- 1.4 liter inline 4 cylinder DOHC engine
- 138 hp horsepower
- 4 Doors
- 4-wheel ABS brakes
- Air conditioning
- Audio controls on steering wheel
- Automatic Transmission
- Climate controlled - Driver and passenger heated-cushion driver and passenger heated-seatback
- Clock - In-radio display
- Compressor - Intercooled turbo
- Cruise control
- Daytime running lights
- External temperature display
- Front fog/driving lights
- Front seat type - Bucket
- Front-wheel drive
- Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 37 and EPA city (mpg): 27
- Head airbags - Curtain 1st and 2nd row
- Heated drivers seat
- Heated passenger seat
- Intermittent window wipers
- Multi-function remote - Remote engine start
- Passenger Airbag
- Power heated mirrors
- Power steering
- Power windows with 1 one-touch
- Privacy/tinted glass
- Rear bench seats
- Rear spoiler - Lip
- Rear wiper
- Remote engine start
- Remote power door locks
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Traction control - ABS and driveline
- Trip computer
- Video Monitor Location - Front
The Chevrolet Sonic comes loaded with personality, and is available in enough configurations to suit most buyers.
For starters, buyers can choose between a 5-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan, with LS, LT, LTZ and RS trims available. Two engine options power the lineup: a naturally aspirated 1.8L 4-cylinder is standard and produces 138 hp and 125 ft-lb of torque, while a turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder is available on LT, RS and standard on LTZ trims. It produces the same number of horses, but a healthy 148 ft-lb of torque. Both engines come from the larger Chevy Cruze, and in the smaller, lighter Sonic, they are decidedly sprightly. The 1.8L is paired to a 5-speed manual, while the 1.4L sends its power through a 6-speed manual. A 6-speed automatic is optional for both engines.
The Sonic benefits from an incredibly stiff steel chassis, with MacPherson struts up front and a torsion-beam axle in the rear. Stability control and traction control are standard, but can be switched off.
Standard amenities include 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, power locks and keyless entry, as well as a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. LS trim adds heated side mirrors and special exterior appointments, while LTZ trim includes 17-inch wheels, fog lamps, perforated leatherette seating surfaces with heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with stereo controls. An infotainment system with 7-inch display, a rear backup camera, cruise control and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity are also included.
The Sonic RS has a unique front fascia, unique 17-inch wheels and turbo badging compared to other Sonic trims. The car is also lower than the standard Sonic and features sport tuned suspension. Performance is further enhanced by shorter gear ratios and 4-wheel disc brakes. Other features on the RS include leather seating, a leather shift knob and a unique flat bottom steering wheel.
Many of the features of the LTZ are options in the Connectivity Plus Cruise Package and are available on LT-equipped Sonics. Optional on LTZ cars is a power sunroof. A new Advanced Safety Package brings forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Standard safety features include ten airbags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensor and traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and panic assist, OnStar and hill start assist.
The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is mostly unchanged this year. Improvements include the addition of 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspots for Onstar as well as a standard 1.4L Turbocharged engine on LTZ models. A new exterior color rounds out the changes for 2015.