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2017 Chevrolet Sonic


City 24 - 28 MPG Hwy 33 - 38 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    5 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

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Overall Rating:
4.7 (out of 5)
Value 4.7
Exterior 4.7
Interior 4.6
Comfort 4.7
Performance 4.6
Reliability 4.5
Cute little car

by DizneeCat from Loganville | September 06, 2019

I love my little Sonic! The only thing that I wish was better is the AC. It does not cool off the car as fast and it takes a long time to keep it cool -ish. But other than that, I would recommend the Sonic!

Blue Bomb

by MasterD from Lantana, FL. | September 03, 2019

My Sonic is a refresh for 2017. It has a stylish front/rear grill. The car is very roomy for a sub-compact class. Quality is good , with adequate power and gas mileage. Reliability has improved.

Worst car I’ve ever had, bought it brand new

by Mama*ain’t*happy from Chandler, Az | April 01, 2019

I bought my car in January 2017 . I’ve replaced the battery twice, only to find that I have a bad alternator. I also have a coolant leak and am having to have my A/C unit looked at and recharged. I bought this car because it was affordable and I needed reliability. This car has left me stranded more than any old junker car I’ve had. How convenient all these problems started occurring about 300 miles after my bumper to bumper expired! I’ve been borrowing my friend’s vehicle for days to get my kids back and forth. I will be picking up my Sonic from the shop tomorrow and dropping about $700 to fix it all, not affordable for a single mom on one income! I will never buy from Chevy again. Hope my experience helps you not to buy a lemon like I did.

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2017 Chevrolet Sonic Overview


The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic is a compact car that comes as either the sedan and hatchback. It competes with the Mazda Mazda3, Ford Focus, and Nissan Versa Note. This year, it receives a new front-end and additional technology.

Three trims are available for the sedan: the LS, LT, and Premier. The hatchback version only has the LT and Premier trim levels.

The Sonic has a new, sporty front-end that bears similar resemblance to the Cruze. The front fascia appears larger and hexagonal in shape for a more aggressive appearance. Standard features include body-color side mirrors and 15-inch wheels. Front fog lights, power/heated side mirrors, a rear spoiler, and larger 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels are also available.

Under the hood, the Sonic is powered by a standard 138-hp, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic. A 138-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder paired to a 6-speed manual or automatic is also available for the LT and Premier trims. Fuel economy for the LS Manual model is an EPA-estimated 25/33 mpg city/highway (24/34 mpg for the LS Automatic). It improves to a 28/38 mpg rating for the Turbo 1.4/Manual model (24/34 mpg for the Turbo 1.4/Automatic).

Inside, the Sonic has a standard cloth interior with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The center stack features a standard MyLink multimedia system that includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio, and a USB port. It can be upgraded with an integrated navigation system, 4G LTE connectivity with a Wi-Fi hotspot, a satellite radio, and a premium audio system. Air conditioning, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and remote keyless entry come standard. Available features include power windows/locks, power/heated front seats, cruise control, and a power moonroof. Both the sedan and hatchback have an available RS Package that includes a unique black trim, a flat-bottom steering wheel with RS badging, optional red cloth seats, and RS logo floor mats.

The Sonic earned a full 5-star overall crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA). Standard safety features include a backup camera and OnStar Services for emergencies, remote vehicle control, and diagnostics (subscription required). Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are available as well.