2017 Chevrolet Sonic

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Key Specs

of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-32 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    138-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic

  • 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 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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 multim...

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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.
Safety
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.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Absolutely the best car buying experience ever

by JoDaveanie from Erie,PA on August 8, 2018

Absolutely the best car buying experience ever I love the color, the style, the ease of driving. GPS all the stops and whistles I didn?t have in the last car. Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable vehicle

by SheriS from Watertown, WI on June 26, 2018

This car has met all of my needs. It has a lot of get up and go. It is easy on gas and has been a pleasure to drive. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS Manual

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

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
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Chevrolet

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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.

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