2019 Chevrolet Sonic

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2019 MODEL
$15,420 - $20,720 See Inventory Prices

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The subcompacts aren’t built for speed and thrill. These cars embody function over form and are the workhorses that serve as affordable transportation for many of us. Designing a small and affordable car isn’t an easy job. It is very difficult to get it right. Chevrolet learnt its lesson with the ill-fated Aveo and came up with the Sonic in 2012.

Over the years, Sonic has been a mainstay in the subcompact market. 2019 Chevy Sonic has a unique offering for this segment – a turbocharged engine. Sonic’s four banger produces the segment best 148 lb-ft. of torque. You can maximize the fun with standard 6-speed transmission on offer.

Chevy Sonic competes with Nissan Versa Note, Honda Fit and Kia Rio. Sonic’s American competitor is the Ford Fiesta. The Chevrolet Sonic Sedan is offered in two easy to choose trims with a great distribution of features across them. Sonic presents itself as a fun to drive choice at an affordable price.


5.0/10
Features

 

6.6/10
Engine

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.1/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 

5.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

Chevy Sonic competes with Nissan Versa Note, Honda Fit and Kia Rio. Sonic’s American competitor is the Ford Fiesta. The Chevrolet Sonic Sedan is offered in two easy to choose trims with a great distribution of features across them. Sonic presents itself as a fun to drive choice at an affordable price.

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Features

5.0/10

The Chevrolet Sonic Sedan is only available in two trim levels – LT and Premier. The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine is standard across both the trims. The base Premier trim brings all the essentials at a price tag of $18,995. It offers a 7-inch infotainment system, a rearview camera and touring suspension for a comfortable ride quality. The Premier trim comes with more luxury features like heated seats, 6-way adjustable seats and keyless open. This trim comes with a sport suspension for better handling.

Trims

LS

LT

Premier

MSRP (Manual)

-

$18,995

$20,895

MSRP

(Automatic)

-

$20,295

$22,395

Features

 

Adds or replaces features from LS:

 Adds or replaces features from LT:
 

1.4L Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

   
 

10 airbags

   
 

Rear vision camera

   
 

Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control

Satellite Radio Satellite Radio

Front Fog/Driving Lights

 

4 Total Speakers

6 Total Speakers

 
 

Audio Controls On Steering Wheel

Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel

Leather Steering Wheel

     

Keyless Ignition

     

Heated Passenger Seat

     

Leatherette/Sueded Microfiber

 

6 -Way Manual Driver Seat Adjustments

 

6 -Way Power Driver Seat


There are 3- optional packages on offer. The Driver Confidence package offers driving aids and convenience package brings premium features and performance package lowers the ride height and makes the Chevrolet Sonic Sedan a better eager handling machine.

Package

DRIVER CONFIDENCE PACKAGE

CONVENIENCE PACKAGE

PERFORMANCE PACKAGE

MSRP

$495

$650

$2,775

Features

Lane Departure Warning

Heated driver and front passenger seats

Performance exhaust

 

Forward Collision Alert

Enhanced Driver Information Center

RS lowering suspension kit

 

Side Blind Zone Alert

Keyless Open

 
 

Rear Park Assist

Keyless Start

 
   

6-way power driver and front passenger seats

 

We Recommend

We would suggest most buyers to stick with the base LT trim as it comes with touring suspension which is more suitable for Sonic’s commuter nature. It is highly recommended to get the Driver Confidence Package for its suite of safety features for a marginal cost of $495.

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Engine

6.6/10
“The Sonic is a spirited little car with good steering and handling, especially with the sport-tuned suspension. Unfortunately, the manual gearbox is a bit clunky, and the 1.4-liter turbo lacks responsiveness at low rpm.”-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Chevrolet Sonic offers a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine as the only engine option. This four-banger is a unique engine for this segment. Most rivals have normally aspirated engines on offer. The 2019 Sonic drops the 1.8-liter engine in favor of the 1.4-liter turbo-four. The specialty of this engine is its strong mid-range pull which is often missing from the cars of this segment.

