The Chevy Sonic is a nice little front-wheel-drive subcompact car that is surprisingly roomy. It handles well, has a decent, hi-tech infotainment system and has plenty of room for hauling groceries and supplies. If you enjoy taking weekend trips to go antiquing, hiking or bargain-hunting at the local flea market, this little car may be just what you need. Here are the answers to some of the questions you may have about the new Sonic.
Is the 2018 Sonic a hatchback or sedan?
The 2018 Sonic is a hatchback and a sedan. You can get either model. The sedan is a four-door. The hatchback is also a four-door vehicle, although Chevy refers to it as the five-door model.
Does the Sonic hatchback have plenty of room for transporting things?
The 2018 Sonic is very roomy for a subcompact. The sedan has a generous trunk with 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The hatchback has 19 cubic feet of room with the back seat in its upright position. If you fold the back seat down, you get 47.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than most of Sonic's competitors.
What type of motor does the 2018 Sonic come with?
The 2018 Sonic comes with a gas-powered engine. There are two different engines, though. You can get the Sonic with a 1.4-L ECOTEC Turbo engine that produces 138 hp at 4900 rpm and 148 lb-ft of torque at 1850 rpm with the automatic and 2500 rpm with the manual transmission. The other engine is an ECOTEC 1.8-L 4-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp at 6300 rpm and 125 lb-ft of torque at 3800 rpm. The 1.8-L engine has enough power to get you around town comfortably. If you want a little more pep for accelerating on the highway and passing slower drivers with ease, go with the 1.4-L Turbo.
How fuel efficient is the 2018 Sonic?
The Sonic is fuel efficient, although it's not quite as efficient as some of its competitors. If you go with the 1.4-L Turbo engine, you can expect to get 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. The 1.8-L engine gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
How many people is the Sonic built to transport?
Both types of Sonic are designed to carry five people, including the driver. It also comes equipped with three car seat tether anchors. There are lower anchors in the outer seats, too, but they are difficult to use.
Are there multiple trim levels for the 2018 Sonic?
The Sonic sedan has three different trim levels, all of which are available with either an automatic transmission or manual transmission. The sedan trims are the Sonic LS, Sonic LT or Sonic Premier. The Sonic hatchback is available in two trim levels, both of which are available with an automatic or manual transmission. They are the LT 5-Door or Premium 5-Door.
Is the 2018 Sonic an inexpensive car?
The 2018 Sonic is reasonably priced. Base MSRP for the Sonic LS with a manual transmission is $16,170. If you get the same trim with an automatic transmission, the base price is $17,370. The Sonic LT with an automatic transmission starts out at $19,270, and the Premier with an automatic transmission is $21,370.
The Sonic hatchback is a little more expensive, although it is still comparable to its closest competitors. The Sonic LT 5-Door with a manual transmission has a base MSRP of $18,670. The LT 5-Door automatic starts out at $20,070, and the Premier 5-Door Automatic starts at $22,170.
Does the Sonic come with a hi-tech infotainment system?
The Sonic comes equipped with a 7" touchscreen and Chevrolet's MyLink interface system, which is smartphone compatible. It features Apple CarPlay compatibility for your iPhone and Android Auto with smartphone connectivity for compatible smartphones. The Sonic also comes with a six-speaker stereo system, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi with OnStar.
Has the Sonic gotten good ratings from the IIHS and NHTSA?
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn't tested the 2018 Sonic yet. The 2017 Sonic got reasonably decent ratings. It got a "G" or "Good" rating on the small overlap front driver-side, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints & seat tests. It wasn't rated on the small overlap front passenger-side crash test. It only got one bar on the front crash prevention crash avoidance & mitigation test. It also got an "M" or "Marginal" rating for the child seat anchors.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has had an opportunity to test the 2018 Sonic. The 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback both got a five-star Overall Safety Rating. That's the best possible rating.
Does the 2018 Sonic come with the latest hi-tech safety features?
The new Sonic comes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, four-wheel antilock brakes, Hill Start Assist, an OnStar Basic plan for five years, an OnStar Guidance plan trial service, a rear vision camera, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system and electronic traction control. Forward Collision Alert, a Lane Departure Warning system and Rear Park Assist are available options on the higher trims.