2018 Chevrolet Sonic

2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic

2018 Chevrolet Sonic


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 35 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.4L Turbo Gas I4, 138 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • 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 2018 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 2018

Since the Chevrolet Sonic received a facelift in 2017 with new styling and several notable new features it rolls over into 2018 with only minor changes. The MyLink infotainment system gets an update, a second USB port was added and minor adjustments were made to the package and trim level features.


  • 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 2018 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, LED
    • 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 and Chevrolet connected services capable; EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Visit onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services vary by model.)
    • Chevrolet Connected Access with 10 years of standard connectivity which enables services such as, Vehicle Diagnostics, Dealer Maintenance Notification, Chevrolet Smart Driver, Marketplace and more; EFFECTIVE WITH SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Limitations apply. Not transferable. Standard connectivity available to original purchaser for ten years from the date of initial vehicle purchase for model year 2018 or newer Chevrolet vehicles. See onstar.com for details and further plan limitations. Connected Access does not include emergency or security services. Availability and additional services enabled by Connected Access are subject to change.)
    • 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 Monitoring System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7" diagonal color touch-screen, AM/FM stereo includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones, featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone
    • Audio system feature, premium 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB ports, 2 and auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2018 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. (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
    • Chevrolet 4G LTE and available built-in Wi-Fi hotspot offers a fast and reliable Internet connection for up to 7 devices; includes data trial for 1 month or 3GB (whichever comes first); EFFECTIVE WITH RETAIL SALES STARTING 5/1/2018. (Available Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar service and data plan. Data plans provided by AT&T. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) Black-painted aluminum
    • Tires, P205/50R17 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire, T115/70R16, blackwall, compact spare
    • Headlamps, projector type
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Fog lamps, front
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
    • Glass, solar absorbing, tinted
    • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
    • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
    • Ornamentation, RS lettering
    • Spoiler, rear, Sport
    • Moldings, chrome belt-line
    • Moldings, rocker, sporty
    • Door handles, body-color
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket with recline and height-adjustable headrests
    • Seat trim, leatherette with sueded microfiber inserts
    • Seat adjuster, driver, 6-way power
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual, fore/aft
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • 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 and rear, deluxe
    • Steering column, tilt and telescoping
    • Steering wheel, sport, 3-spoke leather-wrapped with contrasting stitching, flat bottom
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Key system, 2 spare keys
    • Temperature sensor, outside
    • Compass display
    • Oil life monitoring system
    • Driver Information Center, enhanced
    • Windows, power with driver and front passenger Express-Up and Express-Down on all
    • Battery, retained accessory power
    • Door locks, power
    • Keyless Open
    • Remote vehicle starter system
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • 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 (Requires (UE1) OnStar.)
    • Lighting, interior, trunk/cargo area
    • Shift knob, leather-trimmed with satin silver and chrome accents
    • Map pocket, front passenger seatback
    • Cargo shelf floor, adjustable
    • Cargo privacy shade, upper rear
  • 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 automatic
    • Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio
    • Keyless Start
    • Front wheel drive
    • Battery, 438 cold-cranking amps
    • Battery rundown protection
    • Alternator, 100 amps
    • Suspension, Sport
    • 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) - 9.0 x - TBD -
  • 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) - - TBD -
  • 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) - 159.80
    • 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) - 90.3
    • 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) - 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) - 35
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Electric Pwr Steering
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - - TBD -
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.1
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - N/A
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Chevrolet Sonic
    • Body Style - Hatchback
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Semi-Independent 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 - T115/70R16
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - MH8
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.58
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.45
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.94
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.23
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Station Wagons
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.9
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2915
  • 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 -

2018 Chevrolet Sonic Photos & Colors


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  • Arctic Blue Metallic Cajun Red Tintcoat Ivy Metallic Kinetic Blue Metallic Mosaic Black Metallic Nightfall Gray Metallic Orange Burst Metallic Red Hot Silver Ice Metallic Summit White
  • Arctic Blue Metallic
  • Cajun Red Tintcoat
  • Ivy Metallic
  • Kinetic Blue Metallic
  • Mosaic Black Metallic
  • Nightfall Gray Metallic
  • Orange Burst Metallic
  • Red Hot
  • Silver Ice Metallic
  • Summit White

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The Chevrolet Sonic, which debuted for the 2012 model year, earned strong ratings in the subcompact-car category. Today, Sonic is behind the times. Only a handful of minor changes mark the model year for the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic.

Sonic comes in sedan and hatchback versions. Both ride the same wheelbase.

For 2018, the RS package adds black bowtie emblems. The Fun and Sun package for 2018 includes 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as the 1.4-liter turbo engine and a sunroof.

Sedans come in base LS, midlevel LT, and top Premier trim levels.

Hatchbacks are offered in LT and Premier guise.

Powertrains haven’t changed much over the Sonic’s lifetime. The base engine is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, making 138 horsepower. The more powerful turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder is rated at 138 horsepower, also, but its torque output of 148 pound-feet is 23 more than the base engine delivers. Not only do turbocharged cars accelerate with greater spirit, they’re more fuel-efficient at lower engine speeds.

