Review: 2017 Chevrolet Sonic

Review: 2017 Chevrolet Sonic

Richmond drivers searching for a sedan or hatchback that’s versatile, fuel efficient, and has top safety ratings should come in and take the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic for a test drive before we run out, because Virginians can’t get enough of this economical ride. 

Even if you’re not on a budget, you’ll find something to love in the all-new Sonic. Check out our full review to see if it’s a good fit for you:


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Sonic a 5-Star Overall Rating, earning five stars in all tests except rollover, where it earned four stars. Additionally, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it best-possible scores in all categories, including small and moderate front overlap impact, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength. 

The all-new Sonic is available with a wide range of active driver assistance technology, including Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist. You also have the option to add OnStar Automatic Crash Response, which uses built-in sensors to automatically alert help in the event of an accident. 

Styling and Interior

The 2017 Sonic comes in five models: LS Sedan, LT Sedan, Premier Sedan, LT Hatchback, and Premier Hatchback. Both the sedan and hatchback models seat five passengers comfortably, with the hatchback offering more cargo space and a wide-opening liftgate for easy loading. It has a sizable 47.7 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded and 19 cubes when they’re up. In comparison, the sedan has 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space. The various options make the Sonic great for Richmond-area drivers looking for either a family car or the perfect vehicle for college students.

The base model comes standard with unique upper and lower glove boxes (featured on all models), single-zone climate control, Sport Cloth seating, front bucket seats, and 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The LT Sedan adds Deluxe Cloth seating and heated, power-folding exterior mirrors, while the LT Hatchback includes the RS Package with sport body kit, foglamps, rocker moldings, piano black-accented instrument panel, leather-wrapped flat-bottom sport steering wheel, and deluxe carpeting. Premier models feature spoilers, the RS Package, 17-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, leatherette seating, and heated front seats.


The LS has standard Rear Vision Camera, Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth technology, OnStar 4G LTE and built-in WiFi hotspot for up to seven devices, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The LT adds Sirius XM Radio, premium 6-speaker sound system, and steering wheel-mounted cruise control. Additionally, upper trims are available with a power tilting/sliding sunroof. 


The 2017 Sonic comes with two engine options: a 1.8-liter inline-4 or a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4. Both make 138 horsepower, but the turbocharged option has 148 lb-ft of torque, compared to the base engine’s 125 lb-ft. Both options come with the choice between a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. 


Starting at $15,145 MSRP

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