2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT Turbo from North America
Better than I could have hoped for
None, although it's brand new.
This has been a great vehicle thus far. Absolutely no problems; not even an extra hiccup when starting in the cold.
Performance is very good for being an economy car; I'm averaging between 40 and 42 MPG combined (about 2/3s highway) and I'm not hypermiling it. The car runs at 2000 RPM at 65 mph in 6th gear, perfect for highway cruising. Acceleration is good as long as you are in the 1800-3000 RPM range where the turbo is spooling.
The ride is smooth, steering is light and effortless, and the suspension is sporty without being too firm.
The clutch is very good; this is a great car to have in a 6 speed. Transmission and clutch action are smooth, and the hill assist is a nifty feature. I have yet to kill this car.
Interior of the car is nice for economy. I'm 6'5 and have plenty of space in the driver's seat (no one will be comfortable behind me though). I can adjust the passenger's seat so that I can fit comfortably in both the front and back without adjusting.
Dealer was great, and might have made the most difference when car shopping. I went to a Ford dealer and a Toyota dealer; neither came close to working with me or were as friendly to deal with. I've been back to the Chevy dealer a couple of times to look at accessories and get one of my 6 complimentary oil changes, and they topped off my car's gas both times and are just as friendly post car sale.
Overall, very happy with the car and service. I will try to update at major milestones or if there are any faults that come up.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd May, 2013
21st Dec 2013, 15:09
Original reviewer: now at 12k miles and partially through winter, I can speak (somewhat) to the reliability and harsh weather performance of the sonic. Still haven't had any problems at all with the car. Cold weather wise (down to single digit degrees F) never had any trouble or hiccups starting, idling, running, etc... Fuel economy has dropped to around 36 MPG combined, but that's to be expected constantly running the heater and less dense air. The car also handled decently well driving through about 3-4 inches of snow and ice.
27th Apr 2015, 18:17
Colder air is denser than hot air.
22nd Nov 2015, 11:00
Cooler air is denser, which requires more fuel.
23rd Sep 2016, 04:20
Original reviewer, at 58k miles now. No major issues to report. There was a recall on the water pump, and I noticed my coolant was low around 25k miles. Took it in to the dealer and the water pump was replaced that day and covered under warranty. Problem solved and hasn't been an issue since, but obviously it would have been nicer to not have the problem in the first place. The only other issue I have had are noisy struts over bumps. Gas mileage is still good, and I am still on stock tires and brake pads.