2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback

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What’s new

  • Two new exterior colors
  • Six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued
  • Part of the first Sonic generation introduced for 2012

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious cabin for the class
  • Standard infotainment system supports full smartphone integration
  • Engine makes respectable power
  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Interior materials look and feel low-rent
  • Competitors get better fuel economy
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MSRP Starting at
$17,220

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2020 Chevrolet Sonic Review

Gone are the days of compact cars with no modern technology or high-end equipment. And while it's a far cry from a Rolls-Royce or even Mercedes-Benz, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic provides buyers with a small and frugal car that has nearly the same amount of equipment as much more expensive models. But are these items important?

Take for example a built-in 4G LTE hotspot, which allows driver and passenger to use its more powerful radio modem and more sensitive antenna far after their smartphones' signals have gone down to a single bar. Likewise, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity are standard and bring your smartphone experience right into the big, center-mounted touchscreen.

As far as being a car, the Sonic proves its worth with its spacious cabin and cargo area. It also comes with a turbocharged engine that produces 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque to help it zip across intersections and make quick work of highway merging.

So is smartphone-friendly technology, a big cabin and a spirited engine important to you? If so, the Sonic deserves a look, but it's not perfect. The Kia Rio features a nicer interior, while the Honda Fit is roomier for rear-seat passengers. But the Sonic slots squarely in the middle by providing both great interior space and a high level of standard technology.

Notably, the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic and Sonic Hatchback are featured vehicles in our Cheapest New Cars article.

Which Sonic does Edmunds recommend?

Though the base Sonic comes with tech options, it lacks many creature comforts that drivers have come to expect. So we recommend the LT trim. It is equipped with a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio reception, cruise control, and power windows and mirrors. An available Convenience Package adds a compass display and enhanced driver information display, keyless entry and push-button start, heated front seats, and six-way power adjustability for the driver's seat.

2020 Chevrolet Sonic models

The 2020 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 lb-ft of torque) that drives the front wheels through either 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's 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 power-adjustable driver's seat, and an upgraded driver information display. For added safety, the Driver Confidence package offers 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 presents 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.


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    Features & Specs

    LT 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    LT 4dr Hatchback
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
    MSRP$19,420
    MPG 26 city / 34 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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    Premier 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    Premier 4dr Hatchback
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
    MSRP$21,520
    MPG 26 city / 34 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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    LT Fleet 4dr Hatchback features & specs
    LT Fleet 4dr Hatchback
    1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A
    MSRP$17,220
    MPG 26 city / 34 hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower138 hp @ 4900 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Sonic safety features:

    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 that may not be visible behind the car.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
    RolloverRating
    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 TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

    Chevrolet Sonic vs. the competition

    Chevrolet Sonic vs. Chevrolet Spark

    The Spark is smaller on the inside and outside and has less power. But both Chevys have the same high level of standard features and numerous options and packages that can equip them to be on par with much larger and more expensive cars. In the end, the Spark's lower cost of entry is its draw, while the Sonic's real-world practicality is its appeal.

    Compare Chevrolet Sonic & Chevrolet Spark features

    Chevrolet Sonic vs. Toyota Yaris

    Smaller than a Corolla, the Yaris is a modern but simple subcompact car. While the Yaris has the bare minimum in equipment, the Sonic comes with electronic gizmos and bells and whistles. On the flip side, the Yaris has less power but gets better fuel economy. If you really want basic transportation, the Yaris is hard to beat, but the Sonic provides a few extra surprises to make ownership fun.

    Compare Chevrolet Sonic & Toyota Yaris features

    Chevrolet Sonic vs. Honda Fit

    Though the Fit is only available as a hatchback, interior space is maximized thanks to its clever fold-flat rear-seat system. It gives the Fit a flat-floor cargo area, like the kind in a pickup truck, while providing rear passengers with excellent legroom when the rear seats are up. The Sonic has a peppier turbocharged engine and a superior standard infotainment system.

    Compare Chevrolet Sonic & Honda Fit features

    FAQ

    Is the Chevrolet Sonic a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Sonic both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Chevrolet Sonic fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sonic gets an EPA-estimated 29 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Sonic has 19.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Chevrolet Sonic. Learn more
    What's new in the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic:

    • Two new exterior colors
    • Six-speed manual transmission has been discontinued
    • Part of the first Sonic generation introduced for 2012
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    Is the Chevrolet Sonic reliable?
    To determine whether the Chevrolet Sonic is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sonic. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sonic's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
    Is the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Sonic is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Chevrolet Sonic?

    The least-expensive 2020 Chevrolet Sonic is the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic LT Fleet 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $17,220.

    Other versions include:

    • LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $19,420
    • Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $21,520
    • LT Fleet 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) which starts at $17,220
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    What are the different models of Chevrolet Sonic?
    If you're interested in the Chevrolet Sonic, the next question is, which Sonic model is right for you? Sonic variants include LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and LT Fleet 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A). For a full list of Sonic models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic

    2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback Overview

    The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback is offered in the following styles: LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A), and LT Fleet 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Sonic Hatchback 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Sonic Hatchback.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Sonic Hatchback featuring deep dives into trim levels including LT, Premier, LT Fleet, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback?

    2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

    The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,930. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $216 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback Premier 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 0.9% below the MSRP.

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    2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A)

    The 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,335. The average price paid for a new 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is trending $432 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $432 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $19,903.

    The average savings for the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) is 2.1% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 7 2020 Chevrolet Sonic Hatchback LT 4dr Hatchback (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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