2015 Chevrolet Sonic

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2015 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 2015, the Chevrolet Sonic gets 4G LTE Internet connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot for the OnStar communication system. American-brand small cars didn’t get much respect for years. “Badge engineering” and an overall low-buck feel made them the also-rans compared to their foreign-make competitors. However, Sonic vanquishes all of these preconceptions. It 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 becoming more 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: $14,245
LS hatchback, manual: $14,845
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
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2015 Chevrolet Sonic sedan
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