City mpg:
27
Highway mpg:
38

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Chevrolet Sonic LS Manual include ECOTEC 1.4L I-4 138hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, rear side-impact airbag, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak electronic stability, power locks.

2019 Chevrolet
Sonic Sedan

Starting at: $15,420

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Emergency communication system - OnStar and Chevrolet connected services capable
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Turn-by-turn navigation directions - OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 12 months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 1.4 L
  • Engine horsepower - 138hp @ 4,900RPM
  • Engine torque - 148 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 72.5mm x 82.6mm (2.85" x 3.25")
  • Compression ratio - 9.50 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,268kg (2,796lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,397mm (173.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,735mm (68.3")
  • Exterior height - 1,516mm (59.7")
  • Wheelbase - 2,525mm (99.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.3')
  • Front legroom - 1,062mm (41.8")
  • Rear legroom - 879mm (34.6")
  • Front headroom - 983mm (38.7")
  • Rear headroom - 960mm (37.8")
  • Front hiproom - 1,306mm (51.4")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,311mm (51.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,356mm (53.4")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,346mm (53.0")
  • Passenger volume - 2,557L (90.3 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 422 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 422 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.4
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 138hp @ 4,900RPM
  • Torque - 148 lb.-ft. @ 2,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 31mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 12.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 27mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 38mpg
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Tracker system - OnStar Guidance
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 195/65HR15.0
  • Rear tires - 195/65HR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LS Manual 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan LS Manual Search New $15,420   138-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  27 / 38  
LS Auto 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan LS Auto Search New $16,720   138-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  26 / 34  
LT Manual 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan LT Manual Search New $17,920   138-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  27 / 38  
LT Auto 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan LT Auto Search New $18,620   138-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  26 / 34  
Premier Manual 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan Premier Manual Search New $20,020   138-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  27 / 38  
Premier Auto 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan Premier Auto Search New $20,720   138-hp 1.4L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  26 / 34  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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On the road, the 2019 Sonic is surprisingly quiet and comfortable and enjoyable to drive for a subcompact, too, helped by the newly standard turbo-4 engine. Picking a Sonic with 6-speed manual shift adds to the fun.

In both handling capabilities and well-controlled ride quality, Sonics score a bit above average. There’s a sturdy quality about the Sonic, and it’s responsive, too. The steering is well-weighted, with a satisfying feel.

Chevrolet’s smooth-running turbocharged engine delivers significantly greater performance and responsiveness than the now-departed 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, which tended to feel strained. Both engines had the same horsepower rating, but the turbo-4 produces substantially more torque, which helps quicken acceleration.

Fuel economy is satisfactory, but the turbocharged Sonic isn’t quite as thrifty as its dimensions suggest. With the 6-speed manual transmission, a Sonic is EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined. With the 6-speed automatic, those estimates drop slightly to 27/35/30 mpg.

Walk Around

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The Sonic’s styling has aged quite well. Chevrolet gave the sedan and hatchback a subtle freshening two years ago and it remains handsome.

The “signature” two-section grille is less prominent than it used to be. An RS package that’s available for sedans and standard on hatchbacks makes the Sonic look almost like a trendy hot subcompact.

A number of bright body colors are offered, for a refreshing appearance. As is often the case, hatchbacks look better than the sedans, giving the impression of being designed first. Sedans have a tall trunk that makes the car look a bit more blocky.

Interior Overview

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The Sonic cabin is quiet and comfortable, though its rear seats in either body style can be snug for adults. Taller adults can expect limited headroom in either body style.

The Sonic’s cabin is well-trimmed; its low-sheen textures are impressive, considering the Sonic’s price. Infotainment is a strong point, with a touchscreen center-mounted above intuitive climate-control knobs. Useful data is supplied in a clear format, immediately ahead of the driver.

Whether in sedan or hatchback form, cargo space and utility are decent for a car of Sonic’s size. Sedan trunks hold an impressive 14.9 cubic feet. Hatchbacks get the versatility award, with 19 cubic feet of space behind the fold-flat rear seats. A hidden bin sits beneath the floor, with other storage bins and cupholders available.

Summary

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For a small car, the 2019 Chevy Sonic is competent and enjoyable. Only the higher trims have the most recent safety hardware, but all versions have a well-trimmed cabin with good infotainment. Hatchbacks don’t cost much more than sedans, but provide a spacious cargo area, making the LT hatchback a notably good value.

 

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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Prices do not include $875 destination charge.

The Sonic LS Sedan ($15,420) has wind-up windows and manually-adjustable mirrors, as well as 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers. Standard features include the 1.4-liter turbo-4 engine, cloth upholstery, power door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and four-speaker audio. The 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus a 4G LTE wi-fi antenna to create a mobile hotspot.

LT Sedan ($17,920) adds power windows and heated mirrors, cruise control, 15-inch alloy wheels, six-speaker audio, and bodyside chrome trim.

Premier Sedan ($20,020) adds power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and enhanced digital instruments.

LT Hatchback ($18,020) comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights, and cargo-area shade. The RS package, including sport body elements, is standard. Otherwise, it’s equipped similar to LT sedan.

Premier Hatchback ($20,020) is equipped similar to Premier sedan.

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