2016 Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Chevrolet Sonic
2016 Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Chevrolet Sonic


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 34 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4L Turbo Gas I4, 138 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The subcompact segment seems to get larger by the year, and the 2016 Sonic faces stiff competition from established players like the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. With its nimble chassis and turbocharged 1.4L engine, the Sonic offers a spirited driving experience its rivals can't match. Sedan or hatchback body styles also give it the edge, and with a low entry price and plenty of convenience options just a click away, the Sonic stands out as a real bargain for shoppers on a budget.

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What's New For 2016

For 2016, the Chevrolet Sonic receives few changes. Among them, the Dragon Green Promotional Package has been discontinued, as has the manual equipment group from LTZ models. Chevrolet MyLink radio is now standard on LT models.


  • 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

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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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.)
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • 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
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Chevrolet MyLink radio, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice recognition for compatible phone; Pandora, TuneIn radio, Stitcher and Siri Eyes Free voice recognition smartphone compatible; all functions controlled through 7" diagonal color touch-screen; deletes card slot on center console, no CD player included
    • Audio system feature, premium 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB port
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • Bluetooth audio streaming
    • 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.)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) Midnight Silver aluminum
    • Tires, P205/50R17 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire, T115/70R16, blackwall, compact spare
    • Headlamps, halogen composite
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Fog lamps, front (Unique RS design.)
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding (Mirror caps have a Black Granite Metallic finish.)
    • Glass, solar absorbing, tinted
    • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
    • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
    • Spoiler, rear, Sport
    • Moldings, chrome belt-line
    • Moldings, rocker, sporty
    • Door handles, body-color
    • Lift handle, rear, chrome
  • Interior Features
    • 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, Piano Black 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, leather, Sport
    • Map pocket, front passenger seatback
    • Cargo shelf floor, adjustable
    • Cargo privacy shade, upper rear
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Pedals, sport brushed aluminum with rubber grips
    • Door locks, power
    • Battery, retained accessory power
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down with anti-pinch feature
    • Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy and average vehicle speed
    • Oil life monitoring system
    • Compass
    • Temperature sensor, outside
    • Instrumentation, with analog tachometer; digital speedometer, odometer, trip odometer and fuel gauge
    • Keys, ignition, foldable, 2
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Steering wheel, sport, 3-spoke leather-wrapped with contrasting stitching, flat bottom
    • Steering column, tilt and telescoping
    • Floor mats, RS-specific, carpeted front and rear
    • Power outlet, auxiliary, front center console
    • Seat, rear bench 60/40 split-folding with outboard height-adjustable headrests
    • Armrest, driver seat
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual, fore/aft
    • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual, fore/aft, up/down
    • Seat trim, leather-appointed with sueded microfiber inserts
    • Seats, front bucket with recline and height-adjustable headrests
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI (138 hp [103 kW] @ 4900 rpm, 148 lb-ft of torque [199.8 N-m] @ 1850 rpm/auto, 2500 rpm/manual)
    • Transmission, 6-speed manual, responsive close-ratio RS-specific
    • Axle, 4.18 final drive ratio
    • Front wheel drive
    • Battery, 438 cold-cranking amps
    • Battery rundown protection
    • Alternator, 100 amps
    • Suspension, Sport
    • Steering, power, Electric Power Steering (EPS)
    • Brakes, 4-wheel disc
    • Exhaust, stainless-steel, heavy-duty
    • Exhaust tip, bright
    • Mechanical jack with tools

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.8 x 1.0
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.6 x 0.47
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³) - 19.0
    • Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³) - 47.7
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 6.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 438
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 100
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LUV
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Displacement - 1.4L/110
    • Fuel System - Electronic Fuel Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 138 @ 4900
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 148 @ 1850
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 99.40
    • Length, Overall (in) - 159.00
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 68.30
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.30
    • 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) - 90.6
    • 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) - 38.10
    • 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) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 34
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Pwr Steering
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 14
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.7
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.1
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Sonic
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • 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 - RKJ
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RKJ
    • Spare Tire Order Code - ZAD
    • Front Tire Size - P205/50R17
    • Rear Tire Size - P205/50R17
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MR5
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual
    • Trans Description Cont. Again - Close-Ratio
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.27
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.35
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.48
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.07
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.88
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.82
    • Clutch Size (in) - - TBD -
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.18
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.9
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2857
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - - TBD -

2016 Chevrolet Sonic Photos & Colors


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  • Mosaic Black Metallic Silver Ice Metallic White Diamond Tricoat
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • White Diamond Tricoat

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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