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2020 Chevrolet Sonic

2020 Chevrolet Sonic

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$16,720 — $21,520 MSRP
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Sedan
5 Seats
29 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.7) 3 reviews

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Highway composure
  • Lack of road noise
  • Front-seat comfort
  • In-cabin storage areas

The Bad

  • Mushy brakes
  • Modest backseat legroom
  • Cumbersome backseat folding (hatchback)
  • Rear visibility (hatchback)
  • Weak performance value of RS
2020 Chevrolet Sonic exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic
  • Turbo 1.4-liter engine standard
  • Six-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Sedan or hatchback body style
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot standard

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2020 Chevrolet Sonic Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic?

The Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact car that’s offered in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Power comes from a 138-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sonic competes with the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris and Kia Rio.

What’s New on the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic?

The six-speed manual is no longer available, which leaves a six-speed automatic as the car’s sole transmission.

What Features in the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Are Most Important?

Standard features include air conditioning, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, a 7-inch touchscreen stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, and two USB ports. Available features include a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, simulated leather upholstery, cruise control and push-button start. Available active safety features include forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

Should I Buy the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic?

The Sonic rides well and road noise is well managed. The front seats are comfortable, and we like the car’s storage features, too. However, the Sonic’s brake pedal has a mushy feel, and the car’s small size contributes to modest backseat legroom. The hatchback’s rear visibility is also an issue.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)
(5.0)

Most wonderful car ever!

by TraceyV1 from Hendersonville, NC on May 18, 2020

This car is stylish, peppy and simple. It is exactly what I was looking for! I have the Sedan version with the RS package which makes it sporty and fun. I love it! Read full review

(4.0)

Not a bad car.. but...

by viking3074 from Dayton, OH on January 23, 2020

The car itself is 4 stars, I only have 3 cons.. 1. the winshield wash sprayers are crap, The shoot 3 streams. I replaced mine with oem fan pattern sprayers for a cruze... 2. The headrest is tilted too... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 Chevrolet Sonic LS

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
basic

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

  • View All CPO Program 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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