2017 Chevrolet Sonic ReviewThe 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact car with a starting price of $15,145 which is around the same price as last year’s model. It’s available in a sedan and hatchback version with three trims, the LS, LT and the Premier.

Chevrolet have put safety at the forefront with 10 airbags as standard as well as a high-strength steel safety cage to keep all of the occupants safe in the event of a crash. Standard rear vision camera also comes as standard on all trims with a forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear park assist available as added extras.

The Chevrolet Sonic comes with a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that can be upgraded to a turbocharged engine with 138 hp. It uses a front-wheel drive drivetrain with seating for up to 5 passengers. The turbo engine gives this little car plenty of power and it handles well on the road. There have been no major changes from the previous year.

Specs

As mentioned earlier the 2017 Sonic comes with two engine choices, the 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine and the turbocharged 1.4 liter 4-cylinder engine. The turbo engine has better fuel economy and comes as standard for the LT and Premier trim. Fuel economy for the 1.8 liter engine is 25 mpg city and 33 mpg hwy. The turbo 1.4 liter engine is a little better with an estimate of 28 mpg in the city.

Hill start assist is standard on all trims but the kind of transmission will depend on the trim. 5-speed manual is standard on the LS. This is upgraded to a 6-speed manual for the LT with the turbo engine. The Premier uses a 6-speed automatic. All trims can be used with either auto or manual transmissions. The choice of transmission won’t effect fuel economy all that much.

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Interior

The interior of the 2017 sonic is quite small but still offers 47.7 cu. ft of cargo space in the beak with the rear seats folded down. Otherwise there’s enough room for 4 adults or 5 people with children in the back. All versions of the Sonic look nice but only the Premier trim comes with a rear spoiler and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

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The 2017 Sonic is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. It comes with the Apple CarPlay so you can connect your iPhone and use it to play music and make phone calls. If you prefer Android devices you can also use your Android device to connect to the Sonic’s entertainment system. It features a 7-inch display that’s centered in the front center stack, making it easily accessible to both driver and front passenger.

Heated driver and front passenger seat comes as standard for the Premier trim and is an option extra for the LT. A powered sunroof is also available on the Premier trim. All trims features 10 air bags for safety and have the new 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting your devices from up to 50 ft away from the car.

Price

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic has a starting price of $15,145 for the LS manual sedan. Upgrading to the automatic transmission will cost an extra $1,250. The higher trims are available in either sedan or hatchback versions and come with the turbocharged engine. The LT starts at $17,530 while the Premier has a base price of $19,720.

Alternatives

While the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is one of the most popular subcompact cars there are a few alternatives to choose from. The 2016 Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Kia Rio are also very good subcompact cars.