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2018 Chevrolet Sonic

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$15,295 — $21,320 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
28-32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride quality and highway composure
  • Peppy acceleration
  • Lack of road noise
  • Safety features
  • 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
2018 Chevrolet Sonic exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • 1.8-liter or turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot standard
  • Sedan or hatchback
  • Backup camera standard

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact car that's offered in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Powered by a choice of four-cylinder engines, the Sonic competes with the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio.

New for 2018

The RS Package now includes black Chevrolet Bow Tie emblems.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
22 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Sporty and fun to drive!

by MyRScar from Oklahoma City, OK on December 6, 2018

I love my Sonic! It has more room than it looks like from the outside. Love the back up camera and the beepers when you are getting to close to things. Read full review

(5.0)

Amazing car

by Joe from Gilbert, Az on December 3, 2018

I bought my Chevy Sonic LT 3 months ago and I absolutely love it. Great commuter and travel car great gas mileage. I highly recommend the car. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Chevrolet Sonic has not been tested.

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.

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