2015 Chevrolet Sonic Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$14,245-$21,945
$13,889-$20,848
26 /CITY / 36 /HWY
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What's New for 2015:

  • Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection through OnStar
  • Sonic LTZ equipped with standard turbocharged engine
  • Blue Velvet paint color

Introduction
The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact car designed to compete against models such as the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris. With that in mind, the Sonic is larger and heavier than its competitors.

Models and Features
The 2015 Sonic is offered as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback in LS, LT, LTZ, and sporty RS trim.

In addition to or in place of base Sonic LS features, the Sonic LT is equipped with upgraded seat cloth, cruise control, power windows, heated outside mirrors, floor mats, and a premium audio system with satellite radio, Bluetooth music streaming capability, and a USB port. This version also comes with aluminum wheels, and when buyers add the automatic transmission, the Sonic LT has remote engine starting.

Choose the Sonic LTZ for a standard turbocharged engine, along with fog lights, bigger 17-in. aluminum wheels, perforated leatherette seat upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. This version also includes a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-in. color touch-screen display, voice-recognition technology, Siri Eyes Free compatibility, Pandora Internet radio, Tune In global radio, Stitcher SmartRadio, text-messaging support, and a reversing camera.

The Sonic RS is the sporty version, with transmission and suspension tweaks designed to make it feel more athletic, 4-wheel-disc brakes, and a sport-tuned exhaust. Visually, the RS is set apart by unique wheels painted Midnight Silver, as well as revised styling details to give the car a racier look. Inside, the Sonic RS is equipped with leather sport-bolstered front seats with simulated suede inserts, sport-design steering wheel, black plastic trim, and brushed aluminum pedals.

Under the Hood
A 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Sonic LS and LT. Choose the Sonic LTZ and RS for a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 138 horsepower, which is optional for the Sonic LT.

What's the difference if the horsepower figures are the same? The turbocharged engine makes its power lower in the rev range, and also generates more torque, making the Sonic LTZ and RS models feel quicker and more responsive. Chevrolet says 90% of peak torque is available from 2,400 rpm to 6,500 rpm.

Either engine is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission delivering power to the front wheels. Scheduled maintenance is free, too, at least for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles.

Fuel Economy
The 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that is standard in the Sonic LS and LT is rated to get from a low of 25 mpg in the city to a high of 35 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission, while the turbocharged engine in the LTZ should return anywhere from 27 mpg in the city to 40 mpg on the highway.

The Sonic RS has a transmission with different axle ratios in order to make it feel a little bit sportier, and this reduces fuel-economy estimates. In the RS, the turbocharged engine is rated to return anywhere from 25 mpg in the city to 34 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission.

Safety and Technology
In addition to providing a free 6-month subscription to OnStar Directions and Connections service, this year the Sonic is upgraded with available 4G LTE Internet connectivity, turning the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Service is free for the first 3 months or 3GB of data usage, whichever comes first.

Every 2015 Sonic is equipped with 10 standard air bags, and OnStar provides Automatic Crash Response service, which helps to speed rescue following a collision. Chevrolet also offers an Advanced Safety package for LT, LTZ, and RS trim levels, equipping the car with a forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system.

Choose a Sonic with the MyLink infotainment system and you can run a BringGo navigation app through the screen, bringing an affordable navigation and data-services solution to Chevrolet's popular small car.

What's New for 2015:

  • Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection through OnStar
  • Sonic LTZ equipped with standard turbocharged engine
  • Blue Velvet paint color

Introduction
The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic is a subcompact car designed to compete against models such as the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Hyundai Accent, Kia Rio, Mazda 2, Nissan Versa, and Toyota Yaris. With that in mind, the Sonic is larger and heavier than its competitors.

Models and Features
The 2015 Sonic is offered as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback in LS, LT, LTZ, and sporty RS trim.

In addition to or in place of base Sonic LS features, the Sonic LT is equipped with upgraded seat cloth, cruise control, power windows, heated outside mirrors, floor mats, and a premium audio system with satellite radio, Bluetooth music streaming capability, and a USB port. This version also comes with aluminum wheels, and when buyers add the automatic transmission, the Sonic LT has remote engine starting.

Choose the Sonic LTZ for a standard turbocharged engine, along with fog lights, bigger 17-in. aluminum wheels, perforated leatherette seat upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated front seats. This version also includes a Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with a 7-in. color touch-screen display, voice-recognition technology, Siri Eyes Free compatibility, Pandora Internet radio, Tune In global radio, Stitcher SmartRadio, text-messaging support, and a reversing camera.

The Sonic RS is the sporty version, with transmission and suspension tweaks designed to make it feel more athletic, 4-wheel-disc brakes, and a sport-tuned exhaust. Visually, the RS is set apart by unique wheels painted Midnight Silver, as well as revised styling details to give the car a racier look. Inside, the Sonic RS is equipped with leather sport-bolstered front seats with simulated suede inserts, sport-design steering wheel, black plastic trim, and brushed aluminum pedals.

Under the Hood
A 138-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Sonic LS and LT. Choose the Sonic LTZ and RS for a turbocharged, 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 138 horsepower, which is optional for the Sonic LT.

What's the difference if the horsepower figures are the same? The turbocharged engine makes its power lower in the rev range, and also generates more torque, making the Sonic LTZ and RS models feel quicker and more responsive. Chevrolet says 90% of peak torque is available from 2,400 rpm to 6,500 rpm.

Either engine is equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox or an optional 6-speed automatic transmission delivering power to the front wheels. Scheduled maintenance is free, too, at least for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles.

Fuel Economy
The 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that is standard in the Sonic LS and LT is rated to get from a low of 25 mpg in the city to a high of 35 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission, while the turbocharged engine in the LTZ should return anywhere from 27 mpg in the city to 40 mpg on the highway.

The Sonic RS has a transmission with different axle ratios in order to make it feel a little bit sportier, and this reduces fuel-economy estimates. In the RS, the turbocharged engine is rated to return anywhere from 25 mpg in the city to 34 mpg on the highway, depending on transmission.

Safety and Technology
In addition to providing a free 6-month subscription to OnStar Directions and Connections service, this year the Sonic is upgraded with available 4G LTE Internet connectivity, turning the car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. Service is free for the first 3 months or 3GB of data usage, whichever comes first.

Every 2015 Sonic is equipped with 10 standard air bags, and OnStar provides Automatic Crash Response service, which helps to speed rescue following a collision. Chevrolet also offers an Advanced Safety package for LT, LTZ, and RS trim levels, equipping the car with a forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system.

Choose a Sonic with the MyLink infotainment system and you can run a BringGo navigation app through the screen, bringing an affordable navigation and data-services solution to Chevrolet's popular small car.

Available Trims for the 2015 Chevrolet Sonic
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 14245.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 26/35
Name LS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 15495.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 15855.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LT (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17245.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 18235.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LTZ (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19680.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name RS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Manual MSRP 19945.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 27/34
Name RS (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 21345.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 25/33
Name LS (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 14845.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 26/35
Name LS (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16095.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 25/35
Name LT (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 16455.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LT (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17845.00 Engine 1.8L/110 City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name LTZ (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 18835.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 29/40
Name LTZ (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 20245.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name RS (5dr HB) Transmission Manual MSRP 20545.00 Engine 1.4L/83 City/Hwy MPG 27/34
Name RS (5dr HB) Transmission Automatic MSRP 21945.00 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, fore/aft, up/down
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 2-way manual, fore/aft
  • 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
  • Keys, ignition, foldable, 2
  • Instrumentation, with analog tachometer; digital speedometer, odometer, trip odometer and fuel gauge
  • Temperature sensor, outside
  • Compass
  • Oil life monitoring system
  • Driver Information Center with trip odometer, fuel range, average fuel economy and average vehicle speed
  • Windows, manual
  • Battery, retained accessory power
  • Door locks, power
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Trunk release, inside, remote
  • 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 accents
  • 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
  • Shift knob, urethane
  • 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
  • Shift knob, chrome
  • 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 (Replaced with (KR3) leather-trimmed shift knob with satin silver and Jade Black accents when (WKC) Dusk Package is ordered.)
  • Seat trim, leather-appointed with sueded microfiber inserts
  • Floor mats, RS-specific, carpeted front and rear
  • Steering wheel, sport, 3-spoke leather-wrapped with contrasting stitching, flat bottom
  • Pedals, sport brushed aluminum with rubber grips
  • Instrument panel, Piano Black accents
  • Shift knob, leather, Sport
  • Shift knob, leather-trimmed with satin silver and chrome accents
  • Cargo privacy shade, upper rear
  • Cargo shelf floor, adjustable
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
  • 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.)
  • Moldings, chrome belt-line
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Lift handle, rear, chrome
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P205/50R17 all-season, blackwall
  • Spoiler, rear, integrated decklid
  • Moldings, chrome belt-line (Stainless with (WKC) Dusk Package.)
  • Fog lamps, front
  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strip
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) Midnight Silver aluminum
  • Body kit, sport includes sporty rocker moldings
  • Moldings, rocker, sporty
  • Fog lamps, front (Unique RS design.)
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding (Mirror caps have a Black Granite Metallic finish.)
  • Spoiler, rear, roof-mounted, large, body-color
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Spoiler, rear, Sport
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) (Available with (YF5) California state emissions requirements or (NE1) Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont or Washington state emissions requirements when (NC7) Federal emissions override is ordered. Available with FEF order type.)
  • Transmission, 5-speed manual
  • Axle, 3.94 final drive ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, 438 cold-cranking amps
  • Battery rundown protection
  • 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
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic
  • Axle, 3.47 final drive 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
  • Axle, 3.65 final drive ratio
  • Axle, 3.23 final drive ratio
  • Transmission, 6-speed manual, responsive close-ratio RS-specific
  • Axle, 4.18 final drive ratio
  • Suspension, Sport
  • Brakes, 4-wheel disc
  • Exhaust tip, round
  • Axle, 3.53 final drive ratio
  • Exhaust tip
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 Directions and Connections plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • 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
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Trunk emergency release handle
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
    • Rear Vision Camera
    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
    • OnStar with 4G LTE provides a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds (Visit www.onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE service available in select markets. 4G LTE performance based on industry averages and vehicle systems design. Some services require data plan.)
    • 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
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2015 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus you can listen to SiriusXM Internet Radio everywhere on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue listening after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement
    • Bluetooth audio streaming
    • 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 compatible phone; Pandora, TuneIn radio, Stitcher and Siri Eyes Free voice recognition smartphone compatible; all functions controlled through 7" diagonal color touch-screen; deletes card slot on center console, no CD player included
    • Audio system feature, USB port

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