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2016 Chevrolet Sonic

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

173.10” x 59.70”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Peppy acceleration
  • Ride quality and highway composure
  • Lack of road noise
  • Safety features and crashworthiness
  • Front-seat comfort
  • In-cabin storage areas

The bad:

  • So-so gas mileage in most versions
  • Mushy brakes
  • Modest backseat legroom
  • Cumbersome backseat folding (hatchback)
  • Rear visibility (hatchback)

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • LS


  • LT


  • RS


  • LTZ


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Chevrolet Sonic trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability standard
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Backup camera available
  • MyLink entertainment system available

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior 4.2
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.2
  • Reliability 4.2
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Most recent consumer reviews


Worst Car EVER!!!

Absolutely THE WORST car I have ever owned! My only Chevy and my last! Never again! Everything broke down after the warranty expired. Overheated 6 times in 2 years and told by 2 mechanics to sell the car! AC was first to die, then serious electrical issues - doors would lock and unlock on their own, and instrument cluster lights would fade in and out on their own. Radio would come on and off and change stations all by itself, all at highest volume possible. Driver side visor broke off while driving through an intersection(!) and smacked me in the face. Only good thing I can say is that it never leaked any fluids and the check engine light never came on. Car was a nightmare to own! Finally sold it to a dealer who immediately sold it at an auto auction. NEVER AGAIN!


Don't buy

The worse car I could possibly have owned! Bought it at about 80,000 miles,maybe a little less than that and nothing but issues since day 3 owning this car in 2018. Check engine light has been on 3 times since owning it. First time, rough idling while driving, can't remember what was wrong with it but it wasn't an expensive fix thankfully. Second time was the water housing thermostat which was over $200 just for the part and now this time the check engine light is on due to a bad catalytic converter, car has a little over 88,000 miles on it now. I am a stay at home mom and I don't drive my car often and I never drive it rough, there is no reason why less than 90,000 miles on this car and it keeps having issues especially with a check engine light. Would never recommend this car or a Chevy Cruze.


Gm please help your customers

The car has 17,000 and a defect and it should be under recall u always smells coolant fluids and several customers complain about this ,the smell is a sweet coolant smell that will make u sick if u drive this car

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Based on the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
Combined side rating rear seat
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
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Risk of rollover
Rollover rating
Side barrier rating
Side barrier rating driver
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
Side pole rating driver front seat


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
24 months/24,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 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)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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