2019 Sonic New Car Test Drive
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..