2017 Chevrolet Sonic hatchback

Pros: Crisp steering and handling makes for a fun-to-drive character; solid body structure contributes to good ride quality; some rare-for-the-class convenience and technology features

Cons: Rear visibility is compromised in hatchback models; so-so fuel economy for the class; tight rear seat, particularly in sedan models

CG Says: Chevrolet Sonic has revised exterior styling for 2017. Newly available features include forward-collision warning, keyless access and starting, heated steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and rear park assist. A 7-inch touchscreen is now standard on all models. Today’s subcompact cars have come a long way from the cheap-feeling underpowered “econoboxes” of yore, and the Sonic is a great case in point. It boasts a solid, high-quality feel, is fun to drive, and offers many unexpected features. Unimpressive-for-the-class fuel economy is the only significant downfall of this otherwise stellar small car. The subcompact-car class is plenty competitive, but the Sonic has the chops to merit a top place on your shopping list.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback, 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Chevrolet
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices LS sedan, manual: $15,145
LS sedan, auto: $16,395
LT sedan, manual: $17,530
LT hatchback, manual: $17,580
LT sedan, auto: $18,170
LT hatchback, auto: $18,970
Premier sedan, manual: $19,720
Premier hatchback, manual: $19,720
Premier sedan, auto: $20,415
Premier hatchback, auto: $21,215

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
36-38

2017 Chevrolet Sonic
2017 Chevrolet Sonic sedan