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About The Chevrolet Sonic

Vehicle Summary

The Chevy Sonic is a subcompact car that is a good choice if you're seeking a responsive vehicle that will happily get you from A to B and is designed to maneuver into tight parking spaces in urban areas. 

The Chevrolet Sonic gives you ample storage space, with the trunk of the 2019 sedan measuring 14.9 cubic feet, and plenty of legroom in the back seat which offers 34.6 inches of legroom in both sedan and hatchback models. 

The 2019 "Chevy" Sonic comes as a sedan or hatchback and offers a modern infotainment system with a seven-inch, color touchscreen display, as well as a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. 

The Chevrolet has made the Sonic from 2012 to the present. The last few years have brought only minor tweaks, but there are a few differences between the 2019 Chevy Sonic and the 2016 Chevy Sonic that you should know. These differences include: 

  • The turbocharged engine became standard on the 2019 Sonic, while Chevy offered it as an option on the 2016 Sonic. 
  • The 2019 Sonic looks different from the 2016 Sonic because GM changed the exterior in 2017, giving the car a smaller grille and a new shape for the hood, headlights, and front fascia. 
  • Several features, both optional and standard, on the 2019 Sonic were not available on the 2016 Sonic. These include a power driver seat, keyless entry and push-button start, heated cloth seats, and a heated steering wheel. 

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Chevrolet Sonic Trim Configurations

The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic comes in three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier, with the option of adding the RS package. Another trim level, the LTZ was available in previous Sonic generations from 2012–2016. 

The LS trim is available for sedans only, while the LT and Premier trims are available for both sedans and hatchbacks. Here are the features you can expect to find on the most recent generation of the Chevy Sonic (2012 to present) across different trim levels: 

LS - Trim levels for the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic start with the basic LS trim, which is for sedans only. In addition to the standard 1.4L Turbo Ecotec four-cylinder engine, the LS trim level includes: 

  • Standard rear vision camera 
  • StabiliTrak® electronic stability control system 
  • Ten standard airbags with a passenger sensing system 
  • LED daytime running lamps 
  • Chevrolet Infotainment System with a seven-inch, color touchscreen, as well as Apple Car Play™, and Android Auto™ phone projection capability 
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with available 4G LTE data 

LT - The LT trim level, one of the three trim levels available in 2019, offers a step up from the basic LS trim. In addition to the standard 1.4L Turbo Ecotec four-cylinder engine and all the features listed for the LS trim, the LT trim level includes: 

  • Cruise control 
  • Keyless open and start available as an upgrade 
  • Remote start, which is standard on a hatchback and available as an option on a sedan, but requires automatic transmission 

Premier - The Premier, the third trim level available on the 2019 Chevy Sonic, offers yet another step up from the LT trim. In addition to the standard 1.4L Turbo Ecotec four-cylinder engine and all the features listed on the LS and LT trim levels, the Premier trim level includes: 

  • Keyless open and start as standard 
  • Remote start which comes standard on both sedan and hatchback and requires automatic transmission 
  • Heated front seats 
  • Power-adjustable driver seat 

LTZ - The LTZ trim level is only available on Chevy Sonics from 2012–2016. The LTZ trim includes: 

  • Rear backup camera 
  • Leatherette upholstery 
  • Heated front seats 
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel 

RS package - The RS package is available as an add-on to the 2019 Chevy Sonic sedan and comes standard on the 2019 Chevy Sonic hatchback. The RS package includes: 

  • Sport body kit with a rear spoiler 
  • Leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel 
  • Upgraded seating (red cloth at the LT trim level and black leatherette and suede microfiber at the Premier trim level)

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Q: Do they still make the Chevy Sonic?

A: Yes. The Chevrolet division of General Motors Company still makes the Chevrolet Sonic. No matter which model year you buy, the Sonic is a great car, especially if you regularly drive in a busy city. 

Q: Is the Chevy Sonic a Daewoo?

