The 2015 Sonic received five stars in the front and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover crash test.
The 2016 Sonic is expected to arrive at Chevrolet dealerships this summer.
Standard safety equipment on the 2016 Sonic includes 10 airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability control. A rear-vision camera is available on Sonic LT when MyLink is ordered and standard on LTZ, Dusk and RS.
Two optional crash-avoidance technologies — forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning — are available on all but base Sonic models. A rearview camera is optional on Sonic LT when MyLink is ordered and standard on Sonic LTZ, Dusk and RS.
The 2016 Sonic, a carryover model, has not been rated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. But the 2015 Sonic sedan is an IIHS 2015 Top Safety Pick, earning "good" ratings in all Institute crash tests.
Edmunds says: Safety-minded car shoppers should note that the 2016 Hyundai Accent and 2016 Kia Rio earned a four-star overall safety rating from NHTSA. The 2016 Ford Fiesta has not been rated.