2017 Chevrolet Sonic

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in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$15,145 - $20,415

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Young and bold! Chevrolet has saved the Sonic sedan from aging after giving it few refreshments last year. The 2018 Chevy Sonic has successfully become competitive among its prominent rivals. The changes for 2018 is minimal and it is available in base LS, mid-level LT, and high-end Premier trim levels. 
Just last year, Chevy updated their front styling and interior dashboard, adding more active safety features as well. Powering the 2018 Sonic are two engine options that are tuned to offer great fuel economy. The Sonic remains quiet on the road, and the new interior design adds more style than the earlier version. 
There is tough competition for the 2018 Sonic in the segment. The Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio are easy to recommend due to their upmarket interior and sporty drivability. If you are willing to shed more bucks, you can still get a well-equipped and spacious Chevrolet Sonic with better performance and fuel economy. 
 


6.9/10
Features

 

7.2/10
Engine

 

8.3/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

8.6/10
Exterior

 

6.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

The Chevrolet Sonic debuted in the US 4 years ago and it has not been changed much since then. It gets a refreshed look up front and on the rear in 2017. It also receives some safety feature upgrades and new set of equipment.

Starting at a base price of just $15,145, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan is a compact package of efficiency, practicality and agility. The Sonic doesn’t fail to appeal to its buyers with many attractive features that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible 7-inch infotainment system with onboard Wi-Fi and 4G LTE Internet Connectivity.

Under the hood of the Chevy Sonic Sedan, you can either find a 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission and a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine teamed up with a 5speed or 6speed manual or automatic transmission.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Features

6.9/10

The 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine is standard on the LS and LT trims of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan that connects to the standard 5speed manual transmission and an optional 6speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 1.4 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine remains standard in the Premium trim and can be opted in the LT trim as well. The 6speed manual transmission remains standard while a 6speed automatic transmission is optional.

Trim LS LT Premier
MSRP (Manual) $15,145 $17,530 $19,720
MSRP (Automatic) $16,395 $18,170 $20,415
Key Feature Chevrolet MyLink4 Radio with 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display, AM/FM stereo with seek-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth® audio streaming5 for music and select phones; featuring Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ capability6 for compatible phones Outside heated power-adjustable manual-folding body-color mirrors RS Package including sport body kit, foglamps, sporty rocker moldings, RS lettering, Piano Black-accented instrument panel, 3-spoke leather-wrapped flat-bottom sport steering wheel with contrasting stitching, and deluxe carpeted front and rear floor mats
  Steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and phone SiriusXM Satellite Radio8 All Access Package with 3-month trial subscription Sport exhaust with chrome outlet
  Bluetooth wireless technology5 for select phones Premium 6-speaker sound system Enhanced Driver Information Center
  OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi® hotspot for up to seven devices,7 includes data trial for 3 months or 3 GB (whichever comes first) Power windows with driver express-up/-down feature Keyless Open and Start
    Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls Leatherette seating surfaces with suede microfiber inserts
    Deluxe Cloth seating surfaces  

 

What we recommend?

We recommend the mid-priced LT trim of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan as it comes with chrome exterior accents, upgraded cloth upholstery, heated power windows, front and rear floor mats. A Convenience package adds leather wrapped and heated steering wheel, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, 6-way adjustable driver seat and an upgraded driver information system.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Engine

7.2/10

“The peppier, smoother, and more fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 remains the way to get the 2017 Chevy Sonic.”- TheCarConnection

The engine and transmission of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan hasn’t changed over the years. It gives the vehicle just the right strong, smooth and refine character with great efficiency for fuel. The 1.4-liter turbocharged engine is the real deal while the 1.8-liter non-turbo suffers through quite some drawbacks. However, both of the engines have a similar output of 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque.

The 6speed manual transmission gels up with the 1.4-liter engine to exhibit a fun-to-drive character because of its direct and precise shift action with smartly adjusted slow throws. The smooth clutch is never wrong in its execution and does its part in shifting seamless through the gears. The automatic transmission with the turbocharged engine doesn’t feel bad either. You can enjoy the added sportiness with the up and down shift buttons attached to the side of the lever.

