If you think the Chevrolet Sonic sedan looks a bit abbreviated now, you should have seen it before General Motors stretched the vehicle. Take a good look at the spec sheets for the Sonic hatch and Sonic sedan, and you'll likely notice the four-door is over a foot longer than its twin. According to Automotive News, GM felt that early design attempts at the sedan bodystyle were too stubby looking. While the four-door was always intended to be somewhat longer than the hatch, designers rolled in additional space in the vehicle's rump to help situate the vehicle's proportions.

All told, the Sonic sedan is a whopping 14.1 inches longer than the Sonic hatchback, and nearly all of that length is in the trunk area. That gives the Sonic Sedan 14 cubic-feet of cargo area, just 1.4 cubes less than the significantly larger Chevrolet Cruze.


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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I normally would opt for a hatchback, but this is one of those rare times where I think the sedan looks better.
        BB79826
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        The rear is horrendous. Have you seen these on the road? They're so awkardly proportioned they scream "budget." Which would be fine if the cheapest Sonic wasn't $16k.
          Rich
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          It's not the tail lights that are too big. It's that the bumper is WAY too small. If you do a quick chop with it having a bigger rear bumper, it looks fine. Here, take a look: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y89/Highgear56/sncbumper.jpg
          sckid213
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          I wouln't say they're horrendous, but the taillights are WAY too big
          Jossue Rivera
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          @Rich: You 'chop looks like something the aftermarket would offer.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BB79826
          I've seen two hatchbacks. They looked pretty good, even with too much snout. I haven't seen a sedan yet in person.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they did a good job with the sedans styling. It actually looks better than the hatch, which is rare. In comparison, the Fiesta sedan looks goofy. As does the Versa.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
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      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Sonic is growing on me, I'd take a hatchback with the 1.4 turbo stage 2 and a manual. Prob would be a fun little car and a perfect daily driver
      redgpgtp97
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well not bad for a small car. My thing is I am 6'2" and I need leg room. I had a '97 grand Prix GTP and the seats went back so far that I almost had to stretch to reach the pedal and when they changed the body style in '03 I believe, it was less room in it. I couldn't understand. Suprisingly I sat in a Saturn Ion and had good leg room so I'm thinking they lengthened the seat rails a little more so the seat went back furtherwhich made it a lil more comfortable.
        creamwobbly
        • 2 Years Ago
        @redgpgtp97
        Sheesh man, I read that as my thing is 6'2"... be careful with that thing! You'll have someone's eye out with it!
          redgpgtp97
          • 2 Years Ago
          @creamwobbly
          LOL... MEANT TO SAY "MY PROBLEM IS"...
      • 2 Years Ago
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      ctsmith1066
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do companies keep trying to make these awkward sub-compact sedans? Well, okay, I know why--most Americans still think hatchbacks are weird. But, the hatch versions of these cars are so much better, and they are wasting good R&D money on these things that could go towards a lower price, or R&D for other new and better cars. Alas.
      creamwobbly
      • 2 Years Ago
      Without before and after pics, you can't really tell what they were trying to correct. All I know is, I used to own a Honda HR-V, which in its 5-door form is 100mm longer than its 3-door incarnation -- but in that case, all the extra length went into rear legroom, and presumably gave a more practical door length. My guess with the Sonic is that door length was the real reason, and "looked funny" was secondary. Plenty of cars on the road look awkward.
      huisj203
      • 2 Years Ago
      How cool would it be if they could make some kind of sweeping roofline for a hatchback that is almost the same length as the sedan? Something along the lines of the Cruze hatch in europe, or maybe sort of like a tiny A4 wagon roofline would be neat. The hatch has quite a small trunk as it is now with the very short back end, and an extended fastback hatch would be super cool and practical.
        Steve H
        • 2 Years Ago
        @huisj203
        Yes, or just make a small wagon out of it--something along the lines of the old Kia Rio Cinco, but more butch.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @huisj203
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      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Someone once pointed out to me that the gauge cluster looks like boy parts... and I've never been able to look at the dash without seeing a wiener laying across it ever since.
        erjhe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        Memories of The Ambiguously Gay Duo are running through my head. Thanks!
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the sedan looks far better than the hatch. First off, the hatch looks odd having a big front overhang and zero overhang behind the rear wheels. The sedan just looks more balanced. Secondly, the rear visibility from inside the cabin of the sedan is vastly improved over the hatch. The hatch has a tiny rear window, coupled with a massive C-pillar blind spot from the rear door handles being located where they are. The sedan's rear windows are by contrast huge, and the view out the back is massive.
      ammca66564
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think they're both unusually good looking for their size class. Well done.
      Talisman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think it was the right decision. Looks pretty good for an entry level sedan to me. Better than the Fiesta sedan for sure.
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