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2016 Chevrolet Sonic

$7,783 — $15,087 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
28-31 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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)
2016 Chevrolet Sonic exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic
  • 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 version is also offered.

(Skip to details on the: Sonic RS)
New for 2016
Chevrolet's MyLink system is now included on the LT trim level, and LTZ models get an automatic transmission.
Significant Standard Features

  • Air conditioning
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Remote start system
  • MyLink entertainment system with 7-inch touch-screen
  • Backup camera
  • Heated front seats
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Lane departure warning
  • Power sunroof
  • Fog lamps

Sonic RS
The Sonic RS brings a little more show to Chevrolet's subcompact car. Available as a sedan or hatchback, it gets exclusive cosmetic touches, handling revisions and different gearing.
What's Special

  • Ground effects around the bumpers and side sills
  • Unique 17-inch wheels
  • Lower, stiffer suspension
  • Rear spoiler
  • Front seats with larger side bolsters
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with flat-bottom design
  • Aluminum pedals

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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 version is also offered.

(Skip to details on the: Sonic RS)
New for 2016
Chevrolet's MyLink system is now included on the LT trim level, and LTZ models get an automatic transmission.
Significant Standard Features

  • Air conditioning
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Remote start system
  • MyLink entertainment system with 7-inch touch-screen
  • Backup camera
  • Heated front seats
  • Forward collision warning 
  • Lane departure warning
  • Power sunroof
  • Fog lamps

Sonic RS
The Sonic RS brings a little more show to Chevrolet's subcompact car. Available as a sedan or hatchback, it gets exclusive cosmetic touches, handling revisions and different gearing.
What's Special

  • Ground effects around the bumpers and side sills
  • Unique 17-inch wheels
  • Lower, stiffer suspension
  • Rear spoiler
  • Front seats with larger side bolsters
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with flat-bottom design
  • Aluminum pedals

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
49 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

A beautiful, comfortable and slick performing car

by Ericruth from Michigan, MI on October 29, 2018

As a 92 and 91 year couple from South Africa it makes us feel young and adventuresome again. Ready to cross the country from Michigan to California in two weeks time! Read full review

(1.0)

Not a car I want to own anymore

by Crystal from Jacksonville, Fl on October 21, 2018

Gas parts are breaking already backseat not comfortable and no pick up and go when trying to pass. Small amount of leg room in the backseats as well Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 Chevrolet Sonic LS Manual

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
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

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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker