2014 Chevrolet Sonic

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$14,170

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2014 Chevrolet Sonic
2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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)

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LS

    $14,170

  • LT

    $15,420

  • LTZ

    $17,065

  • RS

    $19,705

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2014 Chevrolet Sonic trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 3.9

Most recent consumer reviews

2.3

After fixing another problem

Until 100k mileage this car is xxxx. Not worth at all for 7 years. ALL NEED TO FIX EVERYTIME, SPAREPART HARD TO FIND. SOO REGRET.

1.0

Piece of xxxx buy forgein

This car is a lemon. Everything on this car has had to be replaced before 100,000 miles. I have replaced, fuel harness, fuel tank, fuel injectors cleaned, water pump, timing belt, radiator, coolant reservoir, my transmission went out while driving in a busy intersection no Warning. Air bags have been repaired and replaced and still having problems. Electrical problems since purchasing. This car was very poorly made. I have put more money into the car then it’s worth. Chevy doesn’t stand by it and won’t admit to the cars poor design and Takati won’t take responsibility for the airbags not deploying either. Worst part I live in illinois where our lemon laws only allow 30 days from purchase to file for lemon law. I’m stuck with an undriveable car for 6 years. Pieces of xxxx. Chevy should have taken them all back and given out a better car to all these ppl that got dooped. I will NEVER buy another Chevy again.

1.1

Money Pit

Worst car! I bought my sonic brand new. At first it was simple things going wrong...alternator/battery/headlights every few months. I've always been on time with servicing my car. As soon as I hit 100k the car took a total crap. Car started throwing multiple codes went into fail safe mode rendering me stranded. I've had to replace multiple sensors/coil pack/ECM. That was last year. Car hit 115k check engine light came on once again and started throwing multiple codes... P0131 and P0171 so I replaced the sensor but as soon as I did that the engine light started blinking and running horrible throwing a multitude of codes. Upon inspection noticed PCV valve was creating a vacuum. Recall on this but only for the 1.4L mine isn't covered because it's a 1.8L... Crock if you ask me. Luckily I've gotten off cheaper than others due to friends that are mechanics or doing the work myself but honestly I am getting seriously tired of throwing money at this car and being stranded without a vehicle. I don't have other transportation so I'm hoping that by replacing the valve cover it'll run long enough to trade in on something more reliable. If you are considering buying a Sonic... Think twice these are a money pit, you might buy it new for cheap but you'll be upside down b4 you leave the lot and will eventually wind up spending money on repairs that you could have spent purchasing a more reliable vehicle to start with.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
36 months/36,000 miles
Powertrain
60 months/100,000 miles
Maintenance
24 months/24,000 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
View all cpo program details

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