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4 out of 5 stars

Sonic Hatch LT with 1.4L

jaar819, 12/25/2013
updated 06/27/2017
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
68 of 70 people found this review helpful

I thought the overall design of both the interior and exterior of the Sonic was very tastefully done. I liked it better than other cars in its class but this is obviously a matter of taste. The 1.4L turbo engine is smooth and fun, 6 speaker sound system which seemed better to me than other cars in class, MyLink system, body of car seemed extremely stiff, much better than Mini Clubman, the last car i owned. I know this because my driveway has a bump which puts torsional stress on the car. the mini creaked. the sonic does not. very smooth ride on highway. very low rpm of engine at highway speeds. very quiet car for subcompact. the suspension system makes car feel more like a luxury car. After owning sonic for2 2/3 years and 68,000 miles, my opinion of car has only increase. It never needed any repairs. It handles and performs as well as when new. During that time it didn't develop a creak or have anything loosen up. Would definitely buy another. Also heard that they increased performance of 1.4l engine, upping hp from 138 to 160 or something and putting in new cruze. Hoping they put in new sonic as well. - Just a review update. Now have 80k on 3 year old sonic. Car never in shop. Brakes still have wear left. Car still handles like new and never had to add oil. Officially best car I've ever owned. - second review update. I now have 100k on the car and never had a stitch of a problem - same spark plugs, brakes, wipers, even. only changed tires and oil. no rust. car doesn't burn oil. perfect. to rattles. no deterioration of the interior. no visible fading of paint. gm got the sonic so right that the same design has been used for 5 years now and it is still competitive.

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4.63 out of 5 stars

RS Manual - fun drive, great value! Built in U.S.A!

jlearn, 02/03/2013
2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
27 of 27 people found this review helpful

As a college student and an avid auto industry enthusiast, It was time for me to sell my old beast of an SUV and purchase my first NEW car. I was sorting through competitors such as the Mini Cooper S, Volkswagen GTI, Volkswagen Beetle, Fiat 500C, Hyundai Veloster Turbo. After adding up all the features I wanted in my next car purchase, and compared the competition, the answer was clear! For what I would be spending on a GTI or Mini I got a whole lot cheaper with the Sonic RS. Granted those vehicles are better performing, yes, but I'm a college guy on a limited budget, that wanted character, performance, and value! I love my Sonic RS. The 6-speed is a blast and sharp corners are my favorite!

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5 out of 5 stars

Pleased and anticipating good things...

kmanderson, 02/22/2013
2013 Chevrolet Sonic LS 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
22 of 22 people found this review helpful

Have about 600 miles now on my new Sonic LS Hatch 5speed manual. Overall I am very pleased. Steering is light & crisp, ride is poised and quiet and the car feels solid. I have been impressed. Entry to/from the rear seats is no problem and my kids all are wanting me to take them to their events in this little car. I bought this car as my 3rd car for a runabout and for my kids to drive. I traded in a Hyundai Elantra and have found the clutch, shifter and steering to be superior to what I had in the Hyundai. ---One thing I really dislike: There is a terrible reflection in the windshield of the dash and its shiny materials...especially on sunny days. So annoying. Chevy---plz help !

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4.25 out of 5 stars

Little Tank

toklatpa, 10/05/2014
2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
45 of 47 people found this review helpful

I'm 6'6" tall and I cannot get over the amount of room in this car nor can my passengers. Generous Leg and headroom and I can drive for hours with no fatigue. (I'm talking front seat, but I could really not care less about rear seat room, but few complaints there from passengers) Recently I hit a deer head on at 45 mph and the damage was minimal you have to look up close to see the damage, my insurance adjuster was amazed & stated that a Focus or other car in the same class would have needed towing. On this alone I will extol the virtues of this car. If you live in an area like Pennsylvania you are all too aware of Deer damage. The room and comfort of this car keeps me engaged with the road.

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1 out of 5 stars

1st chevy, never again

Jane , 05/23/2019
2013 Chevrolet Sonic LT 4dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
13 of 13 people found this review helpful

I bought a 2013 chevy sonic,paid it off in 5 years ending last January. It has 40,000 miles. After I paid it off, roughly around 33,000 35,000 miles, costly repairs and problems started kicking in. Actually I had problems before I paid it off but after the meager 36,000 mile mark. Problems are: battery died, power window drivers side stopped working, various electrical issues causing lights to go off that mechanics can't figure out, ac went out, gear shift button sticks to the point I can't put it into gear. The gear shift has many complaints and this should be a recall but chevy is too cheap to make it such. Given I'll be plunking out $600 for that because allegedly chevy mechanics can't order the button they need the whole gear shift. So... Chevy sells a product that starts falling apart after a 36,000 3 year warranty. They don't have the skill or scruples to create a car that lasts. Then they have dealerships filled with people who charge godless prices to repair things about their vehicle that other mechanics can't diagnose. They don't perform recalls in a timely manner, if much at all. Since the warranty has expired I've spent 2500+ in non standard maintenance repairs for fickle stuff that shouldn't go bad on a vehicle at the 35000 to 40000 mileage mark. I will absolutely never buy another chevy and will tell as many as I can about this. I will report with the BBB and any other relevant places. I wish to God I had gone to Kia that day. But you live and learn. Too bad chevy doesn't learn form customer reviews to improve they whole dysfunctional business they run.

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