2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT 1.4 turbo from North America

Summary:

In my opinion there's no better value on the market

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Ergonomically a good fit; I am 6'3" tall. Good vision out of the car, excellent tachometer and speedometer.

Nothing corners as well for the money.

Get the manual transmission, do not get the 1.8, which needs a timing belt at 100,000 miles.

I have the hatchback, handy sometimes, but if I had it to do it over I would get the sedan and save $1000. I also have the upgraded radio/MP3 player with apps that you can use with a smart phone.

The back of the hatchback gets dirty quick.

I average 39 MPG on 87 octane gasoline, all driving done in the St. Louis metro area.

Bought mine at the end of October marked down $3000. Traded in a Ford Focus, couldn't stand the rattling headliner, low MPG, the automated manual transmission, and the glitchy infotainment systems. Before that I had a 99 Civic Si, a damn good car that was still trouble free. It revved 4000 RPM at 70 though and only got 31 MPG on 91 octane gas. I prefer my Sonic except for the shifter; nothing has a better shifter than a Civic Si. The Sonic runs 65 mph at 2000 RPM; I have the optional 3.65 gear, still with the turbo the car doesn't need to be downshifted much. With a tune you can raise the horsepower from 138 to 170; of course then you have to use 93 octane.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd June, 2015

2014 Chevrolet Sonic RS 1.4 turbo from North America

Summary:

Fun car, but I'm a little concerned that she is in the shop already... time will tell

Faults:

- Emergency brake froze up on me (at the dealership being corrected now).

- If you let a passenger out and take off without shutting the car off, the "fasten seat-belt" alarm will go sound and blink (at the dealership being corrected now).

- Thump from rear passenger side when you hit slight bumps (at the dealership being looked at now).

I am a little concerned that the car is at the dealership already. The two previous Camrys never saw the dealership except for oil changes.

General Comments:

My wife traded in her 2012 Camry SE for this car. I wouldn't have traded, however this is a fun car to drive. It isn't a race car, but the way Chevy matched the transmission to the 1.4L turbo utilizes every little bit of torque it has. As you would imagine with a car this light, you can definitely feel the road, but that is part of the fun too. I don't foresee jumping into the Sonic to make a cross country trip, but I do find myself stealing it to bounce around town.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th February, 2015

2012 Chevrolet Sonic LT Hatchback 1.8 from North America

Summary:

Made in the US with imported parts

Faults:

The A/C makes a noise that the dealer cannot repair.

Poor gas mileage.

Replaced suspension parts on the front end.

Shift points can be felt upon slowing down.

Cheap tires, replaced, noisy.

Roof repainted.

Windshield washer front and rear leaked.

Window seals replaced.

General Comments:

Poor interior. There's too much plastic in the interior.

This segment of autos is cheap.

Parts are made by Daewoo; the company that could not make it in the USA. The motor is Daewoo, the tranny is Daewoo, and some suspension parts.

The car is fun to drive if you feel like trusting it at the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th July, 2014

26th Jul 2014, 20:44

Another thing that buyers should know is that the Chevy Sonic is derived from the Chevy Aveo.

27th Apr 2015, 18:02

The metal might be the only thing this vehicle shares with the Daewoo. None of the options including the engine or any electrical components can be swapped over.

10th Jun 2015, 04:50

The Chevy Sonic is not a Daewoo or Aveo. The Sonic 1.4T has more power, gets better mileage, handles better, and costs less than a Honda Fit.

2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT Hatchback 1.4 turbo from North America

Summary:

Buy a Sonic if you want a good car

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Handles better than most sports cars.

Gas mileage averaging 37 MPG on 87 octane regular fuel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th November, 2013

6th Dec 2013, 13:55

I would hope there are no issues with only 900 miles on it.

7th Dec 2013, 17:01

I've driven a couple of Sonics. Great cars. Way better than the Japanese competitors.