2016 Chevrolet Sonic

 
 
2016 Chevrolet Sonic
 

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

MSRP 
$15,170
Invoice 
$15,097
Target 
 
 

Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 35 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.8L Gas I4, 138 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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Warranty

  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Engine
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Specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Sonic

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
    • Brake Assist, panic
    • Electronic brake force distribution
    • Hill Start Assist
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Traction control
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • 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, 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 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.)
    • OnStar Guidance plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Vehicle Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable include pretensioners and load limiters
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, rear
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Entertainment Features
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, 4-speaker system includes 2 tweeters and 2 front speakers located in front doors
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with equalizer and digital clock
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 15" (38.1 cm) steel with full bolt-on wheel covers
    • Tires, P195/65R15 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire, T115/70R16, blackwall, compact spare
    • Headlamps, halogen composite
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Mirrors, outside manual, body-color, manual-folding
    • Glass, solar absorbing, tinted
    • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
    • Door handles, body-color
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket with recline and height-adjustable headrests
    • Seat trim, Sport Cloth
    • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual, fore/aft, up/down
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual, fore/aft
    • Armrest, driver seat
    • Seat, rear bench 60/40 split-folding with outboard height-adjustable headrests
    • Power outlet, auxiliary, front center console
    • Floor mats, carpeted front
    • Steering column, tilt and telescoping
    • Steering wheel, sport, 3-spoke
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Keys, ignition, foldable, 2
    • Instrumentation, with analog tachometer; digital speedometer, odometer, trip odometer and fuel gauge
    • Temperature sensor, outside
    • Compass
    • Oil life monitoring system
    • Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy and average vehicle speed
    • Windows, manual
    • Battery, retained accessory power
    • Door locks, power
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Trunk release, inside, remote
    • Engine immobilizer, theft-deterrent system
    • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
    • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
    • Air filtration system, pollutant and odor
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Instrument panel, Graphite Silver Metallic accents
    • Cup holders, 2 front and 1 rear
    • Bottle holders, 2, on driver and front passenger doors with storage pockets
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
    • Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
    • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy, rear and dual front reading lamps
    • Lighting, interior, trunk/cargo area
    • Shift knob, urethane
    • Map pocket, front passenger seatback
  • Mechanical Features
    • 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.)
    • Transmission, 5-speed manual
    • Axle, 3.94 final drive ratio
    • Front wheel drive
    • Battery, 438 cold-cranking amps
    • Battery rundown protection
    • Alternator, 100 amps
    • Suspension, Touring
    • Steering, power, Electric Power Steering (EPS)
    • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
    • Exhaust, stainless-steel, heavy-duty
    • Mechanical jack with tools

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.8 x 1.0
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 10.6 x 0.47
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 14.9
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - - TBD -
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 438
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 100
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LUW
    • Engine Type - Gas I4
    • Displacement - 1.8L/110
    • Fuel System - Electronic Fuel Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 138 @ 6300
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 125 @ 3800
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 99.40
    • Length, Overall (in) - 173.10
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 68.30
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.70
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 59.40
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 59.40
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
    • Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 12.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 90.3
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.70
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.80
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 53.40
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 51.40
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.80
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 34.60
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.00
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 51.60
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 30
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 35
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Pwr Steering
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 14
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.8
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.5
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Sonic
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - w/Coil Springs
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - Q1H
    • Rear Tire Order Code - Q1H
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZAD
    • Front Tire Size - P195/65R15
    • Rear Tire Size - P195/65R15
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M26
    • Trans Type - 5
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.72
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.32
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.94
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.30
    • Clutch Size (in) - - TBD -
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.94
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2733
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Spare Wheel Material - - TBD -

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Photos & Colors

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Available Colors

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  • Blue Velvet Metallic Mosaic Black Metallic Red Hot Silver Ice Metallic Summit White
  • Blue Velvet Metallic
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Red Hot
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

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Introduction

Subcompacts can be ordinary, or they can be fun. Introduced for 2010, the Chevrolet Sonic hatchback and sedan might swing either way, depending on the engine chosen. With a turbocharged four-cylinder beneath the hood, the Sonic is fun to drive and it’s economical to own. Choose the larger base engine, and the pleasure tends to fade away.

After five years on the market with little change, not much is new for 2016. Beyond three new colors, the 2016 Sonic LTZ now comes standard with an automatic transmission, while the midlevel Sonic LT adds Chevrolet MyLink infotainment.

Both the base 1.8-liter four and the 1.4-liter turbo make 138 horsepower, but that’s where the similarity ends. Optional for upper trim levels, the smaller, more efficient turbo delivers significantly quicker acceleration as well as greater fuel economy, plus a more agreeable, spirited driving experience. Manual gearboxes are available: five speeds with the base engine, six for the turbo. A 6-speed automatic is offered with either engine, and is standard on the LTZ.

