NEW FOR 2014:
– Sonic RS sedan added.
– Rear camera standard on LTZ, RS; available on LT.
– Advanced safety package available (includes Forward Collision Alert, Land Departure Warning).
– Paint changes: Ashen Grey Metallic, Red Hot, Cold Blue added.
One of the most aggressively-styled options in the subcompact segment, the Chevrolet Sonic gets a new RS sedan model to join the five-door RS as well as some standard and available safety equipment across the range of trims.
Chevy’s player in the subcompact sandbox is the stylish Sonic. The line shares its engines with bigger brother Cruze – those being a 138-hp/125 lb-ft 1.8L four and a 138-hp/148 lb-ft 1.4L turbo in the range-topping LTZ. Also like the Cruze, the Sonic is tuned to give a bigger car feel. Road and wind noise are well suppressed and it glides over imperfections with a refinement that eludes the Hyundai Accent and Honda Fit.
In LS trim, features include 1.8L ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission with Hill Start Assist, airbags (front, front seat, side curtain), power locks, OnStar, LATCH, front disc/rear drum brakes, body colour door handles, automatic headlights, liftgate mounted spoiler (5-door), 15-inch steel wheels, front floor mats, driver information centre, front map lights, remote keyless entry, tilt/telescopic steering, steering wheel with Bluetooth and audio controls, sunvisors with vanity mirrors, 4-way driver/2-way passenger manually adjustable seats, cloth seating, 60/40 split folding rear seat, 4-speaker AM/FM audio with auxiliary input, and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
LT trim adds security system, chrome strip on door handles, power heated mirrors, 15-inch aluminum wheels (5-door), air conditioning, cruise control, front and rear floor mats, power windows, heated front seats, premium cloth seating, AM/FM/CD/MP3/WMA audio, Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio, and USB port with additional auxiliary input jack.
LTZ trim adds rearview camera, knee and rear seat airbags, 1.4L turbocharged ECOTEC 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission with Hill Start Assist, fog lights, decklid spoiler (sedan), 17-inch aluminum wheels, tire pressure monitoring system, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel, perforated leatherette seating, and 6-speakers.
RS adds four-wheel disc brakes, sport suspension, body colour door handles, unique 17-inch wheels, contrasting stitching on steering wheel with flat bottom, contrasting stitching on shifter, and leather seats.