Available as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback, the Chevrolet Sonic does battle with subcompact cars like the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa. All of these models are at the lower end of the market, and are geared toward buyers that are either on a budget or are looking for some premium features in a compact package.
The base Sonic comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower, which is paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. Uplevel and more economical versions are available with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that has the same horsepower rating, but a bump in torque for better performance.
LS models include features such as aluminum wheels, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel and split-folding rear seats. The LT model gains a six-speaker audio system and power windows, locks and mirrors. The top LTZ trim gets Bluetooth and a USB input, 17-inch wheels and heated front seats.
For 2013, Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system was introduced and all Sonics gained standard Bluetooth. A new RS trim got a sportier appearance package for hatchback models. In 2014, the RS package was expanded to sedan models as well. A backup camera and a forward collision warning system were also added to the 2014 Sonic's options list.
The turbo engine became standard on LTZ models for the 2015 model year, and all Sonics got OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot. For 2016, the Sonic LTZ is only available with an automatic transmission, while MyLink became standard on LT models.