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MSRP: $14,170 - $21,610
Invoice: $13,816 - $20,530
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
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Chevrolet Sonic Interior

Reviewers say the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic’s cabin would look more upscale without so many hard plastic surfaces, while others point out that these materials are typical for this class. Some reviewers are impressed with the hip motorcycle motif on the dash. They also note that the front seats are supportive, the cabin is spacious and that passengers fit easily in both the front and back. The Sonic has a decent amount of cargo space for the class in both sedan and hatchback body styles. Test drivers agree that the controls are intuitive and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system offers a lot of handy apps for compatible smartphones. However, some critics are irked that power windows don’t come standard.

  • "There's a lot of fresh thinking inside the Sonic and we like it, starting with the motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster that's unlike anything else on a car's dashboard. Another strong point is that there are no weak points, no spots that look like they just didn't quite care enough to finish it." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The interior of the 2014 Chevy Sonic is attractive enough, though extensive use of hard plastics takes away from the overall effect." -- Edmunds
  • "But the interior is really pretty good for the class, especially the seats. And all the little toys you're getting make it a great deal in that class." -- Jalopnik (2013)
  • "The Sonic surprised me. It's a solid, fun car to drive and the interior is spacious. And the seats were comfortable as well." -- AutoWeek (2012)

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Seating

The Chevrolet Sonic accommodates five and comes standard with cloth seats and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Leatherette and heated front seats are optional. Reviewers love the amount of interior space, saying there’s a good amount of head- and legroom for all, and that the rear seats are especially roomy for a subcompact car. Test drivers say that getting in and out of the cabin is a breeze. It’s easy for drivers to find a good driving position, critics note, and the front seats offer excellent support.

  • "It earns extra points in the comfort category, however, as even tall drivers will be able to find a workable driving position. Smaller adults will find the rear seats just as accommodating, with decent amounts of head- and legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the subcompact segment." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "I put a few of my 6-foot-plus buddies on board and no one had big complaints. Four wide-swinging doors make for easy ingress and egress. There's a lot to like in here." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "I also appreciated that my family of four fit pretty comfortably in it." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic comes with a four-speaker stereo, an auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, OnStar, steering wheel-mounted phone and audio controls and remote keyless entry. The base model also comes standard with 10 air bags. Optional features include a USB port, power windows, a premium six-speaker stereo, a CD player, remote start and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, which includes a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth audio streaming and voice recognition for phone.

Reviewers praise the Sonic’s dash layout, saying that the controls are well-placed and simple to use. Auto writers like the amount of features available with Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, including audio streaming, Pandora Internet radio integration and smartphone-enabled voice commands. A few reviewers are disappointed that power windows aren’t standard. Others say the stereo offers nice sound quality.

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  • "Gauges and controls are well laid out and easy to operate." -- Edmunds
  • "It offers loads of features unexpected at this price range, such as streaming Bluetooth audio and the MyLink infotainment system that allows for control of cell phone-enabled apps." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Nobody likes to roll up their windows anymore, but with the base LS you have to. Power windows are not standard on that model, nor can they be purchased as standalone options. To get them, you have to upgrade to LT, which will set you back more than a thousand bucks." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Inside, you have a pretty decent stereo. Kokomo sounded excellent." -- Jalopnik (2013)

Cargo

The Chevrolet Sonic sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, which is great for a small sedan. The hatchback has 19 cubic feet with the rear seats in use and 47.7 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is also great for the class. Reviewers like the amount of small-item storage space in the cabin, which includes a two-tiered glove compartment.

  • "When it comes to good old-fashioned cargo capacity, the sedan's 14-cubic-foot trunk is among the largest in the segment and can be expanded further by way of the standard 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks." -- Edmunds
  • "We really liked the dual glovebox arrangement, which is particularly thoughtful for those who use a dedicated music player, with the USB port located in the smaller, upper glove box." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There are plenty of handy storage cubbies." -- Popular Mechanics (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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