If you’ve been a video-gamer since the ’80s-’90s, then you must know Sega’s legendary character – Sonic, a swift blue hedgehog that saves the world from an evil scientist named the Eggman. Chevy’s Sonic, on the other hand, can’t really boast ultrasonic speed, but it is a pretty well-fit car – you’ll have tons of fun with in on the road, as opposed to the majority of small hatchbacks. And if you go ahead and pick the manual transmission and the turbocharged engine (yep, it’s available), this tinny-tiny fella will transform into a surprisingly nimble and enjoyable ride. The sporty RS trim will make the experience even more fun, as you’ll be able to cut into those tight corners like a Formula One driver, or, rather, like a Rally sprinter. Another great fact about the Chevrolet Sonic 2016 is the impressive large cabin, which will be more than capable of taking in even the tallest passengers. Further back you’ll get plenty of leg- and head-room for your kids/grown-ups not to feel cramped. That’s actually a pretty rare thing in a small hatchback, so, put that on your list of “Pros”, if you’ve got one.
Chevrolet Sonic 2016 – Average Fuel-Efficiency
However, the latest Sonic does have its weak spots. For example, fuel-efficiency for the entry-level engine is average at best, while the optional engine, even though it’s pretty strong, takes a second or two before the turbocharger kicks in and gives the car the boost it needs. Speaking of the powertrain, let’s see what options we have: well, the entry-level engine is a 1.8-lit 4-cyl unit that’s good for 138 HP and 125 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 6-speed automatic is also available. As for fuel-efficiency, the Chevrolet Sonic 2016 LS and LT (the first 2 trims) return 35 miles per gallon on the highway and 24MPG in the city (28MPG combined), and that’s a below-average result for a subcompact car. The higher trim levels come packed with the turbocharged 1.4-lit 4-cylinder that puts out the same 138 Horsepower, but, thanks to superior torque (148 pound-feet of torque, to be exact), provides a stronger feeling on the road. The LTZ trim with the turbocharger returns 31MPG of combined driving (37MPG hwy/27MPG city).
Poor Interior Materials & Bad Suspension
In performance tests the same LTZ with manual acceleration goes from zero to 60 miles per hour in 8.4 seconds, which is a pretty impressive result. In the interior you’ll be disappointed by low material quality, and that’s taking into consideration the fact that in this segment it’s not uncommon to get hard plastic all over the cabin. Don’t get me wrong, on the inside the Sonic is pretty attractive, it’s just that the low-res materials give out the car’s economical attitude. The sporty suspension in the Chevrolet Sonic 2016 RS trim gives the ride a rough character, which is quite frustrating if you just wanna own a car that will take you from point A to point B without any troubles. So, if all that talk makes you want to check out some other options, I recommend taking at look at what the market offers right now: there are several subcompact cars worth your while, and the brand-new Ford Fiesta 2016 is chief among them.
Checking Out The Competition
It’s a big-time favorite of the customers and the experts, and it comes packed with 2 economical engines, as well as a high-performance ST edition that offers more powertrain might (that’s HP and torque) and better handling on the road than the Chevy Sonic RS while still being similarly priced. Other solid picks include Hyundai’s Accent and Kia’s Rio – both are pretty stylish and come with great value and generous warranty coverage periods. And finally, make sure to learn about the recently redesigned Honda Fit hatch, which is like the king when it comes to cargo capacity, versatility and flexibility. Still, with all that said, I want to point out that the Chevrolet Sonic 2016 is one of the best models on the market, so, don’t just throw it away because of a few minor setbacks.
Watch this video overview of Chevrolet Sonic 2016: