NEW FOR 2015:

– OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot added.
– 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine standard on LTZ.
– 10 airbags standard.
– Paint changes: Blue Velvet added.

The Chevrolet Sonic doesn’t get big changes on the outside (just a single paint shade has been added) but it does bring OnStar with 4G LTE and standard Wi-Fi hotspot inside. The 1.4L turbo engine is no longer an option and comes standard on LTZ models. And, to make sure you stay safe, optional supplementary airbags for driver and front passenger knees as well as rear outboard seating is now standard on all 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, driver/front passenger knee), 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 4G LTE with W-Fi hotspot, 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, 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.

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