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. A “Dusk” appearance package with unique trim features and 18-inch wheels was added midway through the 2014 model year. 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: $14,245
LS hatchback, manual: $14,845
LS sedan, auto: $15,495
LS hatchback, auto: $16,095
LT sedan, manual: $15,855
LT hatchback, manual: $16,455
LT sedan, auto: $17,245
LT hatchback, auto: $17,845
LTZ sedan, manual: $18,235
LTZ hatchback, manual: $18,835
LTZ sedan, auto: $19,680
LTZ hatchback, auto: $20,245
RS sedan, manual: $19,945
RS hatchback, manual: $20,545
RS sedan, auto: $21,345
RS hatchback, auto: $21,945

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

2015 Chevrolet Sonic sedan
2015 Chevrolet Sonic sedan
2015 Chevrolet Sonic RS sedan
2015 Chevrolet Sonic RS sedan