Models

Chevrolet Sonic (LS manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Ford fiesta (S sedan)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

MSRP

$15,145

$14,745

$13,660

$14,165

Engine

ECOTEC 1.8L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder

1.6L DOHC 16-Valve I-4 GDI

1.6L Ti-VCT I-4

1.6L GDI 16-Valve 4-Cylinder

Transmission

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

137 hp @ 6300 rpm

120 hp @ 6350 rpm

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

125 lb-ft @ 3800 rpm

123 lb-ft @ 4850 rpm

112 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

123 lb-ft @ 4850 rpm

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan and the Kia Rio battle for the strongest engine with a similar horsepower of 138 but somehow the Sonic manages to swoop ahead of the Rio with a higher torque output of 125-pound-feet against the Rio’s 123 pound-feet. The Hyundai Accent shares the similar torque with Kia with a little dip in horsepower – 137. The Ford Fiesta falls behind by quite a margin and proves to house the least powerful engine among the four with an output of 120 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque.

Acceleration

On the contrary, the only downside of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan’s engine is its inactive responsiveness that hampers the acceleration tremendously. It results in a very slow and unsmooth acceleration rate from slow speeds.

Models

Chevrolet Sonic (LS manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Ford fiesta (S sedan)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

0-60 MPH

9.7 sec

8.6 sec

9.5 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter mile

16.7 sec

16.7 sec

17.2 sec

16.6 sec

Engine

1.8L

1.6L

1.6L

1.6L

Emission

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

6.3

5.7

5.8

5.6

After losing the battle for a powerful engine, the Kia Rio shuts its critics down and achieves the fastest 0-60 mph acceleration timing of 8.4 seconds. It followed right behind by the Hyundai Accent that does it in 8.6 seconds. Dragging behind slowly is the Ford Fiesta, given its poor engine output, and it manages to reach the 60 MPH mark from the start in 9.5 seconds. In addition, as discussed earlier, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan slugs behind with the slowest timing of 9.7 seconds.

The Kia Rio maintains its fast acceleration over the quarter mile as well and it ends up being the first one to cover the distance in 16.7 seconds. The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan recovers tremendously and joins the initially second fastest Hyundai Accent over the quarter mile with a similar timing of 16.7 seconds. The Ford Fiesta gives up on the race and lags behind with 17.2 seconds to reach the quarter mile mark.

Emission wise, the Kia Rio boasts the lowest numbers while the Sonic suffers.

Handling and Steering

A well-tuned suspension system and a good steering feel are what make the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan a joy to drive. It handles turns well, thanks to its responsive steering and it also ride pretty well during long drives. The Sonic feels strong and sturdy on the road without make the disturbing the balanced ride quality.

Braking

The mushy brake pedals of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan have a decent stopping power. The only matter of concern is the input response of the pedal. It tends to lag a little and takes a second to execute properly.

Model

Chevrolet Sonic (LS manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Ford fiesta (S sedan)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Brake Front (in.)

10.8

10.1

10.2

10.1

Brake Rear (in.)

9.0

N/A

7.9

10.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2773

2480

2578

2494

60-0 MPH (ft.)

124

123

118

127

The Ford Fiesta emerges out of the blue after suffering from a series of low performance rates and stands atop with the best braking stats, stopping the vehicle at 118 feet from 0-60 mph. Next up is the Hyundai Accent bringing the car at halt in 123 feet while the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan does it is a close enough 124 feet. The Kia Rio ends up being the slowest in coming down from 60-0 mph and covers a distance of 127 feet to do so.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Fuel Economy

8.3/10

The combination of different engine and transmission choices of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan results vary in its fuel economy ratings. The 1.4-liter turbocharged engine paired with the 6speed manual transmission rates at 28 mph in cities, 38 mpg in highways and 32 mpg combined. When paired with the 6speed automatic, it rates at 27 mpg for cities, 36 mpg for highways and 30 mpg combined.

On the other hand, the 1.8-liter inline4 engine with the 5speed manual transmission gives 25 mpg in cities, 33 mpg in highways and 28 mpg combined while on attaching with the 6speed automatic results in 24 mpg in cities, 34 mpg in highways and 28 mpg combined.

