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2017 Chevrolet Sonic

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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173.90” x 59.70”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Ride quality and highway composure
  • Peppy acceleration
  • 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)
  • Weak performance value of RS

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Restyled for 2017
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability standard
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Backup camera available
  • MyLink entertainment system available

2017 Chevrolet Sonic review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

What is it: The Sonic is compact car, available in either hatchback or sedan bodystyles, with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. It competes with the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Nissan Versa.
New for 2017: The Sonic gets new styling, updated interior and new technology, including optional Apple CarPlay, Andiod Auto and 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
Chevrolet has unveiled the latest versions of its subcompact Sonic sedan and hatchback ahead of the 2016 New York International Auto Show. GM’s diminutive car gets new styling and some updated interior technology.

The biggest changes to the new Sonic are visual, with fresh front-end styling that brings the Sonic in line with the rest of the new Chevrolet lineup. The headlights and grille look like smaller versions of what the new 2016 Malibu and revised 2017 Trax SUV wear, themselves inspired by the most recent Impala redo. New taillights and bumper are present out back, while there’s a choice of three wheel sizes and four new colors.
The RS package sticks around for 2017, and continues as an appearance package only, but Chevy hasn’t said exactly what the changes will be for the RS model’s exterior.

The cabin gets a little sprucing up; a new gauge cluster with an analog speedometer replaces the previous digital one, while a segment-exclusive power driver’s seat is now optional. A new standard 7-inch touch-screen has been added for Chevrolet MyLink multimedia systems, while optional are Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G LTE Wi-Fi that lets you connect up to seven wireless devices.
The RS trim level brings some sportier interior duds, including piano-black trim, an RS-badged flat-bottom steering wheel, optional red cloth seats and RS logo floormats. Other new optional equipment includes keyless entry and start and heated seats and steering wheel.

Under the Hood
Mechanically, the Sonic is unchanged, sporting a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Chevy did not give power or fuel economy ratings for the 1.8-liter engine, saying only that it should be similar to the 2016 version. The optional engine is a 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder.
With the change in styling comes additional electronic safety equipment. The Sonic now features optional forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Rear parking assist sensors are newly optional and a backup camera is standard.
Look for the new Sonic sedan and hatchback to hit dealers this autumn.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.5
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.5
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Most recent consumer reviews


Costly Major Repairs on REPEAT

One costly repair after another. Like others have said, this car model is a LEMON! Bought it used in 2019 for a little under $12k with only 16,000 miles on it, as it was a former rental. 4 years later and we've spent half this price in major repairs. AC compressor has failed TWICE, engine overheated on the highway due to major leaks/failures in the heating and cooling system which cost almost $3000 to repair, and now just today I'm spending another $1000 to replace the wheel hub and bearing assembly for both front tires. I'm surprised this car hasn't failed on me and gotten me into an accident with how many issues it has had. Contacted GMC to get reimbursed for so many of the issues (car's engine failed at only 36,000 miles) and they had the audacity to laugh in our face and reimburse only $200 for the $3k-4k we've put into parts and repairs. The dealership we bought this car from also ghosted us completely. BEWARE OF THIS MODEL AND CHEVROLET/GMC!!!

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Exterior 3.0
  • Reliability 1.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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Great car so far. Handles hills on the freeway.

Found our car at a local Toyota dealership. Great service. Was looking for Low mileage and a newer car. Great gas mileage also. Paid car off, but didn't get any deal for doing that was hoping to get free oil changes like my son did.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Transporting family
  • Does recommend this car
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Sonic engine is a coolant leaker.

I have 2019 chevy sonic. Bought it used. With 52k on odometer. Around 62k. Experiencing. Leak after leak. Everything is plastic. If you purchase keep an eye on coolant level. Check weekly. Other than that love the car.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Exterior 4.0
  • Reliability 2.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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Based on the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic base trim.
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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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