Models

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Kia Rio Sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

MSRP

$19,420

$16,400

$15,880

$16,370

$15,135

$15,650

Engine

1.4L Turbocharged I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

1.5L I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-Speed manual

CVT

Horsepower

138@4900

130@6300

130@6300

106 @ 6000

120 @ 6350

109 @ 6,000

Torque

148@1850

119@4850

119@4850

103@ 4000

112 @ 5000

107 @ 4,400

Sonic is offered with a FWD layout and power is channeled to the wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission. The Sonic is best to be had with the stick shift because the automatic transmission is a bit sluggish and holds gears longer to offer better fuel efficiency. Chevy Sonic produces the best power output in the segment, it is followed by the Kia Rio and Honda Fit.

Acceleration

A properly equipped Sonic will run the quarter mile in 8.2 seconds and will pass the quarter mile in 16.4-seconds. Nothing special with those numbers, the Sonic does well for its class. 2019 Sonic Sedan is a better daily driver due to a turbo-four engine setup. The engine offers the entirety of its 148 lb-ft. torque output under 2,000 rpm.

Models

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Kia Rio Sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

0-60 MPH

8.2 seconds*

8.5 seconds

9.6 seconds

N/A

9.4 sec

9.9 seconds*

Quarter mile

-

16.7 seconds

17.2 seconds

N/A

N/A

17.6 seconds*

Engine

1.4L I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

1.5L I4

1.6L I4

1.6L I4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

-

5.5

-

5.1

5.5

-

Getting off the line in stop and go traffic is much easier with the Chevy Sonic, the credit goes to the engine’s torque delivery. Looking at the numbers, Chevy Sonic enjoys one of the better naught to sixty mph time of 8.2 seconds.

*Data from 2018 has been used

Ride and Handling

For a subcompact, Chevy Sonic offers a relatively pleasant driving experience. The suspension has been tuned to offer comfort but it doesn’t come at the cost of handling dynamics. Sonic is playful around the corners. The high speed stability is also on the better side. It isn’t squishy as other rivals. It feels sturdy and planted at highway speeds.

The steering has a nice feel to it. Its lighter nature helps to maneuver the Sonic in the city, easily. The Sonic eagerly changes direction if you intend to do so.

Braking

When it comes to braking, the Sonic is equipped with a disc setup at the front and drum setup at the rear. The Chevy Sonic tips the scale at 2,819 lbs. It is the heaviest car in this comparison. Yet it was able to do a 70mph to 0 mph stop in 169 feet. The Sonic has a decent stopping power at its disposal.

Model

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Kia Rio Sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

Brake Front (in.)

10.8

11

11

10.2

10.2

10

Brake Rear (in.)

9

8

-

7.9

7.9

8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2714

2714

2502

2385

2578

2,395

70-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

182

173*

N/A

N/A

188*

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The Chevy Sonic hatch offers a combined mileage of 29 miles to gallon. The turbo-four setup should offer better fuel mileage but Sonic’s figures are on the lower side of the segment. Surprisingly, Honda Fit which only produces 130 hp (only 8 hp less than Sonic) manages to pull off a combined mpg of 32.

Model

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Kia Rio Sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

MPG (city)

26

28

28

30

27

31

MPG (highway)

34

37

37

39

35

39

MPG (combined)

29

32

31

34

30

34

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Interior

8.1/10
“Inside, a revised instrument panel and simple dashboard are refreshingly void of details that try too hard, and condense the useful information right in front of the driver in a clear format. A standard touchscreen is front and center above intuitive climate control knobs, and material quality is better than some of its competitors from across the Pacific.”-TheCarConnection

Seating and Comfort

The Sonic Sedan was introduced as a replacement for the ageing Chevrolet Aveo. The interior fit and finish is a way ahead of the Aveo but the cabin has a fair share of hard plastics. Manufacturers like Kia and Ford offer better materials and fitment at a similar price point. Once you touch the materials you will be reminded of the price you have paid for the car.