Only the 1.8-liter engine is available with base LS trim, which comes with wind-up windows and steel wheels. LT versions can have either engine.

Most Sonic buyers will choose the optional 6-speed automatic transmission, but a 5-speed manual gearbox is standard. Turbos get a 6-speed manual as standard.

Striving to keep pace with the competition, Chevrolet updated front-end styling and reworked the interior for the 2017 model year, while adding some active-safety features.

Crash-test ratings have been impressive. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not only gave the 2018 Sonic five stars for overall safety, it earned five stars in every category except rollover prevention (a calculated figure), where it got four stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Sonic its top Good rating for each test performance. No rating was given for the small-overlap test on the passenger side. Latch child-safety seat anchors scored only Marginal for ease of use.

All Sonics come with 10 airbags and a rearview camera. Several active-safety features are optional rather than standard, but relatively affordable. A $495 Driver Confidence Package, available for LT and Premier versions, includes forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and rear parking assist. That option group makes the Sonic competitive in the subcompact class, but behind several rival small cars.


Sonic LS 4-Door Sedan ($15,295) comes with the 1.8-liter engine, 5-speed manual transmission, rearview camera, steering-wheel controls, keyless entry, air conditioning, Bluetooth, a USB port, LED daytime running lights, 15-inch steel wheels, and OnStar connectivity. A 6-speed automatic transmission ($1,200) is optional. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $875 destination charge.)

Sonic LT 4-Door Sedan ($17,695) offer a choice of 1.4-liter turbo or 1.8-liter engine and matching manual shift, plus deluxe cloth seat trim, power windows and mirrors, cruise control, 15-inch alloy wheels, six-speaker audio, two USB ports, and chrome beltline moldings. Sonic LT 5-Door Hatchback ($17,795) is equipped similarly but with hatchback body. Automatic transmission ($700) is optional.

Sonic Premier Sedan ($19,795) and Hatchback ($19,795) come with the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, adding heated power front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and enhanced digital instruments. Automatic ($700) is optional.

The RS Package includes a sport body kit.


Overall, the Sonic design has aged reasonably well, helped by a modernized front end for the 2017 model year, echoing appearance of recent Chevrolets. The two-element grille includes a large lower intake, with scoop-like openings for available foglamps. Projector-beam headlights are complemented by LED daytime running lights.

The five-door hatchback looks more settled than the sedan, though the blocky trunk is a bit large, lacking in elegance. Considering its seven-year history, the comparatively simple, basic shape of the hatchback isn’t obsolete.


Front seats are comfortable, but even two passengers in the rear can expect a tight experience. Taller adults are likely to be short on headroom, as well as leg space.

Early Sonics conveyed an econocar aura, but the current cabin is significantly more stylish. During recent years, quite a few subcompact cars have grown bigger, but Chevrolet hasn’t enlarged the Sonic.

Mounted at the center of the straightforward instrument panel is a large speedometer, matched by a slightly smaller tachometer. The infotainment touchscreen sits above big, intuitive rotary knobs that make climate adjustments.

Seat fabrics and abundant black plastic trim, among other interior elements, are appropriate for the subcompact segment. All told, the Sonic comes across as higher in quality than some Asian rivals. Each Sonic also is quiet on the road.

Cargo space is generous with either body style. Sedan trunks hold 14.9 cubic feet, with low liftover height. Hatchbacks promise 19 cubic-foot capacity with the rear seat up, growing to 42.7 cubic feet with the seat folded. A hidden bin is located below the cargo deck.

The hatchback’s load floor is a bit higher than in some competitors, but the Sonic’s relatively upright profile improves its ability to hold tall or long items. Rear seats in each body style flip forward.

Driving Impressions

Engine behavior varies considerably. The base engine feels weak, loud and harsh, in stark contrast to the smooth, sporty nature of the turbo four. Clearly, the turbo is a better choice, even offering more satisfying gas mileage.

Turbo-power Sonics are fun to drive, especially with the 6-speed manual gearbox. They handle nicely and feel admirably composed – as solid and sturdy as a bigger car. Chevrolet’s responsive electric power steering provides good feel and helpful weighting. Unlike some rivals, too, the ride is well-controlled rather than coarse and overly active.

Top fuel-economy ratings stem from the 1.4-liter turbo with the 6-speed manual gearbox, EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined. An automatic transmission drops that rating to 27/35 mpg City/Highway, or 30 mpg Combined.

With a 5-speed manual gearbox, the 1.8-liter engine is EPA-rated at 26/35 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. The 6-speed automatic reduces that estimate to 25/34/28 mpg. Fuel-economy estimates are identical for the hatchback and sedan.


Despite its age, the Sonic remains a good choice in the subcompact category, ranking above the pack in design and fuel economy, as well as in safety. Even the modestly equipped Sonic LS isn’t grimly austere. Not many new subcompacts have been emerging lately, but the Sonic is likely to carry on for a while yet. It’s even more affordable than in the past, because of incentives available on such less-popular small cars.

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

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Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.


Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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