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2018 Chevrolet SonicPremier Auto 4dr Hatchback

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8.8

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6.6

Introduction

The Chevrolet Sonic, which debuted for the 2012 model year, earned strong ratings in the subcompact-car category.Today, Sonic is behind the times.Only a handful of minor changes mark the model year for the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic.

Sonic comes in sedan and hatchback versions.Both ride the same wheelbase.

For 2018, the RS package adds black bowtie emblems.The Fun and Sun package for 2018 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as the 1.4-liter turbo engine and a sunroof.

Sedans come in base LS, midlevel LT, and top Premier trim levels.

Hatchbacks are offered in LT and Premier guise.

Powertrains haven't changed much over the Sonic's lifetime.The base engine is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, making 138 horsepower.The more powerful turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder is rated at 138 horsepower, also, but its torque output of 148 pound-feet is 23 more than the base engine delivers.Not only do turbocharged cars accelerate with greater spirit, they're more fuel-efficient at lower engine speeds.

Only the 1.8-liter engine is available with base LS trim, which comes with wind-up windows and steel wheels.LT versions can have either engine.

Most Sonic buyers will choose the optional 6-speed automatic transmission, but a 5-speed manual gearbox is standard.Turbos get a 6-speed manual as standard.

Striving to keep pace with the competition, Chevrolet updated front-end styling and reworked the interior for the 2017 model year, while adding some active-safety features.

Crash-test ratings have been impressive.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not only gave the 2018 Sonic five stars for overall safety, it earned five stars in every category except rollover prevention (a calculated figure), where it got four stars.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Sonic its top Good rating for each test performance.No rating was given for the small-overlap test on the passenger side.Latch child-safety seat anchors scored only Marginal for ease of use.

All Sonics come with 10 airbags and a rearview camera.Several active-safety features are optional rather than standard, but relatively affordable.A $495 Driver Confidence Package, available for LT and Premier versions, includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and rear parking assist.That option group makes the Sonic competitive in the subcompact class, but behind several rival small cars.

Lineup

Sonic LS 4-Door Sedan ($15,295) comes with the 1.8-liter engine, 5-speed manual transmission, rearview camera, steering-wheel controls, keyless entry, air conditioning, Bluetooth, a USB port, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch steel wheels, and OnStar connectivity.A 6-speed automatic transmission ($1,200) is optional.(Prices are MSRP and do not include $875 destination charge.)

Sonic LT 4-Door Sedan ($17,695) offer a choice of 1.4-liter turbo or 1.8-liter engine and matching manual shift, plus deluxe cloth seat trim, power windows and mirrors, cruise control, 15-inch alloy wheels, six-speaker audio, two USB ports, and chrome beltline moldings.Sonic LT 5-Door Hatchback ($17,795) is equipped similarly but with hatchback body.Automatic transmission ($700) is optional.

Sonic Premier Sedan ($19,795) and Hatchback ($19,795) come with the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, adding heated power front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and enhanced digital instruments.Automatic ($700) is optional.

The RS Package includes a sport body kit.

Walkaround

Overall, the Sonic design has aged reasonably well, helped by a modernized front end for the 2017 model year, echoing appearance of recent Chevrolets.The two-element grille includes a large lower intake, with scoop-like openings for available foglamps.Projector-beam headlights are complemented by LED daytime running lights.

The five-door hatchback looks more settled than the sedan, though the blocky trunk is a bit large, lacking in elegance.Considering its seven-year history, the comparatively simple, basic shape of the hatchback isn't obsolete.

Driving Impression

Engine behavior varies considerably.The base engine feels weak, loud and harsh, in stark contrast to the smooth, sporty nature of the turbo four.Clearly, the turbo is a better choice, even offering more satisfying gas mileage.

Turbo-power Sonics are fun to drive, especially with the 6-speed manual gearbox.They handle nicely and feel admirably composed – as solid and sturdy as a bigger car.Chevrolet's responsive electric power steering provides good feel and helpful weighting.Unlike some rivals, too, the ride is well-controlled rather than coarse and overly active.

Top fuel-economy ratings stem from the 1.4-liter turbo with the 6-speed manual gearbox, EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined.An automatic transmission drops that rating to 27/35 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined.

With a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 1.8-liter engine is EPA-rated at 26/35 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined.The 6-speed automatic reduces that estimate to 25/34/28 mpg.Fuel-economy estimates are identical for the hatchback and sedan.