For the base LT trim, you will have to be satisfied with cloth upholstery. Stepping in, you will be fond of that roomy feeling. There are lots of spaces to store miscellaneous items. You have two glove boxes, there are cup holders and space near the shifter to keep your wallet and smartphone.

Models

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Kia Rio Sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front

Head room

38.7

38.9

38.9

38.2

39.1

Shoulder room

53.4

54.1

54.2

53.1

53.4

51.7

Leg room

41.8

42.1

42.1

41.9

41.8

41.8

Rear

Head room

38.1

37.4

37.3

36.8

37.8

Shoulder room

53.0

53.3

53.7

50.0

53.0

51.9

Leg room

34.6

33.5

33.5

34.4

34.6

37.0

Space isn’t an issue with this car. Whether you are driving or sitting behind, you would be content with the space on offer. If you plan to keep your car for a long time, then you might be a bit put off by the lower quality of interior fit and finish. The droning noise from engine can be off putting for some.

Infotainment

The Sonic comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display and a 6-speaker audio system. Apple carplay and android auto are offered as standard features. Chevy’s MyLink System offers on the go connectivity as it allows you to receive calls, get text message alerts while your phone is tucked away. After Kia’s UVO system, Chevrolet’s my link infotainment system is one of the better systems around town, the audio system is going

Interior Features

The Chevrolet Sonic sedan is equipped with a good list of features. Some of these features are mentioned below:

  • 7" touch-screen display
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Armrest, driver seat
  • Piano Black instrument panel (Optional)
  • Inside rearview manual day/night mirror

Cargo Capacity

The hatchback offers more versatility than the sedan. Sonic Sedan offers 19.0 cu-ft. of trunk space which can be easily increased to 42.0 cu-ft. by folding the rear seats. That’s a lot of space to swallow all the equipment for your next weekend getaway. 2019 Chevy Sonic leads the segment with its utility value.

Model

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Kia Rio Sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

Cargo Volume (cu-ft.)

14.9

13.7

13.7

13.5

12.8

14.9

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Exterior

5.0/10
The signature two-part Chevy grille is less prominent than in years past, and adding the RS package makes the car look nearly like a hot hatchback or sedan, with the option for up to 17-inch blacked out wheels. The Sonic also refreshingly offers a number of bright colors, including a new hue for 2019 called “Shock.”- TheCarConnection

Dimensions and Weight

Chevy Sonic has sweeping lines that are engineered to maximize air flow while providing a sporty look. Front fascia is aggressive and continues on the Chevy’s motorcycle inspired design for the Sonic. The headlight cluster looks like a single unit but it houses the low beam and high beam bulb separately.

Model

Chevrolet Sonic Sedan

Kia Rio Sedan

Hyundai Accent SE sedan

Toyota Yaris L sedan

Ford Fiesta S sedan

Nissan Versa

Curb weight (lbs.)

2796

2714

2502

2385

2578

2,395

Length(in)

173.9

172.6

172.6

171.2

173.5

163.7

Width(in)

68.3

67.9

68.1

66.7

67.8

66.7

Height(in)

59.7

57.1

57.1

58.5

58.1

60.5

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

5.5

5.5

5.5

N/A

 

Wheelbase (in)

99.4

101.6

101.6

101.2

98.0

102.4

Track width (in) F/R

59.4/ 59.4

59.8/60.0

59.3/59.5

58.9/59.5

57.7/57.7

58.3/ 58.5

The Sonic hatch doesn’t score special points for maximum dimensions. It is a relatively smaller car than the competition. Sonic has a short wheelbase (99.4-inches) yet it offers generous room for the occupants.

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Safety

5.0/10

The Chevrolet Sonic is available with a list of safety equipment. The Sonic Hatch also scores well on the safety tests conducted by NHSTA. It offers the following safety features:

  • 4-wheel antilock front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Electronic traction control
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • 10 airbags

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Competition

Chevrolet Sonic vs Kia Rio

Kia Rio is powered by a 130 hp inline-four engine. The Rio Sedan is available in two easy to choose trim levels. The prices for the 2019 Kia Rio start at $16,400. Kia Rio is a well-known nameplate in the subcompact segment. It comes with a massive 10-year warranty for the powertrain. The space for front passengers is good but the rear seats might feel cramped for three passengers. The Rio has enough power for city driving but it struggles on the highway.

