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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

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By Melissa
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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)


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Purchased my car new in 2014. It fit my then situation and lifestyle. I liked the layout and look of the inside and the ability to lay down seats to carry more cargo. After 3-4 months of owning it, the battery exploded and ate through the cables. I live in AZ, and yes it's hot, but no reason a battery should fail THAT fast. Covered under warranty so no biggie. I think started having cosmetic issues : rear view mirror came loose and fell off, left driver mirror became lose, exhaust rattled causing a lot of noise in the rear end, and the tires constantly needed air. I'm a careful driver so we can't blame any of that on driving habits. I also had a fuel sensor replaced about six months into the car, and recently replaced again about 2 months ago. My battery also died again 2 weeks ago, so in 2 years the car has had 3 batteries. I took a trip to the Grand Canyon recently and the car struggled terribly to climb the mountains from Phoenix to Northern AZ. It did not want to shift gears and worked very hard climbing with no acceleration. All in all, I would not purchase this car again for the maintenance issues alone. This car is more so for a teenage driver just starring out, who doesn't drive in hill/mountainous areas (flat land only). The interior is nice and it's fun to drive, but mechanically, very much so on the low end. I do not recommend for people over 6'0 or someone with taller children as I have an 11 year old who is 5'5 and can no longer fit in the backseat.


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LT Hatchback (1.8L auto): All-around Solid
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Mr. Geb
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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A)


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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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Amazing!!
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Victoria Hudgins
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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A)


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They are really amazing!


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2014 LTZ 1.4l turbo hatchback
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Garrett
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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LTZ 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A)


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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!


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Best bang for buck!
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By mbro77
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2014 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 6A)


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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


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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.


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