's New for 2019
The biggest change to the Sonic is the swapping of power-providers, from the former 1.8-liter four-cylinder to a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotech engine. The new engine produces 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque, and can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon city, 38 mpg highway, and 31 combined. The latest Sonic receives a few minor trim enhancements and extra color options for 2019.
Choosing Your Chevrolet Sonic
Consumers opting for a 2019 Chevrolet Sonic have the option to configure it as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. Each receives power via the standard 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and can be paired to a six-speed manual (standard) or an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission for $1,300 on the base LS or $700 on the LT and Premier sedan. On the hatch, the automatic transmission runs $1,400 on the LT or $1,500 on the Premier.
Chevrolet offers the Sonic in three trims: LS, LT, and Premier – although the hatchback is only available in the LT and Premier.
If you’ve been wanting to put a Chevrolet Sonic in your driveway, the 2019 model may be your best option. While many automotive journalists have tried to bury this reliable subcompact for the past three years, the 2019 Chevy Sonic brings a new fuel-efficient turbocharged engine and several, flexible trim levels. For the money, the LT is likely the best bang for your buck.