2019 Chevrolet Sonic

2019 Chevrolet Sonic
2019 Chevrolet Sonic

2019 Chevrolet Sonic


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 26 mpg City, 34 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 2019 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 an extra edge. 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 2019

The Chevrolet Sonic continues into 2019 with several notable changes. The biggest news is that the base 1.8L 4-cylinder has been axed, meaning that all Sonics will now come with the smaller but more efficient 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder. Despite its smaller size, the 1.4L engine actually makes the same horsepower and more torque than the old 1.8L. So, base model 2019 Sonics should be faster and more efficient than 2018 models. In conjunction with this change, several trims have been deleted and a new Premier trim now sits at the top of the range in 2019.


  • 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 2019 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
    • Airbags, 10 total (Always use seat 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.)
    • Airbags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use seat 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.)
    • Airbags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use seat 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.)
    • Airbags, head curtain, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use seat 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.)
    • Airbags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use seat 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 (Fleet orders receive a 3-month trial. 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 (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
    • Seat belts, 3-point, driver and front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners and load limiters
    • Seat belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions, rear
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), for child restraint seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Entertainment Features
    • 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) (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.)
    • Bluetooth audio streaming
    • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • SiriusXM Radio. 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 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.)
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, USB ports, 2 and auxiliary input jack
    • Audio system feature, premium 6-speaker system
    • Audio system, Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, 7" diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo. Additional features for compatible phones include: Bluetooth audio streaming for 2 active devices, voice command pass-through to phone, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capable.
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) painted aluminum
    • Tires, P205/50R17 all-season, blackwall
    • Tire, T115/70R16, blackwall, compact spare
    • Headlamps, projector type
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
    • Glass, solar absorbing, tinted
    • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
    • Moldings, chrome belt-line
    • Door handles, body-color
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket with recline and height-adjustable headrests
    • Seat trim, perforated leatherette seating surfaces
    • 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
    • Steering column, tilt and telescoping
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped 3-spoke
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
    • Steering wheel, heated (Deleted when (N35) 3-spoke Sport steering wheel or (WFK) RS Package is ordered.)
    • 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
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • Keyless Open
    • Remote vehicle starter system
    • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
    • 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 (Requires (UE1) OnStar.)
    • Lighting, interior, trunk/cargo area
    • Shift knob, leather-trimmed with satin silver and chrome accents
    • Map pocket, front passenger seatback
  • 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, 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) - 9.0 x - TBD -
  • 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 - LUV
    • Engine Type - Turbocharged Gas I4
    • Displacement - 1.4L/83
    • 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) - 173.90
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 68.30
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.70
    • 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) - 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) - 29
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 34
  • 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 - Sedan
  • 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 - Compact Cars
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 4
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.2
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2917
  • 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 -

2019 Chevrolet Sonic Photos & Colors


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  • G7C
  • G7Q
  • GAN
  • GAZ
  • GB8
  • GD1
  • GD1
  • GPJ

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The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic subcompact sedan and hatchback made their debut as 2012 models, and remain urban-friendly and sensible choices in the small-car market.

Chevrolet no longer offers the 1.8-liter 4-cylinder as the base engine for Sonics. Little has changed otherwise for the 2019 model year, apart from one new color, dubbed “Shock.”

Four-door sedans come in three trim levels: LS, LT, and Premier. Only LT and Premier trims are offered for the five-door hatchback body style.

All Sonics now sport a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, rated at 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission may be installed. The turbo-4 engine has more perky acceleration than the now-departed, non-turbo 1.8-liter engine, with no significant penalty in fuel economy. An automatic transmission adds as much at $1,400 to the cost of a Sonic, depending on trim level.

An RS group, standard on hatchbacks and optional for sedans, includes a sport body kit and flat-bottom steering wheel, with the option of blacked-out 17-inch wheels.

Safety is a vital concern among typical subcompact buyers, and the Sonic compares well with others in its class. Automatic emergency braking isn’t available, however.

Crash-test results have been admirable. The Sonic has earned a five-star rating overall, and also for frontal- and side-impact, from the NHTSA. Only rollover prevention (a calculated figure) was rated four-star. The Sonic also earned “Good” ratings in every crash test performed by the IIHS.

Forward-collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, and rear parking sensors are optional for LT and Premier models, in a Driver Confidence Package.


Prices do not include $875 destination charge.

The Sonic LS Sedan ($15,420) has wind-up windows and manually-adjustable mirrors, as well as 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers. Standard features include the 1.4-liter turbo-4 engine, cloth upholstery, power door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and four-speaker audio. The 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus a 4G LTE wi-fi antenna to create a mobile hotspot.

LT Sedan ($17,920) adds power windows and heated mirrors, cruise control, 15-inch alloy wheels, six-speaker audio, and bodyside chrome trim.

Premier Sedan ($20,020) adds power-adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and enhanced digital instruments.

LT Hatchback ($18,020) comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights, and cargo-area shade. The RS package, including sport body elements, is standard. Otherwise, it’s equipped similar to LT sedan.

Premier Hatchback ($20,020) is equipped similar to Premier sedan.


The Sonic’s styling has aged quite well. Chevrolet gave the sedan and hatchback a subtle freshening two years ago and it remains handsome.

The “signature” two-section grille is less prominent than it used to be. An RS package that’s available for sedans and standard on hatchbacks makes the Sonic look almost like a trendy hot subcompact.

A number of bright body colors are offered, for a refreshing appearance. As is often the case, hatchbacks look better than the sedans, giving the impression of being designed first. Sedans have a tall trunk that makes the car look a bit more blocky.


The Sonic cabin is quiet and comfortable, though its rear seats in either body style can be snug for adults. Taller adults can expect limited headroom in either body style.

The Sonic’s cabin is well-trimmed; its low-sheen textures are impressive, considering the Sonic’s price. Infotainment is a strong point, with a touchscreen center-mounted above intuitive climate-control knobs. Useful data is supplied in a clear format, immediately ahead of the driver.

Whether in sedan or hatchback form, cargo space and utility are decent for a car of Sonic’s size. Sedan trunks hold an impressive 14.9 cubic feet. Hatchbacks get the versatility award, with 19 cubic feet of space behind the fold-flat rear seats. A hidden bin sits beneath the floor, with other storage bins and cupholders available.

Driving Impressions

On the road, the 2019 Sonic is surprisingly quiet and comfortable and enjoyable to drive for a subcompact, too, helped by the newly standard turbo-4 engine. Picking a Sonic with 6-speed manual shift adds to the fun.

In both handling capabilities and well-controlled ride quality, Sonics score a bit above average. There’s a sturdy quality about the Sonic, and it’s responsive, too. The steering is well-weighted, with a satisfying feel.

Chevrolet’s smooth-running turbocharged engine delivers significantly greater performance and responsiveness than the now-departed 1.8-liter 4-cylinder, which tended to feel strained. Both engines had the same horsepower rating, but the turbo-4 produces substantially more torque, which helps quicken acceleration.

Fuel economy is satisfactory, but the turbocharged Sonic isn’t quite as thrifty as its dimensions suggest. With the 6-speed manual transmission, a Sonic is EPA-rated at 28/37 mpg City/Highway, or 32 mpg Combined. With the 6-speed automatic, those estimates drop slightly to 27/35/30 mpg.


For a small car, the 2019 Chevy Sonic is competent and enjoyable. Only the higher trims have the most recent safety hardware, but all versions have a well-trimmed cabin with good infotainment. Hatchbacks don’t cost much more than sedans, but provide a spacious cargo area, making the LT hatchback a notably good value.


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

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