A: No, the Chevy Sonic is not a Daewoo. In 2012 the Chevy Sonic replaced the Chevy Aveo, a car that was originally manufactured by Daewoo Motors, which later became GM Korea. 

Q: Which Chevy Sonic is turbo?

A: The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic comes with a turbocharged engine as standard. In previous years, this was an optional feature. 

Reliability Research


RepairPal gave the Chevrolet Sonic an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Chevrolet Sonic 20th out of 24 among Subcompact Cars.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Chevrolet Sonic is $535, compared to an average of $421 for Subcompact Cars and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Chevrolet Sonic owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 0.8 times for Subcompact Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 8% for the Chevrolet Sonic, compared to an average of 8% for Subcompact Cars and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.


Reviews for Chevrolet Sonic

Overall Rating

4.3 out of 5 (144 reviews)

It has it's pros and cons

As far as economy goes that's a plus. As far as power goes, that's a minus. Comfort? So, so. As the driver I'm fine but I had a passenger that did nothing but complain for 30 miles. I'll have to find someone to drive me around to see if her complaints were justified. For me the car handles nicely, it's a 5 speed and I'm not really over the moon with it's performance compared to the car I just got out of. The power is definitely NOT there so one has to recalibrate how they drive.


  • Fuel Economy: so far, so good. I'm 1/2 mile from work and 10 miles from town and I'm getting right around 35 mpg.
  • Cargo Space: Plenty big enough to hide two people!
  • Weather Versatility: This was something that was totally new to me but I'm almost in love with this perk!


  • Power: Almost gutless on an incline, you've got to change your way of driving much like a semi-truck preparing for a steep upgrade.
  • Visibility: The car sits differently than my Saturn and even with the visor down the hits directly into your eyes, visor could be deeper.
  • Cabin Noise: A bit more noise than I'm used to but nothing I'd really complain about.

- Sue White, 2014 Chevrolet Sonic

Title wonderful small car! Gets us with all the stuff included plus our son

More room inside after we test drove a lot of the other similar size cars on the lot! My husband is 6ft tall and he is a bit on the heavy size...this only car that gave him elbow room then the rest! Also would like to say this I have more leg room then the rest too! Hatch back could put my take apart wheel chair in the trunk! plus we lay down one side of the back seat include my walker too!! My son fits in Also It has get up and go because of the turbo engine...but my husband thought we would get better milage...but can't fig. out why we don't? But it handles better then the rest of the models of all the rest...Nissan, Toyota, Ford...and my husband wanted the little Ford....was so sirprize that Nissan haven't fix their stirring yet?


  • Ride and Handling: You got to pay attention, use hands free all the time when calling any movement it moves over to another line!
  • Styling: It's fun to drive!!


  • Power: Always check what equipment comes with the LTZ I thought back up camera was normal with an LTZ package and forgot to check just assumed.
  • Fuel Economy: OK we don't use it to go to work or use the fwy a lot, so we do more stop n' go driving haven't see the great milage yet? we get around 25 city driving.
  • Cabin Noise: Hey it's a small car you will get noisy out side sounds...

- Anonymous , 2013 Chevrolet Sonic

Fun yet efficient, stylish and practical. Love it.

I get great fuel economy while commuting to work, but my 6 speed manual Sonic RS has just enough boost from its turbo to make the car a lot of fun to drive. The hatchback is very useful from quick errands to going on adventure trips with my 2 year old. The car is zippy through most the gears, but I try to regulate the car for optimal fuel efficiency. It has all the tech you need except backup camera, but, being a hatchback it has great all around view. If nothing else get one as a second car because they're cool, and inexpensive!


  • Dashboard: Sleek and intuitive
  • Fuel Economy: Great if you can stay off the turbo
  • Ride and Handling: Zippy and fun


  • Power: Leaves desire for 50 more hp
  • Technology and Entertainment: No backup cam just for overkill
  • Styling: Too much chrome accents for me

- Eric Kyle, 2013 Chevrolet Sonic

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