Used 2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback Consumer Reviews - 6 Car Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

6 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Sonic model:

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
LT Hatchback (1.8L auto): All-around Solid
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Mr. Geb
on

Vehicle

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A)


Review

Value is always going to be determined by the price you can get any given car at, but this is a solid vehicle I'm happy to have ended up in. I bought used, one year old with low mileage.
-----
Pro reviews overstate the Sonic's cons. Notably, it has lower fuel economy than other subcompacts but it's also the heaviest subcompact out there at a sturdy 2700+ pounds curb weight. It's still lighter, and more fuel efficient, than any compact so it fits right where it belongs. For me, it was the right balance of fuel economy and "doesn't blow off the road from a stiff gust of wind."
-----
The cargo space is a bit horizontally-challenged but enough to hold a regular 6-8 sack load of groceries for one or a couple. There's a surplus of vertical space for tall/stacking objects, if you remove the cargo cover, and the back seats flatten for more room. Acceleration is fine at lower speeds, at higher speeds it's a bit sluggish but hardly worth caring about if you're not racing. Interior is adequate for an economy vehicle without feeling too cheap: Comfortable cloth seating, lots of hard plastics but really thick and sturdy, headliner is surfaced with a soft dimpled cloth that hides the typical economy "egg carton" feel.
-----
There's but a few other minor gripes I have which are mostly just not in line with my preference, or non-issues that take some getting used to, as would be the case when starting to drive any new vehicle. The only legitimate complaints for me are the low-beam headlights feel angled a bit too low, might be an issue if you're navigating unknown territory, and the rear view is fairly narrow which is just a product of the small vehicle size and hatchback. Power-folding side mirrors would be nice, though.
-----
No major complaints. The stock tires are supposedly horrible in snow too, so budgeting to replace them might be a good idea up north. (I wasn't about to personally put them to the test.) It accelerates smoothly, handling is responsive, seating is comfortable and decently spacious, general interior construction feels solid. The instrument cluster is compact and all digital, save the analog tachyometer (RPM meter), but gives you all necessary information and then some. Safety ratings are top-notch.
-----
Great car in my experience so far. All that's left is to see what long-term issues pop up in the next three, five, ten years.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Amazing!!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Victoria Hudgins
on

Vehicle

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A)


Review

They are really amazing!


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

2014 LTZ 1.4l turbo hatchback
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Garrett
on

Vehicle

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LTZ 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A)


Review

This car has been good for me in that it is sporty, roomy, and has the power you would expect. The only issue I have is that it is so full of hard plastic even for the highest trim behind the RS, that it seems like a joke. Everything rattles and it gets to be very annoying. I have had this car for about 2 months and being this new, I am considering getting a different car. Come on Chevy, enough with the [non-permissible content removed] interior of your cars and maybe we will regain your trust as something quality that is American made!


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Best bang for buck!
15 of 16 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By mbro77
on

Vehicle

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A)


Review

This car offers a lot for the $. We shopped around for months. Looked at/considered 1. Ford Fiesta-not impressed by performance, very cramped interior, nice front end, but ugly in back, price not that great. 2. VW Golf- nice car over all but felt very bland/cheap on inside and was a bit bland to drive, and more expensive than our Sonic, but with less features. 3. Toyota Corolla- great new design, very bland and not many features for the price, not spacious interior.4. Hyundai Accent 5-door- we really liked this car, but it seemed very soft and conservative in comparison to Sonic. 5. Nissan Versa- it's advertised as the "cheapest" car in America, the aren't lying. It feels/looks


Best Features

Like a cheap tin can. Did not like it at all. Finally the Sonic. Loaded with on star, touch screen, every option, lots of tech. Very cool looks, not bland. Drives like a much more expensive car, very quiet and spacious cabin. Enough room for adults in the back due to the high roofline. Great MPGs 35-41 average. This was perfect for commuting to work, saving $$ at the pump and spacious. Couldn't find anything that beats it for the price,and over all loaded with cool features, nice wheels and doesn't feel like a generic econobox.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Limited Drive Time But Very Impressed
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By ihanson
on

Vehicle

2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I purchased a '14 LT Turbo Hatch 6-spd manual (option not shown) 7" MyLink, fog lights, upgraded rims and rearview camera with the upgraded red crystal color for $16.4k before taxes.

While waiting for that vehicle to be delivered, I have been driving an LT sedan with the 1.8 auto and have still been impressed. I'm getting 40.4MPG according to the computer on my 46 mile round trip commute in warm temps.

I even got to test out the airbags when a woman made an illegal turn in front of me and I hit her going 35 mph. Car performed great in the crash and the headlights were still even intact. I think it's going to be a safe car - very strong steel frame. I'm glad it was just a loaner!


Best Features

Ride quality, vibration dampening and road noise is beautifully handled for an economy car - better than the Fit, Fiesta, Focus, Civic, Cruze Diesel Accord and Subaru Legacy (all cars that I test drove before purchasing my vehicle. The triple sealed doors help cut down on noise. MyLink is nice, I love having steering wheel controls for everything. MPG has been great thus far - getting 40-41MPG in my mixed commute with the 1.8 auto (which is EPA rated 35 hwy). Conservative and smart driving goes a long way with this vehicle. Really like the little things - one-touch up/down drivers window, auto 3 blink turn signal, engine start controlled by computer (just flick key forward)


Worst Features

Auto transmission is decent for the most part although can be rough in city driving occasionally; not a deal breaker. Aggressive engine braking by default saves gas but takes some getting used to. Looking forward to the turbo with manual for both performance and MPG. Should be able to get 45 MPG combined no problem. Wish it had blind spot monitoring instead of the convex piece of plastic on the mirror - I would even pay to have it installed aftermarket since it's so useful IMHO. Headrests are annoying sometimes as they push your head forward, but they work well in accidents to prevent neck strain. Stock headlights have yellowish tint I don't like- will likely replace them.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Other Vehicles to Consider

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT