The Chevrolet Sonic comes loaded with personality, and is available in enough configurations to suit most buyers.
For starters, buyers can choose between a 5-door hatchback or 4-door sedan, with LS, LT, LTZ and RS trims available. Two engines power the lineup: a naturally aspirated 1.8L 4-cylinder is standard and produces 138 hp and 125 ft-lb of torque, while a turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder available on LT, RS and LTZ trims puts out the same number of horses, but a healthy 148 ft-lb of torque. Both engines come from the larger Chevy Cruze, and in the smaller, lighter Sonic, they are decidedly sprightly. The 1.8L is paired to a 5-speed manual, while the 1.4L sends its power through a 6-speed manual. A 6-speed automatic is optional for both engines.
The Sonic benefits from an incredibly stiff steel chassis, with MacPherson struts up front and a torsion-beam axle in the rear. Stability control and traction control are standard, but can be switched off.
Standard amenities include 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power locks and keyless entry, as well as a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. LS trim adds heated side mirrors and special exterior appointments, while LTZ trim includes 17-inch wheels, fog lamps, perforated leatherette seating surfaces with heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with stereo controls. Also included are an infotainment system with 7-inch display, a rear backup camera, cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity.
The Sonic RS has a unique front fascia, unique 17-inch wheels and turbo badging compared to other Sonic trims. The car is also lower than the standard Sonic and features sport tuned suspension. Performance is further enhanced by shorter gear ratios and 4-wheel disc brakes. Other features on the RS include leather seating, a leather shift knob and a unique flat bottom steering wheel.
Many of the features of the LTZ are options in the Connectivity Plus Cruise Package and are available on LT-equipped Sonics. Optional on LTZ cars is a power sunroof. A new Advanced Safety Package brings forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Standard safety features include ten airbags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensor and traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and panic assist, OnStar and hill start assist.
Chevrolet MyLink radio AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice recognition for compatible phone; Pandora, TuneIn radio, Stitcher and Siri Eyes Free voice recognition smartphone compatible; all functions controlled through 7" diagonal color touch-screen; deletes card slot on center console, no CD player included
Audio system feature, premium 6-speaker system
Audio system feature, USB port
Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
Bluetooth audio streaming
SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2014 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the XM All Access package, with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. With All Access, listen to everything, everywhere, in your car and on your computer, smartphone or tablet. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change.)
Seats, front bucket with recline and height-adjustable headrests
Instrument panel, Piano Black accents (Included and only available with (WKC) Dusk Package.)
Cup holders, 2 front and 1 rear
Bottle holders, 2, on driver and front passenger doors with storage pockets
Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
Lighting, interior overhead courtesy, rear and dual front reading lamps
Lighting, interior, trunk/cargo area
Shift knob, leather-trimmed with satin silver and chrome accents
Map pocket, front passenger seatback
Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
Electronic brake force distribution
Hill start assist
StabiliTrak, stability control system
Daytime Running Lamps
Air bags, 10 total (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
Air bags, head curtain, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model and conditions.)
Rear Vision Camera
Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners and load limiters
Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, rear
Door locks, rear child security
LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats