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2016 Chevrolet Sonic LT

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  • Stock#:
    9468R
  • VIN#:
    1G1JC5SH5G4174802
  • Engine:
    1.8L 4 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Red Hot
  • Body:
    Sedan
  • Transmission:
    Unknown -Call
  • City MPG:
    24
  • Highway MPG:
    35
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2016 chevrolet sonic

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
5
1 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (100%)
4 Star - (22%)
3 Star - (28%)
2 Star - (6%)
1 Star - (1%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
5
COMFORT
5
INTERIOR
5
RELIABILITY
5
VALUE
5

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is one of our top picks for a subcompact sedan or hatchback thanks to its blend of safety, comfort and feature availability.

What's New

The Chevy MyLink infotainment system is now standard on LT, LTZ and RS trims. A manual transmission is no longer offered on the luxury-themed LTZ. The CD player has been dropped across the board.

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PROS

Powerful optional turbocharged engine; comfortable and spacious cabin; generous number of features; composed ride quality; fun to drive.

Introduction

While its name suggests an ability to break the sound barrier, in reality the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic's performance is closer to Sega's zippy blue hedgehog than Chuck Yeager's Bell X-1. The Sonic is a surprisingly sprightly urban runabout when fitted with the available turbocharged engine and manual transmission. In sporty RS trim, it also remains remarkably well composed when thrown around tight corners. We also like the Sonic's relatively roomy cabin, which has ample space for tall front seat occupants and more head-, foot- and knee room for rear seat passengers than you might expect.

The Sonic is not without its flaws, however. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the base engine is mediocre, and the optional engine, while peppy, takes a few moments for the turbocharger to kick in and provide real acceleration. Interior materials quality is low, even for a segment where ample amounts of hard plastics in the cabin are common. The sport suspension in the RS makes the ride unnecessarily rough and difficult to live with on a day-to-day basis.

There are a few other subcompacts worth considering. The 2016 Ford Fiesta is one of our favorites, with two fuel-efficient engines and a high-performance ST variant that has more horsepower and superior road handling than the Sonic RS but costs roughly the same. The 2016 Hyundai Accent and related 2016 Kia Rio are stylish alternatives that offer great value and longer warranty coverage periods. You'll also be wise to check out the redesigned 2016 Honda Fit hatchback, which can't be beat for superior cargo capacity and versatility. But overall we like the zippy Chevrolet Sonic enough to overlook the majority of its shortcomings.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is available in sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Both can seat five passengers. Four trim levels are available: LS, LT, LTZ and RS.

The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is available as a four-door sedan or hatchback, both with seating for five.

LS models offer 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, manual mirrors with integrated blind-spot coverage, power locks, remote keyless entry, manual windows, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone connectivity, OnStar telematics (with 4G LTE WiFi) and a four-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack.

The LT adds alloy wheels, chrome exterior accents, heated power mirrors, upgraded cloth upholstery, cruise control, power windows, remote ignition (automatic transmission only), a six-speaker sound system, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, satellite radio, smartphone app integration, Bluetooth audio connectivity and a USB port.

Moving up to the LTZ gets you the turbocharged engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights, additional chrome exterior accents, simulated leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The RS adds four-wheel disc brakes, a sport body kit, a sport-tuned suspension, unique wheels, sportier exterior trim, leather and simulated suede upholstery and a sport steering wheel.

A sunroof is optional for LT, LTZ and RS, as is a Driver Confidence package that adds lane-departure warning and forward collision alert. The LTZ sedan also offers a "Dusk" package that includes 18-inch wheels, four-wheel disc brakes, unique exterior styling, and leather and simulated suede upholstery.

Powertrains and Performance

The standard engine on 2016 Chevy Sonic LS and LT models is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 138 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission with a hill-hold feature is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available as an option. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 30 mpg combined (26 city/35 highway) with the manual transmission and 28 mpg combined (24 city/35 highway) with the automatic: below-average results for the subcompact segment.

A turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder is standard on the LTZ and RS (and optional for the LT). Although its 138-hp output mirrors the base engine, it feels more potent thanks to its 148 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for the LT and RS, while a six-speed automatic is optional for those and standard on the LTZ.

Fuel economy in the LT trim is rated at 33 mpg combined (29 city/40 highway) with the manual. The LT and LTZ get 31 mpg combined (27 city/37 highway) with the automatic. The RS trim's sportier gearing results in lower estimates of 30 mpg combined (27/34) with the manual and 28 mpg combined (25/33) with the automatic. In our testing, however, we found that this engine struggled to match those estimates in real-world driving.

In Edmunds performance testing, a turbocharged Sonic LTZ hatchback with the manual accelerated from zero to 60 in 8.4 seconds, quick for this segment. Oddly, an RS we tested was slower at 9.0 seconds.

Safety

Every 2016 Chevrolet Sonic comes standard with traction and stability control along with antilock brakes (front disc/rear drum on the LS, LT and LTZ trim levels and four-wheel discs on the RS and Dusk-package models). There are knee airbags for front seat occupants, side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle assistance and remote door unlocking.

