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2016 Chevrolet Sonic Overview (See Available Styles)

  • Available as a sedan or hatchback
  • Five-star overall crash test rating from NHTSA
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability via OnStar
Returning for 2016 sans large updates, the Chevrolet Sonic offers two body styles, plenty of standard features, and fun styling.

The subcompact Sonic is just another example of that proves subcompacts are no longer the barren vehicles they once were. The Sonic’s styling borrows heavily from the larger Chevrolet Cruze, with the two stablemates sharing Chevy’s split front-grille with honeycomb backing, as well as round head- and taillights. We prefer the styling of the hatchback (which also has extra cargo room) to the sedan, but that’s an entirely personal preference. 15-inch steel wheels are standard, while 16- and 17-inch alloys, fog lamps, and a rear spoiler are optional.

There are two available engines on the Sonic that both make the same horsepower, but go about it in different ways. LS, LT, and LTZ trims feature the base engine, a 138-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 125 pounds-feet of torque and pairs with either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The second engine also makes 138-hp, but is a turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder that makes more torque (148 pounds-feet) and is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic. This engine is optional in the LT and LTZ, but standard in the sporty RS. The turbo not only offers better performance; it’s also more fuel efficient. For 2016, LTZ models get the six-speed automatic standard.

The Sonic has one of the more unique instrument panels that we’ve seen; it combines a large analog tachometer flanked by a digital speedometer to the right and gives the Sonic a very modern feel. Standard features include air conditioning, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, auxiliary audio input, and cloth seating. Chevrolet’s MyLink system is optional on the base LS but comes standard on the top three models; it adds a seven-inch touch screen to the center console and also bundles in SiriusXM satellite radio capability, Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free calling, streaming audio, and use of Pandora or Stitcher Internet radio apps. The Sonic also features 4G LTE connectivity that can turn the Sonic into a Wi-Fi hotspot allowing passengers to use devices like tablets and laptop computers while traveling. Every new Sonic comes with a free trial of this service through GM’s OnStar service, which then switches to a monthly payment system for a set amount of data, just like a smartphone.

Crash test ratings for the 2016 Sonic are impressive; it earned a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Ten airbags, stability and traction control, and antilock brakes with emergency braking assist are all standard. There are also several available safety technologies, including forward collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and a backup camera.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 24 - 27 MPG
  • Highway: 33 - 37 MPG

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Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries. Read an article on the current NHTSA crash test program.

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety: *****
  • Frontal Crash: *****
  • Side Crash: *****

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

25 of 25 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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