Appealing to the eye and comfortable for the body, Sonic has earned good safety ratings. Last year, it was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives it five stars, overall and on all tests except rollover (where it got four stars). Ten airbags are standard. So are blind-spot warning mirrors.

Even the least-costly Sonic LS has air, keyless entry, and OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. Noise suppression is effective, and the turbo-engine models, at least, are quiet all-around.

Hatchback and sedan body styles share wheelbase, front-end styling, and front doors; but aft of the center pillar, they’re far different. Particularly well-proportioned, the hatchback has a sportier demeanor with its snipped-short rear and longer front overhangs. Each body style avoids the boxy econocar look that has characterized many small cars.

Competition is stronger today than it was when the first Sonics appeared, now led by such mini-dimensioned cars as Honda’s recently redesigned Fit and the upgraded Ford Fiesta. Even though fuel-efficiency isn’t as much of an issue as it was a couple of years back, Sonic hatchbacks and sedans are still strong contenders.

Lineup

Sonic four-door sedans and five-door hatchbacks have front-wheel drive. Both the 1.8-liter base engine and the 1.4-liter turbo can mate with a manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. Prices are not yet available.

Sonic LS trim includes the 1.8-liter engine, 5-speed manual gearbox, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescopic steering column, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, four-speaker audio, and 15-inch steel wheels. OnStar 4G LTE connectivity is included.

Stepping up to the volume-selling Sonic LT trim brings Chevrolet MyLink infotainment with a seven-inch touchscreen, hands-free connectivity, streaming audio, and voice recognition. Also standard are six-speaker audio, satellite radio, cruise control, a USB port, power heated mirrors, and 15-inch alloy wheels. The turbo engine is optional.

Equipped with the turbo engine and automatic, the Sonic LTZ adds a rearview camera, fog lamps, heated front seats with perforated leatherette upholstery, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The sporty Sonic RS hatchback features a lowered suspension, retuned exhaust, slightly lower gear ratios, distinctive wheels, bolder front fascia, aluminum pedals, flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats, and manual or automatic transmission.

A Dusk Package for the Sonic LTZ sedan includes gray metallic paint, ground-effects styling, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. A sunroof is available. An option group includes Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.

Walkaround

Some might call the Sonic’s design bold; others deem it conservative. Overall, it’s an appealing blend of the two. Round projector-look headlights flank a horizontal split grille. Clear headlight covers wrap back along the fenders.

An angled window line gives the five-door hatchback a distinctive look, leading back to a close-cropped rear end. Viewed from the side, it’s almost a coupe-like profile. Rear door handles on the hatchback are concealed within a black trim panel.

Interior

Familiar in appearance, the twin-cockpit dashboard contains an instrument cluster said to be motorcycle-inspired. Fitted with high-quality materials, upmarket for a subcompact car, the dashboard’s center curves downward into the console. In addition to a digital speedometer, plenty of digital icons are displayed. Rather than up-to-date color, however, the display is monochrome.

Four adults fit nicely. Front seats are spacious and comfortable. Backseat legroom is adequate for adults, provided those front seats aren’t pushed too far rearward. Head and shoulder space is fine in the rear.

A number of storage bins, trays, and cubbies are provided up front. In the rear, not so much. One annoyance: no standard USB port.

Cargo volume in the hatchback measures 14 cubic feet, with a hidden storage area under the load floor (which is somewhat high). Although that space is bountiful for a car of subcompact dimensions, the hatchback falls a bit short compared to Honda’s Fit. Sonic sedans have a 19-cubic-foot trunk.

Driving Impressions

Handling decently overall, the Sonic feels strong and sturdy on the highway, holding the road securely. Steering feel is especially gratifying, helped by requiring just the right amount of effort. Although the brake pedal can feel soft; braking action is effective.

Sonic’s base 1.8-liter engine is coarse, harsh, and anemic, struggling when under heavy load and irritating at higher rpm. We strongly recommend the 1.4-liter turbo, which is more refined and develops greater torque.

Throttle response with the turbo sometimes trails the driver’s push on the gas pedal, but only for an instant. Chevrolet’s 6-speed manual gearbox is a pleasure; courtesy of short throws and direct action. Clutch behavior is so smooth, it seems nearly impossible to endure a bad gearchange.

We’d avoid the 17-inch tires on LTZ and RS models, because they’re noisier as well as rougher-riding. Quietest ride comes from the LT, which feels best isolated from coarse surfaces.

With the turbo and manual shift, fuel economy is estimated at a thrifty 29-mpg city/40-mpg highway (33 mpg combined). Automatic sinks those figures to 27/37 mpg (31 combined). Gas mileage with the base engine is slightly lower: 30 mpg combined with manual, or 28 with automatic. Similar estimates are earned by the RS Turbo model. Neither engine requires premium fuel.

Summary

In addition to driving fun with the turbo, Sonic offers more space than a lot of rivals. Following a strong beginning in 2010, sales have eased lately, partly because gas prices are comparatively low. Smaller-size SUVs have been doing a lot better, including the Chevrolet Trax.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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