A rearview camera is standard on LTZ and RS models and available as an option on the LT. The Driver Confidence package includes forward collision warning (alerting the driver to an imminent impact) and lane-departure warning; it's optional on all but the entry-level LS.

In government crash tests, the Sonic sedan received a perfect five-star rating overall, including five stars for total frontal impact safety and five stars for total side impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Sonic its top score of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests, though the Sonic was deemed "Marginal" (second-worst) in the small-overlap frontal-offset crash test. The Sonic's seat and head restraint design was rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.

Interior Design and Special Features

The interior of the Sonic is attractive enough, but the extensive use of hard plastics confirms the car's economy focus. It earns extra points for comfort, however, as even tall drivers can find a driving position that works. Smaller adults should find the rear seats similarly accommodating by segment standards, with decent amounts of head- and legroom.

The MyLink interface (standard on LT, LTZ and RS trims) brings smartphone integration in addition to an attractive touchscreen.

The Sonic's gauges and controls are well laid out and easy to operate. Among the more intriguing features is the available MyLink touchscreen interface with voice controls (including Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users) and smartphone integration. MyLink allows you to enjoy Internet radio apps such as Pandora, and you can also add navigation capabilities via the inexpensive "BringGo" app. However, the screen sometimes frustrates with its failure to register touch inputs.

The sedan's 14.9-cubic-foot trunk is among the largest in the segment and can be expanded further with the standard 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks. The Sonic hatchback offers 19 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 47.7 cubic feet folded down — very good, but bested slightly by the Honda Fit (52.7) and Kia Rio (49.8).

Driving Impressions

On the road, the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic feels more solid and refined than other subcompact sedans and hatchbacks. Similar to the Volkswagen Golf, the Sonic handles well around turns, with notably responsive steering, yet it also rides well enough that long road trips are not an endurance test. Unfortunately, that isn't true of the RS version. While the sport-tuned suspension sharpens up the car's handling through turns, it comes at the expense of ride quality. Take the Sonic RS over any pavement rougher than glass and you might momentarily think you're riding on a wooden roller coaster.

The Chevy Sonic is one of the more enjoyable subcompacts to drive thanks to a strong turbocharged engine.

Both engines offer decent performance, but the turbocharged 1.4-liter feels more lively and delivers useful power for merging and passing maneuvers. The only downside is the engine's somewhat sluggish responsiveness, which can make it difficult to accelerate smoothly from a stop in heavy traffic. In addition, efficiency-oriented gearing necessitates frequent shifting in manual-transmission models, because there isn't much power for passing in 5th and 6th gears. That's less of a problem in the sporty RS model, as its transmission is geared to provide quicker responses.

This Vehicle Includes These Added Value Features!

  • Bluetooth Connection
  • Remote Engine Start

Factory Installed Options

  • ENGINE, ECOTEC 1.8L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING DOHC 4-CYLINDER SEQUENTIAL MFI
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Remote Trunk Release
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Telematics
  • Trip Computer
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio
  • WiFi Hotspot
Safety
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Emergency Trunk Release
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Bucket Seats
  • Cloth Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
Tires & Wheels
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
Value Added Features
  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • Air bags, 10 total (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bags, head curtain, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Air filtration system, pollutant and odor
  • Alternator, 100 amps
  • Armrest, driver seat
  • Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Audio system feature, premium 6-speaker system
  • Axle, 3.47 final drive ratio
  • Battery rundown protection
  • Battery, 438 cold-cranking amps
  • Battery, retained accessory power
  • Bottle holders, 2, on driver and front passenger doors with storage pockets
  • Brake Assist, panic
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
  • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
  • Compass
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Cup holders, 2 front and 1 rear
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy and average vehicle speed
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Engine immobilizer, theft-deterrent system
  • Engine, ECOTEC 1.8L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI (138 hp [103 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 125 lb-ft of torque [168.8 N-m] @ 3800 rpm) (Available with (YF5) California state emissions requirements or (NE1) Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont or Washington state emissions requirements when (NC7) Federal emissions override is ordered. Available with FEF order type.)
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel, heavy-duty
  • Front wheel drive
  • Glass, solar absorbing, tinted
  • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
  • Headlamps, halogen composite
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Instrument panel, Graphite Silver Metallic accents
  • Instrumentation, with analog tachometer; digital speedometer, odometer, trip odometer and fuel gauge
  • Keys, ignition, foldable, 2
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
  • Lift handle, rear, chrome
  • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy, rear and dual front reading lamps
  • Lighting, interior, trunk/cargo area
  • Map pocket, front passenger seatback
  • Mechanical jack with tools
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Moldings, chrome belt-line
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Power outlet, auxiliary, front center console
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, rear
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable include pretensioners and load limiters
  • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual, fore/aft, up/down
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual, fore/aft
  • Seat, rear bench 60/40 split-folding with outboard height-adjustable headrests
  • Shift knob, satin silver
  • Steering column, tilt and telescoping
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
  • Steering wheel, sport, 3-spoke
  • Steering, power, Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Suspension, Touring
  • Temperature sensor, outside
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Tire, T115/70R16, blackwall, compact spare
  • Trunk emergency release handle
  • Trunk release, inside, remote
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down with anti-pinch feature
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
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