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Chevrolet Sonic 0-60 Times

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2014 Chevrolet Sonic

RS Turbo Sedan1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.2 sec16.4 sec @ 86 mph27/34/29 mpgCar and Driver
RS Turbo Sedan1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.7 sec 16.7 sec @ 83.8 mph 27/34/---- mpgMotor Trend

2013 Chevrolet Sonic

RS Turbo 5-door Hatchback1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.1 sec16.3 sec @ 85 mph27/34/27 mpgCar and Driver
RS Turbo 5-door Hatchback1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.1 sec16.4 sec @ 89 mph27/34/36.5 mpgMotor Week

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

LTZ Turbo 5-door Hatchback1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.2 sec16.5 sec @ 85 mph28/38/31 mpgCar and Driver
LTZ Turbo 5-door Hatchback1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.1 sec 16.1 sec @ 86.4 mph 28/38/28.3 mpg Motor Trend
LTZ Turbo 5-door Hatchback1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.5 sec16.6 sec @ 84 mph28/38/30.6 mpgMotor Trend
LTZ Turbo 5-door Hatchback1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M8.1 sec16.4 sec @ 89 mph28/38/37.2 mpgMotor Week
LTZ Turbo 5-door Hatchback1.4L Turbo I-4FWD6M7.8 sec16.2 sec @ 86.9 mph28/38/29.4 mpgRoad & Track

About Chevrolet Sonic

Subcompact cars used to be all about affordability. They had really low MSRPs, and the fuel mileage was fantastic. In addition, parking became oh-so-easier. But the catch was that the car wasn’t exactly what you may call overly masculine, and forget about zipping from point A to point B.

That was then, until the Chevrolet Sonic came along. It became a leader in its category back when it came out in 2012. Today, some newer subcompacts offer sprightlier rides, but Chevrolet does offer a new range of features to make the Sonic still fun to drive.

Different Versions

Chevrolet Sonic 0-60The first decision you’ll have to make if you’ve settled on the Sonic is if you want a sedan or a hatchback. The sedan already offers 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, and that’s more than what’s offered in the Corolla or Civic. With the hatchback, the cargo space increases to 19 cubic feet, and it becomes 47.7 cubic feet when you fold down the rear seats.

Now it’s time to choose a trim, and you can choose the LS, LT, LTZ, Dusk, or RS trims. Then you need to choose either a manual or an automatic transmission. Finally, you can choose between the base model 1.8L I-4 engine with 138 horses and 125 pound-feet of torque at 3800 rpm and the 1.4L turbocharged engine (which is standard on the LTZ, Dusk and RS and available on LT) which offers 148 pound-feet of torque at 2500 rpm. For the 2015 model, Chevrolet reports 0 to 60 times of around 8.2 seconds. Interestingly, both engines offer 40 mpg on the highway.

Sporty Appearance

The Sonic does look nicely masculine enough, and Chevy offers nice upgrades on its looks. The suspension has been lowered for a sportier impression, which is all the more reinforced by the more aggressive front fascia with an air dam, body-side moldings, front fog lamps, a decklid spoiler, and 17-inch wheels. Inside, the sportiness is also emphasized by the 3-spoke steering wheel and the motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster.

For a more unique look, the Sonic Dusk Package offers an Ashen Gray Metallic exterior, along with a rear spoiler and 18-inch aluminum wheels. The interior comes with black leather-appointed seats and contrasting door and instrument panel accents.

So it may not really be all that fast—who are we kidding?—but it does offer a bit of pep nonetheless.

Features for Comfort and Convenience

For your comfort, we start with the rather quiet ride. It’s such a comfort knowing that the outside noises can be kept out. Then we come to the seats, for which you have lots of options. They’re already comfy enough, but you may want to get perforated leatherette seats or leather-appointed seats with microfiber inserts.

The size of the subcompact makes driving the Sonic a breeze even in tight spots, but Chevy offers even more amenities. These include the turn by turn navigation, wireless Internet, music listening, video projection, or making phone calls. The 4G LTE Wi-Fi allows for up to 7 smart devices for Internet access.

Other features also allow you to remotely start, lock and unlock your car, or activate the lights and horns from anywhere. There’s even a Vehicle Diagnostic and Dealer Maintenance Notification so service scheduling becomes a breeze.

Safety Measures

The Sonic comes with 10 standard air bags, which is a first for the class. There are sensors around the car which decide how many airbags deploy, and that includes the knee air bags for the people in front. The cabin is reinforced with high-quality steel, and the crush zones at the front and back absorb the energy instead of letting the cabin absorb it.

For crashes, the Sonic also offers a standard 6-month OnStar Advisor service, which calls for help on your behalf when you get into a crash. Your location is known via GPS.

But then again, crashes may be minimized since the preventive measures are quite impressive. With the Advanced Safety Package, you get the Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control which lets the Sonic keep its footing even on slippery roads. The rear vision camera offers a nice view on the radio screen when you’re backing out. The Lane Departure Warning tells you when you’re drifting off your lane and the Forward Collision Alert tells you of a possible collision.

Conclusion

The Sonic is a very solid choice in the subcompact category. The size is quite nice for urban driving, and the fuel mileage is definitely an asset. The trunk capacity is also cool, along with its rather sporty look. The interior offers a lot of comforts, and the safety measures can assuage any doubts.

For those with tight budgets and yet a desire for a little more zip and comfort, the Chevrolet offers a little more zing for your dollar.

To learn more about Chevy Sonic, visit the official Chevy website.

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2 Comments

  1. The O

    Car doesn’t do 0-60 in 8.2 at all. Maybe around 10.5
    I have one and tested it.
    Which makes me believe every number on other cars are pretty much false as well.

    Reply
    • Editorial Staff

      Hi there,

      All the car tests on this website are sourced from reputable car magazines such as Car and Driver, Motortrend, and Motorweek. Each test in the table above specifies the source in the last column.

      In your case, you probably have the base trim rather than the RS Turbo trim. The trim of the vehicle used in the test is shown in the first column in the table.

      Reply

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