2016 Chevrolet Sonic

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$14,345

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2016 Chevrolet Sonic
2016 Chevrolet Sonic

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

    $14,945

  • LT

    $16,155

  • LTZ

    $19,780

  • RS

    $20,095

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Chevrolet Sonic trim comparison will help you decide.

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

2016 Chevrolet Sonic review: Our expert's take

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.

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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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Nice and compact creates a lot of space for garage

The car met all my needs and will defiantly get me from point A to point B safely, very reliable. I will defiantly and am having a lot of fun with this vehicle.

1.0

Least Reliable vehicle I have ever owned

Expect issues when you hit around 50k miles. My issues began around 40k. Apparently mysterious issues with the coolant system is very common with their Chevy Sonics and Chevy Cruze models. Good luck if you already own one.

5.0

I love my Sonic LTZ

My sonic is my baby. It has pep, and with the manual mode enabled, I get the feel of a manual when I use it to pass cars with the quicker response of an automatic. It is comfortable on log drives, I make a 1200 mile round trip every 6 weeks and it does not have the best mileage I’ve ever gotten but I can get about 330 to 350 miles on a full tank driving around 80mph on the freeway. It breezes up the grapevine in southern CA and handles the curves and windy conditions of the mountains with ease and I don’t ever feel the high winds that all of the highway advisory signs are warning about. I have out about 5000 miles on my Sonic since I got it 4 months ago and have not had any issues with it. My one complaint about the car is the MyLink radio does not support CarPlay or Android Auto like the later years and some other 2016 models with the same sound system got upgraded to which is aggravating because it causes a little inconvenience having to mount my phone to use for navigation and you lose Bluetooth support when charging the phone because it automatically connects your phone as an aux device which messes with your music if you don’t want to listen to ITunes or your stored music, which I don’t. Their BringGo navigation does work but took me the wrong way to a dead end so my phone is my only option for reliable directions. All in all, the Sonic is as sporty to drive as it looks, and it’s looks get a lot of compliments, especially the headlights.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Chevrolet
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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