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2014 Chevrolet Sonic

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$5,133 — $12,145 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
29-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior quality
  • 10 standard airbags
  • Aggressive looks
  • Choice of engines

The Bad

  • Less rear headroom in sedan than in hatchback
  • Most models rated below 40 mpg
  • Pricey for a subcompact
  • Rear visibility (hatchback)
2014 Chevrolet Sonic exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic
  • Newly available backup camera
  • Available MyLink entertainment system
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter engine
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Available six-speed automatic

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic?

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is a five-seat small car that competes with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. Trim levels include the Sonic LS Manual, LS Auto, LT Manual, LT Auto, LTZ Manual, LTZ Auto, RS Manual and RS Auto. All trim levels come with front-wheel drive and are offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles.

What's New on the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic?

The 2014 Sonic offers a variety of new optional features, including a backup camera, forward collision warning and a lane departure warning system. LT models are available with a Promotional Package, which includes Chevy's MyLink entertainment system, fog lamps and a power moonroof.

What Features in the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic Are Most Important?

The Sonic comes standard with a 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It is available with a 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that can be mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

Significant standard features include air conditioning, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, power locks and 19 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space in hatchback models or 14.9 cubic feet in sedans.

Significant available features include 15-, 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as simulated leather and suede-style upholstery, remote start, a power moonroof, fog lamps, a rear spoiler, MyLink entertainment and information system with Siri Eyes Free compatibility, power side mirrors and heated front seats.

The upper-tier RS trim includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel with flat-bottom design, painted side mirrors, ground effects around the bumpers and side sills, aluminum pedals, a suspension that's lower and stiffer, front seats with larger side bolsters, a backup camera, a rear spoiler and unique 17-inch wheels.

Standard safety features include front disc/rear drum antilock brakes, 10 standard airbags, an electronic stability system and hill start assist. Available safety features include a backup camera, lane departure warning and forward collision warning. The RS model features all disc brakes.

Should I Buy the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic?

The Sonic is a good choice for shoppers who value an aggressive style, great interior quality and plenty of engine options. If you prefer more headroom, you'll want to opt for the hatchback - but if you want a more spacious, less pricey subcompact vehicle, the Sonic is likely not for you.

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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The subcompact Chevrolet Sonic competes with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. Like the Fiesta and Versa, the So... Read More

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
67 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(1.0)

Worst car I've ever had

by Familyh from Chandler, AZ on November 9, 2018

This car has had more problems than I can count. I've never had a vehicle with so many problems. Save your money. Do not buy Read full review

(4.0)

A couple recalls and small issues overall good car

by Jordet from Lodi, California on November 7, 2018

2014 Sonic LT. Check engine light went on now twice for same thing 02 sensor light first time crack in hose connected to air filter, now I have to take in again (Sensor on recall). My driver window ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Chevrolet Sonic LS Manual

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Overall evaluation
marginal
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Chevrolet

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sonic received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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