The 1.4-liter engine will make a better choice over the 1.8 liter as it is smooth, fun to drive and doesn’t require premium fuel.

 

Model

Chevrolet Sonic (LS manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Ford fiesta (S sedan)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

MPG (city)

25

27

27

27

MPG (highway)

33

37

35

36

MPG (combined)

28

31

30

31

However, when compared to its rivals, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan proves to be the least efficient. The Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio are the most efficient cars sharing the highest of 27 mpg in the cities and 31 mpg combined with only the Hyundai with a higher of 37 mpg in highways against the 36 mpg of Kia. The Ford Fiesta has fairly balanced numbers although it shares a similar 27 mpg in cities with the Hyundai and Kia, and rates 35 mpg in highways and 30 mpg combined.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Interior

7.0/10

“Though the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic's interior is fairly good looking, most of the cabin materials are hard plastics, which is to be expected in this class.” Cars.USnews

Seating and comfort

Although the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan comes with excellent ride quality and quiet cabin experience, it however lacks in passenger space. Front seats are quite good and widely adjustable while back seats can feel congested.

Model

Chevrolet Sonic (LS manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Ford fiesta (S sedan)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.7/53.4/41.8

39.9/53.7/41.8

39.1/52.7/42.2

40.0/53.1/43.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.8/53.0/34.6

37.2/53.4/33.3

37.1/49.0/31.2

37.6/52.1/31.1

All the four cars have the similar passenger capacity of five.

For front passengers, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan has the least headroom while the Kia Rio boasts a generous headroom and legroom as well. Meanwhile, the Sonic and the Hyundai share the least legroom numbers.

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan compensates with a spacious headroom and legroom for the rear passengers. On the other hand, the Kia Rio suffers in both.

  • Split folding rear seatback
  • 4 one touch power windows
  • Remote keyless power door locks
  • External temperature display
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with audio and cruise controls
  • Rear view camera
  • Interior air filtration
  • Split folding rear seatback
  • 4 one touch power windows
  • Remote keyless power door locks
  • External temperature display
  • Tilt and telescopic electric power steering with audio and cruise controls
  • Rear view camera
  • Interior air filtration

Infotainment

The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan features the newest version of MyLink interface. It also comes with Smartphone integration compatible with Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The menus are very intuitive and it doesn’t take much long for a first time user to be acquainted with the functions and controls.

  • 6 total speakers
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Satellite radio
  • 6 total speakers
  • USB connection with external media control
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • AM/FM stereo
  • Satellite radio

Cargo

The 14.9 cubic feet cargo space of the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan is large enough in its class and it increases further, thanks to the 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks.

Model

Chevrolet Sonic (LS manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Ford fiesta (S sedan)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

14.9

13.7

12.8

13.7

Rated as the highest, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan accommodates the largest cargo space of 14.9 cubic feet. The Hyundai and Kia share an equal of 13.7 cubic feet while the Ford Fiesta settles with the least of 12.8 cubic feet.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Exterior

8.6/10

“… the Sonic appear wider and better integrates the headlight housings.”- Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan is fairly on the bigger side of the compact car class. The dimensional characteristics are backed by its performance and styling as well.

Model

Chevrolet Sonic (LS manual)

Hyundai Accent (SE manual)

Ford fiesta (S sedan)

Kia Rio (LX manual)

Curb weight (lbs.)

2773

2480

2578

2494

Length(in)

173.9

172.0

173.6

172.0

Width(in)

68.3

66.9

67.8

67.7

Height(in)

59.7

57.1

58.0

57.3

Ground clearance (in)

5.0

5.5

6.1

5.5

Wheelbase (in)

99.4

101.2

98.0

101.2

Track width (in) F/R

59.4/59.4

59.3/59.5

57.7/57.7

57.3/59.8

Being the heaviest, longest, widest and tallest, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan also has the least ground clearance; quite evidently dominating its rivals in all areas. The Hyundai Accent has the least weight and is the shortest in the length along with the Kia Rio. It is also the car with the least width and is the shortest height wise, has the largest track width and the largest wheelbase similar to the Kia Rio. The Ford Fiesta has balanced dimensions except for the fact that it has the highest ground clearance.

