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MSRP: $14,245 - $21,945
Invoice: $13,889 - $20,848
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
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Chevrolet Sonic Review

The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic ranks 12 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Sonic, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is ranked:

Test drivers say the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is quite nimble, and they like its spacious rear seat and generous list of available features.

Reviewers report that the 2015 Sonic’s base four-cylinder engine delivers decent acceleration. However, most prefer the turbocharged four-cylinder model, which has better fuel economy and livelier acceleration. The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic comes standard with a manual transmission, and a six-speed automatic is available. According to the EPA, the base 2015 Sonic gets 26/35 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class, while the turbocharged model gets 27/37 mpg. Test drivers report that the Sonic is surprisingly nimble, especially in the sporty RS trim. They also appreciate the Sonic’s responsive steering and comfortable ride.

While some critics dislike the hard plastic materials in the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic, most still think it has an appealing and contemporary cabin design. They particularly like its distinctive, motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster, which features a large tachometer and an easy-to-read digital display. Auto writers say the Sonic’s driver’s seat provides a comfortable seating position, and its rear seat is among the most spacious in the class. The Sonic sedan also has a very large trunk for a subcompact car, and the hatchback’s cargo capacity is good for the class. Standard features in the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic include Bluetooth phone connectivity and a new version of the subscription-based OnStar system with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Available features include leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, power windows, cruise control, a rearview camera, a sunroof, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, Bluetooth audio streaming, a USB port, satellite radio and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen and smartphone app integration. Reviewers are impressed with the number of high-end features available in the Sonic, especially the touch-screen infotainment system.

  • "If you're in the market for an affordable pint-sized champ that won't make you feel second-class for driving it, the Chevrolet Sonic may be just what you're looking for." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2015 Chevy Sonic sedan and hatchback are cute, fun to drive, extremely good on gas, priced to sell, and full of features younger buyers covet (like built-in Wi-Fi)." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Sonic is Chevrolet's entry into the popular subcompact segment. Available as both a sedan and a hatchback, it offers a refined cabin and surprisingly good driving dynamics." -- Left Lane News
  • "The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is one of our top picks for a subcompact sedan or hatchback thanks to its blend of power, comfort and feature availability." -- Edmunds (2014)

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers report that the Ford Fiesta has very nimble handling for a subcompact car, especially when you choose the powerful ST model. They also note that its interior has a stylish design, premium materials and excellent build quality.

The Honda Fit gets significantly better fuel economy than the Chevrolet Sonic, and reviewers write that it has a very composed ride at highway speeds. They also appreciate its spacious back seat and large, flexible cargo area.

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Details: 2015 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic seats five and is available in sedan and hatchback body styles. The Sonic comes in four trims: LS, LT, LTZ and RS. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission are standard. A six-speed automatic transmission is available. The Sonic hasn’t been fully redesigned since 2012, and since it sees no major changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2012 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 10/9/14

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