2016 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: For 2016, Chevrolet Sonic LT models gain a standard MyLink infotainment system. A 6-speed automatic transmission is now standard on LTZ. 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: $14,345
LS hatchback, manual: $14,945
LS sedan, auto: $15,595
LS hatchback, auto: $16,195
LT sedan, manual: $16,155
LT hatchback, manual: $16,755
LT sedan, auto: $17,545
LT hatchback, auto: $18,145
LTZ sedan, auto: $19,780
LTZ hatchback, auto: $20,345
RS sedan, manual: $20,095
RS hatchback, manual: $20,095
RS sedan, auto: $21,495
RS hatchback, auto: $21,495

Base Engine
1.8-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
5-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
35

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
138
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-29
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37-40

2016 Chevrolet Sonic sedan
2016 Chevrolet Sonic sedan
2016 Chevrolet Sonic RS sedan
2016 Chevrolet Sonic RS sedan