The Chevrolet Sonic is a practical, agile and efficient car, which is compact enough to maneuver the city streets easily, yet spacious enough to handle your transportation needs. It's a solid subcompact car for young couples or singles. Its seats are comfortable, the cabin is more spacious than most of its competitors and its ride is well balanced. And with its outstanding safety scores, you will struggle to find a car in this segment that comes close to what the Sonic offers.

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Performance and Handling

Chevrolet has retained the same powertrain for the Sonic since it was launched in 2012. The base engine is a 1.8-liter inline-4, with an output of 138 hp. You can also opt for the faster and more fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. As much as the turbocharged engine also has an output of 138 hp, it has a higher pound-feet of torque, compared to the base engine. Both engines are connected to a 5-speed manual powertrain while a 6-speed automatic transmission is available. Behind the wheel, the used Chevrolet Sonic is a joy to drive. Whether you are driving the sedan in the city or you've taken your hatchback for a road trip, it's ride is well-controlled, while its handling is solid and sturdy. In fact, it feels as strong and composed as a larger subcompact. Whether you choose the 5-speed manual transmission, the six-speed automatic or the available 6-speed manual transmission, the Sonic will never disappoint.

Trim Levels

So, which model of Chevrolet Sonic is good for you? Well, this used subcompact car is available in 3 trim levels. These are the Sonic LS, the Sonic LT, and the Chevrolet Sonic Premier. This used Chevrolet Sonic is also available in hatchback and sedan body styles. The two body styles are designed for different users and applications. For instance, the sedan version is mainly designed for urban commuting while the hatchback model can comfortably handle road trips, highway cruising or other outdoor adventures.

Only available as a sedan, the base LS trim comes standard with features such as power door locks, air conditioning, a rearview camera, and keyless entry. It also comes standard with Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, featuring a 7-inch infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, a four-speaker stereo system, a USB port as well as inbuilt Wi-Fi hotspot. You will also get 15-inch steel wheels, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. There are no available upgrades in this trim.

The Sonic LT adds power windows, 15-inch alloy wheels, heated power mirrors, power windows, upgraded cloth upholstery, satellite radio, and a six-speaker stereo system. Available options in this trim include a 6-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry. An RS package is also available in this trim. It adds sporty detailing to the interior and exterior as well as a leather-trimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel. This trim is available as a sedan and a hatchback body styles.

For the Sonic Premier, you will get 17-inch alloy wheels, synthetic leather upholstery, proximity keyless entry with push-button start, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats. The Premier model is also available both as a hatchback and a sedan. Sport suspension is available in this trim.


The Sonic earned exemplary safety scores, based on crash tests conducted by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Every Toyota Sonic comes standard with a rearview camera and 10 airbags. Available safety equipment includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors.

Interior and Comfort

Both the hatchback and the sedan body styles come with a roomier cabin than most of the other cars in that segment. Therefore, passengers will enjoy comfortable and spacious seats. It can accommodate five passengers across its two rows of seats. As much as the interior surfaces are made of hard plastics, the modern infotainment system gives this car a modern, premium look. It also comes with two sets of LATCH anchors for connecting child safety seats. All the anchors are easy to use. The sedan version has approximately 14.9 cubic feet of cargo room while the hatchback model comes with 19 cubic feet of cargo space.


If you are looking for an affordable commuter car that handles well and conserves fuel, then the Chevrolet Sonic is an excellent choice. The sedan version offers a roomier interior while the hatchback model comes with a flexible cargo area, designed for users who live an active lifestyle. All trims come standard with numerous infotainment features. The Sonic also boasts a high-reliability rating. Whichever model you choose, you are assured of great performance and most importantly, value for your money.

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