2014 Chevrolet Sonic

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    29-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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)

Notable Features of 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

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 Sonic is available in sedan and hatchback body styles. Two four-cylinder engines one of which is turbocharged are available. A sporty RS hatchback version is also offered.

(Skip to details on the: Sonic RS)
New for 2014
Forward collision warning and a lane departure warning system are newly available, as is a backup camera. A Promotional Package for LT models includes the MyLink entertainment and information system, a power sunroof and front fog lamps.
Exterior Highlights

  • Five-door hatchback or four-door sedan
  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with covers; 15-, 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Available rear spoiler and fog lamps
  • Available power side mirrors
  • Available power sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Power locks
  • Air conditioning
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Cloth seats; simulated leather and suede-style upholstery available 
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available MyLink entertainment and information system with Siri Eyes Free compatibility with an iPhone
  • Available remote start
  • Cargo volume of 14.9 cubic feet for sedan, 19 cubic feet for hatchback

Under the Hood

  • 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 125 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 148 pounds-feet of torque
  • Both engines run on regular gas
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed autom...
Vehicle Overview

The subcompact Chevrolet Sonic competes with the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. Like the Fiesta and Versa, the Sonic is available in sedan and hatchback body styles. Two four-cylinder engines one of which is turbocharged are available. A sporty RS hatchback version is also offered.

(Skip to details on the: Sonic RS)
New for 2014
Forward collision warning and a lane departure warning system are newly available, as is a backup camera. A Promotional Package for LT models includes the MyLink entertainment and information system, a power sunroof and front fog lamps.
Exterior Highlights

  • Five-door hatchback or four-door sedan
  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with covers; 15-, 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels available
  • Available rear spoiler and fog lamps
  • Available power side mirrors
  • Available power sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Power locks
  • Air conditioning
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Cloth seats; simulated leather and suede-style upholstery available 
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available MyLink entertainment and information system with Siri Eyes Free compatibility with an iPhone
  • Available remote start
  • Cargo volume of 14.9 cubic feet for sedan, 19 cubic feet for hatchback

Under the Hood

  • 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 125 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 148 pounds-feet of torque
  • Both engines run on regular gas
  • Five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (1.8-liter four-cylinder)
  • Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission (turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder)

Safety Features

  • Front disc/rear drum antilock brakes (all disc on RS model)
  • 10 standard airbags 
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic stability system
  • Available forward collision warning
  • Available lane departure warning
  • Available backup camera

Sonic RS
The Sonic RS brings show plus a little more go to Chevrolet's subcompact car. It gets cosmetic updates, handling revisions and different gearing for its transmissions.

  • Hatchback body style only
  • 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Ground effects around the bumpers and side sills
  • Unique 17-inch wheels
  • Lower and stiffer suspension
  • Rear spoiler
  • Painted side mirrors
  • Front seats with larger side bolsters
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with flat-bottom design
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Newly standard backup camera

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Latest 2014 Sonic Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Gas sipper

by Anwar from Lisle IL on August 28, 2018

Great looking and reliable transportation which is very good on gas. Did not like dash gauges at first but really do grow on you and love em now Read full review

(5.0)

Awesomeness

by Neigh14 from Las Vegas NV on August 25, 2018

It's nice and it's a good started car for payment and building credit. Has good features I have everything I need in that vehicle. It has some power to it, it's nice. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic currently has 4 recalls

IIHS 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker