2013 Chevrolet Sonic Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$14,185-$21,470
$13,830-$20,397
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What's New for 2013:

  • Sonic RS performance model debuts
  • Standard blind-spot side mirrors
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity on Sonic LS
  • Sonic LT gains cruise control, Bluetooth streaming audio
  • LT trim with automatic transmission features remote engine starting
  • Chevrolet MyLink standard on LTZ and RS
  • Premium sound system option
  • Expanded application of rear spoiler for Sonic Sedan models
  • OnStar now offers FamilyLink service
  • Base engine now PZEV rated in certain regions
  • Black Granite Metallic exterior paint option

Exterior Features

Chevrolet offers the Sonic as a 4-door sedan in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, or as a 5-door hatchback in those same trim designations. There is also an RS performance model. Chevy says the Sonic's round headlights are \"motorcycle-inspired.\"

Interior Features
Motorcycle inspiration continues inside with an unusual set of gauges featuring a round analog tachometer and digital speedometer. All Sonics have air conditioning, a stereo with an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and power door locks.

Optional Features
Upgrading to the LT trim adds Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio, premium sound, cruise control, power windows, power mirrors, alloy wheels, and more. The LTZ trim includes leatherette upholstery, Chevy MyLink color touch-screen radio, heated front seats, and 17-inch wheels. The new Sonic RS model includes a stiffer suspension that rides 10mm lower than other Sonic models, as well as 4-wheel-disc brakes, unique styling and trim, and leather seats.

Under the Hood
Standard on all versions of the Sonic except for the RS model is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. It is rated to generate 138 horsepower, and powers the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Chevy says 90% of the peak 125 lb.-ft. of torque is available from 2,400 to 6,500 rpm.

A turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is available for LT and LTZ trims, and is standard on the Sonic RS. It also generates 138 horsepower but has greater torque at 148 lb.-ft., from 1,850 to 4,900 rpm. Buyers may select either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
As this overview was written, the EPA had not finalized fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Sonic. Chevrolet makes the following estimates:
  • Sonic 1.8L with manual transmission: 26/35* mpg (city/highway)
  • Sonic 1.8L with automatic transmission: 25/35 mpg
  • Sonic 1.4L Turbo with manual transmission: 29/40 mpg
  • Sonic 1.4L Turbo with automatic transmission: 27/37 mpg

*Neither the EPA nor Chevrolet has yet provided fuel-economy estimates for combined driving on the 2013 Sonic models.

Safety
Every 2013 Chevy Sonic is equipped with 10 standard air bags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction and stability control, and 6 months of free OnStar service including Automatic Crash Response.

As this overview was published, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not tested the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic. However, the structurally identical 2012 model received a 5- (out of 5) star overall crash-test rating from the NHTSA. Also, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

What's New for 2013:

  • Sonic RS performance model debuts
  • Standard blind-spot side mirrors
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity on Sonic LS
  • Sonic LT gains cruise control, Bluetooth streaming audio
  • LT trim with automatic transmission features remote engine starting
  • Chevrolet MyLink standard on LTZ and RS
  • Premium sound system option
  • Expanded application of rear spoiler for Sonic Sedan models
  • OnStar now offers FamilyLink service
  • Base engine now PZEV rated in certain regions
  • Black Granite Metallic exterior paint option

Exterior Features

Chevrolet offers the Sonic as a 4-door sedan in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, or as a 5-door hatchback in those same trim designations. There is also an RS performance model. Chevy says the Sonic's round headlights are \"motorcycle-inspired.\"

Interior Features
Motorcycle inspiration continues inside with an unusual set of gauges featuring a round analog tachometer and digital speedometer. All Sonics have air conditioning, a stereo with an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and power door locks.

Optional Features
Upgrading to the LT trim adds Bluetooth audio streaming, satellite radio, premium sound, cruise control, power windows, power mirrors, alloy wheels, and more. The LTZ trim includes leatherette upholstery, Chevy MyLink color touch-screen radio, heated front seats, and 17-inch wheels. The new Sonic RS model includes a stiffer suspension that rides 10mm lower than other Sonic models, as well as 4-wheel-disc brakes, unique styling and trim, and leather seats.

Under the Hood
Standard on all versions of the Sonic except for the RS model is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. It is rated to generate 138 horsepower, and powers the front wheels through either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. Chevy says 90% of the peak 125 lb.-ft. of torque is available from 2,400 to 6,500 rpm.

A turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine is available for LT and LTZ trims, and is standard on the Sonic RS. It also generates 138 horsepower but has greater torque at 148 lb.-ft., from 1,850 to 4,900 rpm. Buyers may select either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
As this overview was written, the EPA had not finalized fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Sonic. Chevrolet makes the following estimates:
  • Sonic 1.8L with manual transmission: 26/35* mpg (city/highway)
  • Sonic 1.8L with automatic transmission: 25/35 mpg
  • Sonic 1.4L Turbo with manual transmission: 29/40 mpg
  • Sonic 1.4L Turbo with automatic transmission: 27/37 mpg

*Neither the EPA nor Chevrolet has yet provided fuel-economy estimates for combined driving on the 2013 Sonic models.

Safety
Every 2013 Chevy Sonic is equipped with 10 standard air bags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist, traction and stability control, and 6 months of free OnStar service including Automatic Crash Response.

As this overview was published, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had not tested the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic. However, the structurally identical 2012 model received a 5- (out of 5) star overall crash-test rating from the NHTSA. Also, the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Available Trims for the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 14185.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 15280.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 15640.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16925.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 17250.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 18585.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name LS (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 14785.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LS (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 15880.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name LT (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 16240.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LT (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17525.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name LTZ (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 17850.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LTZ (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19185.00 Engine 1.8L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name RS (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 20185.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 27/34
Name RS (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 21470.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket with recline and height-adjustable headrests
  • Seat trim, Sport Cloth
  • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way manual
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual
  • Armrest, driver seat
  • Seat, rear bench 60/40 split-folding with outboard height-adjustable headrests
  • Power outlet, auxiliary, front center console
  • Floor mats, carpeted front
  • Steering column, tilt and telescoping
  • Steering wheel, sport, 3-spoke
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and phone interface controls
  • Instrumentation, with analog tachometer; digital speedometer, odometer, trip odometer and fuel gauge
  • Temperature sensor, outside
  • Compass
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Interval service, extended
  • Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy, average vehicle speed, tire pressure and oil life remaining
  • Windows, manual
  • Battery, retained accessory power
  • Door locks, power
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Engine immobilizer, theft-deterrent system
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Cabin air filter, pollutant
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Instrument panel, Graphite Silver Metallic
  • Cup holders, 2 front and 1 rear
  • Bottle holders, 2, on driver and front passenger doors with storage pockets
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors, covered
  • Assist handles, driver, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Lighting, interior overhead courtesy, rear and dual front reading lamps
  • Lighting, interior, trunk/cargo area
  • Map pocket, front passenger seatback
  • Shift knob, satin silver
  • Seat trim, Deluxe Cloth
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down with anti-pinch feature
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Seat trim, perforated leatherette seating surfaces
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped, 3-spoke
  • Shift knob, leather-trimmed with satin silver and chrome accents
  • Cargo shade, rear
  • Cargo shelf, rear, moveable
  • Seat trim, leather-appointed with sueded microfiber inserts
  • Steering wheel, sport, 3-spoke leather-wrapped with contrasting stitching, flat bottom
  • Instrument panel, Piano Black
  • Shift knob, leather, Sport
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 15" (38.1 cm) steel with full bolt-on wheel covers
  • Tires, P195/65R15 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, T115/70R16, blackwall, compact spare
  • Headlamps, halogen composite
  • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
  • Mirrors, outside manual, body-color, manual-folding includes integral spotter mirror
  • Glass, solar absorbing, tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, variable
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Wheels, 15" (38.1 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tire, T115/70R16, blackwall, compact spare (Requires (LUW/LWE) ECOTEC 1.8L engine.)
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding includes integral spotter mirror
  • Moldings, chrome belt-line
  • Lift handle and release lever, rear, chrome
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P205/50R17 all-season, blackwall
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Spoiler, rear, integrated decklid
  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strip
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Spoiler, rear, roof-mounted, large, body-color
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) Midnight Silver aluminum
  • Fog lamps, front (Unique RS design.)
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding includes integral spotter mirror (Mirror caps have a Black Granite Metallic finish.)
  • Spoiler, rear, roof-mounted, large, body-color (Unique RS design.)
  • Moldings, rocker, sporty
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, ECOTEC 1.8L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI (138 hp [103 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 125 lb-ft of torque [168.8 N-m] @ 3800 rpm)
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual
  • Axle, 3.94 ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, 438 cold-cranking amps
  • Alternator, 100 amps
  • Suspension, Touring
  • Steering, power, Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Brakes, front disc/rear drum
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel, heavy-duty
  • Mechanical jack with tools
  • Keys, ignition, foldable, 2
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic
  • Axle, 3.47 ratio
  • Mechanical jack with tools (Requires (LUW/LWE) ECOTEC 1.8L engine.)
  • Engine, ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L Variable Valve Timing DOHC 4-cylinder sequential MFI (138 hp [103 kW] @ 4900 rpm, 148 lb-ft of torque [199.8 N-m] @ 1850 rpm/auto, 2500 rpm/manual)
  • Transmission, 6-speed manual, responsive close-ratio RS-specific
  • Axle, 4.18 final drive ratio
  • Suspension, Sport
  • Brakes, 4-wheel disc
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic (Included and only available with (LUV) ECOTEC Turbo 1.4L engine.)
  • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock
    • Brake Assist
    • Electronic brake force distribution
    • Hill start assist
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Traction control
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, 10 total (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, dual-stage, frontal, driver and right-front passenger includes Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, thorax side-impact seat-mounted, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, head curtain, side-front and rear outboard seating positions (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Air bags, knee, driver and front passenger (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes, Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, First Assist, Injury Severity Predictor, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown, Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with OnStar eNav, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands Free Calling and available OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.)
    • Automatic Crash Response
    • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
    • OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners and load limiters
    • Safety belts, 3-point, all seating positions, rear
    • Door locks, rear child security, power
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with equalizer and digital clock
    • Audio system feature, 4-speaker system includes 2 tweeters and 2 front speakers located in front doors
    • Audio system feature, auxiliary input jack
    • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback/WMA seek-and-scan, digital clock, DSP, Bluetooth audio streaming and digit dial
    • Audio system feature, premium 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB port
    • Bluetooth audio streaming
    • Sirius XM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2013 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the XM Premier package, with over 140 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (If you subscribe after your trial period, subscriptions are continuous until you call SiriusXM to cancel. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Other fees and taxes will apply. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Chevrolet MyLink radio AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; voice recognition for phone; Pandora and Stitcher smartphone compatible; all functions controlled through 7" diagonal color touch-screen; deletes card slot on center console

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