Summary

Despite its age, the Sonic remains a good choice in the subcompact category, ranking above the pack in design and fuel economy, as well as in safety.Even the modestly equipped Sonic LS isn't grimly austere.Not many new subcompacts have been emerging lately, but the Sonic is likely to carry on for a while yet.It's even more affordable than in the past, because of incentives available on such less-popular small cars.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

Interior

Front seats are comfortable, but even two passengers in the rear can expect a tight experience.Taller adults are likely to be short on headroom, as well as leg space.

Early Sonics conveyed an econocar aura, but the current cabin is significantly more stylish.During recent years, quite a few subcompact cars have grown bigger, but Chevrolet hasn't enlarged the Sonic.

Mounted at the center of the straightforward instrument panel is a large speedometer, matched by a slightly smaller tachometer.The infotainment touchscreen sits above big, intuitive rotary knobs that make climate adjustments.

Seat fabrics and abundant black plastic trim, among other interior elements, are appropriate for the subcompact segment.All told, the Sonic comes across as higher in quality than some Asian rivals.Each Sonic also is quiet on the road.

Cargo space is generous with either body style.Sedan trunks hold 14.9 cubic feet, with low liftover height.Hatchbacks promise 19 cubic-foot capacity with the rear seat up, growing to 42.7 cubic feet with the seat folded.A hidden bin is located below the cargo deck.

The hatchback's load floor is a bit higher than in some competitors, but the Sonic's relatively upright profile improves its ability to hold tall or long items.Rear seats in each body style flip forward.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Knee airbagsDriver and passenger
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotChevrolet MyLink
Premium BrandChevrolet MyLink
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Surround AudioYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksPower
Colors
Fabric TypeSimulated suede/leatherette
Fabric Type 2Leatherette
Fabric Type 3Leatherette
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Dash trimPiano black
Dash trimPiano black
Floor matsCarpet front
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimLeather/chrome
Shift knob trimLeather/chrome
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet1
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver and passenger
Multi-function remoteRemote engine start
Power steeringElectric power steering
Rear area cargo coverRigid
Rear area cargo coverRigid
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Front Head Room955 mm
Front Hip Room1,306 mm
Front Leg Room1,062 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,356 mm
Front track1,509 mm
Overall height1,506 mm
Overall Length4,059 mm
Overall Width1,735 mm
Rear Head Room968 mm
Rear Hip Room1,311 mm
Rear Leg Room879 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,346 mm
Rear track1,509 mm
Wheelbase2,525 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeLiftgate
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio3.23
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio9.50 : 1
Compressor TypeIntercooled turbo
Cylinders4
Displacement83 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power138 hp
Keyless IgnitionDoors and push button start
Max RPM4,900 RPM
Max Torque RPM2,500 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size1.4 L
Torque201 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Rear spoilerLip
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City8.8 L/100 km
Combined7.8L/100 km
Highway6.6 L/100 km
Header
CompressorIntercooled turbo
Compressor Type - VAIntercooled turbo
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size1.4 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Lane Departure WarningWarning
Lane Departure WarningWarning
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Manual Adjustments4
Power adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Roof
One-Touch Power SunroofOne-touch power sunroof
Roof rackYes
SunroofExpress open glass
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsterySimulated suede/leatherette
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassSport
ClassSport
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront
Telematics
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsIntegrated
smart device integrationApple CarPlay/Android Auto
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter17.0"
PrefixP
Profile50
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemYes
TypeAS
Width205 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place538 L
Cargo capacity, rear seat down or removed1,351 L
Curb weight1,322 kg
EPA interior volume2,565 L
Fuel Capacity46 L
Max cargo capacity1,351 L
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter17
Diameter17
Rim TypePainted aluminum
Rim TypeBlack aluminum
Rim TypeBlack aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width6.5
Width6.5
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Rear wiperFixed interval
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Roof rack
Spoiler
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power moonroof
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Rear window wiper
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Sequential multi-point fuel injection
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Knee airbag
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Rear side impact airbag
Security system
Tracker system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Heated front seats
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Split folding rear seat
Sport steering wheel
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Sport suspension

Cash Incentives

IncentiveAmountExpires
GM CA Cruze Limited Returning Lease Bonus
Sonic
$1,750 May 31, 2018
GM CA Toronto Auto Show Bonus
Sonic
$500 Apr 30, 2018
GM CA Finance Cash (FC2)
Sonic
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Military Appreciation
Sonic
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Near Prime Finance Cash (FC3)
Sonic
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Student Bonus Program
Sonic
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Montreal Auto Show Bonus
Sonic
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Quebec City Auto Show Bonus
Sonic
$500 May 31, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA GMF Near Prime Financing
Sonic
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA Financial Lease Rates
Sonic
8.99% 8.99% 8.99% 8.99% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
GM CA GM Financial Residuals
Sonic HB Premier AT
47% 38% 27% 18% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

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