  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear defogger, rear spoiler and rear wiper
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Front fog and driving lights
  • Ventilated front and rear drum brakes
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Rear defogger, rear spoiler and rear wiper
  • Daytime running lights
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Front fog and driving lights
  • Ventilated front and rear drum brakes

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Safety

6.8/10

After all the necessary requirements, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan becomes a complete car with an array of active safety features with new additions like rear parking sensors and forward collision warning system.

  • 10 air bags:1 Driver and front passenger frontal, includes Passenger Sensing System; front and rear seat-mounted side-impact; roof rail-mounted head-curtain for front and rear outboard seating positions; driver and front passenger knee
  • Brakes: 4-wheel antilock with Panic Brake Assist
  • Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Park Assist
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control and Panic Brake Assist
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Theft-deterrent system with content-theft alarm and engine immobilizer
  • Rear vision camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Competition

Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent is a favorable choice as an economical car due to its distinctive style and upscale interior feels. The 1.6-liter engine pairs with the standard 6speed manual transmission and produces admirable output. In comparison with the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan, there’s only a minimal lower engine output but better acceleration, a slightly better braking power and very impressive fuel economy ratings.

Ford Fiesta

The small yet fierce Ford Fiesta impresses with its engaging engine and transmission combination, slightly compromising its driving fun though. A crisp and well-weighted steering feel playfully handles the corners. The rear seat is a little tight but a sunroof can be a fruitful addition. Up against the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan, the engine performance is very poor and so is the acceleration. Fiesta impresses with its tremendous braking power and is fuel-efficient as well.

Kia Rio

With a style of its own, the Kia Rio is a cheerful and cheap vehicle that is true definition of a basic transportation. The 1.6-liter engine powers the front-wheel drive system through its 6speed manual transmission. When compared with the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan, the engine output is equal with an exceptionally quick acceleration. It does suffer with its brakes but manages to bounce back with its fuel economy.

2017 Chevrolet Sonic Final Verdict

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan is a complete car in all its sense. Performance, handling, comfort, practicality - you name it and the Sonic will give it to you.

If Chevrolet comes up a way to fix the backseat seating space and improve the materials used in the interiors, then it’s really going to be difficult competing with Sonic.

Although it’s the costliest among its rivals, with all the attributes that comes along with it, we wouldn’t mind paying the amount. Therefore, if you ask us, we would definitely recommend you to go with the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan!

Pros

User-friendly and interactive infotainment system

Ample cargo space

Roomy and comfortable front seats

Balanced handling

Cons

Low fuel economy with base engine

Narrow rear seat

Lack of factory navigation system

What's New?

New color choices

Some package features reshuffled

A sport suspension now available on the LT sedan

MyLink infotainment system gets updated



Styles

 2017 Chevrolet Sonic in Summit White color  2017 Chevrolet Sonic in Silver Ice Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Sonic in Red Hot color  2017 Chevrolet Sonic in Nightfall Gray Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Sonic in Mosaic Black Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Sonic in Kinetic Blue Metallic color  2017 Chevrolet Sonic in Cajun Red Tintcoat color  2017 Chevrolet Sonic in Arctic Blue Metallic color
Summit White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Safety

6.8

Exterior

8.6

Engine

7.2

Interior

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.3

Features

6.9

Comfort

7.8

Driving

8.3

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LS

LS

power
138 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$15,145 - $16,395


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M) Starting at $15,145 MSRP (25/28/33) 138 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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5-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
LS 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $16,395 MSRP (24/28/34) 138 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Sonic LT

LT

power
138 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$17,530 - $18,170


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
LT 4dr Sedan (1.4L Turbo 4cyl 6M) Starting at $17,530 MSRP (28/32/38) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
LT 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $18,170 MSRP (24/28/34) 138 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.8 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA

 2017 Chevrolet Sonic Premier

Premier

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

$19,720 - $20,415


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $19,720 MSRP (28/32/38) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5 NA
Premier 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $20,415 MSRP (27/30/36) 138 hp @ 4900 rpm, 1.4 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5 NA