Used 2019 Chevy Sonic Hatchback

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Which Sonic does Edmunds recommend?

For the most bang-for-your-buck, we recommend the LT trim. While the base LS is decently equipped, the midrange LT gets you just a few more extras that you'll likely find appealing, such as heated mirrors and nicer wheels. Getting the optional Driver Confidence package is an inexpensive way to get the useful forward collision warning system.

Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Engine makes good power
  • Spacious cabin for the class
  • Standard infotainment system supports full smartphone integration
  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Cabin materials look and feel low-rent
  • Competitors get better fuel economy
  • The base 1.8-liter engine has been discontinued
  • All 2019 Sonics now have the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine as standard
  • Part of the first Sonic generation introduced for 2012

Overall rating

Subcompacts aren't a particularly exciting class. They prioritize form over function, and they need to pack a lot of capability for the size. Pound for pound, this class of vehicle simply has to do more than most. Does the 2019 Chevrolet Sonic deliver the goods?

Utility is part of the Sonic game plan. The sedan version features a big 14.9-cubic-foot trunk, while the hatchback features 19 cubic feet behind its folding rear seats. Both figures are more than what you typically get from this class of car. Up front, the Sonic comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, as well as a 4G LTE data connection and Wi-Fi hotspot. Again, these are features that aren't always standard on other subcompacts.

We also like the Sonic's turbocharged engine, which is standard this year. It makes a respectable 138 horsepower and a gutsy 148 pound-feet of torque. This torque makes the Sonic responsive and increases the fun-factor. Uniquely, all trims of the Sonic are available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

So, is the ideal Sonic the ideal subcompact? It's close, but you'll compromise on interior refinement. Most of the materials look and feel cheap, and the Sonic's base trim comes with manual windows and minimal active safety features. If you want a car that has a nicer interior, take a look at the Kia Rio. The versatile Honda Fit is another one of our favorites. Still, the 2019 Sonic is a solid offering and definitely worth considering if you're shopping for an affordable sedan or hatchback.

2019 Chevrolet Sonic models

The 2019 Chevrolet Sonic's trim levels actually have a few surprises, though on the surface they seem straightforward enough. There are three trim levels: the no-frills sedan-only base LS, the LT with its functional standard features, and the fully loaded Premier. The LT and the Premier are available in sedan and hatchback body styles. All Sonics are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine (138 horsepower, 148 pound-feet of torque) that drives the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The base Sonic LS sedan is, in many ways, a bare-bones commuter, although it doesn't skimp when it comes to infotainment. Standard equipment includes 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, manual side mirrors and manual windows, a rearview camera, and remote locking and unlocking. Inside, you'll find a four-way manually adjustable driver seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 60/40-split folding rear bench.

Infotainment duties are handled by a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, two USB ports and a four-speaker sound system. GM's OnStar is also included, which adds a 4G LTE data connection and a Wi-Fi hotspot. It's a good thing the LS has these features since there are no option packages available for it.

Moving up to the LT adds 15-inch alloy wheels, power windows, heated power mirrors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a six-speaker stereo system and satellite radio.

A couple of packages are worth getting for the LT. The Convenience package adds proximity entry with push-button start, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver's seat and an upgraded driver information display. For added safety, the Driver Confidence package adds forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear parking sensors.

The Sonic Premier sedan comes with the features of the Convenience package plus 17-inch wheels and simulated leather upholstery. The Driver Confidence package is available for the Premier sedan, and the sunroof is a stand-alone option. You can also get an optional RS package that adds a variety of styling enhancements.

For the LT and the Premier, Chevy also offers a Performance package that bundles a sport-tuned suspension and a sport exhaust.

Driving

The Sonic is a spirited little car with good steering and handling, especially with the sport-tuned suspension. Unfortunately, the manual gearbox is a bit clunky, and the 1.4-liter turbo lacks responsiveness at low rpm.

Comfort

The comfortable front seats are a highlight, with decent bolstering for spirited driving and a comfortable driver-seat armrest. Unfortunately, there's lots of tire noise over rough surfaces, and the sport suspension delivers a ride that borders on harsh.

Interior

There's plenty of head- and legroom both up front and in the back, though elbow room is tight all around. The large door openings make it easy to get in and out. Unfortunately, cheap plastics abound and thick roof pillars reduce visibility.

Utility

The sedan's trunk is bigger than average for a subcompact, and the hatchback similarly offers a generous amount of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. Up front, there are many storage spaces for your small items.

Technology

The standard 7-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is a great feature for this class, and we like the interface. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning are optional for the LT and the Premier.

Consumer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
Very happy camper !!
Brenda Price,06/08/2019
Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I have 2019 Chevrolet Sonic i absolutely love it has all the space I need and rides very smooth. My first new car !! I purchased it from Hare Chevrolet wonderful service fantastic sales person ! Corbin Richards Kuddos !!! From Brenda Price
5 out of 5 stars
So much fun
Adrian Manning,07/15/2021
LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I have a 2019 sonic hatch RS. It has been so much fun and has great space. It has small lag when going from a stop but can be fixed with a better wastegate actuator. I put a cold air intake on it and am a very spirited driver and the turbo noises make me smile every time. I've driven it on a 5 hour road trip and was comfortable the whole way. It feels great and always wants to go.the sound system is great and all the convince features like android auto and remote start. The wifi hotspot and Sirius XM are great too
5 out of 5 stars
Great little car
Ken Cooper,08/29/2021
LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
I bought my 2019 Chevy Sonic LT RS specifally To be able to tow it behind our class A RV, and to carry and store our 2 folding Lectric ebikes in the back end of the Sonic. So far, it’s perfect for these two purposes, as well as being a fun little car to drive anywhere.

Safety

Our experts like the Sonic models:

Forward Collision Alert
Detects potential obstacles and warns the driver to take action to avoid a collision.
Lane Departure Warning
Alerts the driver if the car drifts out of its lane without the turn signal engaged.
Rear Park Assist
Sounds an audible tone when reversing to alert the driver to obstacles behind the car that may not be visible.

NHTSA Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover12.6%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback Overview

The Used 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback is offered in the following styles: LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6M), LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and LT Fleet 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Pre-owned Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback models are available with a 1.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 138 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed manual, 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What's a good price on a Used 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback?

Price comparisons for Used 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback trim styles:

  • The Used 2019 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT is priced between $16,495 and$18,998 with odometer readings between 6511 and61895 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Chevrolet Sonic?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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