For a budget car, the Rio checks most of the correct boxes. It has well laid out cabin, a generous cargo space, relatively better handling and an easy to use infotainment system. Not everyone would be happy to be in a Rio but considering the things on offer, actually a lot on offer for the price. Kia Rio should be high on your list if you are looking for a budget car.

Chevrolet Sonic vs Hyundai Accent

Considering the generous list of equipment it offers at the price point Hyundai Accent offers great value for money. The updated Accent features an engine that has good low end torque which make it perform well in city conditions. It offers one of the best cargo space in the segment. The seats could have been more supportive but the cabin is quiet. Accent seamlessly brings comfort, style and utility together.

Chevrolet Sonic vs Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is powered by a 1.5-liter engine that produces 106 horsepower. The power figure might seem too low even for a subcompact sedan. The Yaris has one of the lightest curb weight in this segment. So, the lack of power is duly compensated by small size

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Final Verdict

The Chevrolet Sonic is equipped with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that produces 138 horsepower. The combination of a turbo-four engine and a 6-speed manual make the Sonic a fun to drive car. In a segment where providing affordable transportation is the top priority, Chevy Sonic doesn’t simply wear a sporty skin it has an engine to back it up.

Sonic loses to the likes of Rio and Fiesta when it comes to interior quality and refinement. If you want a more comfortable ride and a well put together then your money would be better spent on the Kia Rio or Ford Fiesta.

Sonic Sedan brightens up an otherwise dull segment by introducing turbocharging. The Sonic when equipped with the optional RS package offers a sport tuned suspension and a performance exhaust. The Chevy Sonic easily lives up as a daily driver which can also be enjoyed around the curvy roads.

Pros

Punchy engine

Best in segment torque output

Fun to drive than the rivals

Roomy rear trunk space

Choice of manual and automatic transmission for both trims

Cons

Noisy powertrain

Interior’s hard plastic trim

Not fuel efficient for a turbocharged engine

Less resale value than its Japanese rivals

What's New?

1.4-liter turbocharged engine is standard across all trims

1.8-liter engine has been dropped



Styles

 2019 Chevrolet Sonic in Summit White color  2019 Chevrolet Sonic in Red Hot color  2019 Chevrolet Sonic in Nightfall Gray Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Sonic in Kinetic Blue Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Sonic in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2019 Chevrolet Sonic in Black Metallic color  2019 Chevrolet Sonic in Silver Ice Metallic color
Summit White

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Ratings

Features

5.0

Engine

6.6

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.1

Exterior

5.0

Safety

5.0

Comfort

4.0

5.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Chevrolet Sonic LS

LS

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$15,420 - $16,720


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $15,420 MSRP (28 mpg/32/37 mpg) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Red Hot
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Summit White
  Silver Ice Metallic
LS 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $16,720 MSRP (27 mpg/30/35 mpg) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Red Hot
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Summit White
  Silver Ice Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Sonic LT

LT

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
32 combined

$17,920 - $18,620


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $17,920 MSRP (28 mpg/32/37 mpg) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Red Hot
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Summit White
  Nightfall Gray Metallic
  Silver Ice Metallic
LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $18,620 MSRP (27 mpg/30/35 mpg) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Red Hot
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Summit White
  Nightfall Gray Metallic
  Silver Ice Metallic

 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Premier

Premier

power
138 hp @ 4900 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
30 combined

$20,020 - $20,720


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $20,020 MSRP (28 mpg/32/37 mpg) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed manual front wheel drive 5   Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Red Hot
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Summit White
  Nightfall Gray Metallic
  Silver Ice Metallic
Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $20,720 MSRP (27 mpg/30/35 mpg) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Kinetic Blue Metallic
  Red Hot
  Mosaic Black Metallic
  Summit White
  Nightfall Gray Metallic
  Silver Ice Metallic

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